23rd U.S. Congressional
Fred Plane is a retired Kern County executive and an adjunct professor at California State University Bakersfield.
Fred has been on the Board of Directors of CAPK for the past 29 years. He has served as Board Chairperson for six years and is currently in that position. He is 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 those suffering from mental illness.
Fred is proud of CAPK’s successful 50 year history of helping better the communities it serves through its anti-poverty programs and he has seen firsthand the impact the organization makes on people’s lives throughout Kern County and beyond.
Fred earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from CSUB. He retired from Kern County as the CFO at Kern Medical Center and has been an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Administration at CSUB for 23 years. He also serves on the CAPK Foundation Board and assists in pursuing support that will allow CAPK to continue to grow and innovate.
South Kern County Representative
Maritza Jimenez has been a member of the CAPK Governing Board for two years and is currently the board’s Vice-Chair.
Maritza has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Fresno Pacific University with an emphasis in organizational leadership. She has more than 20 year of experience as a leader in the health care Industry. She currently leads Marketing and Public Affairs efforts for Kern Health Systems.
Maritza serves as an elected member of the CAPK Board representing low-income residents in the Southern Kern County area.
She is proud of the work CAPK does to provide our low-income communities with services that are vital for their quality of life.
North Kern County Representative
Ana Escalante-Vigil is a long-term resident of Kern County. She has been an active community advocate her whole life. She has worked for Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) for 16 years and is currently a She works as a case manager and homeless court coordinator. Her passion for lifting up low-income and marginalized communities extends beyond her duties at GBLA.
In her free time, Vigil keeps busy improving lives and addressing the struggles of the families she represents as Secretary of the Community Action Partnership of Kern Governing Board. She also volunteers for various local campaigns including the annual Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House – Walk for Kids, Kern County Homeless Census Count and the annual Kern County Veterans Stand Down. Vigil also serves as the Vice President of the Democratic Women of Kern and sits on the Advisory Board for the Kern County Women’s March. Vigil is a wife and proud mother of Eliseo, who recently graduated from Wasco High School where Ana has served as President of the Tiger’s Parent Club from 2018 – 2020.
Childhood Education Consultant
Michelle Jara-Rangel is private sector representative on the CAPK and has served since 2020.
Michelle has an Associate degree in Human Services and a Bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University. She has worked in the social service field for over 28 years, with 20-years committed to the Head Start community -including 15-years with CAPK – and 9-years in the Tribal community where she currently works for the Owens Valley Career Development Center. She comes from a Hispanic/Native American background and her family’s roots grow from the Yaqui people of Mexico.
Michelle is proud of the work CAPK does in the communities it serves. She said staff listen to community needs, design programs to meet those needs and work hard and connect the public with those programs.
Controller, Grade 6 Oil
Denise was born and raised in Bakersfield and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Denise earned her Certified Public Accountant license in 2001 while working as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche LLP. She is currently the Controller at Grade Water and Power and has previously held similar positions in several independent oil and gas companies in Bakersfield.
Denise is a longtime supporter of the economic empowerment of the disabled community, children’s education, military veterans, law enforcement and the energy industry. She says it is a privilege to serve as a private sector member on the Board of Directors of Community Action Partnership of Kern which provides much needed services to the underprivileged residents of Kern County.
32nd State Assembly
Mia is the currently Senior Public Relations Specialist for Berry Corporation. She loves the deep roots of the oil and gas industry in Kern County, how it powers our state and the need for continued advocacy of this industry. She represents Berry while also trying to make a positive impact in the community. Previously she worked for Assemblymember Vince Fong serving the constituents in his district while learning about the diverse industries in the county.
She currently serves on the Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Bakersfield College Alumni Association and just recently became a mentor for the Taft Oil Technology Academy. Previously, was a mentor for the Kern Economic and Development Foundation energy academy for three years.
Head Start Policy
Nila Hogan is a non-profit leader who provides support to youth who have experienced childhood trauma or are dealing with difficult life transitions and provides families with reunification and maintenance support and assistance.
Nila holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with and emphasis in legal studies from California State University Chico and she uses that education to enhance her professional pursuits in support of children and families. She currently serves as a member of the City of Bakersfield Miscellaneous Civil Service Commission, as well as serving on the CAPK Foundation Board. She serves as the Head Start Policy Council member on the CAPK Board.
Nila’s passion for serving on the CAPK Governing Board comes from her belief that the agency offers something that everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of. “It is a truly universal agency looking out for the community.”
Kern County Board of Supervisors
Jeff Flores has been fighting side by side with local officials, nonprofits, and private businesses to improve the quality of life for our community for decades. He believes engaging in community service is the force that accomplishes real change within our community.
He previously served as President of the Kern High School District Board of Trustees where he served three terms as a trustee. He has now been elected to the Kern County Board of Supervisors, representing District 3 and has been elected by his peers to serve as the board’s Chairman for 2023.
Previously he worked as Manager of Government Affairs and Communities for Rio Tinto Minerals, representing the company among government, industry, and community stakeholders. He also managed the Borax Educational Scholarship Foundation assisting many students with access to higher education and community philanthropy. He served as a Kern County Planning Commissioner overseeing land use and development projects promoting jobs and a favorable business climate. He was a Director at the Kern Economic Development Corporation fostering economic development.
He has served on the Board of Directors for Kern Health Systems improving healthcare for Kern County residents. Jeff served as a Director for Leadership Bakersfield with the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce developing our next generation of young leaders. Other positions he has held include; Regional Delegate to the California School Boards Association, Director of the Kern County School Boards Association, and a member of the Kern County Committee on School District Organization.
Currently, Jeff serves on the following boards and committees; Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK), Kern Emergency Council, Kern Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board, Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG), Kern County Foundation, Kern Medical Center Foundation, Southern California Water Committee the Tobacco Funding Corporation of Kern County and the Treasury Oversight Committee among others.
Jeff received his BA in Political Science at the University of San Diego with a concentration in International Relations, Minor in Spanish, and Master of Public Policy and Administration from CSU Bakersfield, with Post Graduate work in the resources sector at the University of Queensland Australia.
He is Vice President of the Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation promoting sports and education among youth. Jeff resides in East Bakersfield with his loving wife Jacquelyn, and son Oliver, a sixth grader at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.
He is proud and humbled to serve as District 3 Supervisor where he will focus on the critical issues of public safety, promoting economic development and improving quality of life for everyone who has the privilege of calling Kern County home.
16th State Senate
Law Offices of Curtis Floyd
Jon Mullings is the Senior Pastor of Truth Tabernacle. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Jon is known for his practical and life-changing teaching style, his love for his family and community, and his passion for spreading the gospel of Jesus world-wide via Global Missions. He currently serves as District Global Missions Director for the United Pentecostal Church and is a member of the church’s national Global Missions Board.
He also serves as a private sector member on the Board of Directors of Community Action Partnership of Kern which provides much needed services to the underprivileged residents of Kern County.