The Profile

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


Seal Rite Paving and Grading

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

Virna L Santos


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.

Dushan Spadier

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& Principal Broker

GoldLeaf Real Estate / Properties

What we do:  
I am a full service general building contractor specializing in large custom homes, commercial construction and pre-engineered steel buildings by Nucor Building Systems. I also hang my real estate license at Fresno’s premier real estate brokerage house.

Devin S. Nugent

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HealthCare California

What we do:  Medicare certified home health agency providing skilled nursing and therapy services to homebound patients

Education:  B.S., Business Administration
Option: Finance
Fresno State

Age:  44

Family:  Wife, Nikki
Children; Kinsley (2), Presley (1) and Ryker (1)

How did you come to position with HealthCare California?
After graduating from Fresno State, I took a job with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Sacramento as a loan officer in its disaster loan program. From there, I landed a job at Oracle Corporation in the Bay Area managing all of the company’s real estate lease compliance for 100-plus offices throughout the United States. After two years, I was offered a similar position with Longs Drug Stores at its corporate headquarters just across the Bay in Walnut Creek. I was with Longs for 10 years where my responsibilities grew to directing the group that managed over 500 Longs stores and other properties. My group was responsible for all real estate lease compliance and financial payments totaling over $100 million a year.  

Genelle Taylor Kumpe

Kumpe-ProfileExecutive Director

Marjaree Mason Center

What we do: Marjaree Mason Center is Fresno County’s only dedicated provider of domestic violence shelter and support services, including education for victims and youth.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from California State University, Fresno

Age: 41

Family: Husband Matt, son Aiden and daughter Ava

Jim Perez


Bluff Pointe Golf Course

What we do:
Bluff Pointe Golf Course and Learning Center is one of the best and friendliest places in the Central Valley to practice and play golf. We have built a 9-hole course and a short game practice facility for all to learn, with a great coaching staff in place to help.

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.