Jeffrey L. Grover is President and Owner of Solecon Industrial Contractors, established in 1981 as a Central Valley based provider of mechanical systems and services. In addition to his service for Opportunity Stanislaus, Jeffrey currently serves on the boards of Stanislaus Surgical Hospital, MTC Distributing, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Stanislaus County Employee Retirement Association, and Nexus Engineering. In the past he has served on the boards of the Modesto Commerce Bank, 5.11 Tactical, Modesto Chamber of Commerce, the McHenry Mansion, Doctors Medical Center Foundation, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Modesto Rotary Club, and Partners International, a Christian mission organization. Civically he has served on the City of Modesto Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustments and was the Stanislaus County Grand Jury foreman in 1992. Jeffrey served in publically elected office as a Stanislaus County Supervisor for two terms from 2003-2010.
Christian Lehikainen has worked in the Ag community for over 30 years, the last 27 as Vice President of Field Operations, and Plant Inputs at Stanislaus Food Products, specializing in fresh-packed tomato products for Italian restaurants and pizzerias throughout North America. Chris has held numerous positions within Stanislaus Food Products, including the field department, harvesting, plant operations, and ingredient purchasing. He serves on various boards, all dealing with agriculture and educating the public on current agricultural issues. He is presently serving as the President of the Board of Directors of the National Ag Science Center in addition to acting as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Processing Tomato Advisory Board.
Frank Otis joined Crystal Creamery in 2012 bringing with him more than 19 years of leadership experience in the dairy industry including 10 years of prior experience as President and CEO. Before joining Crystal, Frank spent four years as President and CEO of Aloutte Cheese USA LLC, six years running Kellers Creamery LLC and nine years at Alta Dena Dairy where he gained experience in a variety of areas ultimately serving as the Vice President and General Manager charged with leading their financial turnaround. Frank is skilled at delivering sustainable growth in challenging markets and at turning unknown products into well-known brands with the assistance of the world-class teams he assembles. When not working Frank can be seen out running with his dog Ranger or spending time with his wife Ann and his grown children when they are in town visiting.
Paul Van Konynenburg is the managing partner of Britton Konynenburg Partners, a 1,300-acre producer of peaches, apples, cherries, almonds and apricots. Paul is experienced in regional public-private collaborations including serving as Chairman of the Stanislaus County Economic Development and Workforce Alliance and the Stanislaus County Economic Development Corporation. Paul has served on the Board of Directors of various nonprofits including Stanislaus County Youth for Christ and Modesto Christian School. Additionally, he has served in leadership on the Modesto Chamber of Commerce Land Use and Transportation Committee as well as the Modesto Downtown Rotary Club. Paul has also advised many political campaigns and initiatives at the local and regional level. Paul holds a Bachelor's degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis. While at U.C. Davis he was involved in varsity athletics, student government and was the recipient of the Chancellor's "Outstanding Senior" award. Paul has been married to his wife Sheila since 1991. They have two sons, Landon and Jaxon.
James K. Brenda established JKB Development Corporation in 1980, which has since expanded and evolved into businesses including JKB Energy, JKB Living and Sol Vista Farming. James owns and serves as president of JKB Living and JKB Energy. JKB Living is a new home and multifamily builder responsible for thousands of homes in dozens of communities throughout Stanislaus County, Northern California, and Nevada. JKB Energy is a leading solar integrator that provides photovoltaic systems to commercial California agriculture communities. As a leading renewable integrator for California agribusiness, this Turlock, California-based business has more than 100 megawatts of installed capacity across 200 completed projects throughout the state. His additional ventures include a partnership in Brenda Athletic Club, real estate development projects, and farming endeavors. James currently serves on the Stanislaus Alliance Board, the California State University-Stanislaus Foundation Board, the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Board (two-term past board chair), the Emanuel Medical Center Board, and the Prodigal Sons and Daughters Board. He is a past two-term president of the Building Industry Association of Central California Board, past president of the Active 20-30 Club, and on the city of Turlock Development Collaborative Advisory Council. James resides in Turlock with his wife, Gena, and two daughters. In his downtime, he enjoys golfing, skiing, and exploring the outdoors.
Bowen Cardoza, of CoSol Commercial Real Estate in Modesto, specializes in the sales and leasing of Office, Industrial and Investment Real Estate. Following graduation in 2003 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Bowen returned home to Modesto where he began a career in commercial real estate at Lee & Associates. There, he spent a decade growing his clientele before transitioning to CoSol in 2013. Bowen is currently on the boards of the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Miracle League of Stanislaus County and has served on the boards at Howard Training center and Sierra Vista Child & Family Services. When he isn't spending time with his wife and children, Bowen enjoys volunteering in his community.
