• Board of Directors

    Board of Directors
    BJ Saidi
    President
    Venita's Gourmet Sweets

    BJ Saidi is the co-owner of Venita’s Gourmet Sweets, a business venture he started with his wife Venita, whose talent for creating innovative sweets is out of this world. 

    BJ also works as a free-lance video editor and lends his skills to the Chamber, offering video commercials to businesses at a fraction of the cost through the Member Video Program. 

    “I believe in the phrase ‘strength in numbers’ which is why I joined the Chamber in 2017. If we forget our differences and truly come together on a larger scale, we can achieve a great many things, but only together.” BJ also belongs to Mountain Neighbors, a group dedicated to bringing people together by embracing diversity. 

    BJ takes the personal approach. “My interest and enthusiasm for the Chamber can be quite contagious. I also believe that people want to be heard, so I take the time to listen.”
    Kathleen Weinstein
    Vice President
    Artworks Community Gallery

    Kathleen Weinstein has called the Mountain Communities home since 2004. Having retired as an RN from the UCLA Healthcare System, she devotes her time to volunteering.

    She is especially proud of her work with Peak to Peak Mountain Charter School, her participation in the Pine Mountain Scrappers Quilt Guild and the Artworks Community Gallery. Serving on the Chamber of Commerce board is another opportunity for Kathleen to give back to her community.
    Deborah Turner
    Secretary & Treasurer
    Code 4 Acupuncture & Herbs
    Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

    Debbie Turner is a private-practice acupuncturist and retired 25-year law enforcement veteran.  She has invested her law enforcement experience right back into our local youth as the founder and instructor of the Frazier Mountain High School Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA).  The LELA students learn the value of teamwork, leadership, and respect as they are taken through field scenarios, inter-agency training, field trips, and activities with agencies such as the US Coast Guard, CHP, and the Kern County Sheriff Academy.

    In addition to her service as a Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce board member, she also serves on the board of the Family Resource Center, and was Past President of the Frazier Mountain Communities Rotary Club.  Debbie was honored in September 2018 as the Kern County Second District's Constituent of the Month in recognition of her contributions to the community.
    Gary Wilson
    Director
    Mountain Properties - Gary Wilson, Broker

    Gary Wilson, the Owner/Broker of Mountain Properties received his Real Estate License in 1991, and his Brokers License in 1994. He has been involved either directly or indirectly in thousands of real estate transactions. 

    Not only is he a specialist in single family residences and vacant parcels locally, he works throughout the South Bay of Los Angeles from Santa Monica to Palos Verdes and the Inland Empire.
    Lindsay Larson Call
    Director
    Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
    Executive Director

    Lindsay Larson Call moved to Frazier Park in 2013 and began working with the Mountain Communities Family Resource Center as a Family/Community Advocate a few months later. She loved serving the community and meeting so many wonderful residents during that time! 

    After serving as the AmeriCorps Program Manager, Bookkeeper, and Board Chair with the MCFRC for the past 7 years, she became the Executive Director in February 2021. She has a graduate degree in Family Studies and also teaches online university courses in family relations.
    Mel Weinstein
    Director
    Artworks Community Gallery

    Mel Weinstein started out as a history teacher but soon found out he was a gifted photographer. Over his 50-year career, Mel has worked as a personal photographer, presidential photographer, wedding photographer, magazine photographer, real estate photographer but what he enjoys most is taking photos of the great outdoors…and his dog, Reggie. 

    Mel and his wife, Kathy have lived in PMC for 17 years.  Despite that, Mel has never lost his Bronx accent or his New York sense of humor.  When he is not taking pictures, Mel is pursuing all kinds of volunteer opportunities.  He serves on the boards of several local agencies and is active in helping the Mountain Communities from schools to food insecurity and donates all his proceeds to charity.