The Profile

Caren Myers

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Fresno Lexus

What we do:  Lexus Sales and Service

Education:  Attended Nebraska Wesleyan University

Age:  69

Family:  Husband Bill, 6 Children, 12 Grandchildren and a Golden Retriever Gigit Myers.

How did you come to your position as General Manager at Fresno Lexus?
I had recently sold my Saturn dealership and was doing automotive consulting on an interim basis. RJ Romero, owner of Oremor Automotive Group, contacted me to interview for the Lexus general manager position in Fresno. This family-owned auto group based in Ontario, California is one of the most respected and successful in the automotive business. He owns several auto dealerships in Southern California and although each store operates independently, the standards are set at the very top level for professionalism, productivity, community involvement, employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction. It was the right opportunity at the right time for me and an honor to be selected to be part of this team.     

Gail Zurek

President/CEO

Visalia Chamber of Commerce

What we do: We help create a strong local economy, promote the community, provide networking opportunities and represent the interests of business with government.

Education:
California Lutheran University

Age:
37

Family:
My Husband Michael, Associate Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church and our amazing sons Sam (10) and Joe (5) and our English Bulldog Tank

How did you come to position with the Visalia Chamber of Commerce?
I had the opportunity to work with Glenn Morris, the former CEO, on a number of projects and initiatives prior to his departure. He encouraged me to apply. I am certainly glad I did.   

John W. Shore

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Community Housing Council of Fresno

What we do: HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency helping families achieve homeownership through education.

Education: B.A. degree, music education, Calvin College

Age: 65

Family: Married to Jacquelyn Shore; raised 3 boys and enjoy 2 granddaughters!

Kelly Vucovich

Kelly VucovichPrinciple

SubDirect, LLC

What we do:  

We work with print and digital publishers to develop marketing programs to grow circulation, engage audiences and build brands.

Sandra Kaye

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St. Francis Homeless Project

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Richard Kriegbaum

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Fresno Pacific University

What we do: Fresno Pacific University transforms people, families and communities through higher education that stresses solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. The face of our student body is the face of the Valley—we are a Hispanic Serving Institution and are committed to offering opportunities to first-generation students. And we are successful! FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students and is ranked in the top tier of our category by U.S. News & World Report. We are also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). For us, being the region’s only comprehensive Christian university is all about living out our tagline: “Empowering leaders. Transforming lives.”

Education: Ph.D. in higher education, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976. M.A. in Spanish, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1966. B.A. in Spanish, Wheaton (IL) College, 1963, with high honor.

Age: 73

Family: My wife Peggi and I enjoy a blended family of three children, their spouses and our seven grandchildren. Our children are Janine (husband Matt) Zulim, Arnold (wife Mimi) Kriegbaum and Sonya (husband David) Wainscott. Five of these folks have degrees from FPU. 

Aamer Hayat

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Avecinia Wellness Center

What we do: Integrative primary care. We combine primary care medical services with alternative approaches to health to provide our patients with a more holistic approach to health and well-being.

Brooke Ashjian

CEO

Seal Rite Paving and Grading

What we do:
We build roads, streets, bridges and parking lots.

Virna L Santos

Partner

Santos & Santiago Law Group, LLP

What we do: We are a woman- and minority-owned Limited Law Partnership offering legal services in four practice areas: immigration; criminal defense; bankruptcy; and employment discrimination

Diane Phakonekham

Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California

What we do:
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches youth (Littles) ages 6-14 with volunteer mentors (Bigs) in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. They have fun together doing everyday things with the results of improved academics, greater self-confidence and stronger family relationships.