The Kern Community College District service area is divided into five segments for elected representation. Of the seven members of the KCCD Board of Trustees, two each represent central Bakersfield and southwest Bakersfield. One each represents Porterville, Ridgecrest and northeastern Kern County.
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Mrs. Meek represents the southwest Bakersfield service area, Area III and was provisionally appointed in January 2003 to fill a vacant seat. She served an earlier two-year term after being elected in a special election to fill a vacated seat. Mrs. Meek’s previous employment was with California Republic Bank as a Senior Vice President, and is a former Executive Director of the Bakersfield College Foundation. She was elected Board President in December 2006 and 2017. She has served on the Legislation Committee and currently serves on the Evaluation/Accreditation Committee.
Mr. Storch represents the Area II service area and was elected in November 2014. Area II spans across eastern Kern County, and includes Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino counties. He is a retired Navy Captain and currently works with DCS Corporation in Ridgecrest as the Vice President of Engineering. Prior to his retirement from the Navy, he served as the Commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. He brings to Kern Community College District his experience in a number of military leadership positions and wants to support the continued success of all the Colleges in the District. Mr. Storch holds a BS in Physics from Miami University and an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Mr. Romeo Agbalog represents Area IV, which encompasses the communities of Delano, McFarland, Wasco, Shafter, Lost Hills, Buttonwillow, and portions of Bakersfield. He is currently the Executive Director for Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government (KCSG), a local 501(c)(4) non-profit organization focused on promoting policies that support economic growth, efficient stewardship of taxpayer resources, and accountability at all levels of government. Prior to joining KCSG Romeo served as the Senior District Representative for Senate Minority Leader Emeritus Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) where he assisted Senator Fuller in serving constituents within the communities of the 16th Senate District on legislation, policy, and regulatory matters. Romeo previously held positions with the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce as Manager of Governmental Affairs, Community Resources Manager with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Field Representative for former Kern County First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston. A lifelong resident of Delano and an alumnus of Bakersfield College, Mr. Agbalog brings a wealth of board experience to KCCD, including currently serving as a Civil Service Commissioner for the County of Kern, and previous board positions with the Delano Union School District, the foundation board for Bakersfield College’s Delano Campus, and the Bakersfield College Foundation Board representing the Delano Center.
Mr. Beebe represents the southwest Bakersfield service area, Area III and was elected December 2000. He is owner of a residential and business security firm. Mr. Beebe served as the Board President in 2005 and 2006. He chaired the Evaluation/Accreditation Committee and currently serves on the Legislation Committee.
Mr. Corkins represents the Porterville College service area, Area V and was elected in November 2006. He is the President of Research For Hire, Inc., and Corkins Farming Inc., a diversified Agri-Business Corporation; farms olives, kiwis, and citrus in Tulare and Kern Counties; and also owns commercial property in Tulare County. He serves as a Governor appointee to the 24th District Ag Association Board of Directors and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. He is a member of the Board Finance and Audit Committee.
Mr. Carter represents the Area I service area and was elected in November 2014. As a Bakersfield native, Mr. Carter attended local schools including Bakersfield College. He has had a forty-two year career as a developer and homebuilder, as well as owned and operated two real estate companies, a mortgage, and an escrow company. Mr. Carter is owner and co-founder of the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame. He also serves on the boards of the Alliance Against Family Violence, and the Bakersfield Homeless Center.
Mr. Thomas represents the Area I service area since September 8, 2016. He was a former professor at Bakersfield College. Mr. Thomas was elected to the California Assembly from 1974 to 1978, and elected as a Congressman in California from 1979 to 2007. On November 2, 2006, he was honored by having the newly remodeled Bakersfield College Planetarium dedicated in his name. Mr. Thomas recently served as senior advisor on the KCCD Bond Blue Ribbon Committee, providing bond education on the District’s successful efforts to pass Measure J.
Student Trustee Sawyer Chrisman will represent the students of Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College and Porterville College on the Kern Community College District (KCCD) Board of Trustees. His term of office is one year, ending in June 2019. As a sophomore student at Cerro Coso Community College and majoring in English, Sawyer Chrisman has made the President's List for his scholastic achievements. He wants to be the bridge for all KCCD students, sharing information about decisions made by the District's Board of Trustees.