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Front Office Hours: General Email Addresses
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. General Inquires: 916.376.4722
  Please address all comments and feedback to River Cats
Address: Management at rcmanagment@rivercats.com
Raley Field General Phone Numbers:
400 Ballpark Drive Front Desk: 916.376.4700
West Sacramento, Calif., 95691 On Deck Shop: 916.376.4796
  Events & Entertainment: 916.376.4676
  Concert Noise Hotline: 916.376.4623
  Accessible/Disabled Tickets Hotline: 916.376.4636
  Fax: 916.376.4710

 

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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Susan Savage CEO, Majority Owner  

Susan SavageSusan, a native of Amarillo Texas, is entering her fourth season as the sole majority owner of the Sacramento River Cats. Susan and her late husband, Art Savage, purchased the Triple-A franchise and moved the team from Vancouver to the River City in 2000. For 10 years, they co-owned the River Cats, bringing baseball back to Sacramento after a 23-year absence. Art passed away on November 21, 2009.

A graduate of UCLA, Susan is passionate about the arts and has integrated student art into the ballpark through the Pillars of Art tile program and the annual calendar featuring original art from area schools. In 2012, Susan was nominated to be minor league baseball's Female Executive of the Year, and was selected as the Sacramento Businesswoman of the Year. Susan was also awarded one of the 2014 "Women Who Mean Business" at their yearly awards luncheon. In her free time, she sits on the boards of the UC Davis Children's Hospital Advisory Committee and the Chevo Foundation, and is a member of the NextED/Cranes CEO Champions and the Sacramento Host Breakfast Committee.

Her vision, as was Art's, is to offer the best fan experience possible and to make customer service the top priority. Susan and the River Cats family strive, on a daily basis, to make Raley Field the number one venue for entertainment in the Sacramento area.

Susan's two sons, Jeff and Brent, are both River Cats employees.


Jeff Savage General Manager  

Jeff SavageJeff Savage is the River Cats' General Manager and oversees Ticket Sales, Marketing, Events & Entertainment and various land development projects around Raley Field.

Prior to joining the River Cats, Jeff operated a sole proprietorship, consulting and advising client companies both inside and outside the professional sports world. Before venturing on his own, Jeff was a manager in the San Francisco office of Deloitte & Touche, consulting client companies in the management of their intellectual property.

Jeff received his bachelor's degree in business administration at Southern Methodist University and his masters in business administration at the University of California, Davis. He and his wife, Ulrike, and their children reside in Sacramento.


Dan Vistica Executive VP & CFO  

Dan VisticaA native of Portland, Ore., Dan is entering his 15th season with the River Cats. He is the Executive Vice President and CFO of the River Cats and Chairman of the Board of the River Cats Foundation. During his time at Raley Field, he has managed all aspects of the company's finance and administrative functions as well as certain operations of the company.

Prior to joining the River Cats, Dan worked in private industry and began his career with Deloitte. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola University in Los Angeles and his master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University in Los Angeles.

He is a member of both the AICPA and the California CPA Society. He is currently a member of US Bank's Board of Directors for the Sacramento region and heads the Pacific Coast League's Finance Committee.


Chip Maxson Senior VP of Business Operations  

Chip MaxsonOriginally from the Midwest, Chip grew up cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes, Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls. After playing college baseball at Olivet Nazarene University, he realized that MLB was not going to be a reality but a career in baseball certainly could be.

Chip continued his education, earning an MSE in Sports Management from Baylor University and landing internships with the Kane County Cougars and Memphis Redbirds. From Memphis, Chip joined Mandalay Baseball Properties and led the Frisco RoughRiders sales staff that was recognized by Sports Business Journal as the highest revenue-producing team in all of MiLB in 2007.

In 2008, Chip moved to Tacoma, WA, to help turn around the Tacoma Rainiers. As Vice President of Ticket Sales, Maxson oversaw the largest sales staff in the PCL and increased ticket revenue by more than 150% in his first four seasons by selling out the contract suites, premium and club areas. Chip was also instrumental in the $30M renovation of Cheney Stadium which won Ballpark Digest's 2011 Renovation of the Year award.

In 2012, Chip and his wife Allison moved to Sacramento to join the River Cats family. Allison is an elite runner, so together they enjoy doing races, working out and anything outdoors.


FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES

Grace Bailey Human Resources Director

Grace Bailey Grace is entering her fifth season with the River Cats as the Human Resources Director. Grace joined the team with a tenured background in HR, Management and Customer Service; she is the ultimate Human Resource professional and is known for her warm, outgoing, and charismatic persona. Grace is passionate about staff development and providing opportunities for River Cats employees to excel.

