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.
Dillon Olvera currently serves as President and Chief Executive Office of Beard Land and Investment Co (“BLI”). BLI is a 100+ year old family business with several hundred million dollars in assets, including over 4 million square feet of commercial / industrial real estate and a short-line railroad. Mr. Olvera served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BLI from August 2016 to December 2017. Mr. Olvera served as Chief Financial Officer for Innov8 Partners from February 2013 to July 2016. From September 2008 to February 2013, Mr. Olvera served as Vice President, Finance for 5.11. During 1996 to 2008, Mr. Olvera held various Director of Accounting and Corporate Controller positions for publically traded software companies. Mr. Olvera started his career as a Senior Accountant at KPMG LLP, a Big Four accounting firm in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Olvera holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.
Susan Hensley, Vice President of Human Resources, E.&J. Gallo Winery holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. Susan is a leader of global change initiatives including corporate strategic planning, talent management strategy (organizational development, talent acquisition and training) and corporate PR and communications. Susan utilizes her proven leadership in driving complex global projects, extensive leadership development and executive coaching experience to create strong continuous improvement and internal synthesis.
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.
Hemanta Agarwala is the CEO and President of Alpha, Inc. in Turlock, CA. He has been working in the project management and engineering field for over 25 years. SMUD, Landis & Staefa, Inc., and The Bentley Company are a few of the organizations that have employed him over the years. Now, he works mainly in the executive capacity for Alpha as well as the closely related Irrigation Solutions, Inc., Alpha Electric Services, Inc. and Adi Shakti, Inc. In May of 1988, he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Allahabad, India followed by his M.S. in Industrial Engineering & Management from Oklahoma State University in 1991. In addition, he is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and General Building Contractor in the state of California for over 20 years. He’s published papers on energy management and conservation presented at the 13th World Energy Engineering Congress and Energy 2001 conferences. Areas of special expertise for him include land development, construction law, energy surveying/auditing and statistical and linear regression analysis. Currently, he resides in Turlock with his wife and son.
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.
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.
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).
Ann Endsley is the Owner of The Event Collection, Greens on 10th, Underground Kitchen. Possessing a Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley, Ann is an experienced business owner with a demonstrated history of working in the organic farming industry, Catering, Food Processing, Event Planning, Floral Design and Real Estate Development. In addition to being a strong enterpreneurial force, Ann is a community leader with a passion for helping women and children in need.
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.
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.
Stacia Hill Levenfeld is the Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Save Mart Supermarkets. Stacia holds a Bachelors in Public Relations from Biola University and a Masters of Public Policy and Economic Development from University of Southern California. Stacia’s work in the public affairs and corporate communications arena over the past 20 years provides a deep base of knowledge as a communications practitioner and a broad base of experience managing public relations events. Stacia is passionate about creating change in large organizations, understanding that change can be counter-cultural but that with the right communications campaign it is possible to deepen stakeholder trust and increase employee engagement.
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.
Walter Mendez is the Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services for Crystal Creamery, a Foster-Family Owned Business
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.
Representing Rizo Lopez Foods
Reggie Rucker is a proud Modestan who has spent the past decade-plus finding ways to lift up the community which has brought him so much inspiration and opportunity. From the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge and X Fest Modesto to the Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and Modesto On Ice, Reggie has always found his greatest joy in promoting organizations that create a sense of cultural relevancy in the community. While Reggie’s social media marketing company, Engaged by Reggie Rucker, was founded in 2012 on the premise that businesses succeeded in today’s world when open to truly engaging two-way relationships with the people they served, Reggie would come to realize during an Irvine New Leadership Network retreat in 2017 that his capacity for engagement could be even greater. The question became, “How might we engage young talent in a way so that we are a community of choice?” This question has lead Reggie to explore engagement outside of social and other digital media channels as he moves forward to build relationships between people, organizations, and communities beyond the transactional. This concept of being engaged – being truly invested in the welfare of the other – drives Reggie’s work and is what inspires him to build and support platforms that allow others to see this community as one to be chosen.
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.
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.
Representing Oak Valley Community Bank
deAnne McCoy has lived in Modesto/Stanislaus County since 2003 when she relocated from the North Valley to work at Kaiser Permanente. deAnne attained her Bachelors of Science in 1999 and her Masters of Health Care Administration in 2013. deAnne’s career with Kaiser Permanente has seen her grow through the ranks to her current position of Compliance Officer for the Central Valley Area. deAnne strives to meet the mission of Kaiser Permanente to “improve the communities we serve” through civic act ivies and support for the organizations/businesses in the geographic area. deAnne enjoys time with her family, husband Mike and son Sean; participating in 5K charity events, reading, and listening to music.