POLICY COUNCIL MEMBERS

TULARE COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Mayor Rudy Mendoza (Chair)

Mayor Rudy Mendoza, City of Woodlake

Rudy Mendoza is a native of Woodlake, CA, a farming community on the eastern stretch of Tulare County.  A first generation Mexican-American, Rudy labored in Central Valley fields alongside his family early on in his career, having picked oranges and grapes among other crops until his early twenties when he was named the youngest farm manager of a well-established farming operation in Porterville, CA. Rudy was re-elected to serve his second term on the Woodlake City Council this past November and currently presides as Mayor of the City of Woodlake. Rudy is active on several boards and commissions in his capacity as Mayor, currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Tulare County Association of Governments, Tulare County Water Commission, LAFCO, Small Business Advisory, San Joaquin Valley Policy Council, and the CALVans Authority just to name a few.  Rudy works as the Operations Manager to a Central Valley Conglomerate as well as running his own Consulting Firm, Mendoza Consulting which specializes in Risk Management and Human Resource support for small business.  Prior to reentering the private sector, Rudy worked for seven years as a Field Representative to Congressman Devin Nunes (R) Tulare, who represents California’s 22nd Congressional District.  His day to day role is being a liaison between the constituents of the 22nd Congressional District and the Federal Government.

Supervisor Kuyler Crocker

Supervisor Kuyler Crocker, Tulare County District #1 – Supervisor Crocker is a third-generation Strathmore High School Alumnus and continues to serve his High School community, as President of the Strathmore High Alumni Association.  Other relatives of Kuyler’s have attended Lindsay and Exeter High Schools. Kuyler received a degree in Public Administration from Fresno State University. In addition he studied Business Management, with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership; GIS mapping; and Urban and Regional Planning. Supervisor Crocker is focused on working on water issues related to California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, building Temperance Flat via the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority, and advocating in our capitals for good water legislation.  He is committed to working with his colleagues and staff to having safe communities, as well as, enhancing economic development opportunities for Tulare County.

FRESNO COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Mayor Amarpreet “Ruby” Dhaliwal

M1Mayor Amarpreet “Ruby” Dhaliwal, City of San Joaquin – As a long time resident of the City of San Joaquin located in Fresno County, he has served on the San Joaquin City Council for the past 10 years and is currently the Mayor for the City. Not only does he support local government but is active in participating with local agencies serving on various boards such as: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for 4 years, Fresno Council of Governments for 7 years and League of California Environment Policy Commission for 2 years. Ruby was born and raised in Punjab, India and in 1983 at the age of 20, he migrated to California and completed a B.S. in Business Administration from Fresno State University and passed the CPA exam. He has operated a small business in San Joaquin for over 18 years and is married to Raj and is the father of two daughters, Pawanpreet who graduated from Harvard University and 8-year-old Jasleen who is a student at San Joaquin Elementary School. His hobbies include soccer, hiking, skiing and mountain biking.

Mayor Pro Tem Gary Yep

Mayor-Gary-YepMayor Pro Tem Gary Yep, City of Kerman – Born and raised in Kerman California, Mayor Yep graduated from Kerman High School.  He has a A.S. degree in Real Estate from Fresno City College, a B.S. in Marketing from San Diego State University and a Joint MBA, International Finance and Law Degree from University of San Francisco.  Mayor Yep also attended The University of Paris, Sorbonne Institute and Trinity College in Dublin Ireland focusing on Legal and International Finance issues of the European community prior to the conversion of the Euro.  His adventures and education continued even further when he spent a summer completing a MBA Program in Hong Kong, comparing Asian Business practices with the American and European Markets. Mayor Yep was admitted as an attorney in California in 1995. He serves as the current President of Valley Food Super Center; co-owner with his brothers Mark & Jerry Yep.  Their Kerman business was established in 1955 by his parents Henry & Jean Yep.Mayor Yep and his wife Stephanie have been married for 9 years and have 2 children, Jake & Sydney.  He was first elected in 2010 as Mayor and re-elected in November 2012.

