Oakdale Chamber Of Commerce introduces new CEO (PIC)

Tricia K. Brown

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce decided that a familiar face was best for their newest leadership position. From the start of COVID-19’s impact, Membership Director Trisha K. Brown has been contacting members and organizations affiliated with the Chamber and has a good understanding of the Chamber’s mission. Now, she is preparing to move up and into the role of the Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer as longtime CEO Mary Guardiola retires.

“The CEO is basically the director and lead of pushing our main mission to unite the community, maintain the quality of Oakdale, enhance tourism …” Brown explained, among other details. As the Chief Executive Officer for the Chamber, she’ll be helping organizations better utilize their memberships and tailor more towards their needs.

Brown joined the Chamber of Commerce as the Membership Director/Administrative Assistant in 2014. She currently has an associate and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with seven years of experience in management at Starbucks and 10 years of management at Taco Bell. Essentially, Brown’s position at the Chamber helps her aid local organizations and she’s not unfamiliar with what it takes to help run a business from the inside.

She has been part of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, led seminars, and, on a local level, implemented a new structure of membership to the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. Instead of organizations getting a membership based on number of employees, they can now pick a level of tiership that helps suit their individual organization better.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Trisha Brown’s caliber and experience step up to lead the Chamber,” said Ed Viohl, Chamber of Commerce Board President. “We are at a critical time in our community and we need renewed leadership to successfully navigate the pandemic, and be a resource for our members. Brown understands our community, members and our strategy to move forward. Brown is a visionary with a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a current employee, she has a solid understanding of our challenges and goals.”

“I am honored and excited to lead the Oakdale Chamber. I believe the Chamber is a great asset to our community and members, and I look forward to continuing its success,” Brown said.

County Assistant CEO Keith Boggs retires after nearly 30 years of service (PIC)

Stanislaus County Assistant Executive Officer Keith Boggs retired from his long-held position on June 23.

Boggs was hired in 1991 as an Eligibility Worker I in the Community Services Agency focusing on all aspects of case management. By 1996, Boggs was promoted into the Chief Executive office to the position of Assistant Management Consultant. 

His career at the County has included multiple departments and titles to include; Interim Animal Services Director, Senior Management Consultant, Interim Public Information Officer, Deputy Executive Officer, General Services Agency Director and Assistant Executive Officer.

Several key projects and initiatives have served as hallmark efforts throughout Boggs’ tenure at the County, including the Crows Landing Naval Air Base, the Westside Healthcare Advisory Task Force, Connecting Stanislaus – Digital Divide strategies, Facilities Fees developments, Stanislaus County Regional Tourism Roundtable, Earl Pride Scholarship Committee and the creator of the long-standing County Youth Mentoring Program.

His significant recognitions include a Technology Fellowship from the Community Technology Foundation, a Jean & Clyde Dunlap Literacy Award Recipient, the 28th Annual Dale Butler Equal Rights Award Recipient, the California State Association of Counties Challenge Award for the County Youth Mentoring Program, Stanislaus County Effective Partnership Award and the Great Valley Bookfest Literary Hero Award.

“Keith has brought an unwavering level of energy and passion to our organization,” said County Chief Executive Officer Jody Hayes. “His dedication to building a better community remains as strong today as it was the first day he began County service, and we wish him the very best on his new adventure.”

Boggs will remain connected to the County through an ongoing assignment to guide the future vision of the Crows Landing Industrial Business Park. The County will welcome former Hughson City Manager Raul Mendez this month to begin the transition into Assistant CEO, assuming responsibility for Boggs’ assignments.

Two UC Merced Students Receive $15,000 Livermore Lab Foundation Scholarships (PICS)

Two rising seniors at the University of California, Merced have each been awarded one-year scholarships by the Livermore Lab Foundation. The $15,000 scholarships include the opportunity to participate in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Data Science Summer Institute as well as an internship at the Lab throughout the academic year.   

Jose Garcia-Esparza

The UC Merced student recipients are Jose Garcia-Esparza of Clovis, who is studying computer science and engineering and Teagan Zuniga, a political science major from Modesto. Their scholarships will support both educational and living expenses for the students, allowing them to focus on their studies, the LLNL internship and post-graduation prep. Both students began their new internships on May 26. 

“We were delighted to award these first-ever UC Merced scholarships to two very worthy students, “said Dona Crawford, chair of the Livermore Lab Foundation. “Both Jose and Teagan have been interested in STEM-related programs and specifically data science and its real-world applications for several years. They are great role models for our future generation of scientists and engineers.”

Teagan Zuniga

“The academic distinction and research excellence that are the hallmarks of UC Merced are on display through this exciting partnership with the Livermore Lab Foundation and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Gregg Camfield. “We are excited to further our involvement with both organizations and for the experiential learning opportunities this affords to Teagan and Jose and future UC Merced students.”

This is the second year the Livermore Lab Foundation has awarded one-year scholarships to local university undergraduate students. Alan Noun, a Modesto resident attending Cal State East Bay, was the first recipient in 2019.  Noun graduated in May 2020 and plans to become a software developer.

“Our Foundation is establishing strong relationships with both UC Merced and Cal State East Bay,” noted Crawford. “We will continue to identify opportunities that ‘open the door’ to the future for all who are interested in STEM in the greater Bay Area and Central Valley.  We appreciate the strong new partnership with UC Merced and wish both Jose and Teagan the very best as they start their senior year.”