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Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who help set the vision, mission, values, strategic direction and goals for the organization. They ensure we are operating in an ethical and efficient manner and that we are fulfilling our mission of achieving successful community impact. 

Jim Cloney

Shasta Union High School District

Jim Cloney is the Superintendent for the Shasta Union High School District, serving in that position for the last 12 years. He is married with four adult sons all living and working the Redding area. He has lived in Shasta County since 1991, after receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Humboldt State University. He is active in Redding East Rotary, the Reach Higher Shasta Executive Committee, the

Region I Board member for the Association of California School Administrators and Northern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation.


Kristin Behrens

Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital 

Kristin Behrens is the Senior Director of Clinics and Support Services for Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and an MA from JFK University and the NTL Institute of Boston. She has been with Dignity Health for 19 years and has served the Tehama County community as the chair of the Red Bluff Tehama County Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Tehama County Public Health Advisory Board, Director of the Corning Chamber of Commerce and as a Director on the Cornerstone Community Bank board. Kris and her husband raise Cutting Horses and enjoy ranching, gardening and their three Pembroke Welsh Corgis.


Captain Scott Fredrick

California Highway Patrol 

Captain Scott Fredrick has been with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) since 1996 and currently serves as the Commander of the CHP’s Yreka Field Office and 9-1-1 dispatch Communications Center in Siskiyou County. He has served on the United Way of Northern California Board of Directors and Community Impact Committee since 2016. Scott is married to his wife of 23 years, with a 17-year-old son and 14-year-old. The captain has a passion for helping our youth and an interest in increasing the public’s trust of law enforcement throughout the region.


Guillermo Sandoval

Tri Counties Bank 

Guillermo Sandoval grew up in the small town of Dayton in Eastern Washington. He started his banking career at Banner Bank in 1995 and is currently the Director of Community Development for Tri Counties Bank. He holds an Economics degree from Whitman College and certificates from the ABA Compliance School, the National Community Development Lending School provided by the Federal Reserve Bank and ABA CRCM designation. He is currently studying for his MBA in Finance and in his free time, he enjoys being a grandfather.


Eva Jimenez 

Shasta College 

Eva Jimenez is Executive Director of the Shasta College Foundation and Shasta College Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development. She also serves as a member of the Redding Rotary, Dignity Health North State Advisory Board and is President-elect of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education. She is passionate about promoting economic growth through high-quality education and services that focus on workforce improvement.. Eva is a wife and proud mother of two beautiful ladies. Her most accomplished personal success story has been beating breast cancer in 2018!


Cynthia Stephens

Stephens Electrical, Inc.

Cynthia Stephens is a successful business owner of two construction companies, Stephens Electrical, Inc. and SnL Group, Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Simpson University along with a teaching credential from California State University, Fresno. Cynthia has a servant’s heart. She is a veteran. She serves as a board member and campaign chair at the United Way of Northern California, board vice chair at the Shasta Family YMCA, a board member of IBEW Local 340 and Trade School of Shasta Builders Exchange. She is Rotarian and volunteers at the local Good News Rescue Mission. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys a great workout, dancing, karaoke, board games, socializing with friends and cleaning (very therapeutic).


Mike Mangas

KRCR-TV

Mike Mangas has been a news reporter, anchor and sports director with KRCR-TV since 1978, with a couple brief stints at Dignity Health. He is also a Roman Catholic Deacon and a member of the Redding Rotary Club. He has served on the boards of the Shasta Community Health Center and the Good News Rescue Mission. He has also served on the advisory boards of Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, Shasta County Public Health and Mercy Medical Center Redding. Mike graduated from California State University, Chico, and is a passionate member of the community. He enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and five grandchildren.


Elsbeth Prigmore

Education Consultant 

Elsbeth Prigmore is an education consultant with Connect the Brain who specializes in professional development for trauma-informed strategies in the classroom and school setting. She has more than 25 years of experience as a K-12 teacher, administrator and central office administrator. Elsbeth holds a master’s degree in Education and Community Services and serves on the California Task Force for Assessment and Accountability for Alternative Education Schools. She is a founding member of the Catalyst Mentoring Movement in Northern California.


Collin Bogener

Moore & Bogener, Inc. 

Collin Bogener is a Shasta County native, who has been on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Northern California since May 2018. Professionally, he is a partner and founder of the law firm of Moore & Bogener, where he specializes in real estate, business and municipal law. He also holds the title of City Attorney for both Anderson and Corning. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling with his wife, Emily.


Michelle Hake 

Umpqua Bank 

Michelle Hake has been VP Area Manager with Umpqua Bank for the past 22 years. She has lived in Red Bluff, CA for the last 36 years and spends much of her time volunteering in local communities. She is a passionate person who cares about making a difference every day. Michelle spends most of her time with her family and grandchildren.


Johanna Downey 

Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center 

Johanna Downey is the Executive Director of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center (PCIRC), a non-profit established in 1983. She oversees 12 staff in three family resource and rape crisis intervention centers in three offices across two counties in rural northern California. She also facilitates four sober living environments. Previously, Johanna worked as a Branch Manager for JOIN, a non-profit  non-profit workforce development agency in Reno NV. Johanna also worked in the Nevada State Legislature’s office of Commerce and Labor.


Ann Schwab

Councilmember, City of Chico 

Ann Schwab joined the United Way of Northern California’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Finance and Butte/Glenn Advisory Committees. She is a member of the Chico City Council. First elected in 2004, Ann has served two terms as Mayor. She is the former Director of Chico State’s Community Action Volunteers in Education and past chair of Chico State’s Staff Council. Along with her husband, Budd, she owns Campus Bicycles in Downtown Chico. Ann received her undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico.


Greg Balkovek

Retired Captain & Insurance Agency Owner 

Greg Balkovek has an extensive United Way background, joining UWNC as Executive Director in 1973, following five years as Public Relations Director for the United Way of Santa Clara County. In 1980, he entered the insurance field with Insurance Associates of Redding, opening his own multiline insurance agency with a partner in 1984 and retiring in 2016. He returned to the UWNC as a board member in 2012. Over the years, Greg has devoted time, talent and resources to a number of community organizations and activities. He also served in the military as National Guardsman in 1962, advancing to the rank of Sergeant, then attending OCS at Ft. Benning, GA to become an officer. He completed his service in 1974 with the rank of Captain. Greg holds several degrees including a master’s from San Jose State University. Greg and his wife, Kathy, have two children and six granddaughters.


Bruce McPhee

AT&T

Bruce McPhee feels a strong calling to serve our local community. He has held a place on UWNC’s Board of Directors since 2008. He has also served as Secretary and Past President of the Palo Cedro Lions Club since 2004. For the past 20 years, he has worked in various roles at AT&T, from Plant Engineer to Public Works Manager to ATO Development Coach to his current role as Construction Manager.   


Wendi West

Northern Region Executive Director, Partnership HealthPlan of California

Wendi West is a Redding native who has worked at various healthcare systems in the area including Dignity and Shasta Regional Medical Center. She is currently the Northern Region Executive Director at Partnership HealthPlan of California. Wendi obtained her bachelor’s degree from Chico State and studied for her Masters of Healthcare Administration at St. Joseph’s College of Maine.


Candy Carlson

Member, Tehama County Board of Supervisors


Yvonne McQuaid

Retired, Director, First 5 Butte Children & Families Commission

If you are interested in joining our volunteer leadership team, please contact us. We are looking for passionate people interested in making a positive difference in their community!