Mike Berg leads Central Unified School District with a breadth of school administration experience that spans 30+ years. He joined Central's leadership team in 2004, and served as the district's Chief Business Officer before his appointment as Superintendent in 2009. Now in his fifth year as Superintendent, he takes pride in the academic accomplishments of the district's schools and opportunities for students. The adoption of Guiding Principles, a set of beliefs and goals by which all activities are measured, has served as a steady beacon to guide the district to major accomplishments. Mr. Berg believes that every student can learn and is infusing that belief into all members of the Central team. He also believes in hiring people of integrity and building capacity in district staff. His experience in school finance, growth planning and leadership is a perfect fit for Central's dynamic growth. His collaborative style, decisive nature, and open door commitment to the Fresno County and City community he has called home since birth, is key to the positive academic and cultural shift that make Central the student centered, employee embracing innovative district of tomorrow!
Mike’s personal and professional mission is to close the “Experiential Gap” for students, by providing enriching life and learning opportunities through his leadership in Central to ensure every student has an equal playing field from which to succeed. He is married to Cheri, his wife of 28 years. They have two daughters, both attending CSU Fresno, and he is a fanatical bicyclist and classic car enthusiast. He also enjoys a good blues and jazz festival in his spare time.
Carol Chandler is a partner in Chandler Farms, LP. She and her husband Bill, and sons, Tom and John, farm grapes, almonds, and tree fruit in the Selma District of Fresno County. They grow grapes for raisins and wine, as well as almonds, peaches, plums, nectarines and citrus. She assists with the business administration portion of the operation. She served as State President of CA Women for Agriculture and is a member of the boards of Western Growers, CA Grape and Tree Fruit League and the Fresno Regional Foundation. She also belongs to the Junior League of Fresno and the Common Threads Committee that honors philanthropic women in Valley agriculture communities.
Howard Himes has dedicated twenty-four years to helping abused children and their families. He is the Director of the Fresno County Department of Social Services. In addition, Himes has provided more than 600 hours of child welfare training and taught for both the Central California and Bay Area Child Welfare Academies. He co-authored a CaiSWEC training curriculum on Child Welfare Services within the Southeast Asian community, as well as developed training on Ethnographic Risk Assessment for the Bay Area Training Academy.
Himes currently teaches graduate courses in Advanced Child Welfare and Community Organization at California State University Fresno. He also sits on the Board for the Child & Family Policy Institute of California, as well as the advocacy committee for the California Evidence Based Clearing House.
Hugo Morales is the Executive Director of Radio Bilingüe, Inc. In 1976, Hugo and an all volunteer staff of farm workers, former farm workers, and artists founded Radio Bilingüe. It began broadcasting July 4, 1980, over the entire San Joaquin Valley.
Radio Bilingüe is a national satellite community radio service with programming in Spanish, English and Mixteco (an indigenous Native American language in Mexico) that serves Latino radio audiences in the Northern Hemisphere. It serves over half a million listeners with its pioneering daily Spanish language national talk show, Línea Abierta, its independently produced news service, Noticiero Latino, and its rainbow of Spanish-language folk music.
Hugo is a Mixtec Indian from Oaxaca, Mexico. He was raised in Oaxaca and grew up in Sonoma County until he graduated in 1968 from Healdsburg High School. He then went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
In 1994, he became the first resident of the San Joaquin Valley to be a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In May 1999, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting honored Hugo with the Edward R. Murrow Award, public radio's highest distinction. Hugo's board memberships include the following: First 5 Fresno County Commission, The California Endowment, The San Francisco Foundation, The Rosenberg Foundation, The UC Merced Foundation, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Central California Legal Services, California Tomorrow, and the PG&E/Greenlining Partnership.
Lisa Nichols is a Medical Social Worker with Fresno Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Maternal Child Unit. She provides intensive case management services to high risk infants and their parents.
Lisa was previously employed with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) working with neglected & abused children, at-risk families, and transition-age foster youth. She had the unique opportunity to oversee a nationally known initiative, California Connected by 25 (CC25), that aims at ensuring foster and probation youth are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and services to be successful in their transition into adulthood. In addition to coordinating the CC25 initiative, Lisa was a Supervisor for the Fresno County DCFS Independent Living Program.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from California State University of Fresno (CSUF) in 1998, and her Master's Degree in Social Work in 2003 at CSUF. She served as the Vice President for the CSUF Social Work Alumni Association from 2003 to 2005. Lisa has developed written curriculum and facilitated training for social workers, foster parents, and community partners.
Lisa serves as a board member on the Advisory Counsel for the Intervarsity Fresno Institute for Urban Leadership (FIFUL) and as a member on the Intimate Violence Partner Taskforce at CMRC. In June of 2008, the Delta Sigma Sorority recognized Lisa Nichols as "a trail blazer in the community" and for her dedication to community efforts.
Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea was first sworn in as a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in January 2005 and was honored by the residents of his district when he was reelected to the office in November 2008 and most recently in June of 2012. His deep passion for the safety and welfare of all Fresno County residents is the driving force behind his service to the community.
Prior to his election to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, he served on the Fresno City Council for six years and the Fresno County Board of Education for five and a half years. He also spent fifteen years as a reserve police officer in the Fresno Police Department.
Supervisor Perea was born and raised in Fresno, California and graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School. He received his bachelor’s from Fresno State and a Masters of Public Administration from USC. He is the proud father of California Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, Annalisa Perea and Thomas Perea.
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Marcia Sablan is a native of St. Louis, Missouri; she received her B.S. in Chemistry from St. Louis University and her M.D. from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Family Practice at the University of Hawaii- Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu.
Dr. Sablan is Board Certified in Family Practice, and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the California Academy of Family Physicians, and was named California Family Physician of the Year in 1992. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF-Fresno Family Practice program as well as a Clinical Preceptor for the UC Davis Physician Assistant/Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
As a First 5 Fresno County Commissioner, Dr. Sablan enjoys giving back to the community. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the American Red Cross of Fresno County, and has been on the City Council of Firebaugh since 1983.
Before medical school, she spent two years in El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer. She has been in private practice with her husband, Dr. Oscar Sablan, for 24 years in Firebaugh and has four grown children and six grandchildren.
With a passion for good public policy and a desire to serve the children of the Valley her family has called home since the 1860's, Diane Sharp Johnson is honored to be a First 5 Commissioner.
A Hanford native, she has designed and administered workplace fundraising campaigns for United Way of Santa Clara County and developed leadership donors for United Way of the Bay Area. She has also worked in public affairs for Harris Ranch, served on the local and state boards of California Women for Agriculture and on the Westside Elementary School Board, which oversees public education in the Five Points region of Fresno County from preschool-grade 8.
Johnson advocates locally for special needs students and supports their parents, and also acts as a lay grief counselor for parents of gravely ill children through Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She has also served as President of the California State Fair, Calvin Crest Conferences, Fresno Area Stanford Alumni, Malloch Elementary PTA and Manchester GATE PTA.
She and her husband, Erick, have two teenagers and reside near Friant.