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john Sanders
john Sanders
Ron and family, I was surprised and saddened to learn of Elissa's passing. I can't imagine the sadness you must endure not being able to touch, share conversation and the seasons with such a young vivacious dynamo. I didn't always agree with Ellissa's position on some issues, but I have long respected Ellissa's never ending positive can do thinking well supported with her well studied understanding of the many efforts she took on in support of business and the city of San Rafael.' Our community has benefited richly because of Elissa's work in the Chamber of Commerce. Ron, I got to know you and Ellissa as great neighbors for a few years. My sadness for Ellissa's is only consoled at some level knowing the Guy upstairs must have needed a strong, loving and experienced leader for his Chamber of Commerce.
Leah Reich
Leah Reich
I first met Elissa when I served as Public Information Officer for the San Rafael City School District and sat on the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.  Elissa was a huge supporter of children and her relentless efforts touched the lives of many.  More recently, I enjoyed her company at meetings of the Marin Forum where, even in the face of illness, her cheerfulness inspired us.  If "community" means knowing that someone else will be available to help the person in need, Elissa was a shining example of that.  My deepest condolences to her family. Elissa left her mark in our community, and her bright spirit will remain in our hearts.
Kathleen  Gaines
Kathleen Gaines
Elissa's achievements through her warm heart and will of steel were inspirations to me as a San Rafael community member, a marketing professional, and a working mother. I admired her AND enjoyed her company. I will miss seeing her face around town, hearing stories of grandchildren, as well reading about her continuing achievements. I send my deepest condolences to the family. Warm regards, Kathleen Gaines
KLIF KNOLES
KLIF KNOLES
On behalf of The Marin Builders Association board of directors, staff and membership, I want to express our deepest condolence for your loss. Elissa volunteered for our scholarship selection committee and for that, among other things, we are grateful. A personal note; Elissa and I have known each other for many years and served together on different boards and committees. She was fun to be around and great to have conversations with. I will miss you Elissa and hold you fondly in my memories..........
Gina Marr
Gina Marr
Before Elissa retired from the San Rafael Chamber, she worked with our founding hoteliers to establish the governance and the operations for the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2004.  After 7 years as a founding board member, Elissa retired in 2011 but stayed involved. As an employee of the Marin CVB, I have known and worked with her since 2008. I have heard countless stories of her relentless leadership; she always got the job done!  She loved Marin County and anyone who knew her, knew her commitment to this beautiful place that we live, work, and play in.   She was focused, astute, caring and helpful, and a dynamic, powerhouse businesswoman.  She had a presence that commanded respect on any platform. She touched so many lives and is already missed! My heart goes out to family and friends who are sharing in this loss.Many prayers,Gina
Laurie Nardone
Laurie Nardone
Dear Ron & Family, I knew Elissa as that kind, sweet and loving next door neighbor to my mother. Both of you always showed her so much kindness, and particularly so during that last year of my mom's life. I learned just how much Elissa was a special person during that time. I was, however, unaware of the depth of her reach and commitment in helping people and organizations throughout the county until I read about her in the I-J...but it figures!! I am sorry that I didn't get to know her for a longer period of time, but am so glad I had her in my life for a little bit. My hugs to all of you... Love, Laurie
Mary Jane Burke
Mary Jane Burke
On behalf of the Marin County education community, I want to express my deepest sympathy to Elissa’s family and friends. Our schools have lost a strong, effective and courageous advocate. Elissa worked tirelessly to better our community – and she succeeded in so many ways. Our schools will always be grateful for her support of projects like the Marin County School to Career Partnership, her participation on community scholarship committees, and her commitment to a strong and healthy community for us all. Many thanks to Elissa’s family for sharing such a wonderful woman with us. All of us who had the privilege of knowing her have been enriched.  
Cynthia Murray
Cynthia Murray
Elissa was a great leader and a mentor for all women.  Her legacy of helping business leaders find their voice and act for the betterment of the Marin economy will live on.  I was privileged to know and work with her. Elissa's passing leaves a void in the community which we must all try to fill to honor her memory and passion for making Marin a better place. Thank you, Elissa!
Ken Oplinger
Ken Oplinger
For the 20 years I have been a Chamber Executive, two of the things I could always count on was Elissa's passion for this career, and her willingness to share her expertise with others.  She was truly one of the best, and will be missed. May her memory be for a blessing.
