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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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 the chair of the Board Finance & Audit Committee, and a member on the Board Evaluation Committee.
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. 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. 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 Board Evaluation and Accreditation Committees and currently serves on the Board Finance & Audit and Evaluation Committees.
Mr. Connell represents the Area II service area and was elected in November 2018. Area II spans across eastern Kern County, and includes Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino counties. He is a retired Naval Officer having served at sea in carrier-based combat operations, and led a flight test team in early development of the F-18 fighter aircraft. He brings to Kern Community College District broad community service experience serving as a director of the China Lake Alliance, South Fork Union School District, Kern Valley Resource Conservation District, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, and Kern County Grazing Advisory Board. Mr. Connell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey.
Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg represents the Area I service area and was elected in November 2018. She has over 40 years of experience in higher education, both in the classroom and as an administrator. Her Kern Community College District career started as a professor at Porterville College. After 30 years as an administrator at Bakersfield College, she retired as Vice President of Instruction. She brings to Kern Community College District experience in Accreditation and Early Childhood Education.
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 Board Evaluation and Finance & Audit Committees.
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.