Governor Appoints Junn to California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Board
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Ellen Junn, President of California State University, Stanislaus, to the board of directors of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.

Ellen Junn

The advocacy group was founded in June 2005 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with the mission of addressing the unique challenges facing the Valley while promoting the importance of the eight-county region to California’s prosperity.

Junn has been president at California State University, Stanislaus since 2016. She was provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills from 2014 to 2016 and at San Jose State University from 2012 to 2013.

Prior to service as provost, she was associate provost at California State University, Fresno from 2008 to 2011. Junn served in several positions at California State University, Fullerton from 1991 to 2008, including associate dean, associate and full professor, director of the Office of Educational Equity and Faculty Mentor Program and administrative fellow in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. She was an assistant professor at California State University, San Bernardino from 1989 to 1991, where she was a full-time lecturer from 1986 to 1989.

Junn is a member of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium, Stanislaus Community Foundation’s Cradle to Career Leadership Team, ITHAKA Higher Education Insights, California Association for the Education of Young Children and the Association for Psychological Science.

Junn earned Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Arts degrees in cognitive and developmental psychology from Princeton University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

New CEO named for In-Shape
In-Shape Health Clubs announced in March Francesca Schuler has been named CEO, replacing Rich Nelsen who is stepping away.

Francesca Schuler

Schuler, who was most recently COO of In-Shape, is known throughout the organization for her inspiring, people-first approach to leadership and ability to drive growth and cultural transformation. She’s dedicated to creating diverse workplaces and promoting from within.

“Francesca is a visionary, but importantly, with over 25 years of experience in marketing and operations, she has the tools to turn that vision into reality. We believe Francesca’s experience, perseverance and passion for In-Shape is the perfect combination to lead the team to achieve our long-term goals,” said Jeff Jones and Scott Earthy of Fremont Private Holdings.

Finally, as part of this transition, Jeff Jones from Fremont Private Holdings will be joining In-Shape’s board as Executive Chairman working directly with the leadership team.

“It’s an exciting time to lead the team at In-Shape as we continue to focus on innovation. We are launching new programming in group fitness, a partnership with TRX to develop new personal and team training and we are in the final stages of implementing a new CRM system,” said Ms Schuler.

She continued, “We spent the last two years transforming the brand and culture, how we sell memberships, and putting programs in place to grow our member engagement. All of this is helping us reach our goal and deliver on our mission – to create places of belonging to motivate our communities to stay healthy, fit, and happy.”

Prior to joining In-Shape, Ms. Schuler was the CMO of BevMo!, a specialty beverage retailer based on the West Coast. She joined BevMo! from Treasury Wine Estates Americas where she was CMO, managing a wine portfolio of over 50 brands. Throughout her career, she also held executive positions at Method Products, Inc, The Gap, and was a partner at Marakon Associates. Ms. Schuler has an M.B.A. from Wharton and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University.

MJC honors four students at Disability Services End-of-the-Year Celebration
Modesto Junior College honored four outstanding students during the 2018 Disability Services End-of-the-Year Celebration. The event was held April 6 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center located on the West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto.

During the 30th annual ceremony, the following students are receiving awards: David Perry – Most Persistent Award, Shantel Johnson – Most Resilient Award, Silvia Prado – Most Motivational Award and Siegfried Dominic Guentensperger – High Achiever Award. The awards recognize these students’ dedication and hard work.

Turlock facility recognized by nursing association
The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination selected Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as the Best Practice of the Year Award winner.

AANAC recognizes Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (TNRC) for its implementation of the SMART (Safety, Medication Management, Assessment of Home Needs and Support, Rehospitalization Prevention, and Teach Back) Stay System. This best practice program addresses the continuum of care for residents starting from acute hospital discharge, transitioning to skilled care at TNRC, and continuing home with necessary home health services. The program occurs in different phases involving all disciplines, residents, and families. Since implementing this program, Turlock has reduced acute hospital readmissions, reducing costs for the residents and families.

For almost two decades, AANAC has recognized those who demonstrate leadership and professionalism in long-term care. Awards are presented every year at the association’s annual conference.

Carnegie Director joins museum board
The Carnegie Arts Center is proud to announce that Director Lisa McDermott has recently been elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Museums (CAM). At the CAM annual conference, held this past February in Palm Springs, McDermott joined the board which consists of 23 museum professionals from throughout the state.

