Board of Directors

John Yarborough : Vice President of Winery Operations, Delicato Family Vineyards

John Yarborough

Vice President of Winery Operations, Delicato Family Vineyards

Chairman

John Yarborough is Vice President of Winery Operations for Delicato Family Vineyards, the 7th largest winery in the United States. John manages all aspects of operations involving cellar, bottling, environmental, employee health/safety, vineyard, maintenance and engineering at locations in the Central Valley, Monterey County, San Benito County and Napa Valley. He was raised in the central valley and is actively involved in the community. John is currently on the board of Smile Farms at Community Bridge Builders whose mission is to create engaging, sustainable farm related jobs for developmentally disabled adults. John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

John is an ALF Great Valley Class III Senior Fellow.

Ken Monroe : President, Holt of California

Ken Monroe

President, Holt of California

Vice Chairman

Ken is married to Peggy Monroe with two adult children and two grandchildren. Ken has deep roots in the central valley being raised and living in Stockton, both of his parents were raised in Modesto, and his sister’s family live in Merced. Ken is the President of Holt Ag Solutions.

He enjoys a deep involvement in the Valley community, serving on a number of boards over the years.

Ken is an ALF Great Valley Class III Senior Fellow.

Kenni Friedman : Independent Non-Profit Organization Management Professional

Kenni Friedman

Independent Non-Profit Organization Management Professional

Secretary

Kenni Friedman is a visionary leader dedicated to improving the central valley region and the lives of the residents. She has worked tirelessly over the past 25 years in various civic and philanthropic capacities to bring attention and support to noteworthy causes such as health and wellness and access to quality education. Kenni currently serves on the Foundation Board for UC Merced and was instrumental in bringing the Boys & Girls Club to Stanislaus County.

Kenni is an ALF Great Valley Class II Senior Fellow.

Donna Alley : Superintendent, Le Grand Union High School District

Donna Alley

Superintendent, Le Grand Union High School District

Donna Alley is the Superintendent of Le Grand Union High School District.  She began her teaching career in 1984 as a Special Education teacher and then transitioned into the administration field in 1994 as a State and Federal Categorical Projects Director and Director of Special Education.  In 2001 she became an Assistant Principal, which led to the position she currently holds.  Donna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor as a Reading Specialist from Missouri Southern State College, and a Master’s in Education Administration and Supervision from CSU Fresno.

Donna has received national recognition for the many innovative programs she has initiated at Le Grand High School, including Restorative Justice, and the Medical and Ag Academies, as well as being recognized by the US News and World Report as one of the Best High Schools in 2015.

Donna is an ALF Great Valley Class III Senior Fellow.

Scott Biedermann : Assistant Vice President, Corporate, Foundation and Principle Giving University of the Pacific

Scott Biedermann

Assistant Vice President, Corporate, Foundation and Principle Giving University of the Pacific

Scott Biedermann is the Associate Vice President for Development at University of the Pacific. He oversees the principal giving, major giving, school-based giving, athletics giving, campaign management and corporate and foundation relations departments. Currently, Scott is a doctoral student at Pacific’s Educational Administration and Leadership program. Before Pacific, Scott had a successful career in K-12 education, first as an English teacher and then as an administrator, leading the research and grant development department at a County Office of Education. Scott was also an adjunct professor at Modesto Junior College and Teachers College of San Joaquin. Additionally, he is active in the community, serving on the board of the Great Valley Center and Visionary Homebuilders of California.

Scott is an ALF Great Valley Class IV Senior Fellow and leads the ALF Class Ambassador network.

Tom Bower : Vice President of Supply Chain, Foster Farms

Tom Bower

Vice President of Supply Chain, Foster Farms

Tom is the Vice President of Supply Chain for Foster Farms.  Before joining Foster Farms, he was an aircraft inspector on F-16s for the US Air Force, a sales rep. for Puma Athletics, and the general manager of Dot Foods in Modesto.  While in the Air Force, Tom played soccer for both the All Air Force soccer team and the All Armed Forces soccer team, which led him now to coach local youth soccer.

Tom is an ALF Great Valley Class V Senior Fellow.

Oscar Cabello, Jr. : Vice President of Community Development-Central California Wells Fargo

Oscar Cabello, Jr.