In her off time, you can find Grace preparing and sharing delicious meals and moments with her large Italian family, as well as attending her son's sporting events.

Email: gbailey@rivercats.com


Maddie Strika Controller

Maddie Strika Maddie is entering her seventh season with the Sacramento River Cats. She is a graduate of Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy. Maddie grew up in the small town of Georgetown, California, and currently resides in West Sacramento with her husband and son. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and spending time with friends and family.

Email: mstrika@rivercats.com


Michelle Agurto Accounting Assistant

Leah Larot Receptionist

Leah Larot Leah is in her second season as the receptionist with the Sacramento River Cats. Born and raised in San Jose, Leah's passion to compete earned her a soccer scholarship to Sacramento State where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in Communications with a minor is Sociology. While at Sac State, Leah became the first lady Hornet to play in and win two conference championships and advance to two NCAA tournaments. She is among the top players in school history in goals and games played.

Before joining the River Cats team, Leah experienced the other side of Sac State sports, working for the Athletic Department, aiding at various sporting events including baseball, softball, football and track. She also held temporary positions working retail at Nike as well as office positions for Corporate Verizon.

Leah still enjoys playing soccer with some of her college buddies and can be found most weekends still competing for indoor and outdoor teams. Additionally, Leah is involved with community outreach programs for youth through her church, The House a Bayside Church. She still finds time to drive down to San Jose to visit family and friends, but sees herself settling in Sacramento.

Email: reception@rivercats.com


TICKET SALES & SERVICES

John Krivacic Ticket Operations Director

John KrivacicJohn has been with the River Cats organization since 2011 in the roll of Director of Ticket Operations. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Raley Field Ticket Office and is responsible for all ticketing for the River Cats and Raley Field events.

Prior to joining the River Cats, John spent seven seasons as the Ticket Services Administrator for the Sacramento Kings. John is a former college athlete having played soccer for the University of Notre Dame where he earned his degree in Management Information Systems. John grew up outside of Dallas, Texas and is a diehard Cowboys, Mavericks and Rangers fan. Aside from watching and rooting for his favorite sports teams, John enjoys golfing, playing recreational softball and most importantly spending quality time with his wife, Katie, and daughter, Kelsey.

 


Khimberly Marshall Ticket Operations Assistant

Khimberly Marshall

 


Adam English Ticket Sales Director

Adam EnglishThis is Adam's 2nd season as the Director of Ticket Sales for the River Cats, but is 9th season in baseball. Although born in South Texas, he grew up in Lexington Kentucky. Growing up in Kentucky, one thing rules above all else, that is Kentucky Basketball. He also enjoys rooting on the Cincinnati Reds and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Email: aenglish@rivercats.com


Jordan Cannon Inside Sales Manager

Jordan Cannon Jordan is entering his second season with the Sacramento River Cats, as the Inside Sales Manager. Jordan is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned his B.S. in Sport Management.

Jordan has most recently worked with The Adirondack Phantoms, the AHL Affiliate of The Philadelphia Flyers, as a Senior Account Executive. Prior to his time with the Phantoms, he worked with The Philadelphia Soul, an arena football team in Philadelphia, PA. During his time at the Soul he witnessed the team capture an American Conference Championship, but came up short in the Arena Bowl in New Orleans.

Born and raised on the east-coast Jordan is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball and golf with friends. With his first time living on the west-coast, Jordan is excited to continue working with the Sacramento River Cats.

Email: jcannon@rivercats.com


Mychal Baker Corporate Account Executive

Mychal Baker Mychal is entering his second season with the River Cats as a member of the Corporates Sales team. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he brings a new energy to the River Cats family.

A graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. in Marketing, Mychal enjoys watching movies, rooting for his favorite hometown teams, and fueling his sneaker addiction. He puts family before his own glory and looks to continue that tradition with his new River Cats family.

Email: mbaker@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4824


Andrew Dean Corporate Account Executive

Andrew Dean Hailing from Rocklin, CA, Andrews is joining us for his first season with the River Cats. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Economics, Andrew started his career in Los Angeles fundraising and managing volunteers with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life before moving back up to the Sacramento area. Andrew is a devout LA Dodger fan and spends his free time doing anything that will pose a good challenge. He is thrilled to be joining such a great organization back in his old stomping grounds.