KERN COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Mayor Alex Garcia

Mayor Alex Garcia, City of Wasco – Alex Garcia, now 29, was elected to Wasco City Council in November 2016, as the youngest, LGBT member ever to serve. Raised in a rural Kern community, Alex began his political career registering workers to vote in rural Fresno County during his free time at Fresno State. After school, he worked for various campaigns like Obama’s re-election in East Las Vegas, the ACA in Phoenix, and CA hospital reform in San Francisco. Since returning to Wasco, he serves the public and has been involved volunteering with organizations like the county party, the league of ca cities and regional policy committees. Now aside from serving as Mayor, Alex always make time for family. In fact, in his day job he helps operate the day-to-day of the family business: Garcia Billing, Inc., a medical billing company.

Mayor Manuel Cantu

Mayor Manuel Cantu, City of McFarland 

KINGS COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Mayor Francisco Ramirez

Mayor Francisco Ramirez, City of Hanford -Francisco Ramirez was born and raised in Hanford. Happily married for over 14 years, he is the loving father of two wonderful daughters. As a devoted husband and father, he promises to extend the same commitment to the community which he represents. Francisco Ramirez vows to improve the state of public safety in Hanford. The family-oriented activities he plans on implementing will find the youth of the community in constructive, positive environments. From a business point of view, he is dedicated to re-branding the City of Hanford, and making it an alluring place to visit. He welcomes any ideas, comments, or concerns.

Supervisor Doug Verboon

dougverboonSupervisor Doug Verboon, Kings County District #3 – Doug Verboon is a lifelong resident of Kings County and a 3rd generation farmer of Gold Top Ranch located in Hanford, California.  Supervisor Verboon began his farming career alongside his grandfather and father and since 2005, has been involved with commercial property management.  Before serving as a Kings County Board of Supervisor, he was a trustee of the Pioneer School District for 16 years, and was instrumental in helping Pioneer become the first charter school district in the State of California.  Supervisor Verboon is a member of Kings County Farm Bureau, District Advisory Council for Sequoia Walnut, and Future Leaders Board for Diamond Walnuts among other organizations.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and four adult children when not restoring and painting classic cars..

MADERA COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Supervisor Robert Poythress

M6Supervisor Robert Poythress, Madera County District #3 – Robert is a native Maderan who graduated from Madera High School in 1974. After high school, he attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California and in 1978 graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Agricultural Business Management; and in 1998 he earned his graduate degree from Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington. Robert has been in the banking industry since 1979. He is currently Vice President and Manager of Citizens Business Bank in Madera, California where he has been for 4 years. He is also a partner in Teco Hardware and Poythress Farms.

Supervisor Brett Frazier

Supervisor Brett Frazier, Madera County District #1 – Brett Frazier resides in the Madera ranchos area of the county. He graduated in 2002 from UC Santa Barbara. He has held a wide variety of public service duties such as being Mayor of Madera, Madera City Council member, Chair of the Madera Housing Authority, Chair of the Madera Redevelopment Agency, and Vice Chair of the Madera County Transportation Commission.  Mr. Frazier boast a reputation of being able to bring people together and find common sense solutions to socioeconomic challenges faced by the county of Madera.

MERCED COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Mayor Mike Villalta

M8Mayor Mike Villalta, City of Los Banos – Born and raised in Los Banos, Mike Villalta is a lifelong Los Banos resident and businessman.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art  and teaching credential from College of Notre Dame, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of San Francisco.  Over the past 31 years, Mike was employed with the Los Banos Unified School District as an elementary and secondary teacher, Administrative  Assistant/Counselor and Principal at the Junior High, and most recently District Director of Human Resources retiring in 2005.   For the past 32 years, he and his wife Leslie have owned and operated “The Frame Shop”, their local retail business in downtown Los Banos.  Currently, Mike is serving in his second  two-year elected position as Mayor of  Los Banos.

Supervisor Daron McDaniel

Supervisor Daron McDaniel, Merced County District #3 – Daron McDaniel currently serves as Merced County Supervisor for District 3. He moved to Merced County 33 years ago when his father was a part of the management team that opened Merced Color Press. He graduated from Merced High School before going on to attend Merced College and California State University, Stanislaus. While raising their family in Atwater, Director McDaniel and his wife Buffy started a charitable foundation that has supported athletic programs throughout the region. The McDaniel’s believe deeply in giving back to their community and most recently supported the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Celebration at the Bloss House in Atwater. In addition to running his small business, Director McDaniel has also served on the Peggy Heller and McSwain School Site Councils and as a District Representative for Congressman Jeff Denham. He continues to utilize his broad network of partners and contacts at the state and federal levels to better serve Merced County.

