Kristen Reza
Sue Ciponeri

Community Hospice announces new board members

Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley since 1979, announced two new board members. 

Joining the Community Hospice Board of Directors is Kristin Reza and  Sue Cipponeri.

“It is an honor to welcome Kristin and Sue to our Community Hospice Board of Directors,” said John Renner,Interim Community Hospice President/CEO. “Kristin and Sue have been long time supporters of Community Hospice and bring years of community leadership and experience. We look forward to working together to support our mission and provide compassionate care to our community.”

Reza is the VP, Regional Manager for Bank of Stockton. She has more than 20 years of experience in retail banking, sales management and community leadership. She is an active ambassador of several local organizations, including the Modesto Gospel Mission, Sierra Vista and Community Hospice holding leadership positions and volunteering.  

Cipponeri is a Certified Public Accountant and Partner of Kemper CPA Group LLP. She holds more than 25 years’ experience in governmental, not-for-profit, and nonpublic company sectors as well as 401(K) audits. She is passionate about helping others and volunteers her time supporting the mission of Community Hospice as well as other community organizations. She currently serves as the assistant treasurer on the Board of Mocse Credit Union. 

The Community Hospice Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who provide strategic oversight and governance to the organization’s mission to embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing qualityof life for all. 

Florife Nichols

Local coordinator earns Tenet award

Doctors Medical Center Employee Engagement Coordinator Florife Nichols has been named Volunteer of the Year by Tenet Healthcare for her incredible efforts during the Cereal Drive held over the summer. 

Nichols went above and beyond making this year’s drive at Doctors Medical Center a success. Thanks to her efforts and the generosity of the employees, DMC collected 3,425 pounds of cereal (34,250 servings) and $2,722 for Second Harvest of the Greater Valley, all of which will help local children and families in need. 

Nichols organized numerous events to help engage our employees in the Cereal Drive including our Dunk N Donate event, Churros for Cheerios and Cornhole for Cornflakes. 

Oak Valley appoints new director

Gary Strong

On Nov. 1, Gary Strong accepted his appointment to the Boards of Directors  of  Oak  Valley  Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary Oak Valley Community Bank.

Strong is the Chief Executive Officer of the California Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross and has served in this role since 2015.  In  this  position, he  leads  the  Sierra  Delta  and  Northern California Chapters, which include more than 2,000 volunteers and 40 employees who respond to nearly 800 local disasters each year and serve close to four million residents in 26 counties.

Strong is a dynamic community advocate supporting numerous local organizations. He served as a member ofthe Board of Directors of Red  Cross  Chapters  for  over two  decades.  He  was  Chair  of  the Board for both the Rio Hondo Chapter in Southern California and the  Capital  Region  Chapter  in  Northern  California. Strong  was  a founding  board  member  and  treasurer  of  Journalism  Funding Partners, which facilitates philanthropic investment in local journalism projects. He has also served as Board Chair of the American Leadership Forum –Mountain Valley Chapter, as well as amemberof the executive committees of numerous other Boards.

“Gary is a proven leader and his impressive background in finance, executive management,and community leadership make him an excellent fit for this position,” said Chris Courtney, President and CEO. “He shares our values and his strong roots in the Sacramento Region will be extremely beneficial as we accelerate our growth in the area.”

Strong and his wife Sonia are proud Granite  Bay residents. He earned  his Bachelor  of  Arts in Business Economics fromthe University of California, Santa Barbara. After which he was a CPA with Ernst & Young, Controller at the Los Angeles Times, and Senior Vice President of Finance at the Sacramento Bee. During his free time, he likes to play golf and attend live theater. Upon accepting the new position Strong commented, “I am very honoredto be chosen to serve on the Boards of  Directors  for  such  a  strong  community  bank  that  is actively seeking  to  expand its presence in the Sacramento Region and dedicated to building and strengthening the communities they serve.”