2022 Executive Board of Directors

Rick Jhaj

Chairman of the Board

Countryside Corporation

Ken Keller

Incoming Chairman

Dignity Health - Memorial Hospital

Derek Jeffery

Immediate Past Chairman of the Board


Rob Duchow

Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action

Southern California Gas Company

Denise Newton

Vice Chair Leadership & Workforce Development

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Kristen Beall Watson


California State University, Bakersfield

Mark Bateman

General Counsel

Young Wooldridge LLP

2022 Board Members

Dr. Mary Barlow

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Deanna Blaise

Valley Strong Credit Union

Don Bynum

Temblor Brewing LLC

Bruce Davis

Bolthouse Properties, LLC

Dr. Sonya Christian

Kern Community College District

Octavio Escobedo III

Tejon Indian Tribe

G Riar

Deprigo, Inc.

Maybelle Liquigan

Kaiser Permanente Kern County