Email: adean@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4856


Cooper Farrer Corporate Account Executive

Cooper Farrer Cooper joins the River Cats for his first season this year, after spending most of the 2013 NFL season as a Seasonal Ticket Sales Associate with the Atlanta Falcons. Born and raised in San Rafael, he is a huge San Francisco 49ers, Giants, and Oregon Ducks fan. His previous work in sports includes his time as a Marketing Intern for the Seattle Mariners and 49ers. Cooper received his start in sales as a Sales Associate at Nordstrom in Women's Shoes.

Cooper grew up playing both baseball and football and received his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Business from the University of Oregon in 2012. Go Ducks!!

Having recently moved to Sacramento, Cooper finds himself making trips between the Bay Area and Tahoe. Cooper is really looking forward to a successful 2014 River Cats season.

Email: cfarrer@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4634


John Watts Senior Corporate Account Executive

John Watts Born and raised in Los Angeles, John is entering his tenth year working in Minor League Baseball. He previously worked for the Fresno Grizzlies and the Stockton Ports in their tickets sales departments. He is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include playing basketball and softball.

Email: jwatts@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4633


Michelle Bello Group Events Account Executive

Michelle Bello Michelle was born and raised in Dixon, CA, where she attended Dixon High School and played softball and golf. She recently graduated from Western Carolina University in May, 2013 where she attained a B.S. in Communication with PR emphasis and minor in marketing. She immediately came back to California to work for the River Cats as a sales assistant, and was promoted to be a group sales account executive. She is now in charge of the high school baseball program. I love to play sports, ride my horse, travel and spend time with friends and family.

Email: mbello@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4826


Jon Choi Group Events Account Executive

Jon Choi Born and raised in Southern California, Jon came up to Northern California to attend University California, Davis, where he majored in Managerial Economics. Jon loves everything about sports. He played baseball and football in high school where they were awarded CIF champions. An avid sport fan, Jon roots for the Dodgers, Chargers, and Lakers. Jon is excited to be part of this team and working in sports!

Email: jchoi@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4613


Eddie Eixenberger Group Events Account Executive

Eddie Eixenberger Eddie is entering his first season with the River Cats. Originally from Washington State. Prior to relocating to Sacramento and joining the River Cats Family he had spent 4 years in Idaho attending Boise State University, home of the Broncos and famous "Smurf Turf". He graduated with a Double Major in Business and Human Resource Management.

His two major passions outside of baseball include Motocross and Boise State Football. Eddie loves Northern California for it's great year round weather for riding his dirt bike, and the fact that it's only a day's drive away from home and Boise.

Although in 49ers Country, Eddie is a huge enthusiast of all things Northwest, especially the Seattle Seahawks and Grunge Music. He is always looking for fellow Washingtonian's to join forces against the Bay Area Fan Base.

Eddie is extremely excited and grateful to be working in the sports industry and for this organization.

Email: eeixenberger@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4873


Alejandro Lacayo Group Events Account Executive

Alejandro Lacayo After completing the 2013 season as a sales assistant, Alejandro has proven himself enough to earn a full-time Groups Events, Account Executive position.

A Bay Area native, Alejandro dedicates his emotions and feelings to the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors. He also roots for the Fresno State Bulldogs, where he acquired his B.S. in Sports Marketing.

Outside the ballpark, Alejandro enjoys playing sports, catching live shows and listening to all different types of music.

Email: alacayo@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4867


Joey Van Cleave Group Events Account Executive

Joey Van Cleave Born and raised in Windsor, which is in Sonoma County, he competed in college baseball as a pitcher at Sonoma State University. His baseball team made it to the College World Series in 2011. He graduated from Sonoma State University, earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology. He is an avid Bay Area sports fan, following the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks.

Email: jvancleave@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4789


Alicia Stefani Membership Coordinator

Alicia StefaniAlicia is well underway in her first season working with the River Cats, but her family has had season tickets since the team arrived to Sacramento. She returns to her hometown after seven years of living in both Denver and San Luis Obispo. Alicia graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration with a concentration in Special Events Management. Alicia is in devoted sports fan and loves to cheer for her Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring various restaurants, and traveling to different ballparks to see a game.

Email: astefani@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4868


CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

Greg Coletti Corporate Partnerships Director

Greg ColettiGreg earned his bachelor's degree in Communications with a minor in Business Marketing after attending the University of the Pacific. An avid sports fan, Greg enjoys watching the New York Mets beat up on the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds. Greg is going into his sixth season with the River Cats after returning home to Sacramento where he grew up for most of his childhood in Roseville, CA. Prior to joining the River Cats, Greg worked for InStadium, Inc. where he developed marketing solutions for local businesses interested in advertising in Major League Baseball stadiums. Greg currently resides in Rocklin, CA with his wife Laura and two beautiful girls, Allie and Hannah.

Email: gcoletti@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4842


Ross Richards Corporate Partnerships Manager

Ross Richards Ross earned his degree in Sports Marketing from the University of Oregon. An avid angler, he joined the Oregon Bass Fishing team and following his Junior year, took the role of President and traveled across country to compete in several collegiate tournaments. Much to his surprise, he had managed to turn his childhood hobby into an all-expenses paid vacation. Following college, he joined the Corporate Partnerships department with the Portland Trail Blazers. After consulting with the great Michael Jordan, he decided to try out Minor League baseball and took a position as Corporate Sales Manager for the Tacoma Rainiers before joining the River Cats.

Ross was raised in the beautiful State of Jefferson in Northern California. He attended Yreka High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. Ross is a huge San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan and loves fishing, hunting and anything outdoors.

Email: rrichards@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4716


Kelly O'Brien Partnership Activation Coordinator

Kelly OBrien Kelly is originally from Petaluma where she attended high school and played soccer, basketball, track, and cross country. She recently graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

This is Kelly's third season with the Sacramento River Cats, her first was as a member of the Cat Crew. Kelly started the 2013 season as a Sales Assistant before being promoted to Partnership Activation Coordinator. She has also worked with the Sacramento Kings as an in-game promotions intern, at CBS radio as a special events intern, for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a fundraising intern, and in the Sacramento State ticketing office. Kelly is an avid San Francisco Giants fan and is especially fond of Buster Posey.

Email: kobrien@rivercats.com


Julie Imhoff Partnership Activation Coordinator

Julie Imhoff Native to the Sacramento area, Julie will be starting her first season with the River Cats after spending the last seven years in the Orange County area. For the last two years, Julie worked for the Walt Disney Company where she was a Lead/Scheduler for the Characters/Imaging Department at Disney California Adventure Park. She is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University where she obtained her Bachelors in Graphic Design and just completed a Professional Certificate in Marketing from UC Berkeley Extension Program.

Julie is an avid sports enthusiast and has been involved in sports for most of her life. She participated in basketball and softball through high school and swam competitively all the way into college, where she was named a NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2009 with APU. Some of her favorite things to do are watching movies and getting together with friends and family, including her little dog Oliver.

Email: jimhoff@rivercats.com


MARKETING, PROMOTIONS, PR & EVENTS

Erin O'Donnell Marketing Director

Erin ODonnell Erin joined the River Cats in June 2014 as the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for overseeing the Marketing department including all advertising, sponsorship implementation, ballpark entertainment, website and social media, public relations, and community relations.

With almost 10 years of Minor League Baseball experience, Erin previously spent five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis, two seasons with the Kansas City Royals' Double-A affiliate in Northwest Arkansas and two seasons in her native Corpus Christi with the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Erin graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with degrees in both Business Administration (Marketing) and Communications, and with minors in Communication Management and History.

Erin stays active in the community having volunteered weekly at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as a Special Olympics basketball coach, fostering dogs for deployed members of the military, and frequently participating in Habitat for Humanity builds.

Email: eodonnell@rivercats.com


Kelly Cassidy Marketing Coordinator

Kelly Cassidy Born and raised on the island of Kodiak, Alaska, Kelly attended Sacramento State where she received her bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration. Entering her second season with the River Cats, Kelly is a loyal Oakland A's fan.

In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling, reading the latest dystopia series, Tupelos coffee, and listening to country music.

Email: kcassidy@rivercats.com


Mike Villarreal Multimedia & Graphic Design Coordinator

Mike VillarrealMike has been with the River Cats since 2005. As the Multimedia and Graphic Design Coordinator, Mike designs logos and posters for the River Cats, Raley Field, and Merlinos as well as clothing for the On Deck Shop, official merchandise of the River Cats. If you ever find yourself at the Boys & Girls Club of Sacramento, don't miss the mural Mike painted for the center in his free time.

Email: mvillarreal@rivercats.com


Ann Frazier Graphic Designer

Ann FrazierIn her first season with the River Cats, Ann originally hails from San Jose and is a huge San Jose Sharks, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and University of Southern California Trojans fan. Don't worry, she has an excuse for that last one - she is a graduate from USC with a BA in Communication with an emphasis in Digital and Sports Media. Prior to joining the River Cats, she worked for the San Jose Sharks as a graphic designer and gameday video coordinator.