Vice President of Community Development-Central California Wells Fargo

Oscar has 22 years of banking experience holding various positions in the financial services industry.  He began his service with Wells Fargo as a teller in 1995; in 2006 he joined the Community Development Group and four  years ago he promoted to District Manager for the Modesto District. Oscar enjoys teaching money management skills to students and adults in economically challenged communities as part of his advocacy of financial literacy among low to moderate-income families and individuals. Oscar serves on on several boards of directors including the Boy Scouts of America, Second Harvest Food Bank,  Stanislaus Valley Justice Center and Great Valley Center. Among the accolades Oscar has received in his professional career, the one he cherishes most is when he was  presented "Father of the Year Award” for Stanislaus County during the Community Action Coalition's Celebration of Dad’s 2013 event.

Oscar and his wife Brenda live in Modesto.  They have  four children, Oscar, Jonathon, Christian and Caeley.  Oscar jr is in his 2nd year at CSU Merced and Jonathan is a freshman at MJC.

Oscar is an ALF Great Valley Class II Senior Fellow.

Nicholas Hatten : Founder and Executive Director of the San Joaquin Pride Center

Nicholas Hatten

Founder and Executive Director of the San Joaquin Pride Center

Nicholas Hatten is the Founder and Executive Director of the San Joaquin Pride Center. A proven leader and agent for change, Hatten has been instrumental in three movements that have received national recognition. Never letting boundaries get in his way, Nicholas firmly believes that we must all own our own destiny and that an equitable future for all is possible if we embrace and celebrate our diversity.

Nicholas Hatten, previously served as a political/governmental relations consultant whose clients ranged from Congressman Jerry McNerney, Stockton’s youngest and one of our nation’s youngest mayors, Michael Tubbs, Stockton Unified School District and NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez.

As a passionate advocate for equality, Nicholas Hatten is inspiring our San Joaquin County and our nation to be more tolerant and accepting of its diversity.

Nicholas is an ALF Great Valley Class IV Senior Fellow.

Catherine Larsen : Regional Director, Marketing & Communications, Sutter Health

Catherine Larsen

Regional Director, Marketing & Communications, Sutter Health

Catherine is the Regional Marketing and Communications Director for Sutter Health. Catherine commits herself to causes that support the health and well-being of the community. She is an active member of The American Heart Association, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Modesto Rotary, Leadership Modesto and Community Hospice.

Catherine is an ALF Great Valley Class VII Senior Fellow

Kelly McMurray : Vice President, The McMurray Group at Morgan Stanley

Kelly McMurray

Vice President, The McMurray Group at Morgan Stanley

Kelly is the Vice President/Financial Advisor for The McMurray Group at Morgan Stanley.  She has been in the financial services industry since 2002, joining Morgan Stanley in 2012, and is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.  A graduate of Brigham Young University, she is the immediate past chair of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

Kelly is an ALF Great Valley Class V Senior Fellow.

Moses Zapien : President & CEO, Community Foundation of San Joaquin

Moses Zapien

President & CEO, Community Foundation of San Joaquin

Moses Zapien is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, one of the area’s largest philanthropic organizations.  From 2013 to 2015 Moses served on the Stockton City Council where he worked to help the city emerge from municipal bankruptcy, and then was appointed by Governor Brown to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, serving for a year as Chairman of the Board.  The son of Mexican immigrant parents who worked the farmlands along the Delta, Moses was born and raised in Stockton, learning the value of hard work early on in life and was the first in his family to graduate from college, following his dreams of becoming an attorney.  After earning his law degree from the Laurence Drivon School of Law, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association, Moses worked as a civil litigation attorney and as counsel to a private law firm, and most recently served as a criminal prosecutor with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

Moses is active in the community, having served on many boards including president of the San Joaquin County Bar Association; Beyond Our Gates Community Council; the Library and Literacy Foundation of San Joaquin County, and co-founded the Little Free Libraries Stockton Association, whose goal is to establish 100 neighborhood book exchanges in low literacy areas.  One of Comstock Magazine’s 2015 10 Young Change Leaders to Watch.

Moses is an ALF Great Valley Class V Senior Fellow.

 

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