Our Team

It takes a village and we are here to help

Behind every great experience is an exceptional team.  Each of our White House team members brings expertise, experience and energy to your event.  Together our team is committed to the core values of integrity, commitment and caring, all in an effort to ensure the upmost southern hospitality.

Jim Besselman


Jim brings a wealth of experience in providing outstanding service and superior food to events. He brings to Auburn a strong commitment to southern hospitality, excellent cuisine and caring for the community. 

Nina Salarno Besselman

Nina Salarno Besselman


Born in San Francisco, Nina has called Auburn home for the last 30 years.  A practicing attorney, business owner and proud mom, Nina brings incredible energy and creativity to White House event planning.  She is passionate about serving her community and giving back to local non-profits.

Harriet Salarno


Harriet provided the inspiration for the White House Barrel Club.  While living in San Francisco, she and her husband, Mike, would entertain in the iconic private clubs, discussing business affairs and enjoying social interactions. She hopes you, too, will enjoy this very special experience.

Sheryl Petersen

Operations Manager

Sheryl provides community outreach and event planning expertise to the White House.  She has a history of bringing individuals and business partners together to design and provide Auburn with fun community events.

Cecile Ganel

executive chef

Chef Cecile hails from New Orleans and is formally trained in all culinary styles, including Southern cuisine, classic French and California farm-to-fork. She brings a wealth of experience from working in five star restaurants across the Country.

Stephanie Jacoby

Barrel Club Host

Continuing with the White House Southern Hospitality, Barrel Club Host Stephanie Jacoby will be the friendly face greeting members on select nights. She will provide culinary delights from our kitchen in addition to sharing her vast knowledge about featured libations.

Juli Houston-Gray

interior designer

Bringing just the right touch to designing the indoor and outdoor spaces, Juli is our creative, resourceful and dedicated designer. Relying on her extensive creative background and not missing a detail, she brings your customized event to life.

Juli Marx

graphic designer

Juli makes us look good with her skills as a graphic designer and supports this community by helping others throughout Placer County.  She is proud to share her expertise by creating marketing collateral and websites for many events and non-profits throughout this area.

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130 Maple St, Auburn CA 95603