Table Grape Commission adds Marketing Director

Maria Montalvo

Maria Montalvo is the new marketing director of retail and foodservice promotion for the California Table Grape Commission. Montalvo’s responsibilities include leading the in-store promotion initiatives and communication strategies needed to help move California table grapes through the U.S. and Canadian markets.

“We are very excited Maria has joined the team,” said Kathleen Nave, president of the commission. “Maria’s background and experience in promotion and sales, and her extensive work promoting products in the Hispanic community will be key to the development of retail promotional campaigns in the seasons to come.“

Montalvo has 15 years of experience in marketing, promotion, and sales. She joins the commission from Sinclair Systems International where she served as the global marketing manager. According to Nave, Montalvo will primarily focus on developing retail promotion and communication strategies to drive California table grape sales. Montalvo will be part of a four-member retail team and will manage numerous retail accounts.

Montalvo is a California native, born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley. She is a graduate of Fresno State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a focus in international business.

Opportunity Stanislaus welcomes Huber, Grimbleby to Board of Directors

Opportunity Stanislaus is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members to the twenty-six-member group charged with promoting economic and community development. The installation of Foster Farms Chief Executive Officer Dan Huber and Managing Partner and President of Grimbleby Coleman Clive Grimbleby occurred during the July meeting as the organization geared up to start its new fiscal year.

Huber oversees the poultry company’s vertically-integrated business across 100+ locations and leads over 12,000 employees. He started at Foster Farms over 20 years ago holding positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Operations, Supply Chain and General Management. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer Dan served as the company’s Chief Operations Officer. He has participated on several industry boards including the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and National Chicken Council. A native of Colorado Springs, Huber is a graduate of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Grimbleby started his career with an international CPA firm in 1979. In his words, he has been with Grimbleby Coleman since dirt and assumes many roles- president, cheerleader, and bottle washer among them. At just 26 Grimbleby purchased the two-man company from his father and 35 years later Grimbleby Coleman is one of Modesto’s biggest accounting firms with a staff of sixty. Grimbleby, an advisor on an array of local nonprofits, holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from CSU Sacramento and an MBA from Golden Gate University. 

David White, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus, feels the selection of the new board members aligns well with organizational priorities. “We are in the fourth year of a five-year campaign to transform economic development locally,” said White. “We have made great strides and moved the needle on everything from the number of jobs available to the quality of training for our workforce because we listen to our businesses and work to understand what they need. Both Dan and Clive are in the trenches every day as examples of industry and working to improve quality of life here in Stanislaus County and we are incredibly fortunate to have them on our board.”

Grimbleby shared White’s enthusiasm adding, “It is a deep honor to join the board for Opportunity Stanislaus. I am a strong believer in supporting business growth and serving the needs of businesses in Stanislaus County. I look forward to seeing a bigger picture of what is happening in and around our community!”

Board term lengths vary from one to three years. For more information about Opportunity Stanislaus visit

Winders to lead Small Business Development Center

Katy Winders was named the new Director of the Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center. Winders started at the VSSBDC in 2015 as the organization’s Assistant Director. Her predecessor, Kurt Clark, served as VSSBDC’s Director for 15 years but was recently selected as the Regional SBDC Director for Central California.

Winders, a former entrepreneur with a background in business finance, has helped transform the VSSBDC with her efforts in conception and oversight of the Business Women’s Symposium and highly sought-after QuickBooks trainings. David White, the Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus, was on the interview panel for the Director position. “While we are sad to say goodbye to Kurt Clark who has been such a steady, influential leader at the SBDC for so many years, Katy will fill in and not miss a beat,” said White. “She is a proven leader who is very respected by the business community.”

 Clark, who served in an interim capacity for his new position for several months, expressed excitement over Winders’ promotion. “Katy has excelled in her role as Assistant Director for the past few years,” Clark said. “She is highly qualified and will continue to excel in her new position as Valley Sierra SBDC Director, providing expert guidance and training to businesses served by our region.”

Winders has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from California State University, Long Beach and has continued to build on her foundational knowledge. Warren Kirk, Chief Executive Officer of Tenet Healthcare’s Central Valley region and President of the Board of Opportunity Stanislaus said, “Katy embodies everything we are trying to do at Opportunity Stanislaus, which is support businesses with the resources and information necessary to grow and flourish. We are confident her leadership will be an asset as we continue to make good on our promises to local business.”

In 2017 Winders was named the top SBDC professional in Central California. Winders’ new position is effective immediately. Hosted by Opportunity Stanislaus, the VSSBDC promotes the development, growth and success of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Stanislaus, Merced, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties, thereby enhancing individual, family, community and regional prosperity.

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Modesto gets new Medical Director

Dr. Vance Roget has been named as medical director of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Modesto effective Sept. 26.

Dr. Vance Roget

In his role, Roget will oversee patient care and focus on restoring optimal function to patients with injuries to bones, nerves and muscles. Whether a patient has received a spinal cord injury in a car wreck, experienced a stroke, suffered from arthritis or struggled with job-

He comes to Encompass Health Modesto with more than 30 years’ experience in a variety of settings. “Dr. Roget is a seasoned physician leader who is dedicated to delivering high-quality care and superior outcomes to our patients,” said Seth Rogers, CEO of Encompass Health Modesto. “We are thrilled to have him leading our team of physicians and clinicians at Encompass Health Modesto and working with them to help our patients reach their most optimal levels of independence.”

Dr. Roget is an independent practice physician who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. After earning his medical degree from The Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1981, he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. His undergraduate education was completed in biology at California State University-Chico.

His areas of interest include working with patients overcoming strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, and burns. 

Governor appoints area residents to committees and commisions

Marian Kaanon, 45, of Modesto, has been appointed to the California Complete Count Committee. Kaanon has been president and chief executive officer of the Stanislaus Community Foundation since 2012. She was vice president of marketing for Community Hospice from 2005 to 2012 and policy planning and public relations specialist for the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from 2003 to 2005. Kaanon was account executive for HMA Public Relations from 2001 to 2003, account executive for Pacific Group International from 2000 to 2001 and news reporter and public services director for KUIC 93.5 Radio from 1997 to 1999. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Kaanon is registered without party preference.

Joelle Gomez, 52, of Stockton, has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Gomez has been chief executive officer at the Children’s Home of Stockton since 2016. She was chief executive officer at the Women’s Center – Youth & Family Services from 1992 to 2016. She is a member of the San Joaquin County Children’s Services Coordinating Commission, San Joaquin County Human Trafficking Task Force, San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women and the California Alliance of Child and Family Services. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Gomez is a Democrat.

Jane McAllister, 57, of Hilmar, has been reappointed to the California Law Revision Commission, where she has served since 2015. McAllister has been a partner at McAllister and McAllister Inc. since 1996. She was an associate at Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher and Silva from 1988 to 1996. McAllister earned a Juris Doctor degree from Humphreys College School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. McAllister is a Democrat.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Recognized as Safe Sleep Leader

Doctors Hospital of Manteca was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Silver Safe Sleep Leader, for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a national infant safe sleep organization. Cribs for Kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Manteca is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for healthcare team members and family caregivers.

“We are so proud to achieve this national recognition as a Safe Sleep Leader,” said Beverly Fick, Chief Nursing Officer at Doctors Hospital of Manteca. “We are joining the expanding group of hospitals across the country that are committed to keeping babies safe while they sleep, and providing new parents with the tools they need once they leave the hospital. This is just another example of how we are dedicated to providing high-quality care for our community.”

“Sleep-Related Death results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®. “We know that modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality. Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids in Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.