In her free time, Ann enjoys watching sports, reading nonfiction books, going to the movies, and baking peanut butter cup cookies for her coworkers. 

Email: afrazier@rivercats.com


Dane Lund Entertainment & Promotions Manager

Dane Lund Dane comes to the River Cats from Tacoma, WA where he spent three seasons in game-entertainment with the Tacoma Rainiers. Dane is a Washington native and admits to being a life-long Seattle Mariners fan. Dane received his BA in Media & Communications at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. After graduating Dane completed an internship with Media for Development International, a socially conscious film company located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

When he's not at the ballpark, Dane loves to travel. He has been to 21 countries and 49 states. Dane also enjoys Seattle sports, wakeboarding, snowboarding, cycling, and going to concerts.

Email: dlund@rivercats.com


Mark Ling Public Relations & Baseball Operations Coordinator

Mark LingMark attended UC Davis, and is entering his fourth season with the River Cats. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Davis, with their baby boy and enjoy the fine food at Our House restaurant in downtown Davis.

Email: mling@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4751


Brittney Broberg Events & Entertainment Coordinator

Brittney Broberg Brittney was born and raised in Roseville, CA, where she grew up playing all sports. In high school, she played softball and volleyball, and went on to become a coach for Roseville Girls Softball. She attended Sac State, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and International Business. She loves the atmosphere of Raley Field and is very excited to be a part of the team.

Email: bbroberg@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4724


Rhett Holland Mascot Coordinator

Rhett HollandRhett joined the River Cats during the 2010 season as the team's Mascot Coordinator. Rhett organizes and handles all of Dinger's outside community events, as well as Dinger's in-game entertainment at Raley Field.

Rhett graduated from Rio Americano High School in 2006. Previously, Rhett managed a local golf store, The Wide World of Golf, for four years. Rhett is an avid white water enthusiast who loves fishing, playing music and all sports!

Email: rhholland@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4754


MERCHANDISE

Rose Holland Merchandise Manager

Rose HollandThis is Rose's sixth season with the River Cats as the Merchandise Manager. She has been in the retail business for the last 30 years. Rose and her husband, Rick, owned and operated a tennis specialty store for most of those years. She is a graduate of Fresno State University and the mother of two boys, Ricky and Rhett. For seven years she coached the Rio Americano High School girls varsity tennis team -- and she still enjoys playing tennis in her free time.

Email: rholland@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4960


Erin Kilby Assistant Merchandise Manager

Erin KilbyThis is Erin's second season as the Assistant Manager of the On Deck Shop, but her fifth season with the River Cats. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing. Erin is an avid San Jose Sharks, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's and San Francisco 49ers fan. She enjoys sports, traveling, movies and spending time with family and friends.

Email: ekilby@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4796


Brent Savage Website & Research Coordinator

Brent SavageBrent is entering his 10th season in minor league baseball as a website and research coordinator with the Sacramento River Cats. Brent is a fan of all sports - Baseball (Oakland A's), Hockey (San Jose Sharks), Basketball (Sacramento Kings) and Football (San Francisco 49ers). Brent's favorite baseball memory came when Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's all-time stolen base record.

Email: bsavage@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4960


OPERATIONS

Ryan Von Sossan Stadium Operations and Events & Entertainment Director

Ryan Von SossanThe 2014 season is Ryan's eighth with the River Cats and Raley Field. He previously worked with minor league teams in Dayton, Ohio, and Lincoln, Neb.

An Ohio native, Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He enjoys spending free time with family, live music and skiing the Tahoe slopes.

Email: rvonsossan@rivercats.com


Mike Gossen Facility Engineer

Russ Casselberry Operations Lead

Russ Casselberry

Email: rcasselberry@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4644


Chris Shastid Head Groundskeeper

Chris ShastidUpon graduating from Michigan State in 2010 with a degree in Sports Turf Management, Chris Shastid knew he wanted to pursue a career in the sports industry. After having had the opportunity to work grounds for the Altoona Curve (Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates), San Francisco Giants, and at the Spring Training Complex for the Baltimore Orioles, he was offered a position in 2012 in grounds-keeping here at Raley Field. The Walnut Creek native made the move to Sacramento and has been working hard to prepare for games and other on-field events at the ballpark ever since.

Email: cshastid@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4854


Marcello Clamar Grounds Coordinator

Marcello Clamar

Email: mclamar@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4742