FBID Staff & Board Members

Dianna Rios

Executive Director

Dianna has worked in economic development with the Fortuna Business Improvement District for that past 11.5 years.  Her focus has been business support, business service, community events, and community involvement.

This has allowed her to work with the 500+ business license holders in Fortuna, of which all are members of the Fortuna Business Improvement District (FBID).

 

Her position is to oversee our three core areas; Redwood Village Merchants Associations, Fortuna Downtown Business Association, and the Strongs Creek Plaza Merchants Associations. These core areas receive most of their FBID assessments back for core area promotion, community events, and business support. Her obligation is to assist the core areas where needed and represent the businesses unable to attend the meetings. Her position also requires her to provide service to city-wide businesses not located in the three core areas through tourism promotion, business recruitment, retention, public relations, citywide promotion, business support & community event support.

Awards & Boards:
2016 - Fortuna Kiwanis Club  Business Women of The Year.
2017 - Fortuna Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

2018-2019 President of the Rotary Club of Fortuna.

Current member;  Vice-Chair of Prosperity,  Fortuna Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Rotary Club of Fortuna, Headwaters Fund Board, Fortuna Chamber Tourism & Marketing Committee

Past President of the Headwaters Fund Board.

Past member of the Soroptimist of the Eel River Valley.

Past member of the Toast Masters of the Eel River Valley.

Berny McKenna

Assistant to Executive Director:

Berny McKenna is the assistant for the Fortuna Business Improvement District Executive Director

 

Berny is a Humboldt State University graduate where she majored in Recreation Administration, her passion. She joined FBID in 2016 and has become a central part of operations. While she minored in Business Administration, Sign Language & Tourism,  she has been active in our community serving locally for over 15 years working with the county's youth. She has led many major business and community events, including the Al Grey Electric Lighted Parade, the Redwood Comedy Festival, and FBID’s numerous winter holiday activities. Her current major project is working on the Humboldt Lodging Alliance Tourism Grant to promote lodging,  business relocation, and recruitment to Fortuna. Berny is a lifelong resident of Humboldt County and has two young children. Berny is pleased to serve the Eel River Valley and its surrounding communities.

Allison Stanfield

Office Assistant: ​

Allison Stanfield is the office assistant for the Fortuna Business Improvement District Executive Director

 

Allison is a recent graduate of the University of California Davis where she got her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She is also a proud alumni of College of the Redwoods, where she graduated with her Associate’s in Communications in 2018. Allison has been extensively involved with Rotary International, having been a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Taiwan in 2015-16, and becoming a member of the exchange student alumni program, Rotex, upon her return where she served as president from 2018-20.

Erica Thompson

Citywide Representative: 

 

Erica Thompson is the Fortuna Business Improvement District Board President. 

 

She joined the FBID Board in July of 2015 when the Board was seeking a business owner to represent the Home Based Business Industry. At that time, Erica and Shawn, her husband & co-owner of Plumb Construction, ran their businesses out of their home. Plumb Construction is now located at 452 North Fortuna Blvd, and they have grown their business exponentially. Erica now represents the City-Wide businesses of Fortuna on the FBID board.

Board Term: 7/1/2019-6/30/2021

Mark Seitz

City Council Representative: 

Mark Seitz is the Fortuna Business Improvement District Board City Council Representative.

 

Mark has been a member of the board since January 2020. He was appointed by the Mayor to represent the city of Fortuna and attend to the needs of local businesses in our town. He is a pastor at a local church and has a passion for community service. He also participates in the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, attending weekly meetings and having taken part in their leadership program. His role on the FBID board is to build a strong relationship between local businesses and city department heads. 

Board Term: 7/1/2019-6/30/2021

Brian Gonzalez

Downtown Representative: 

Brian Gonzalez is the Fortuna Business Improvement District Board Vice President. 

 

Brian joined the FBID Board in 2015, when he was working as the branch manager of Wells Fargo Bank, representing the Redwood Village Merchants Association. He is now the Branch Manager of US Bank representing the Downtown Merchants. Brian is very involved in the community, he is the President of a local Rotary club, is a member of the Wild Souls Ranch Board among many other community panels and has been a youth sports coach many times.

Board Term: 7/1/2019-6/30/2021

Josh Miraglia

Citywide Representative:

Josh Miraglia the Fortuna Business Improvement District Board Treasurer.

 

Josh has been a member of the board since February of 2019. He is the Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief for the City of Rio Dell. He is one of the board members for the county fast-pitch softball program and can often be found volunteering his time running concession stands at community events such as sports games and Hops in Humboldt. He represents City wide at large businesses and Strongs Creek Plaza on the FBID board.

Board Term: 7/1/2020-6/30/2022

Bailey Davy

Chamber of Commerce Representative: 

 

Bailey Davy is the Fortuna Business Improvement District Board Chamber of Commerce Representative

 

Bailey has been a member of the board since May of 2019. She is a realtor’s assistant at Cornerstone Realty. She’s worked in downtown Fortuna for over 12 years. She represents the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce on the FBID board, and she is the Chamber’s incoming President for 2021-22. She is also an active member in the Chamber Ambassador program and is on their Tourism and Marketing Committee. She is a current member of the Eel River Youth Soccer League board.

Board Term: 7/1/2020-6/30/2022

Matthew Casagrande

Redwood Village Representative: 

 

Matt Casagrade is the Fortuna Business Improvement District Board Redwood Village Representative.

 

Matt has been a member of the board since July of 2019. He has an extensive background in sales which makes him an asset as the Redwood Village Merchants Association representative on the FBID board. He is a big contributing organizer of community events including the Al Gray Electric Lighted Parade hosted by Redwood Village, the Fortuna Rodeo, and the Home-based Business Expo. Matt was the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce 2019 Ambassador of the year.

Board Term: 7/1/2019-6/30/2021

OPEN BOARD SEAT

Hospitality Representative: 

Apply to the FBID Board here

 

Thank you for your interest. 

Jeremy Stanfield

City Council Liaison: 

Jeremy Stanfield is the Fortuna Business Improvement District Board City Council Liaison

 

Jeremy is a member of the Fortuna City Council and has been delegated by the Mayor to sit on the FBID board. Jeremy is a local business owner and realtor, brokering Landmark Real Estate at 125 12th Street and is the past President of the Humboldt Association of Realtors. He is born and raised in Fortuna and is deeply involved in the community. Jeremy works to represent FBID’s interests to the rest of the city council members and fosters a positive working relationship with the City of Fortuna. 

FORTUNA BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT |  610 Main Street, Fortuna, CA 95540 | P.O. Box 1000, Fortuna, CA 95540 | (707) 725-9261 

 

@2020 by Gold Leaf Media

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram