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NACD Northern California Chapter Elects New Leadership Slate

January 23, 2018


Contact:  Lisa Spivey, Executive Director | 415-333-6800 |

NACD Northern California Chapter  

Board of Directors Elects New Officers

While Saluting Lydia Beebe and Evelyn Dilsaver

 Chapter elected Dennis Wu, chair; Dennis Schmal, vice chair and sponsor committee chair; Liz Fetter, treasurer; Nora Denzel, nominating/governance committee chair; Don Yee, Capital Valley Area committee chair; and Wendy Beecham, program committee chair


SAN FRANCISCO (January 23, 2018) –The Northern California Chapter (serving Capital Valley, Sacramento and surrounding areas, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley) of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) at its last board meeting elected new officers and committee chairs.

The chapter acknowledges and thanks Lydia Beebe, former chair, and Evelyn Dilsaver, former director, for their many years of dedication to NACD. We honor their unmatched service to the chapter’s development, and they will both stay on as Director Emeritus.

Former Chair Lydia Beebe observes, “Great things are in store for our chapter, and I am proud of the progress we have made together to date. A special thanks goes to our board members for the opportunity to lead; I appreciate the confidence and support.”

Newly elected Chapter Chair Dennis Wu states, “Building upon the strong work of our former officers and our members’ engagement, the NACD Northern California Chapter is expanding both in outreach and in quality of programming. We look forward to a new year of advancing the performance of board leadership by cultivating collaboration among all stakeholders.”

Executive Director Lisa Spivey adds her salute to the strong work of Lydia and Mary Jo: “I look forward to working with new board leadership to continue the chapter’s upward trajectory.” Noting that the chapter now has 1,400 members and 75 full board member companies located in its footprint, Spivey’s agenda for the upcoming year includes expansion in the Capital Valley and Silicon Valley areas, as well as continued robust programming and member engagement.

For bios of the newly elected officers of the NACD Northern California Chapter, visit,


The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 18,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. NACD’s 22 chapters provide directors with a forum for sharing experiential knowledge, seeing over the horizon, and enhancing leadership. The NACD chapter-system programs bring awareness, education, and networking to directors across the country at local venues. It is also a powerful grassroots proving ground for NACD’s research and policy efforts. NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit


The NACD Northern California Chapter provides board members in the Capital Valley, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley markets with forums and programming for best board practices, emerging governance issues, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. To learn more about the NACD Northern California Chapter, please visit