Meet the Chamber Team
Ronnie Sharpe is head of the chamber’s social media and marketing. In college she majored in fine art, specializing in stone sculpture. “At the time, my dream was to travel around Europe and restore old stone work,” she says.
Instead after graduating, she worked as a medical illustrator for Williams and Wilkins, specializing primarily in veterinary radiology. After that, she was the Global Internet Marketing Manager for large corporations such as eBay and Baan.
In 1991, she married Paul Sharpe, a native of Scotland, and the pair moved from New York City to Mill Valley. In 2003, her daughter Amelia was born, and Ronnie became a stay-at-home-mom. A few years later, she founded a website named, “Ronnie’s Awesome List,” a resource and event guide for Bay Area families. In addition, she does everything from branding, website designs, marketing, communications, print and digital collateral and event management.
In her free time, she is involved with children, music education and animal charities such as the Southern Marin Mothers’ Club and the Redwood High School Music Boosters. She is co-chair of the Boosters’ big fundraiser, Night of Blues on March 27, 2020. Two years ago, they sold their Mill Valley home and now they live between Tiburon and Sea Ranch.
Zohre Grothe has been the chamber’s “ambassador” for the past five years. Her father, who was an engineer, was sent all over the world for his job, and she grew up in a variety of countries, mainly Italy, Greece and England.
She first came to the U.S. in 1974 as a college student at Golden Gate University where she majored in interior design.
After she was married, she lived in Piedmont, in the East Bay, and raised her two sons, Fred and Max, there. Fred is now an orthopedic surgeon, and Max is an architect and developer.
Zohre moved to Tiburon in 1977. In 1988, she received her Real Estate license and, a year later, she and her second husband, Paul Grothe, bought Marin Land Company from Bob King. For the next 22 years, the pair worked as a team selling Marin County homes.
Paul died in 2010, but Zohre continues to run the business and work in Real Estate. She is also an interior designer and is a member of the San Francisco Mart and Designer Showcase Furniture Galleria. Through this, she helps her clients purchase just the “right” furniture for their homes.
In her free time, Zohre enjoys playing tennis, swimming and jogging on the bike path at Blackie’s Pasture. She is a member of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society and volunteers as a docent at the China Cabin.
Katie Spawn is the chamber’s executive assistant. The New Jersey native earned her B.A. degree from Westminster College in Pennsylvania in 1982 with a major in English. After graduation, she worked in New York City for a financial publication company.
In 1985, she married Rob Spawn and awhile later the pair began moving around the country for his job in the financial world. They now have two grown children, Chip and Mary Kate.
In 2013, Rob was transferred to San Francisco and, after looking around the Bay Area, they bought a house in Mill Valley, the home where they still live. “As soon as we crossed over the Golden Gate Bridge, that was it. We knew we were home,” Katie says.
She has worked in a variety of local retail jobs, but recently began to help chamber Executive Director DeAnn Biss and Destination Tiburon Executive Director Stephanie Fermin. She fills in for both, promoting Tiburon’s town events and helping to entice outsiders to visit our town.
“It’s really, really fun working with these two on Tiburon events,” Katie says. “They’re wonderful to work with, there’s a lot of great energy and you can tell they love the town as much as I do.”
Diane Smith writes the chamber’s Business-of-the-Month articles and special announcements. She also snaps photos of chamber events, such as the mixers, the Tiburon Wine Festival and the Holiday Festival.
A few years after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. degree in education, she and her family moved to Belvedere where she was an active volunteer with the Parent Teacher Club (before it joined the PTA) at Reed School.
In 1980, she became a writer for the Tiburon Ark and soon afterward began to also take most of the photos for the newspaper. Over the years, she has interviewed and/or photographed a wide variety of Tiburon Peninsula locals and visitors.
For many years, she wrote and produced the Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks Society’s newsletter, was on the Tiburon Heritage & Arts Commission for two terms, served on the board of the Southern Marin American Association of University Women and played tennis in the league at the Tiburon Peninsula Club. In 2007, she was named Tiburon’s Citizen-of-the-Year.
Her husband, Larry, was Mayor of Tiburon in 1983-4 and then spent another dozen years as president of the Tiburon Peninsula Foundation. Their three children, Leslie, Chris and Jeff are now grown, and they have seven grandchildren.