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February 16, 2017 9:05pm
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•  Central Valley city names a new finance director

•  Honors for two for ethical leadership in the Valley

•  And more…..

Karin Schnaider
Yoceline Aguilar
Thomas Larwood
(Photo by Casey Christie/TBC)
Adam Frugoli

• Karin Schnaider has been named as Tracy’s new finance director. Ms. Schnaider comes from Benicia, where she currently serves as the finance director, overseeing a general fund budget of $33 million and a citywide budget of over $63 million including water and wastewater utilities.

Prior to her role as Benicia’s finance director, she served as the finance director for the city of Sierra Madre.

Ms. Schnaider will begin her duties as Tracy’s finance director on March 13.


• Yoceline Aguilar and

• Thomas Larwood have been named the recipients of the 2017 Wendy Wayne Awards for Exemplary Ethical Behavior by California State University, Bakersfield and its Kegley Institute of Ethics.

The annual awards recognize one youth and one adult from the community whose ethical character and behavior have had a profound impact on the lives of individuals from Bakersfield and Kern County.

Mr. Larwood, who was honored posthumously, was a medical missionary in Korea and a lifelong volunteer for many organizations in Kern County, including the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, PTA, Friendship House, Bethany Homeless Center, Bakersfield Symphony, United Way and the Kern Solar Energy Society.

Ms. Aguilar decided at age 12 that she was going to teach kindness, responsibility, humility, and self-love to younger children at her church, after convincing her mother and pastor that she was ready for that responsibility.

Ms. Aguilar has “taught by example with the sense of love and attentiveness she radiated when engaging students one-on-one in conversation, asking them how they’re doing in school,” according to her nomination letter. She also has served as a junior nurse volunteer at Mercy Hospital, where she translated for patients and hospital staff.

“The recipients remind us we can always do more – help more, support more, give more – to make our community a better place for all,” says Christopher Meyers, KIE’s director


• Adam Frugoli has joined Epic Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a Sacramento retail property & casualty brokerage and employee benefits consultant, as a vice president of its Health Care Strategy Group.

Mr. Frugoli will be responsible for new business development, program design and management, marketing and coverage placement, and will oversee Epic's delivery of products, services and solutions to clients in the healthcare, consumer finance and banking industries. He will divide his time between Epic's new presence in Idaho Falls, Idaho and its offices in Sacramento.

Mr. Frugoli brings over 16 years of experience serving health care and financial services clients to Epic, having started his career in 2001 at US Bank N.A. where he was a vice president of branch investment advisory services.

Prior to joining Epic, he spent eight years as vice president and insurance broker with the Leavitt Group (Archibald Insurance Center, Rexburg, Idaho).


• Charlotte Mitchell of Elk Grove has been named executive director of Central Valley Farmland Trust, a nonprofit group that helps preserve agricultural land in the San Joaquin Valley.

Ms. Mitchell was previously executive director of the Sacramento County Farm Bureau for 11 years.

At the Trust, she succeeds Bill Martin, who has retired after 12 years in the post.


• Jill Coffman has been named the new regional director for the National Labor Relations Board Region 20 Office in San Francisco. The office is responsible for conducting elections, investigating unfair labor practice charges, and protecting the right of workers to act collectively to improve their wages and working conditions throughout northern California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Ms. Coffman most recently served as the regional attorney in the San Francisco office, a position she held since 2012. She succeeds Joseph Frankl who recently retired from the Agency.

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