Oak Valley announces promotion


Kim Karp

Oak Valley Community Bank, announced the promotion of Kim Karp to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the bank’s Escalon Branch.

Karp has nearly 20 years of banking experience. She began her career with Oak Valley at the Escalon Branch over 14 years ago. In 2010, she transferred to the bank’s Central Operations department where she spent several years broadening her knowledge base across all facets of bank operations and processing. She returned to the Escalon Branch as Customer Service Manager in 2015 and thrived in that role supporting staff and clients alike. 

In 2017, Karp received the Customer Service Manager of the Year award recognizing her exemplary performance and achievements. In her new role, she will focus on growth and business development in the Escalon community, manage sales, and oversee branch operations.

“Kim’s commitment to great customer service, understanding of local business needs, and strong ties in the community will continue to help her build and strengthen customer relationships in the Escalon market,” stated Julie DeHart, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking Group.

Merced County Fair board officers selected for 2022 

The Merced County Fair is proud to announce the 2022 officer positions for the 35th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors, which was voted on at the December board meeting. Those positions are: Kim Rogina, President; Vicky Banaga, First Vice President; and Luis Lara, Second Vice President. 

Rogina of Merced was first appointed to the Merced County Fair Board in 2015. She is co-owner of her family farming business Rogina, Inc. established in 1985 with her husband Bob – both of whom come from a long line of farmers and ranchers. She is also a real estate agent with Keller Williams Property Team in Merced. 

Banaga of Le Grand was first appointed to the Merced County Fair Board in 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. 

Lara of Atwater was first appointed to the Merced County Fair  Board in 2019.  He has served  as a sergeant for the California Highway Patrol since 2011. Prior to that, Lara held several different positions  with the  California Highway Patrol  since joining it  in  1998, including  serving  as an officer in the Merced Area and Redwood City CHP Area Office. 

Ports promote two to leadership roles

The Stockton Ports announced the promotions of Jordan Feneck to Director of Business Development and Chris Zavaglia to Director of Baseball Communications.

“I am thrilled to be able to announce the promotions of both Jordan and Chris in advance of the 2022 season,” said Ports President Pat Filippone. “Jordy and Chris both earned these promotions with their hard work, focus on the fan experience, and respect and admiration from their co-workers. It will be exciting to see both of them develop in 2022 and beyond into leadership roles with the Ports.”

Feneck, who some fans know as Jordy, joined the Ports in 2020 as a Ticket Sales Assistant before accepting a full-time role in 2021. As the Community Relations Manager for the 2021 season, he worked hard to develop relationships with many of the Ports regulars. Heading into the 2022 season, Feneck began a new role with the team as their Corporate Partnerships Manager. 

“I am incredibly grateful to The Stockton Ports, Pat Filippone, and 7th Inning Stretch organization for believing in me to step into this leadership position,” said Feneck. “As a Stockton native, I couldn’t be happier to be working for The Ports.”

“I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of Director of Baseball Communications,” said Zavaglia. “Stockton and the Ports organization has felt like home from the moment I started here just a season ago as a Media/Videoboard Assistant. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to showcase what I have to offer for Pat, the Ports, and our amazing fans.”