published on July 8, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff


The State Center Community College District Board of Trustees named Dr. Carole S. Goldsmith as the new president of Fresno City College at its July 5 board meeting. Goldsmith is the current president at West Hills College in Coalinga. She will start her position Aug. 1.

Goldsmith has more than 25 years of higher education experience with many of those years in senior leadership positions. Prior to serving as president of West Hills College Coalinga, she was in the West Hills Community College District where she served as vice chancellor of educational services workforce services and director of strategic workforce development/vocational education. She has experience as a college instructor as well as vice principal III at Cesar Chavez Adult Education in Fresno.   
A first-generation college student from Visalia, Dr. Goldsmith has earned her B.A. in history from Fresno State, her M.S. in educational administration from National University in Fresno, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the joint doctoral program at UC Davis and Fresno State. She is the proud parent of two grown children, Chad and Chelsea Dobbs.

Mary Willis, coordinator of internships and professional experiences in the Jordan College Advising and Career Development Center at Fresno State, was one of 13 professionals from across the country chosen for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program. The program is dedicated to E. Kika De La Garza, who served six terms in the Texas House of Representatives and 32 years as the first Hispanic U.S. Congressman from Texas’ 15th district. He was the co-founder of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and chaired the Congressional Agricultural Committee for 13 years. The program selects faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions to collaborate with the USDA over two- to four-week sessions.


The City of Fresno has named Bryon Horn as the new chief information officer over the Information Services Department, which plans, develops, implements and supports the numerous IT systems and networks throughout the city. Horn attended Fresno State, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration/computer applications and systems analysis. He also obtained a Master of Science in Information Technology from Aspen University in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Horn is certified in several technology industry specific specialties including as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Horn is the current president of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California, which is an organization of over 200 cities, towns, and special agencies.

Sanger City Manager Tim Chapa is pleased to announce the hiring of Rudy Hernandez as the city’s top financial official and administrative services director. Hernandez is currently the finance director for the city of California City in Kern County and will be joining the City of Sanger staff on Aug. 1.


Caglia Environmental in Fresno has hired Greg L. Ollivier to the position of division manager for the Cedar Avenue Recycling and Transfer Station.


Central Valley Community Bank officials have announced the promotions of Constantine Makayed to senior vice president, senior risk manager; Donielle Kramer to vice president, human resources operations manager; Rod Geist to vice president, investment services program manager; and Hiren Patel  to vice president, accounting manager.
Makayed joined Central Valley Community Bank in 2012. He is responsible for the development, implementation and administration of strategies, policies, processes, personnel, reports and systems to identify and manage risk exposures arising from all banking and financial services activities.
Kramer joined the Bank in May 2009. She is responsible for managing all aspects of human resources administration to include benefits and payroll, overseeing Human Resources systems to improve processes and increase efficiency, and providing consulting support on job description development, employee relations and development, performance issues and terminations.
Geist has been with the bank since 2003. He is responsible for the oversight and management of the bank’s investment representatives, developing and implementing sales strategies and goals that promote development of new relationships, and training Bank personnel on investment products in support of customer needs.
Patel has been with the bank since 2009. He is responsible for providing support to the controller and chief financial officer in the performance of regulatory and management reporting, financial analysis, compliance and general accounting functions.


Eleven students from the central San Joaquin Valley out of 92 applicants were recently selected to take part in the 29th UCSF Fresno Summer Biomedical Internship Program (UCSF Fresno SBI). UCSF Fresno SBI pairs selected students who are entering their senior year of high school with faculty members at UCSF Fresno to work on research projects for two months over the summer. The program is aimed at providing students with hands-on biomedical research experience while introducing them to careers in health and medicine. Students selected include: Mizna Akbar from Clovis North High School in Fresno; Faith Bundros from Clovis High School in Clovis; Simon Cao from Clovis North High School; Alexander Ewing from Buchanan High School in Clovis; Allison Heyne from Clovis West High School in Fresno; Mandeep Kaur from Central West High School in Fresno; Isabelle Plumb from Edison High School in Fresno; Manjit Ruprem from Buchanan High School; Kenan Sagouspe from San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno; Hena Sihota from Kingsburg High School in Kingsburg; and Maya Srikanth from Clovis North High School.


Sue Liskey, a 35-year real estate broker and resident of The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens, was recently honored by the Fresno City Council with the designation of Sue Liskey Day. Liskey, 82, has helped current Terraces residents sell their homes since moving to the senior living community two years ago.


Clovis Community College is proud to announce Chad McCarty as the head men’s soccer coach to recruit and helm the first men’s soccer team at Clovis Community College for the 2016-2017 academic year. Coach McCarty played in various capacities for the U.S. Olympic team and U.S. National teams.  He was captain of the men’s Olympic team for the Sydney, Australia games in 2000, and earned 4th place, the best ever U.S. finish at these games.  
Coach McCarty has coached for various organizations including the Clovis North Boys Soccer team, Futsal Clovis, Olympic Development Program, California Odyssey Soccer Club, and the McCarty Soccer Academy. McCarty holds a National B coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation.

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