Alta Ridley
Alta Ridley
I first met Elissa when I started my catering business and joined the San Rafael Chamber.  She was a great supporter of my business from the beginning.  When I needed some recommendations to have a brochure printed she was very kind to write something about me and I quote what she said:  "Working with Alta is always a pleasure.  She combines tasty, creative menus with excellent service". Coming from Elissa that quote gave me a lot of credibility as a start-up Latina business owner.  I always appreciated her for that very much and it was always a pleasure to work with her.   May you rest in peace.  Alta
Joe Leisek
Joe Leisek
Elissa, It would be difficult for me to overstate the profound influence you've had on my life. You were my mentor. Your teaching style reflected a balance of high expectations and patience. We worked hard and always stayed focused on outcomes. You were a visionary who liked being first and best. You refused to settle for anything less than accuracy and transparency. And you were passionately committed to your cause and your community, and to your family and friends. You were also my best advocate when I sought new opportunities. I will forever value your guidance, support, and friendship. With love and appreciation, Joe
Patty Jones
Patty Jones
Dear Mr. Giambastiani and family: I met Elissa in 1990 when I started Index Staffing.  I had just joined the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce as a new member and Elissa’s outreach, support and encouragement to a new business owner in town was so touching. She was truly a mentor to me as a businesswoman and I will greatly miss her.  Her commitment and passion in her work combined with her warmth and heart was such a powerful combination. Thank you for this opportunity to acknowledge her and the wonderful work that she did in the world.  I am going to miss her very much. Sincerely, Patty Jones
Joanne Webster
Joanne Webster
Elissa built the foundation that the San Rafael Chamber stands on today and I am so proud to still be a part of it after 20+ years.I first met Elissa in 1988 when Charlie and I opened Double Rainbow on Fourth Street. We were in our mid 20's and trying to find our new home. She treated us like family and became an inspiration, especially to me as a young business woman. No matter what we were fighting against; parking tickets, garbage rate increases or health care costs, she gave it her all and always made us feel like we really mattered. I will miss her.  
Suzanne Dunwell
Suzanne Dunwell
Dear Ron and Family: I remember the day Elissa called me in 1987. We were both new chamber executives, I started in Sausalito in September, she joined San Rafael in October. Thus began a professional collaboration that spanned almost 15 years. We also became good friends and had many great conversations over a glass of wine or two. Elissa was a complex leader, a dynamo of advocacy for the Marin business community and a visionary thinker. We are all the better for having her in our lives. Suzanne Dunwell
Laurie Angel McGuinness
Laurie Angel McGuinness
Elissa was my hero.  She was strong, commited, funny and unbelievably results oriented.  She talked me into being president of the Chamber.  I was too busy to do it but who could say no to our Elissa?  I loved her.  Mark Nelson just emailed me about her passing and I'm still in shock.  Elissa, get a good seat up there and save the one next to you for me.  Love to the family during this very sad time.  
Carol Scott
Carol Scott
I met Elissa when I joined the Chamber almost 20 years ago but really got to know her better during the past 10 years.  She was a great and very strong lady and had a wonderful sense of humor!  I am happy to have known her and I am so sorry that she had to leave us much too early!  My thoughts are with all of the family.
john Sanders
john Sanders
Ron and family, I was surprised and saddened to learn of Elissa's passing. I can't imagine the sadness you must endure not being able to touch, share conversation and the seasons with such a young vivacious dynamo. I didn't always agree with Ellissa's position on some issues, but I have long respected Ellissa's never ending positive can do thinking well supported with her well studied understanding of the many efforts she took on in support of business and the city of San Rafael.' Our community has benefited richly because of Elissa's work in the Chamber of Commerce. Ron, I got to know you and Ellissa as great neighbors for a few years. My sadness for Ellissa's is only consoled at some level knowing the Guy upstairs must have needed a strong, loving and experienced leader for his Chamber of Commerce.
Kathleen  Gaines
Kathleen Gaines
Elissa's achievements through her warm heart and will of steel were inspirations to me as a San Rafael community member, a marketing professional, and a working mother. I admired her AND enjoyed her company. I will miss seeing her face around town, hearing stories of grandchildren, as well reading about her continuing achievements. I send my deepest condolences to the family. Warm regards, Kathleen Gaines
Gina Marr
Gina Marr
Before Elissa retired from the San Rafael Chamber, she worked with our founding hoteliers to establish the governance and the operations for the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2004.  After 7 years as a founding board member, Elissa retired in 2011 but stayed involved. As an employee of the Marin CVB, I have known and worked with her since 2008. I have heard countless stories of her relentless leadership; she always got the job done!  She loved Marin County and anyone who knew her, knew her commitment to this beautiful place that we live, work, and play in.   She was focused, astute, caring and helpful, and a dynamic, powerhouse businesswoman.  She had a presence that commanded respect on any platform. She touched so many lives and is already missed! My heart goes out to family and friends who are sharing in this loss.Many prayers,Gina
Mary Jane Burke
Mary Jane Burke
On behalf of the Marin County education community, I want to express my deepest sympathy to Elissa’s family and friends. Our schools have lost a strong, effective and courageous advocate. Elissa worked tirelessly to better our community – and she succeeded in so many ways. Our schools will always be grateful for her support of projects like the Marin County School to Career Partnership, her participation on community scholarship committees, and her commitment to a strong and healthy community for us all. Many thanks to Elissa’s family for sharing such a wonderful woman with us. All of us who had the privilege of knowing her have been enriched.  
Cynthia Murray
Cynthia Murray
Elissa was a great leader and a mentor for all women.  Her legacy of helping business leaders find their voice and act for the betterment of the Marin economy will live on.  I was privileged to know and work with her. Elissa's passing leaves a void in the community which we must all try to fill to honor her memory and passion for making Marin a better place. Thank you, Elissa!
Alta Ridley
Alta Ridley
I first met Elissa when I started my catering business and joined the San Rafael Chamber.  She was a great supporter of my business from the beginning.  When I needed some recommendations to have a brochure printed she was very kind to write something about me and I quote what she said:  "Working with Alta is always a pleasure.  She combines tasty, creative menus with excellent service". Coming from Elissa that quote gave me a lot of credibility as a start-up Latina business owner.  I always appreciated her for that very much and it was always a pleasure to work with her.   May you rest in peace.  Alta
Patty Jones
Patty Jones
Dear Mr. Giambastiani and family: I met Elissa in 1990 when I started Index Staffing.  I had just joined the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce as a new member and Elissa’s outreach, support and encouragement to a new business owner in town was so touching. She was truly a mentor to me as a businesswoman and I will greatly miss her.  Her commitment and passion in her work combined with her warmth and heart was such a powerful combination. Thank you for this opportunity to acknowledge her and the wonderful work that she did in the world.  I am going to miss her very much. Sincerely, Patty Jones
Suzanne Dunwell
Suzanne Dunwell
Dear Ron and Family: I remember the day Elissa called me in 1987. We were both new chamber executives, I started in Sausalito in September, she joined San Rafael in October. Thus began a professional collaboration that spanned almost 15 years. We also became good friends and had many great conversations over a glass of wine or two. Elissa was a complex leader, a dynamo of advocacy for the Marin business community and a visionary thinker. We are all the better for having her in our lives. Suzanne Dunwell
Laurie Angel McGuinness
Laurie Angel McGuinness
Elissa was my hero.  She was strong, commited, funny and unbelievably results oriented.  She talked me into being president of the Chamber.  I was too busy to do it but who could say no to our Elissa?  I loved her.  Mark Nelson just emailed me about her passing and I'm still in shock.  Elissa, get a good seat up there and save the one next to you for me.  Love to the family during this very sad time.  
Leah Reich
Leah Reich
I first met Elissa when I served as Public Information Officer for the San Rafael City School District and sat on the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.  Elissa was a huge supporter of children and her relentless efforts touched the lives of many.  More recently, I enjoyed her company at meetings of the Marin Forum where, even in the face of illness, her cheerfulness inspired us.  If "community" means knowing that someone else will be available to help the person in need, Elissa was a shining example of that.  My deepest condolences to her family. Elissa left her mark in our community, and her bright spirit will remain in our hearts.
KLIF KNOLES
KLIF KNOLES
On behalf of The Marin Builders Association board of directors, staff and membership, I want to express our deepest condolence for your loss. Elissa volunteered for our scholarship selection committee and for that, among other things, we are grateful. A personal note; Elissa and I have known each other for many years and served together on different boards and committees. She was fun to be around and great to have conversations with. I will miss you Elissa and hold you fondly in my memories..........
Laurie Nardone
Laurie Nardone
Dear Ron & Family, I knew Elissa as that kind, sweet and loving next door neighbor to my mother. Both of you always showed her so much kindness, and particularly so during that last year of my mom's life. I learned just how much Elissa was a special person during that time. I was, however, unaware of the depth of her reach and commitment in helping people and organizations throughout the county until I read about her in the I-J...but it figures!! I am sorry that I didn't get to know her for a longer period of time, but am so glad I had her in my life for a little bit. My hugs to all of you... Love, Laurie
Ken Oplinger
Ken Oplinger
For the 20 years I have been a Chamber Executive, two of the things I could always count on was Elissa's passion for this career, and her willingness to share her expertise with others.  She was truly one of the best, and will be missed. May her memory be for a blessing.
Joe Leisek
Joe Leisek
Elissa, It would be difficult for me to overstate the profound influence you've had on my life. You were my mentor. Your teaching style reflected a balance of high expectations and patience. We worked hard and always stayed focused on outcomes. You were a visionary who liked being first and best. You refused to settle for anything less than accuracy and transparency. And you were passionately committed to your cause and your community, and to your family and friends. You were also my best advocate when I sought new opportunities. I will forever value your guidance, support, and friendship. With love and appreciation, Joe
Joanne Webster
Joanne Webster
Elissa built the foundation that the San Rafael Chamber stands on today and I am so proud to still be a part of it after 20+ years.I first met Elissa in 1988 when Charlie and I opened Double Rainbow on Fourth Street. We were in our mid 20's and trying to find our new home. She treated us like family and became an inspiration, especially to me as a young business woman. No matter what we were fighting against; parking tickets, garbage rate increases or health care costs, she gave it her all and always made us feel like we really mattered. I will miss her.  
Carol Scott
Carol Scott
I met Elissa when I joined the Chamber almost 20 years ago but really got to know her better during the past 10 years.  She was a great and very strong lady and had a wonderful sense of humor!  I am happy to have known her and I am so sorry that she had to leave us much too early!  My thoughts are with all of the family.
john Sanders
john Sanders
Ron and family, I was surprised and saddened to learn of Elissa's passing. I can't imagine the sadness you must endure not being able to touch, share conversation and the seasons with such a young vivacious dynamo. I didn't always agree with Ellissa's position on some issues, but I have long respected Ellissa's never ending positive can do thinking well supported with her well studied understanding of the many efforts she took on in support of business and the city of San Rafael.' Our community has benefited richly because of Elissa's work in the Chamber of Commerce. Ron, I got to know you and Ellissa as great neighbors for a few years. My sadness for Ellissa's is only consoled at some level knowing the Guy upstairs must have needed a strong, loving and experienced leader for his Chamber of Commerce.
KLIF KNOLES
KLIF KNOLES
On behalf of The Marin Builders Association board of directors, staff and membership, I want to express our deepest condolence for your loss. Elissa volunteered for our scholarship selection committee and for that, among other things, we are grateful. A personal note; Elissa and I have known each other for many years and served together on different boards and committees. She was fun to be around and great to have conversations with. I will miss you Elissa and hold you fondly in my memories..........
Mary Jane Burke
Mary Jane Burke
On behalf of the Marin County education community, I want to express my deepest sympathy to Elissa’s family and friends. Our schools have lost a strong, effective and courageous advocate. Elissa worked tirelessly to better our community – and she succeeded in so many ways. Our schools will always be grateful for her support of projects like the Marin County School to Career Partnership, her participation on community scholarship committees, and her commitment to a strong and healthy community for us all. Many thanks to Elissa’s family for sharing such a wonderful woman with us. All of us who had the privilege of knowing her have been enriched.  
Ken Oplinger
Ken Oplinger
For the 20 years I have been a Chamber Executive, two of the things I could always count on was Elissa's passion for this career, and her willingness to share her expertise with others.  She was truly one of the best, and will be missed. May her memory be for a blessing.
Patty Jones
Patty Jones
Dear Mr. Giambastiani and family: I met Elissa in 1990 when I started Index Staffing.  I had just joined the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce as a new member and Elissa’s outreach, support and encouragement to a new business owner in town was so touching. She was truly a mentor to me as a businesswoman and I will greatly miss her.  Her commitment and passion in her work combined with her warmth and heart was such a powerful combination. Thank you for this opportunity to acknowledge her and the wonderful work that she did in the world.  I am going to miss her very much. Sincerely, Patty Jones
Leah Reich
Leah Reich
I first met Elissa when I served as Public Information Officer for the San Rafael City School District and sat on the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.  Elissa was a huge supporter of children and her relentless efforts touched the lives of many.  More recently, I enjoyed her company at meetings of the Marin Forum where, even in the face of illness, her cheerfulness inspired us.  If "community" means knowing that someone else will be available to help the person in need, Elissa was a shining example of that.  My deepest condolences to her family. Elissa left her mark in our community, and her bright spirit will remain in our hearts.
Gina Marr
Gina Marr
Before Elissa retired from the San Rafael Chamber, she worked with our founding hoteliers to establish the governance and the operations for the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2004.  After 7 years as a founding board member, Elissa retired in 2011 but stayed involved. As an employee of the Marin CVB, I have known and worked with her since 2008. I have heard countless stories of her relentless leadership; she always got the job done!  She loved Marin County and anyone who knew her, knew her commitment to this beautiful place that we live, work, and play in.   She was focused, astute, caring and helpful, and a dynamic, powerhouse businesswoman.  She had a presence that commanded respect on any platform. She touched so many lives and is already missed! My heart goes out to family and friends who are sharing in this loss.Many prayers,Gina
Alta Ridley
Alta Ridley
I first met Elissa when I started my catering business and joined the San Rafael Chamber.  She was a great supporter of my business from the beginning.  When I needed some recommendations to have a brochure printed she was very kind to write something about me and I quote what she said:  "Working with Alta is always a pleasure.  She combines tasty, creative menus with excellent service". Coming from Elissa that quote gave me a lot of credibility as a start-up Latina business owner.  I always appreciated her for that very much and it was always a pleasure to work with her.   May you rest in peace.  Alta
Joanne Webster
Joanne Webster
Elissa built the foundation that the San Rafael Chamber stands on today and I am so proud to still be a part of it after 20+ years.I first met Elissa in 1988 when Charlie and I opened Double Rainbow on Fourth Street. We were in our mid 20's and trying to find our new home. She treated us like family and became an inspiration, especially to me as a young business woman. No matter what we were fighting against; parking tickets, garbage rate increases or health care costs, she gave it her all and always made us feel like we really mattered. I will miss her.  
Laurie Angel McGuinness
Laurie Angel McGuinness
Elissa was my hero.  She was strong, commited, funny and unbelievably results oriented.  She talked me into being president of the Chamber.  I was too busy to do it but who could say no to our Elissa?  I loved her.  Mark Nelson just emailed me about her passing and I'm still in shock.  Elissa, get a good seat up there and save the one next to you for me.  Love to the family during this very sad time.  
Kathleen  Gaines
Kathleen Gaines
Elissa's achievements through her warm heart and will of steel were inspirations to me as a San Rafael community member, a marketing professional, and a working mother. I admired her AND enjoyed her company. I will miss seeing her face around town, hearing stories of grandchildren, as well reading about her continuing achievements. I send my deepest condolences to the family. Warm regards, Kathleen Gaines
Laurie Nardone
Laurie Nardone
Dear Ron & Family, I knew Elissa as that kind, sweet and loving next door neighbor to my mother. Both of you always showed her so much kindness, and particularly so during that last year of my mom's life. I learned just how much Elissa was a special person during that time. I was, however, unaware of the depth of her reach and commitment in helping people and organizations throughout the county until I read about her in the I-J...but it figures!! I am sorry that I didn't get to know her for a longer period of time, but am so glad I had her in my life for a little bit. My hugs to all of you... Love, Laurie
Cynthia Murray
Cynthia Murray
Elissa was a great leader and a mentor for all women.  Her legacy of helping business leaders find their voice and act for the betterment of the Marin economy will live on.  I was privileged to know and work with her. Elissa's passing leaves a void in the community which we must all try to fill to honor her memory and passion for making Marin a better place. Thank you, Elissa!
Joe Leisek
Joe Leisek
Elissa, It would be difficult for me to overstate the profound influence you've had on my life. You were my mentor. Your teaching style reflected a balance of high expectations and patience. We worked hard and always stayed focused on outcomes. You were a visionary who liked being first and best. You refused to settle for anything less than accuracy and transparency. And you were passionately committed to your cause and your community, and to your family and friends. You were also my best advocate when I sought new opportunities. I will forever value your guidance, support, and friendship. With love and appreciation, Joe
Suzanne Dunwell
Suzanne Dunwell
Dear Ron and Family: I remember the day Elissa called me in 1987. We were both new chamber executives, I started in Sausalito in September, she joined San Rafael in October. Thus began a professional collaboration that spanned almost 15 years. We also became good friends and had many great conversations over a glass of wine or two. Elissa was a complex leader, a dynamo of advocacy for the Marin business community and a visionary thinker. We are all the better for having her in our lives. Suzanne Dunwell
Carol Scott
Carol Scott
I met Elissa when I joined the Chamber almost 20 years ago but really got to know her better during the past 10 years.  She was a great and very strong lady and had a wonderful sense of humor!  I am happy to have known her and I am so sorry that she had to leave us much too early!  My thoughts are with all of the family.