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Richard Bianchi
Chair Board

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Elected in December 2016 at the California Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting in Monterey, and re-elected for a third term in 2020, Richard represents the three Central Coast County Farm Bureaus on the California Farm Bureau Federation's Board of Directors.

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Mike Fisher
WDB Member

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Owner, Fisher's Catering

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Chuck Frowein
Co-Founder/CEO at 3rd Base Burger Bar

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Owner, Grill'in & Chill'in

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Shelley Giancola
HR Manager

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Owner, Grill'in & Chill'in

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Karen Para
Secretary Board

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Karen Para is a Broker Associate with more than 20 years’ experience in Residential, Multi, REO and Short Sale listings. Prior to working in the Real Estate Industry, Karen worked as a Paralegal for 5 years. Her expertise in the legal field includes; Probate, Wrongful death, and Real Estate Law issues. Karen believes that continuing education is essential in any field. This is evident by the number of certificates she holds; certified Distressed Property Specialist, Relocation Specialist, ECO Broker Certified and Certified Mexico Sales Specialist.

 

Giving back to the Community is very important to Karen. She has been doing this for many different associations over the years. She was a Director for 3 years and Vice President in the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of the California and National Associations of Realtors and held the numerous positions within the San Benito County Board of Realtors Association. Those positions include; President, Vice President, Director 3 years, Parliamentarian, Secretary, Communications Chair, past member of the Professionals Standards and Ethics Committees.  Throughout the years she has earned President and Executive level awards at Intero Real Estate.  She currently is the Secretary for the San Benito County Work Force Development Board.

 

She takes pride in her work and enjoys assisting clients.  Karen will provide you with expertise and professionalism as your agent. She will give you the confidence you need as a buyer or seller from the onset of the transaction.  Be assured, you are in good hands. Karen and her husband Paul have raised their 4 children in Hollister. They are now grandparents and enjoy quality time with their family. They both are 49er enthusiasts, when not traveling the world.

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Lizz Sanchez Turner
Owner

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Lizz Sanchez Turner is the Owner of the Empowered Solutions & Concepts, LLC.

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Lamont Adams
Business Manager

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Labor Union Representative, Local393 Steamfitters

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Kristi Alarid
Director at HOPE Services

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Director, HOPE Services

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Kendra Bobsin
Resource & Referral Coordinator

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****WDB Treasurer

Resource & Referral Coordinator

Go Kids, Inc.

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Duane Bradford
Supervisor at Dept. of Rehabilitation

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Duane Bradford is a Team Manager of the Gilroy branch of the San Jose DOR district.  Prior to being a manager with the DOR he was a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Qualified Rehabilitation Professional with the same office.  He received his M.S. from San Diego State University in 2012. He holds three B.A. degrees, one in Human Behavior, Political Science and French Language.  He also has an A.A. degree in French Language.  Duane has thirty years of drug and alcohol counseling experience starting with his training in the U.S. Navy. He provided these services while on active duty with the United State Navy, where he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation, CV-64 in the early 1980s and ran the ship’s program.

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Randy Brown
Associate Dean at Gavilan College

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Randy Brown lives in Hollister with his family and is a fourth generation San Benito County resident. He currently works at Gavilan College as the Associate Dean of Community Development and Grants Management.  He has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Masters in Child Development.  His former positions include as Associate Professor at University of Nevada and Peace Corps Volunteer. He has served locally as a chair and/or member of Homeless Coalition of San BenitoFirst V San Benito, and San Benito County Behavioral Health Board.

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Michelle Leonard
CEO Chamber of Commerce
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Nelson Leonor
Employment Program Manager
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Scott Reese
Labor Union Representative at Local 393 Union

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Labor Union Representative, Local393 Steamfitters

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José Rodriguez
Assistant Project Manager and Chief Plant Operator at Veolia Water Technologies

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Jose Rodriguez, Assistant Project Manager, Sunnyslope County Water District

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Lupe Rubalcava
Deputy Director
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