KLA Class 2020
Sanjeev (Sunny) Advani was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, and has always seen potential in the area. Many people have looked at Bakersfield as a place they drive through on the way to other locations, and Sanjeev has always thought that the negative connotations around Bakersfield are misleading. Therefore, he has created his own real estate group that is focused around attracting outside capital to invest in Bakersfield. Through Synergy Real Estate & Property Management and Bakersfield Maintenance & Construction, Sanjeev is working on changing the perception of outside investors on the idea of investing in Bakersfield, as well as showcasing the quality of residential properties to potential buyers moving to the area through listing properties and marketing them in an innovative way, not only in Bakersfield but also outside. His end goal is to create a positive and thriving living environment for his son to grow up in and be proud of.
Josh Bryant is a life-long (and proud!) Taft resident and currently serves as Chief Business Official (CBO) for the Taft Union High School District. Since 2014, Josh has also served the people of the City of Taft as an elected member of the Taft City Council. His professional background includes work in both the public and private sectors. In addition to his professional life, Josh also has spent considerable time over the last decade in both public and volunteer service… and finds joy in all three. A 2005 graduate of the Craig School of Business at Fresno State (majoring in Business Administration, with a focus in accounting), Mr. Bryant is also a graduate of both Taft College (2004), and Taft Union High School (2002). Married to his wife Alicia since 2003, the two share three sons: Drew, Parker, and Ty and enjoy camping & family time together.
Monica Jara Guerra, Director Community Initiatives for Grimmway Schools, is responsible for building community within our network and with the community at large. Previously she served as Director of College and Alumni Initiatives charged with the development of an alumni program and college preparatory curriculum to prepare students for college, career, and beyond. During her years as an undergraduate student, she realized her passion for working with youth, assisting them in taking full advantage of opportunities and allowing them to be the best versions of themselves. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Monica spearheaded the Latino student recruitment efforts at Loyola Marymount University. After attaining her M.A. in counseling, she served as the counselor at Environmental Charter High School where she helped to achieve a 97% college acceptance rate. While working on the completion of a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California, she also served as the Director of Counseling at St. John Bosco High School.
Ucedrah Osby, born and raised in Bakersfield, is a life-long resident of District 5 and has served this community as an Addiction Specialist since 2006, assisting in the successful recovery and stability of several clients. In March of 2017, she furthered her involvement and commitment to the community by sharing her personal life experiences in a documentary produced by “New Way of Life, I Testify.” In this documentary, she attempted to reach a mass number of women in hopes that her transparency would bring forth change in the lives of other women. In March 2019, she went a step further by founding and becoming the President of the Bakersfield Chapter of All Of Us Or None, a grassroots social justice reform movement advocating for system impacted individuals and families. In a short period, she managed to organize and form collaboratives with several amazing organizations such as Kern Education Justice Collaborative, ACLU, Delores Huerta Foundation, Community Trust, Southeast Neighborhood Partnership, African American Network of Kern County, GBLA, and CRLA. Ucedrah now has community ties that are meaningful in the furtherance of leadership. Becoming a Kern County Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner has been great experience and she looks forward to serving her community in higher capacity while creating partnerships that will last a lifetime.
Elizabeth Ramos, a West High School graduate, earned her bachelor’s degree in Global Studies & minor in Art History from UC Santa Barbara. She entered the Non-Profit world to develop and explore her passion for making a difference in her community. In addition to her primary job functions as an Administrative Assistant at the Kern County Hispanic of Commerce, Elizabeth is very involved within the Kern community. She is part of multiple organizations that have a great and beneficial outcome for the Kern community, such as the Binational Health Week and the Bakersfield Sister City Project. She takes pride in providing the best work possible in everything she does. She firmly believes that investing time, effort, and dedication in our community, it’s investing in a better quality of life for our families and all of us.
Colleen Taber, of Bakersfield, is the Administrator of the Kern County Farm Bureau (KCFB) and oversees the KCFB’s administration and daily operations. Colleen is passionate about the next generation of agricultural leaders. Taber has experience with Kern County agriculture education as she previously partnered with local high schools, coordinating networking opportunities for students with local ag partners while learning about the commodities grown here in their backyard. Colleen comes to KCFB with 20+ years of administration and Human Resources experience in private, public, and, most recently, non-profit agricultural sector. Taber is looking forward to advocating and representing the Kern County Farm Bureau members at local, state, and federal levels. Taber has co-chaired the Kern County Teachers Ag Seminar for two years, is a member of Kern County’s Women in Agriculture for four years and recently has joined the Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council.
Angela Trevino, a wife, and mother of 5, ages 25, 20, 18,17, and 7, started her adult life working for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department as a detention deputy, serving the community for 17 years with the department. Angela is currently a licensed Real Estate Agent and the office manager for Century 21 Jordan Link & Co., which has five offices in California with one office in Bakersfield. She has been selling Real Estate for eight years and has loved every minute of it. Born and raised in Bakersfield, a graduate of South High School, Angela takes pride in her community and thinks it is a beautiful place to live and raise my family.
Ally Triolo is a fourth-generation Kern County resident and communications professional. She moved to Bakersfield in 2017 after graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She anchored, reported, and produced for KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News, covering everything from wildfires to anchoring a solo broadcast. After nearly three years of local news, Ally accepted a communications position promoting the Kern County Department of Human Services. She was also selected by the County to be the Media Monitoring Specialist during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As of late, Ally has embarked on a new adventure as the host of “Farm to Fork” on KGET-17. She’s using this segment to encourage healthy living tied to local agriculture. Ally is so grateful to be a part of the esteemed Kern Leaders Academy and can’t wait to pour everything she learns from this program back into the community she loves.