2014 Class Copy

2014 Class Copy

student-14BowersMichael Bowers is a Senior Field Representative with Senator Andy Vidak. Bowers most recently worked as a Senior Field Representative for Congressman David Valadao, where he managed the Bakersfield district office and worked with the legislative staff in Washington D.C. on complex federal issues related to the oil and gas industry. Michael Bowers is active in the community, serving as a member of Kern County’s Stop the Violence Committee, the American Cancer Society’s Capital Campaign Committee and is a board member of the Alzheimer’s Association. Bowers, who attended Bakersfield High School and Texas Southern University in Houston, was recently named one of Bakersfield’s top “20 Under 40” leaders by Bakersfield Life Magazine and will be featured in the publication’s July 2014 issue. Professional Success: -Community Recognition Award from California Teacher Association for a lifetime of dedicated service to education; Youth Voice President for former County Supervisor Pete Parra:

Political pedigree is a follows: Cynthia Sterling for Fresno City Council (Campaign Organizer); Lee Patrick Brown for Mayor, Houston Texas 2001 (Campaign Organizer) Note: Lee Patrick Brown was the first African American Mayor to be elected in the City of Houston; Lisa Green for Kern County District Attorney (Political Organizer);Pete Parra for State Assembly (Outreach director); Meg Whitman for Governor (Chair of the African American Coalition); Andy Vidak for Congress (Field Organizer); David G. Valadao for State Assembly (Field Director); Andy Vidak for Senate (Field Organizer); David G. Valadao for Congress (Political Director). a Treatment and Distribution Operator with the State of California at the T5/D5 level.

student-14BriggsDr. Sharlet Briggs is the senior vice president of strategy and performance at San Joaquin Community Hospital. In her role at SJCH, Dr. Briggs — who holds a PhD in clinical psychology — oversees business development and physician recruitment. Dr. Briggs entered the business world in a position with a top health care organization and by age 24 she was overseeing the operations of multiple divisions. In addition to her work in the health care arena, Sharlet has a passion for educating adults, youth and children about the brain and a longevity lifestyle. Dr. Briggs draws on a lifetime of experience in health care, business, and investing in her mission to support education. She is a sought-after speaker, mentor, and author. Dr. Briggs has started multiple businesses and served as a consultant to other entrepreneurs getting their businesses off the ground. She has mentored one of Forbes “America’s Richest”.
student-14DominguezAlexander Dominguez was born and raised here in Kern County and has lived in Bakersfield since he was four. A graduate of Centennial High School and currently a student at Bakersfield College, majoring in political science, Alex plans to complete his Bachelor’s Degree at CSU Bakersfield and then pursue a higher degree. He received the Youth Leader Award from the Kern Center for Political Education, is currently serving as Student Government Association President at Bakersfield College and is the Student Trustee on Kern Community College District Board of Trustees. Alex is currently working as a Field Representative for Congressman David Valadao, managing the Congressman’s Kern County office. Alex cares deeply for the community and loves being civically involved. In his free time, he is a youth leader at St. Phillip’s Church and enjoys hiking, fishing and spending time with friends and family.
student-14EsquibiasChelsea Esquibias is the Workforce Development Administrator for Goodwill Industries of South Central California.  She grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from Ridgeview High School in 2002.  She is a first generation college graduate.  Chelsea earned her Associate Degree at Bakersfield College and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and emphasis in Management at California State University, Bakersfield.  Chelsea has since earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently completing her Doctorate in Business.  Chelsea serves on many boards throughout Kern County including Latina Leaders of Kern County, Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference, and is appointed to the Kern County WIB (Workforce Investment Board).  Chelsea is a proud resident of Bakersfield and has a passion for the community.  She can often be found volunteering at events and donating her time to causes she believes in.
student-14FrankAmanda Frank, Director of Development at San Joaquin Community Hospital is a Bakersfield Native with a passion for helping our communities grow and flourish. She is a graduate of Bakersfield High School nd holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Economics from CSU Bakersfield. In her development role, she works to raise funds for vital programs, services, and capital projects that help to elevate the healthcare landscape in Kern County. Amanda has helped to raise more than $6 million for The AIS Cancer Center. Amanda a member of the Bakersfield East Rotary Club and is involved in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society. Recently, her Leadership Bakersfield Team worked in collaboration with the Garden Project to build a community garden and orchard at The Friendship House. Her husband, Ryan, and two daughters Emily and Sidney also keep her very busy with school activities and sports. The Frank Family is also actively involved in The Bridge Bible Church.
student-14HernandezRyan Hernandez, born and brought up in Bakersfield, has been a Mentoring Specialist with Garden Pathways since returning home after living in India for two-years. He earned his Bachelors degree Youth Ministry and Masters degree in Transformational Urban Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Ryan committed to total cultural immersion for his masters program by living and learning with the poor in various slums of Southern India. He worked alongside local government and non-profit leaders in identifying sustainable solutions to poverty through land rights, health, education, economics, advocacy, organizing, and empowerment. Ryan is passionate about leadership development and believes that committed leadership is essential to a thriving community. While with Garden Pathways, he has been encouraged by community transformation efforts through mentoring in life skills, job preparation, health outreach, education, and employment training. Recently married, Ryan and his wife, Anu, are grateful to have begun their life together in Bakersfield.
student-14MaierRoland Maier is the Executive Director for First 5 Kern. He has a long history of advocating for the children of Kern County. Roland served as a Commissioner on the Kern County Children and Families Commission since 2003. He is well-versed in the Proposition 10 legislation that created First 5 Kern, and the work of the organization, which invests approximately $10 million a year in programs that serve Kern County children prenatal to age five and their families. During his more than 30 years in education, he has held positions as teacher, vice principal, principal and director in Bakersfield, Taft, Wasco and Arvin before serving the last three years as Superintendent/Principal of the Cuyama Joint Unified School District. In advocating for the well-being of children, he actively developed partnerships with community organizations, businesses and government to address issues vital to the community. He also has advocated at the state level for increased awareness of the needs of children and their families. Roland has been a member of the Rotary Club of Taft since 1995. He also served on the board of directors of West Side Recreation and Park District and has coached various youth teams through AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), NOR (North of the River), Southwest Little League in Bakersfield and Westside Parks and Recreation District in Taft.
student-14MooreJohn Moore III is a fourth generation farmer born and raised in Bakersfield, CA with a deep passion for agricultural production, policy, and philanthropy. After graduating from Garces Memorial High School, John earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University. During his collegiate career John took many jobs in the field of agriculture in order to broaden his scope of a complex industry including large-scale cattle ranching, multifaceted feedlots, and organic and conventional crop production. He works for his family’s companies Moore Farms Inc. and White Wolf Potato Co. as farm and harvest manager. John also serves as an active board member for Kern County Farm Bureau, and is the fund advisor for the David Moore Agricultural Scholarship through Kern Community Foundation. John hopes to use his realistic outlook from production agriculture to represent fellow valley farmers and laborers at a time with scarce resources and an unstable business environment.
student-14SmootLauren Smoot is the Director of Policy and Community Affairs for Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government. After graduating from Bakersfield High School in 2007, Lauren attended California State University, Fresno. In 2011, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management. Shortly after graduating, Lauren became an Americorp VIP Fellow in Fresno, Ca. Her assignment as Community Liaison led her to be an influential piece in a community revitalization project near Fresno State. She worked closely with local government officials, community leaders, students and administrators to create a volunteer program that improved the community. Most recently, Lauren worked as communications manager for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. Lauren is pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Community Development from Kansas State University and serves as vice chair for Bakersfield Young Professionals. She joined Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government in August 2014.