It’s been nearly two months since we asked you to nominate the Merced area’s best and brightest young leaders for “20 under 40,” a Sun-Star program in its second year identifying emerging community leaders.
We’re thrilled to announce the 2018 “20 under 40” class. Judges had their work cut out for them, with a large number of nominations to sift through.
The winners form a diverse group of up-and-comers who are poised to play key roles as the community charts its future – a future they will likely lead.
We’re sharing the list today in an effort to invite community members to help us celebrate the 2018 class at a special event at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. Tickets are $25 and are available online at http://bit.ly/20Under40-2018.
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Judges were Stephanie Dietz, assistant city manager of the City of Merced and a 2017 20 under 40 honoree; Kimberly Helms-Lewis, Merced County District Attorney-elect; Brenda Ortiz, senior public information representative, UC Merced; Josh Pedrozo, Merced City Councilman and 2017 20 Under 40 honoree, and Nathan Quevedo, media and communications manager at the Merced County Office of Education.
The Sun-Star’s 2018 ‘20 under 40’
▪ Katie Bass, chief executive officer/pharmacist in charge, San Joaquin Drug
▪ Anna Beaudin, assistant professor, UC Merced
▪ Sara Cribari Hill, chief executive officer, The Greatest Valley
▪ Stacie Dabbs, executive director, Merced County Association of Governments
▪ Luis Flores, senior research analyst, Merced College
▪ David Gravano, assistant project scientist, UC Merced
▪ Jason Hedden, commander, Los Banos Police Department
▪ Sarah Hopkins-Chery, head women’s basketball coach, UC Merced
▪ Aaron Hill, partner sales executive, Microsoft
▪ Steve Lerer, associate director of the office of Leadership, Service and Career, UC Merced
▪ Jeremy Martinez, chief executive officer, United Way of Merced County
▪ Alex McCabe, Livingston city councilman and chairman of the Merced County Association of Governments
▪ May Moua, director of student programs, Merced County Office of Education
▪ Mike Murphy, mayor of Merced and attorney, Murphy & Brawley LLP
▪ Brett Nickelson, principal, Delhi High School
▪ Zachery Ramos, president/creator, Traveling Library
▪ Ray Reyna, Jr., commander, Los Banos Police Department
▪ Sara Sandrik Goins, public information officer & district development officer, Merced City School District
▪ Chris Vitelli, superintendent/president, Merced College
▪ Stevie Wakes, pastor, Saint Matthew Baptist Church