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Supervisor Chuck Winn (Vice Chair)

Supervisor Chuck Winn, San Joaquin County District #4 – Mayor Winn was born and raised in the Central Valley. For over 45 years, he has served the residents of California, first, as a member of the California Highway Patrol for over 37 years and 11 years as a member of the Ripon City Council. He spent 11 years on patrol in Los Angeles County before serving over 6 years in Internal Affairs. He was in charge of the Employee Relations office in Sacramento for 4 years before commanding the Modesto Area office for 15 years. As a member of the City Council, he has been a staunch advocate for the residents of Ripon and San Joaquin County on various boards and committees. He has served as a member of the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) since 2005 and currently is on the Executive Committee. He previously held the positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University in Organizational Leadership. Chuck and his wife Karon have been married for 43 years, have 3 children and 11 grandchildren.

Vice-Mayor Dan Wright

Vice-Mayor Dan Wright, City of Stockton – Dan Wright has been a resident of Stockton since 1993 and Council District 2 since 1999. Prior to moving to Stockton, he lived and worked in southern California, Texas, Central America, and Wisconsin. Wright and his wife, Grace, have been married for over 30 years and have two children.

Vice Mayor Wright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Master of Arts from California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, he completed an administrative credential and doctoral coursework at the University of the Pacific.

Wright was also the Acting Superintendent for Stockton Unified School District and served as the Assistant Superintendent and Director. He has been a member of the steering committee for the Read to Me, Stockton early literacy initiative since it began in 2011

STANISLAUS COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Supervisor Vito Chiesa

ChiesaSupervisor Vito Chiesa, Stanislaus County District #2 – Vito Chiesa is a lifelong resident of Hughson. He graduated from Hughson High School, attended Modesto Junior College then went on to graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. He works in a family farming operation where in addition to growing walnuts, almonds and peaches, the family operates a commercial walnut hulling and drying business. Elected to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in 2008, Supervisor Chiesa has served as president of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and currently is a Member of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. He has been a member of the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG Policy Board since 2008 where he has served as Chairman, Vice-Chairman and as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also the StanCOG representative on the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) Board and on the California Association of Councils of Governments (CalCOG) Board of Directors.

Council Member Bill Zoslocki

Council Member Bill Zoslocki, Modesto City Council District #4– Bill Zoslocki is proud to be a long-time resident of Modesto. He has over 30 years of experience as a small business owner in Modesto. His family started in the business community of Central California in the late 1950’s. He has a record of community involvement including being a current member of Modesto Rotary, volunteering for nine years in the weekly feeding program for Monday Night Church, and serving as President of the Stanislaus Emergency Food and Shelter Program. He is a licensed pilot who donates services to the Flying Doctors of Mercy which provides medical care to remote areas in Mexico. Councilmember Zoslocki was elected to the Modesto City Council in 2013. He has served on the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) Policy Board since 2013 where he currently serves as Chairman, is a member of the Executive Committee, and was previously Vice-Chairman. He is married to his wife Cathy and they have two daughters.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE

Samir Sheikh

Samir Sheikh, Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer – Mr. Sheikh has nearly 20 years of experience in directing, developing, applying and administering air quality improvement programs. Mr. Sheikh leads the largest air district in the state of California with some of the toughest air quality challenges in the nation. Serving a region facing a variety of economic and public health challenges, Mr. Sheikh has led the development and implementation of some of the toughest and most innovative air pollution control strategies in the nation while working cooperatively with the regulated community to reduce administrative costs and achieve environmental and economic balance. Mr. Sheikh has worked with a wide range of stakeholders to form a variety of successful coalitions to bring significant resources to the Valley for incentive-based emission reduction programs. Through these efforts, the San Joaquin Valley now has access to over $300 million per year in local, state and federal funds for clean air projects that expedite air quality improvement. To date, Mr. Sheikh has overseen the expenditure of over $1 billion in public/private investment in the San Joaquin Valley’s clean air efforts through voluntary programs. With a staff of over 300 air quality professionals, Mr. Sheikh has made employees’ welfare and wellbeing a top priority and has instituted a number of programs to motivate and empower employees, while focusing on providing excellent customer service to the general public and the regulated community.