The Profile

Mark Riley

mark-rileySenior Vice President of Middle Markets Business Banking and Market President
Bank of America

What we do:
Bank of America’s Middle Market team manages and grows a diverse portfolio of commercial and agribusiness clients, including business and investment banking resources for the Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare and Kern County markets.

Jane Olvera Quebe

JP Marketing

What we do: Advertising agency serving family-owned businesses

Education: BA, speech communication, Fresno State; MA, organizational communication, Fresno State (pending thesis)

Age: 45

Family: Husband Paul, daughter Olivia, 16

Michelle Von Tersch

Vice President for Corporate Communications

Community Medical Centers

What we do:

Community Medical Centers is the largest healthcare provider in central California, with three hospitals and several outpatient centers.


Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism; Public Relations

Master’s Degree in Business Administration




Husband Ron Von Tersch, 

Sons James, Matt, Andrew and Jack

Tell us about your new role as Vice President for Corporate Communications.

I oversee operations for Communications — marketing and public relations — and Fund Development.  In my new role, I’ll also have the opportunity to work more closely with our Government Relations and Public Affairs office.

Leticia Juarez-sisson

profile-juarezEducation: Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from California State University, Fresno: (2003) & Masters in Strategic Communications from National University (2013)

Age: 35

Family: Jimmy Sisson (Husband for seven years) Brien White (Son), Ryan Sisson (Step-son), expecting a baby girl in October. 

Flindt Andersen

flindtFounder & Executive Director
P.A.I.N. - Prescription Abusers In Need

What we do:    We do several things. We provide recovery services for individuals and families who are in the throngs of addiction. We spend hours walking families through the recovery process, meeting with them individually and with entire families. Once the family/addict comes to us, we are with them throughout the entire process. We are with the addict and their families for as long as they need us. We actually drive people to the treatment centers. We search out the best recovery programs for the person. We are very particular on where we send someone. Most treatment centers make a lot of promises about “curing” someone’s addiction. The fact is, there is no cure and the addiction never goes away. How do you change, for example a 15 year addiction in 30 days? There is so much more to recovery than just getting clean. We believe in patient treatment is the place to clean off of drugs, but once a person leaves treatment, the real work then begins. We then provide counseling and psychological services for both the individual and their families.

Aaron J Garabedian

What we do: The Garabedian Group offers a unique approach to tax preparation, planning, and compliance services that are based on an expert understanding of tax law and regulations. Though the complexity of tax laws can make it challenging to develop a plan that will minimize your tax liability, TGG’s team can create a comprehensive tax planning strategy that will allow you to work toward your personal and professional financial goals. We actively prepare local, state, and federal tax returns for corporations, partnerships, individuals, estates, and other fiduciary entities.

Cari Lyn Vinci

FranNet, Central California territory

What we do: We partner with aspiring entrepreneurs to help determine the best franchise opportunities to match their goals, skill set and lifestyle.

Education: Degree in business

Family: Husband passed away

Age: 55

How do you help people discover the franchise business for them?
We really get to know our clients and what their skills are through a very sophisticated assessment tool that we use. We build for them what’s called a business model, which is what they’re looking for in a business — what their skill set is, what transferrable skills they have, if they’re interested in a business where they’re the manager or if they want to have a manager in place, the number of employees they want, if they gravitate more toward a retail business or something that would be in an industrial park or mobile business. So we look at all the business characteristics of what they’re looking for and their skill set and what they can afford, and then we put together a business model. From the business model, we then look into the businesses that we work with. We’ve already gone through the due diligence and we know that they’re pretty solid businesses. Then we make recommendations.

Tom Howard

Lee’s Air, Heating, and Building

What we do:
We are a commercial and residential air conditioning company specializing in service, repair, and retrofits. A typical day at Lee’s Air depends on the time of the year.  Nobody is looking to replace their air conditioner when it is 70 degrees outside. We spend the spring and the fall doing extensive training. 

William E. Chaltraw, Jr.

Fishman, Larsen, Chaltraw & Zeitler

What we do:

As a law firm, we provide our clients with preventative solutions, while building long-term and fulfilling relationships through vital accessibility. Our areas of specialty include: Health Care Law, Employment Law, Tax & Business Planning, Estate Planning, Real Estate and Business Litigation.

University of California, Los Angeles, 1994 — B.S. in Biology
University of Houston Law Center, 1999 — J.D. (Cum Laude)



My wife of eight years, Leslie, and our two children,
Kate, age seven, and Jake age four.

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny

Dr.-Lynnette-ZeleznyProvost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
California State University, Fresno

What we do:
We serve about 25,000 university students in the Central California Valley. We are a Hispanic Serving Institute, and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institute. Over 70 percent of our students are first-generation college students.
M.B.A., 2005, California State University, Fresno, Fresno CA.
Ph.D., 1998, Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
M.A., 1981, Psychology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
B. A., 1979, Psychology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Age: 57
Family: Married to John Zelezny, Senior Vice President, Community Medical Centers, for 34 years. Three grown children Serena, Reed and Stephen Zelezny.