2021 Executive Board of Directors

Derek Jeffery

Chairman of the Board


Kristen Beall Watson

Chairwoman Elect of the Board

Kern Community Foundation

Darlene Mohlke

Immediate Past Chairwoman of the Board

Castle & Cooke California, Inc.

Rob Duchow

Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action

Southern California Gas Company

Andy Anderson

Vice Chair Economic Vitality

Aera Energy LLC

Tasha Clayton

Vice Chair Member Engagement

Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc.

Denise Newton

Vice Chair Leadership & Workforce Development

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Rick Jhaj


Countryside Construction/Countryside Markets

General Counsel

Mark Bateman

Young Wooldridge LLP

2021 Board of Members

Mary Barlow

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Don Bynum

Temblor Brewing LLC

Dr. Sonya Christian

Bakersfield College

Octavio Escobedo III

Tejon Indian Tribe

Rick Jhaj

Countryside Market & Restaurants

Ken Keller

Dignity Health - Memorial Hospital

Jacob Panero

Varner Bros. Inc.

G Riar


Dr. Lynnette Zelezny

California State University, Bakersfield