Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
VP, Director of Tri Counties Bank
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 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.
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 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.
Joanna Padilla Mitchell
Regional District Manager, Wells Fargo
Joanna Padilla is a District Manager for Wells Fargo community bank branches across Butte, Shasta, and Tehama Counties. She has worked for Wells Fargo for 15 years, previously working and serving the communities of Sutter and Sacramento Counties. Joanna earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Human Resources from Chico State University. Her previous board memberships include the Butte Humane Society and Colusa Rotary Club where she served as Treasurer. Joanna and her husband live in Chico and are raising two young girls. They enjoy family bike rides together. Joanna also enjoys cooking and running 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons.
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.
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 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.
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.
Member, Tehama County Board of Supervisors
Allstate Insurance, Agency Owner
Sonia Aery has been the owner of the Allstate Insurance: Sonia Aery Agency since December 2015. She was born and raised in the North State, and is an active member of her community. Previously, she has served on the boards of Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and the North Valley Housing Trust. Sonia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development from UC Davis and a Master’s in City & Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The work of United Way of Northern California is central to Sonia’s core values, and is a main reason she is eager to work with the UWNC team to move the North State forward. She lives with her partner, Sarah, and their two tuxedo cats in Chico.
Anand (Lucky) Jesrani
Senior Deputy District Attorney, Shasta County
Lucky Jesrani is a Senior Deputy District Attorney at the Shasta County District Attorney's Office. He grew up in Red Bluff, and after graduating from UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law, he returned to the area and has been an attorney for a total of about 16 years. Prior to joining the DA’s office he worked in private practice, doing corporate and real estate litigation law. About 9 years ago he joined the DA’s office. His assignment at the DA’s Office is Consumer Protection and he also handles prosecutions of Real Estate Fraud.
Executive Director, African American Family & Cultural Center
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Bobby is the youngest of 11. He moved to the Bay Area in California when he was a teenager with an older sibling and his family so he could have better opportunities and to finish high school. While in high school he played football for 2 years and was then recruited to play football for Chico State. While at Chico State, Bobby obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. It seems that he has always worked in fields where he has been able to help people and he states that he really enjoys what he does. He has instilled in his three adult children that it is all about helping one another and being the best, most honest person you can be.
Bobby and his wife reside in Oroville, and he gets to see a lot of the people whose lives he has come into contact with and it is very rewarding when he gets to see how far some of them have come. In his spare time he coaches football and basketball, and enjoys anything related to music. He enjoys flying his drone and helping children/young adults in any way possible. He is committed to working at the AAFCC because of its mission statement and what the company stands for as a whole. It is something that he very much believes in. He states that “We have to uplift and help our community restore the values of teaching how to love yourself first, so you will then be able to love others. The programs that the AAFCC offer can help the community do those things, and being that they are all free just shows how much we here at the AAFCC are helping the community. We have seen it happen with the youth, from getting better grades and attitudes changing to the adults that have come out of jail, getting jobs, having a family and becoming productive citizens in the community. I believe that giving back to not only your community but anyone you come into contact with is something that one should do as an individual, but it is also something that the AAFCC does on a daily basis.”
Jack Potter Jr.
Chairman, Redding Rancheria
Jack potter Jr. is involved in many boards representing Indian country tribally, locally, statewide, and nationally. He has been on the Redding Rancheria Tribal Council for 18 years, most recently as their Chairman and Cultural Resource Manager. He also serves on California Rural Indian Health Board, Northern California Tribal Chairman Association as the Vice-Chairman, Medicine Lake Committee for the Pit River Tribe, Redding Rancheria Community Fund Board, Redding Rancheria Enrollment Committee, Pow Wow Committee, California Tribal Families Coalition, and Indigenous People's Day Committee for Shasta County. Jack has also served on the Shasta County Sheriffs Cultural Awareness Council for 21 years. Recently, he was elected to the National Congress of American Indians as Vice President of the Pacific Region. Jack became involved in many aspects of Indian country at an early age, and he even sat under the tables during land claims meetings in the 70's listening to the elders.
Jack is the son of Jack Potter Sr. and Kathy Wilson, the grandson of Edith Geto Stevens and Lloyd Stevens, Stevie Wilson, Mildred and Willard Rhoades, Gordon Potter. Jack is Winnemem and Nor-el-muk Wintu on his father’s side and Kosoimunonu and Kanusu Mi-Wuk on his mother’s side with a little bit of Navajo and Pit River influence from both grandfathers, Lloyd and Willard.
His greatest achievement to date is his 30 years of marriage to his wonderful, loving wife, Myrna, along with their two children, Christine Ceja and Martin Potter Sr., one granddaughter, five grandsons and five great granddaughters. If Jack was not busy enough already, two years ago he started raising his grandson Martin Potter Jr., to whom he is teaching his native language while traveling to pow wows and other native gatherings. Martin was recently crowned for his second term as Stillwater Pow Wow Little Brave, which makes his grandpa very proud.
After 44 years of service in the fields of Education, Government, and Nonprofit, Johanna brings a variety of talents, skills, and wisdom to the Board of United Way of Northern California. Previously, Johanna was the Executive Director of Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center (PCIRC) in Quincy CA. During her six years as ED, Johanna helped to expand the agency and its programs across two counties within five offices, offering a wide variety of direct services that addressed specific community needs, such as housing and homelessness, food insecurity, rent and utilities assistance, rape, sexual assault, and grief counseling, and day shelters. Through collaboration with Plumas County Behavioral Health and the criminal justice system,
PCIRC was able to create two Transitional Sober Living Environment (TSLE) houses, a third house for family reunification, and a fourth home for transitional and homeless youth.
Prior to PCIRC, Johanna was the Branch Manager for a nonprofit Workforce Development agency in Reno, an attaché for the Nevada State Legislature in Commerce and Labor, and taught all-day Kindergarten for 10 years, helping to develop curriculum and serve on accreditation teams.
Johanna mentors women through an online workforce development website made by women for women that answers questions and provides support for those of all ages, races, skills, education levels and venues in their various timelines of being in, out of, or returning to the labor market. Her personal interests include helping to ensure the continuing welfare of libraries, museums, art programs, and languages.