Saturday Nov 20 2010
Familiar Faces: Rosie Joe Herrnberger — Auburn Chamber of Commerce
By: Max Puckett Journal Correspondent
Rosie Joe Herrnberger is working harder as a result of Auburn Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Cosgrove’s medical leave of absence. “I’m just doing my job and helping where I can. Usually we (Cosgrove and I) are both in the office,”Herrnberger said. “Now it’s just me so I have more work to do, but I do receive help from other chamber members and the community,” The Hawaii native moved to the area in December 2005 after graduating from the University of Hawaii, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. “It was time for a change,” she said. “I had a cousin in Sacramento and a friend in Grass Valley. My cousin had a room for rent, so I found a school in the area and made the decision and moved.” She graduated from Golden Gate University in Natomas in 2007 with a master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting. After taking a break from both school and work to relax, she began her own bookkeeping business and joined the Auburn Chamber of Commerce in December 2008. She began working there in May 2009. Herrnberger said her favorite part of the job is the randomness of the position. “All the different things I do keep things interesting,” Herrnberger said. “It is not boring. Every day there is a new challenge.” She got married in July to Robert Herrnberger of Colfax, a substitute science teacher and bartender at Latitudes. “Getting married is the most exciting thing ever. It was such a wonderful day,” Herrnberger said. “Once I was flying from San Francisco to Hawaii and one of the engines on the airliner caught fire and we had to turn around and land. That was pretty exciting too. Growing up on an island you can’t afford to be afraid to fly or you can’t go anywhere. I was 13, I think. I got over it.” When not working, she enjoys beading and quilting, gardening, going to garage sales on Saturdays and going on adventures with her husband. “I just quilted my first quilt by hand for my cousin’s baby,” she said. “It was the first thing I’ve ever done by hand. I usually use a machine.” She credits her parents as being her biggest inspiration. “My parents really encouraged us to do what we wanted to and gave us the resources to get to where we are or want to be,” Herrnberger said.