Lisa McDermott

“I’m excited to be representing institutions like our Carnegie Arts Center as part of this dynamic Board,” says McDermott. “Often the small museums in places like the Central Valley get overlooked, but CAM supports museums large and small across our diverse state. Being part of this team is an affirmation of the value of museums in every community.”

McDermott, who has been involved in many aspects of the museum field for over 30 years, has been appointed to serve on two of the association’s committees, Government Relations (focusing on advocacy and legislation that affects museums) and Multicultural & Emerging Professionals (which oversees scholarship funds and professional development efforts to support those new to the field and to help diversity the museum workforce).

McDermott was raised in Turlock, CA, and earned her BA in Art History from UC Berkeley. She worked as curatorial intern for the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service and at Hearst Castle before completing her MA in History at Boston University. Between 1987 -2001 she worked in collections management and curatorial roles at the Rose Art Museum (Brandeis University), the Davis Museum (Wellesley College), and the San Jose Museum of Art before returning to her hometown. She served as the City of Turlock’s Arts Facilitator from 2001 to 2009, providing administrative and curatorial support to the Turlock City Arts Commission, managing the operations of the original Carnegie Arts Center. McDermott coordinated plans for the restoration and expansion of the Carnegie following a devastating fire in 2005 and assisted in the transfer of responsibility for the center’s operations from the City to the non-profit Carnegie Arts Center Foundation. She served as the Foundation’s Assistant Director, managing day to day operations and educational programs, beginning in 2010 and was named Director in 2014. McDermott has also taught Art Appreciation at Boston University and Modesto Junior College, and a course in Museum Studies at Tufts University.

Merced fair appointments
Vicky Banaga, 60, of Le Grand, has been reappointed to the 35th District Agricultural Association, Merced County Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2015. Banaga has been chief business official at the Le Grand Union Elementary School District since 1977. She is a member of the Le Grand Beautification Committee. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Banaga is a Democrat.

Kimber Rogina, 57, of Merced, has been reappointed to the 35th District Agricultural Association, Merced County Fair Board of Directors, where she has served since 2015. Rogina has been a real estate agent at Century 21 Salvadori Realty since 2008 and co-owner at Rogina Inc. since 1985. She is a member of California Women for Agriculture and the Merced County Farm Bureau. Rogina is a California Agricultural Leadership Program alumnus. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Rogina is a Republican.

New director for Modesto Gospel Mission
The Modesto Gospel Mission is proud to announce the promotion of Jason Conway to Executive Director after an extensive search by its Board of Directors. Conway has served as the Mission’s Interim Executive Director since July 31, 2017.

Jason Conway

During this time Conway did an outstanding job and exceeded the Board of Directors’ expectations. Conway formally assumed this role in early March. Conway became homeless in 2007 and came to the Mission and joined its 18-month New Life Program. After graduation, he was hired by the Mission and has worked there ever since. The Mission is celebrating 70 years of transforming lives in Modesto, and Conway is resolute in his desire to serve the homeless and the greater community.




Crocodiles celebrates milestone
Guy Phillips, manager of Crocodiles Nightclub in Modesto, announced that the Phillips family is celebrating their 40th year of providing dancing and entertainment to Northern California.

During the past 40 years, the music format and the name has changed to cater to a particular clientele. The club opened originally on March 28, 1978 as The Sports Page Discotheque and featured disco music which was the rage at the time.

It is extremely unusual for a nightclub to survive 40 years. The Phillips family feels extremely fortunate to have been able to serve the Northern California market for all those years and thanks their hundreds of thousands of customers who have made it possible.

The club has been named Crocodiles for the past 25 years and offers what Phillips describes as “the best recorded dance music from the past 60 years”.

“Our disc jockey plays a big assortment of music, from oldies, rock, disco, dance, country and slow love songs. Because we play such a big variety of good dance music, we attract an older crowd that ranges from 30 to 70. We love our clientele,” Phillips said.

“We have always been one of the largest nightclubs in the valley and have always attracted dance aficionados from throughout Northern California,” Phillips said. “We conservatively estimate that the club has now attracted well over 3 million customers in our 40 years in business. We are now seeing the second generation. We have customers that their mother’s and father’s met at the club.”