Sean is Principal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ross F. Carroll Inc., one of the area's leading general engineering contractors. During his tenure at the company he has served as Project Manager, Estimator, and Operations Manager, utilizing those skills to grow the organization to $60 million in annual revenue at the height of the market. Sean is also the Principal of Pacific Rim Advisory Group, LLC, an equity investment, merger and acquisitions firm. Sean is actively involved in his community as former President of the Valley Builders Exchange, Past Chairman of both the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance and the Memorial Hospital Foundation, Founding Member of both Commonwealth Modesto and Expect More Stanislaus. Sean has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Business from the University of Southern California.
David Darmstandler was raised in the Central Valley and still lives in Modesto with his wife and three young boys. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Business Management from Bethany University and spent the early years of his career in finance and technology startups. David is the CEO and Co-Founder of Datapath, a technology-managed service provider located here in Modesto. Datapath was founded in 2005, and has been recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company five years in a row. David was also recognized by the Small Business Association as Small Business Person of the Year in 2014 for the Central Valley. David's true passion is community service and working with startups throughout the Central Valley. David currently serves as a board member for the Stanislaus Merced Angel Investors, and as the City Champion of Lemonade Day Modesto, Co-Founder/Chair of One Table Modesto, and advisor/investor for numerous local technology startups.
Lynn Dickerson currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Gallo Center for the Arts. She began that position in October 2009 after a 29 year career in the newspaper business, including six years as Publisher of The Modesto Bee. In addition to Opportunity Stanislaus, Lynn serves as Past President of Modesto Rotary Club, board member for Stanislaus Community Foundation, the Great Valley Center, Downtown Modesto Partnership, and she represents Arts, Entertainment & Sports on the County CEO's Focus on Prevention Task Force. In the past she served on the boards of the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, Modesto Junior College Foundation, CSU Stanislaus Foundation, Modesto Chamber of Commerce and chaired the United Way campaign. Lynn was awarded the Robert J Cardoza Citizen of the Year award in 2014 by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, she and her family were honored by the Boy Scouts of America Yosemite Council as their Distinguished Citizens of the Year. She was named Woman of the Year in 2011 for the 25th Assembly District of the State of California by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen. She was named an Outstanding Woman of Stanislaus County in 2012. She has served as President of both the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Texas Daily Newspaper Association.
Pat is a native of the state of Illinois, but he moved to California in 1985 to work for the E. & J. Gallo Winery after earning a degree in political science and business from the University of Notre Dame. Pat’s first job with the Winery was in sales, working in Southern California and later the State of Louisiana. He moved to the Modesto, CA, headquarters in 1987 to take a new position in the marketing department. Prior to his current role at the winery, Pat was responsible for managing numerous brands, culminating in the development and launch of the fine wines from Gallo of Sonoma; and he also directed our Trade Hospitality program for many years. As Senior Director, Corporate Workforce Development, Pat now oversees all aspects of Gallo University, including the development and implementation of Wine and Spirits Product Training, Gallo Management and Leadership Fundamentals programs, and Gallo Operations/Supply Chain training initiatives. For the last 31 years, Pat has studied the science and art of winemaking extensively at Gallo, in wineries and vineyards around the world, and at the University of California at Davis’ School of Viticulture and Enology. In 2001, he applied for and was accepted as a candidate for the Institute of Master’s of Wine credential program (MW). In 2002, Pat tested for and passed both the Society of Wine Educator’s (SWE) prestigious Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Wine Educator (CWE) exams, becoming one of fewer than 200 CWE’s worldwide. In 2009, Pat passed the SWE’s Certified Specialist in Spirits (CSS) exam; and in 2010 he passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Certified Sommelier (CS) exam. Pat often represents the Winery on volunteer boards and at public events where his experience and love of education are dedicated to helping people understand the production and enjoyment of wines of every type.
Joe S. Duran is the Executive Vice President of Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Since Self Help's founding in 1980, it has provided more than $6.8 billion of financing to over 102,000 families of modest means, small businesses and non-profit organizations across the country. Joe joined Self-Help in 2009 when he led locally founded Community Trust Credit Union into a partnership with Self-Help, out of Durham North Carolina, and has helped to build then newly formed Self-Help Federal Credit Union to a 22 branch, 80,000 plus membership of mostly low-income members in the Bay Area, North Central Valley, South Central Valley, Los Angeles, San Diego as well as Chicago and Florida. Joe has received many awards and acknowledgements for his service to Latino, and other underserved communities, including: the "La Raza" Award from El Concilio for the Spanish Speaking, "Hispanic of the Year Award" by the Stanislaus County Hispanic American Society, "Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility", "Credit Union Diversity" and "Cultural Diversity" Awards from the California/Nevada Credit Union League. Joe is co- founder of The Latino Business Association, currently serves as Secretary of City Ministry Network, on the Boards of The Stanislaus Community Foundation, Community Transitional Resources and The Fresno Community Development Institution (CDFI).
Dr. Stephen Endsley is the Founder, President, and part Owner of Valley Heart Associates, a Central Valley based medical practice focused on the provision of high-quality cardiac care. Stephen's entrepreneurialism expands to include co-ownership of Greens Table and Greens on Tenth, Valley Spirits, Cold House Vodka, G& F Agricultural Service, Fuel Up Supplements and a diverse real estate portfolio that includes warehouses, office spaces, restaurants and event centers. Stephen received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Colgate University, his Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College and his FACC from the American College of Cardiology. Stephen is active in a variety of local charities including the boy scouts and he and his wife Ann are past recipients of the John and June Rogers Philanthropist of the Year award.
Brian Fiscalini is the Chief Executive Officer of Fiscalini Farms and Cheese Company. Brian grew up on the fourth generation family farm and has great memories of working alongside his father John as a child. Before coming home to the family business Brian worked as an intern in Northern Indiana and Central Wisconsin for Fair Oaks Dairy Farms. Brian has worked in many aspects of animal husbandry, dairy cattle nutrition, growing crops, cheese manufacturing, sales and marketing for the family business. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Brian and his wife Danielle have three children: Mathew, Claire and Thomas.
Jeff Foster spent more than 18 years serving at at his two family businesses, Foster Poultry Farms and Crystal Creamery, including seven years serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the dairy. Today, while he still serves on the board of Foster Poultry Farms, Jeff also owns and operates his own company, OF Logic, a unique e-learning site for companies to provide turn-key training for their employees. In addition to his service for Opportunity Stanislaus, Jeff is also very involved in a number of other local boards and organizations. He is currently serving as the Board Chair for the Stanislaus Family Justice Center, an organization committed to helping victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Additionally, in 2012 Jeff and his wife Britta founded the local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, a project which has grown to feed more than 2,000 Modesto students each weekend during the school year. Jeff is also very involved with Big Valley Christian School and supporting local Christian education. On an international level Jeff serves on the board for Cambodia Impact, a Christian mission organization dedicated to helping orphans, widows and the poor in Cambodia. In support of this organization Jeff and his family including all of four his children - have made multiple trips to the country of Cambodia.
Brad Hawn is the Owner and President of CHG structural. His career in structural engineering began in 1978 and today his practice is focused on seismic retrofits for hospitals throughout the state of California. Brad currently serves as President for Modesto Neighborhoods Incorporated, as a Board Member for Opportunity Stanislaus, as a Chairman for LAFCO commission, and is a former Modesto City Council Member. Brad was born and raised in Modesto. He currently resides in Modesto with his wife Nancy, in close proximity to his three children and five grandchildren.
Warren J. Kirk serves as Chief Executive Officer for Doctors Medical Center, overseeing the strategic, operational and clinical activities for the 461-bed acute care hospital in Modesto, Calif. Prior to joining Tenet, Warren served as president and chief executive officer at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a 1,080-bed hospital in Oakland, Calif. In these roles, Warren established a clinical quality standard of top performance, significantly improved employee satisfaction and consistently exceeded operating budget targets in financial performance. He also led the development of a $450 million strategic master facility plan for the medical center. Warren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in behavioral science and health from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in hospital and healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. Warren is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on various health care and community boards including the Hospital Council of Northern California, Western States Affiliate of the American Heart Association, and Samuel Merrit University. He is an active Board member of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and Boys and Girls Club of Stanislaus County and participates in numerous local civic committees.
Daryn J. Kumar has worked for Sutter Health since 2004, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Memorial Medical Center. Prior to assuming his current duties, Daryn served in a number of leadership roles within Sutter Health, including the Chief Operating Officer at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Chief Operating Officer at Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Assistant Administrator at Sutter Delta Medical Center, in Antioch, California. Before joining Sutter Health, he served in a variety of leadership positions with Tenet Healthcare Corporation at Doctor's Medical Center, San Pablo/Pinole in the East Bay Area from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Kumar started his career in healthcare in the United States Air Force as a Radiological Technologist and served on active duty from 1989 to 1998 and on active reserve duty from 2000 to 2006. Daryn has an Associate degree in Radiological Sciences, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Business Administration. His professional activities include past Section Chair and Board Member, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California; past Secretary and Board of Director for CALSTAR, a nonprofit air ambulance company; past Board member of the Sutter Roseville Endoscopy Center; former Executive Committee Member of the Sutter Neurosciences Institute; and past Board Member for the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County. Daryn is also involved in local and regional affairs as a member of the Rotary Club of Modesto, a Community Hospice Board member, Modesto Chamber of Commerce and Board member of the Stanislaus Community Foundation and the Valley Consortium for Medical Education. He is also an active participant in the March of Dimes, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
John Mayol serves as the President and CEO of Pacific Southwest Container where he has worked since 1978. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee and former board member for the Fibre Box Association, a leading trade association in the corrugated packaging arena. John is active in his community having served on the board and as President of the board for Society for DisAbilities from 1981-1991, as a past board member of Community Hospice, as President and former board member of the Del Rio Country Club, and as a former board member of both Gallo Center for the Arts and Lahontan Golf Club. Additionally, John was a Founder and past board member of First Tee of Modesto and was named Philanthropist of the Year in 2009 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Yosemite Chapter. John has his Bachelor of Arts from University of the Pacific. He and his wife Tami have two children, Taylor and Trenton.
Dillon Olvera currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Innov8 Partners, an investment company with shared administrative services that support three apparel companies and a food manufacturing company. From September 2008 to February 2013, Dillon served as Vice President, Finance for 5.11, Inc., a provider of tactical apparel, footwear, and accessories to law enforcement, fire, emergency medical responders, military and outdoor enthusiasts. From 1996 to 2008 Dillon held various Director of Accounting and Corporate Controller positions for publically-traded software companies. Dillon started his career as a Senior Accountant at KPMG LLP, a Big Four accounting firm in the Silicon Valley. Dillon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.
Judy L. Pallios is a Vice President, Business Banking Officer with Modesto Commerce Bank. Judy’s Banking career has spanned over 38 years in commercial and agricultural lending. In addition to Opportunity Stanislaus, Judy has been a past board member for Salvation Army – Red Shield, member of National Philoptochos Society, Omega Nu and is currently a member of Modesto Rotary. Judy holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from California State University – Stanislaus.
Jonathan Watkins serves as Kaiser Permanente's Chief Operating Officer for the Central Valley Area. In his role, Jonathan is responsible for the day to day operations of Kaiser Permanente's medical centers, and delivery of high quality safe patient care to the organization's nearly 315,000 health plan members and residents of the Central Valley. Prior to joining Kaiser, Jonathan worked in various leadership roles in the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system in Memphis, TN. Most recently he served as the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer at Methodist North Hospital. During his tenure with Methodist North, Jonathan led the organization in receiving several awards and accolades for its remarkable improvements in quality, patient satisfaction, and employee engagement. He was also instrumental in managing a campus wide renovation project that substantially improved the organization's perception in the community, resulting in an increase in market share. Before joining Methodist, Jonathan worked as an analyst for the United States Government Accountability Office in Huntsville, AL and Washington, DC. Jonathan is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and served on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program's board of examiners for the state of Tennessee. He holds Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN and is actively involved with several professional healthcare organizations. Jonathan is the Membership Chairman for the National Association of Health Services Executives and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He was recognized by both organizations as the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Michael P. Zagaris is President of family-owned PMZ Real Estate. He founded and serves as Chairman of Scenic Oaks Funding, a Zagaris family-owned mortgage bank, co-founded and serves as a board member of Cypress Title Corporation and co-founded and is a managing member of Central California Classified Ventures (CentralValleyJobs.com). He serves on the Board of Governors of Doctors Medical Center and the board of directors of Modesto's State Theatre. He co-founded and served as chairman of a number of Northern California based companies including Assay Technology of Livermore and Directline Technologies of Modesto. He co-founded the Leadership Modesto Program, led the transformation of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation where he served as its President and co-founder, and served as chairman of the Ancient Hellenic Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Prior to returning to his hometown of Modesto in the late 1970s, Michael held management positions at Alza Pharmaceuticals in Palo Alto. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.