Klein DeNatale Goldner
My name is Kevin Burton and I’ve been working for Klein DeNatale Goldner for 3 years as the Admin. Director of Client Relations and Government/Public Affairs. I have been watching CAPK continue to grow and provide amazing services to our community and when asked if I would be interested in sitting on the Foundation board, I was thrilled. I personally have been part of the fabric of this community for over 35 years and have had a lot of opportunities to give back to our community. Co-chairing the Grossman Burn Center Capital Campaign in 2009 to bring a state-of-the-art burn center to Bakersfield and also help to raise millions of dollars to bring a state-of-the-art cancer center, the AIS Cancer Center, to Bakersfield in 2012. I’m a product of our local schools here in Bakersfield. A graduate of North High School in 1989 and Bakersfield College 1992. I went on to become a Paramedic in 1993 and was also a Bakersfield City Reserve Firefighter for 18 years. I also worked with Gene Tackett and helped the late Harvey Hall’s first campaign for Mayor of Bakersfield in 2000. I worked for a smaller law firm here in Bakersfield for 10 years, then was asked to be one of the founding members of the new San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation in 2007. I was later hired in 2010 to be the first President of the SJCH Foundation. I am now working for the largest law firms in the Central Valley with offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, and San Diego and enjoying it every day.
The Wonderful Company
Ariana Joven is a Government Affairs Manager for The Wonderful Company. In this capacity, she focuses on agricultural policy issues and government relations in the Central Valley. Prior to joining The Wonderful Company, Ariana was Executive Director of the Kern County Farm Bureau where she advocated on behalf of local farmers. Ariana previously worked for a Congressman and California State Assemblyman, gaining experience working with both federal and state governments. She serves as a member of the Bakersfield College Foundation Board and local high school FFA Advisory Boards. Ariana received a B.S. in Agricultural Communications from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Michael Bowers is the newly appointed Planning Commissioner for the city of Bakersfield and Director of Public Relations and Business Development for Centric Healthcare in Bakersfield CA. He is a progressive thinker and has served on many boards and community campaigns in Kern County.
Formerly serving as the Deputy District Director for Senator Andy Vidak, 14th Senate District and Senior Staff Representative for Congressman David Valadao, Bowers has partnered with a multitude of educational institutions, charity fundraisers, civil and justice advocacy projects, economic development training and community engagement projects. Over the years, Bowers has been instrumental in securing over $4.2 million dollars in community funding. He has served on many organizations including: Housing & Opportunity of Kern (Chairman of the Board), Advanced Center for Eye Care (Board of Director), City of Bakersfield. (Member) American Cancer Society’s Capital Campaign Committee, Alzheimer’s Association (Board of Director), Boys of Color (Mentor), Upside Academy, Inc. (Board of Director), The Patricia Jean Foundation (Board of Director) and Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Council (Member). Additionally, in 2014, Bowers, was named one of Bakersfield’s top “20 Under 40” leaders by Bakersfield Life Magazine. He was also the recipient of the Community Recognition Award from California Teacher Association for a lifetime of dedicated service to education and the Community Service Award with the African American Network of Kern County.
Bowers is committed to engaging communities and government in dialogue about how to create viable economic resources. He is also committed to empowerment, education, and the fostering of strong networks. He believes that one person and one act can make a difference – starting with self.
Born and raised in Bakersfield, Bowers grew up in East Bakersfield, one of the most financially disadvantaged parts of Kern County. He attended Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield College, and Texas Southern University in Houston, (Political Science). He has been able to overcome barriers by not becoming a product of his environment, but a leader that believes in giving back to his community.
Temblor Brewing Company /
My name is Don Bynum and I am President of Temblor Brewing Company, a locally owned brewery, restaurant and event venue, as well as Director of Asset Manamgent at Bynum Inc., a family owned full service Commercial Real Estate Company. I have a deep passion for improving the quality of life in our community, which includes help tackling tough problems like hunger and homelessness. In the past I served on the United Way and CAPK board directors. Additionally, my businesses and family have supported dozens of charities over the years. I am proud of the work that CAPK does in our community and I look forward to being a part of this new chapter. I graduated with a degree in Economics from UC Davis in 2001. I am a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Managment and I hold a California Department of Real Estate Brokers license. Temblor Brewing Company opened to the public in 2015.
CAPK Head Start Policy Council
I was motivated to join the leadership of the CAPK Foundation to further help families grow to their fullest potential by securing funding for resources available to them in our community. I currently serve as a Commissioner for the City of Bakersfield‘s Miscellaneous Civil Service Commission, as well as sitting on the Board of Director, Policy Council and Program review and Evaluation Committee for CAPK. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Political with emphasis in Legal Studies which has lead me to work servicing Bakersfield residence with court ordered family reunification and maintenance services.
County of Kern
I’m the Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector for Kern County. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, and graduated Anderson University with a B.A. in Business Management. Most of my professional career has been dedicated to public service, with more than 10 years at the County of Kern in various positions. For decades CAPK has been changing lives by providing essential and life-changing resources throughout the community, and I’m excited for the opportunity to serve on the CAPK Foundation board to help continue this mission.
CAPK Board of Directors
I want to see the CAPK Foundation be successful and with my many years of experience as a member of the CAPK Board, I feel I can help the Foundation better understand the long term goals of CAPK.
I am retired after 31 years of public service with Kern County, and I have been on the Board of Directors of CAPK for the past 29 years, serving as Board Chairperson for 6 years. I am also the Board President for Desert Willow Apartments in Ridgecrest, a HUD funded non-profit originally sponsored by CAPK to provide independent living services for the mentally ill.
CAPK has a successful history of over 50 years of helping better our community through it’s anti-poverty programs, and as a member of the CAPK Board of Directors, I have seen firsthand the impact the organization makes on people’s lives throughout the county.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Administration, both from CSUB. I retired from Kern County as the CFO at Kern Medical Center and I have been an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Administration at CSUB for 23 years.
Dignity Health Memorial Hospital
Michele Shain is the Senior Director over Neuroscience and Cardiovascular service lines for Dignity Health Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. She joined the CAPK Foundation because the work that CAPK does provides such valuable resources to our community and she wanted to be a part of the great work they’re doing. Michelle has been involved with the American Heart Association and served as the Go Red for Women Executive Leadership chair for 2020 because she believes more work needs to be done to understand and promote awareness of women and cardiovascular disease. Michelle has a bachelosr degree in Nursing and holds a California RN license, as well as a Master in Business Administration. Her professional background has been in the healthcare setting, primarily Critical Care services holding an administrative position responsible for program development and clinical operations development.
Valley Strong Credit Union
Chei Whitmore is currently the Vice President of Branches with Valley Strong Credit Union. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Management, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Chei has been in the financial industry for the past twenty-five years with her organization working in lending and management. Her experience and education have helped shape her many successes; she has been instrumental in educating the youth through the Credit Union’s Financial Literacy presentations for local schools and other events in the community. She is motivated to join the leadership of the CAPK Foundation to help continue the legacy that has been started. As a direct product of one of the many communities CAPK serves, Chei is proud to be part of the organization that is truly making a difference.