United Way

Governing Board of Directors

As of 06/27/2018

Mrs. Nicolette Cross, Chair 2016-2019

Certified Public Accountant
O’Dell Cross, Professional Corporation
5001 California Avenue, Suite 212
Bakersfield, CA 93309

*Ms. Danielle Davis 2018-2019

Area Director of Account Management
Kaiser Permanente Kern County
5055 California Avenue, Suite 110 (93309)
PO Box 12099
Bakersfield, CA 93389

Mr. Del L. Garcia 2016-2019

Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
5401 California Avenue, Suite 300
Bakersfield, CA 93309

*Ms. Shirley Gordon 2017-2020

Vice President of Operations
State Farm Insurance
900 Old River Road
Bakersfield, CA 93311

*Mr. Javier Lozano, Secretary 2016-2019

Human Resource Manager
Aera Energy LLC
10000 Ming Avenue (93311)
PO Box 11164
Bakersfield, CA 93389

*Mr. Jordan Kaufman, Treasurer 2018-2021

Treasurer and Tax Collector County of Kern
1115 Truxtun Avenue, 2nd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Mr. Bob Meadows, Vice Chair 2016-2021

Vice President
Business Development Director
City of Shafter
336 Pacific Avenue
Shafter, CA 93263

Mr. Nicholas Ortiz 2015-2018

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
1725 Eye Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Mr. Matthew Rogers 2017-2020

UPS Stockdale Operations
3800 Sillect Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Mr. Sam Sikola 2017-2020


Ms. Debra Watkins 2016-2019

Alert Disaster Restoration
2007 Cedar
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Dr. Jenny Zorn 2017-2019

Provost/VP for Academic Affairs
California State University,
Bakersfield 9001 Stockdale Highway, Admin 100
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Ms. Emily Duran 2018-2021

Director of Provider Relations Projects
Kern Health Systems

Daisy Diaz 2018-2021

Branch Manager
Beneficial State Bank
Pacheco Rd. Ste. A
Bakersfield CA 93313

Gabriela Gutierrez 2018-2021

Agency Director
5001 California Ave. Ste. 219
Bakersfield, CA 93309

United Way Staff:

Ms. Mari Pérez-Dowling

Interim President and CEO
United Way of Kern County
(Staff Bio's)

* Represents Past Chairs

Our Focus

Early Childhood Literacy

Financial Stability

Homelessness and Hunger

We are all part of this community and together we can make it succeed. At United Way of Kern County we believe that UNITED we can make change happen... one day at a time.
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