Bill Hoobler and Mike Machado Appointed to California Farmland Trust’s Board of Directors
California Farmland Trust has added Bill Hoobler and Mike Machado as new board members.
Hoobler and Machado have been active supporters of CFT for several years and bring a wealth of institutional knowledge and deep-rooted passion to the organization.
“Bill and Mike both offer a talented skillset and valuable expertise to the board, and their combined knowledge in policy and finance will be tremendous additions to our organization,” said Charlotte Mitchell, executive director at California Farmland Trust. “We are thrilled to have such accomplished individuals join the board and look forward to working towards continued success, in service to our critical mission.”
Since 2018, Hoobler has served as a CFT committee member and dedicated his professional life to the agriculture industry. He worked in the Farm Credit system for over 39 years, specializing in lending and crop insurance, before retiring in 2016 and starting his own crop insurance agency in Patterson.
“Being involved with CFT since 2018 has been rewarding,” Hoobler said. “California farmland needs to be protected and CFT is just one way to assure that farmland will remain farmland, forever.”
Machado, a Linden native, grew up on his family’s over-100-year-old farming operation and returned to the family business after serving in Vietnam. Machado also served 14 years to the California State Legislature, where he focused on water, banking, insurance, and budget accountability. In 2015, Machado and his family placed an agricultural conservation easement on their family farm, and later in 2021, Machado protected an additional two parcels.
“Without agriculture, we don’t eat,” Machado said. “Without farmland, we don’t have agriculture. That is why the work of California Farmland Trust is so important.”
Hoobler and Machado join the existing 11 members of CFT’s board of directors and will both serve on the Budget, Finance, and Risk Management committee.
Adventist Health Sonora selects new Chief Medical Officer
Adventist Health Sonora has selected Dr. Stephanie Stuart as the new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Stuart started her new role on May 1.
Dr. Stuart is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and has been with the Adventist Health Sonora Emergency Department since 2011. She has a background of leadership including the position of Chief of Staff for the Adventist Health Sonora Medical Executive Committee from 2020 through 2021. Dr. Stuart has also worked as President/CEO of Sierra Emergency Medical Group, a physician group that employs 21 physicians and providers.
Dr. Stuart completed her residency at Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. She earned her medical degrees from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born in Sonora.
Port of Stockton Employee of the Year
Everardo Mendoza was named the Port of Stockton’s Employee of the Year for 2021.
Mendoza has been employed by the Port for 20 years. He was hired in August 2001 as a Lift Driver in the Warehouse Operations department and was promoted to Warehouse Foreman in 2003 until he transferred to the Maintenance Department in 2016 as a General Laborer.
Everardo has demonstrated outstanding job performance, has gone above and beyond expectations, and has shown great initiative with a “can-do” and positive attitude. He takes pride in the projects he is involved in, can be counted on to do quality work, and fills in for others when needed.
Modesto man appointed to State Independent Living Council
Dwight H. Bateman, 61, of Modesto, has been appointed to the State Independent Living Council.
Bateman held several positions at the Department of Rehabilitation from 2009 to 2020, including Grant Administrator, Volunteer Appeals Board Member and Volunteer Disaster Services, Functional Assessment Service Team Member. He held several positions at the State Independent Living Center from 1995 to 2007, including Executive Director, Service Provider and Board Member.
Bateman is a member of the National Council for Independent Living and Stanislaus County of In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Committee. He is chair of the Rehabilitation Appeals Board.
Lockeford man appointed to fair board
Bates Troy Bowers Jr., 71, of Lockeford, has been appointed to the 2nd District Agricultural Association (San Joaquin County Fair Board).
Bowers was Chief Executive Officer at the Amador County Fair from 2007 to 2019. He was Deputy Manager II at the San Joaquin County Fair from 1992 to 2005. Bowers held several positions at the Department of Transportation, District 10 from 2005 to 2007, including Program Analyst and Public Information Officer.
Bowers served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1973. Bowers is a member of the Plymouth Foothills Rotary Club.
Turlock woman re-appointed to water control board
Dorene D’Adamo of Turlock has been re-appointed to another four year term on the State Water Resources Control Board.
D’Adamo was first appointed to the board in 2013. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the re-appointment recently. It is contingent upon State Senate confirmation.
Shanae Kerr appointed to BAC Community Bank executive team
Shanae Kerr has been appointed to the executive team of locally-owned BAC Community Bank as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer.
“Over the past 20 years, Shanae has been instrumental in advancing the Bank’s reputation of safety and stability. She is relied upon by the Board’s Audit Committee to ensure that regulatory compliance and risk mitigation are effectively managed,” said Dana Bockstahler, Chief Executive Officer. “The promotion is well deserved and we are excited she is joining the executive team.”
Kerr started her banking career as a credit analyst after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from California State University Hayward with a focus on Finance and Economics. Over the years, she has enhanced her skills and abilities through various forms of continued education and on-the-job experience. Most recently she earned a graduate certificate from the Pacific Coast Banking School.