Kari Gilbert is the Director of the Fresno County Department of Child Support Services (FCDCSS). She started her career in child support in Tulare County under the District Attorney’s office in 1993. In 2004, she was hired by Fresno County Department of Child Support Services. Kari was raised in a small community East of Exeter, California known as Lindcove. She ventured out of the Central Valley for a few years living in Southern California and as many do, she returned back to the valley. Kari finished her education with Fresno Pacific University graduating with a degree in Business and Organizational Development. Kari is most passionate about supporting children emotionally, medically and financially and strongly promotes parental responsibility to enhance the well-being of children.
Hugo Morales is the Executive Director of Radio Bilingüe, Inc. In 1976, Hugo and an all volunteer staff of farm workers, former farm workers, and artists founded Radio Bilingüe. It began broadcasting July 4, 1980, over the entire San Joaquin Valley.
Radio Bilingüe is a national satellite community radio service with programming in Spanish, English and Mixteco (an indigenous Native American language in Mexico) that serves Latino radio audiences in the Northern Hemisphere. It serves over half a million listeners with its pioneering daily Spanish language national talk show, Línea Abierta, its independently produced news service, Noticiero Latino, and its rainbow of Spanish-language folk music.
Hugo is a Mixtec Indian from Oaxaca, Mexico. He was raised in Oaxaca and grew up in Sonoma County until he graduated in 1968 from Healdsburg High School. He then went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
In 1994, he became the first resident of the San Joaquin Valley to be a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In May 1999, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting honored Hugo with the Edward R. Murrow Award, public radio’s highest distinction. Hugo’s board memberships include the following: First 5 Fresno County Commission, The California Endowment, The San Francisco Foundation, The Rosenberg Foundation, The UC Merced Foundation, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Central California Legal Services, California Tomorrow, and the PG&E/Greenlining Partnership.
Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea was first sworn in as a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in January 2005 and was honored by the residents of his district when he was reelected to the office in November 2008 and most recently in June of 2012. His deep passion for the safety and welfare of all Fresno County residents is the driving force behind his service to the community.
Prior to his election to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, he served on the Fresno City Council for six years and the Fresno County Board of Education for five and a half years. He also spent fifteen years as a reserve police officer in the Fresno Police Department.
Supervisor Perea was born and raised in Fresno, California and graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School. He received his bachelor’s from Fresno State and a Masters of Public Administration from USC. He is the proud father of California Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, Annalisa Perea and Thomas Perea.
Marcia Sablan is a native of St. Louis, Missouri; she received her B.S. in Chemistry from St. Louis University and her M.D. from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Family Practice at the University of Hawaii- Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu.
Dr. Sablan is Board Certified in Family Practice, and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the California Academy of Family Physicians, and was named California Family Physician of the Year in 1992. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF-Fresno Family Practice program as well as a Clinical Preceptor for the UC Davis Physician Assistant/Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
As a First 5 Fresno County Commissioner, Dr. Sablan enjoys giving back to the community. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the American Red Cross of Fresno County, and has been on the City Council of Firebaugh since 1983.
Before medical school, she spent two years in El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer. She has been in private practice with her husband, Dr. Oscar Sablan, for 24 years in Firebaugh and has four grown children and six grandchildren.
Dawan Utecht is the Director of Behavioral Health for Fresno County. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of specialty mental health and substance use disorder services, in Fresno County, for individuals with Medi-Cal or who are indigent. She oversees an annual budget of over $175M and a staff of over 500 and is responsible for business planning and program development, quality and regulatory management, along with all other administrative duties for the Department. Dawan also serves as the Public Guardian for Fresno County.
Previous to the Mental Health Director appointment in 2013, Dawan was the CEO of Community Behavioral Health Center, a 61-bed adult acute inpatient psychiatric facility licensed under Community Regional Medical Center. She also served as the Vice President of the Continuum of Care for Community Medical Center. This role included oversight of a 28-bed acute inpatient physical rehabilitation center, outpatient physical rehabilitation services at Community Regional Medical Center and a 106-bed skilled nursing and sub-acute care facility in Fresno. Along with over 20 years of healthcare administrative experience, Dawan also taught in the Physical Therapy program at Fresno State for 20 years as a lecturer.
Currently, Dawan serves on the Board of Directors of Valley Caregivers Resources Center and is a Commissioner for First 5 Fresno County, both in Fresno, California. She is also a governing board member for the California Behavioral Health Directors Association and she also serves as the Treasurer for CalMHSA, a joint powers authority which serves as an independent administrative and fiscal intergovernmental structure for California counties to jointly develop, fund and implement mental health services and education at the state, regional and local levels.
Dawan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in New York.
Dawan is married with a blended family of six children.
Shannon Koontz-Monis resides in the City of Fowler with her husband, Frank, and their two seven-year -old girls. Shannon is a proud Central Valley native and is a graduate of Sanger High School.
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She has worked for Pacific Gas and Electric for 24 years and is currently working in Government Relations, supporting large electric capital projects throughout the Central Valley. Shannon is involved in many different community organizations, most of which focus on education. In addition to her service on the First 5 Fresno County Commission, Shannon is the Vice President of Fresno Compact, an organization that brings education and business together to focus on community-wide efforts to prepare students for the workplace. She also serves on the boards of the Fresno Fire Chief Foundation, San Joaquin Power Employee’s Credit Union and Fresno Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee.