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AB 617 COMMUNITY STEERING COMMITTEE

MERSEDES MARTINEZ

Community Corridor

Martinez is a resident within the community corridor and has special expertise working with families and patients suffering with asthma and respiratory complications. She is a chronic care management nurse for older patients living with chronic respiratory conditions. 

JOHN HERNANDEZ

SERGIO CABANAS

Community Corridor

Sergio Cabanas is a Health, Environmental, and Safety Coordinator for Ormat; where he oversees the daily environmental compliance of the Imperial Valley Ormat IV facilities. He is a member of the American Chemical Engineering Society and American Safety Council.  

Cabanas is a graduate of San Diego State University and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

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GARCIA-RUIZ

BLAKE PLOURD

Community Corridor

Blake Plourd is an El Centro resident and General Manager of El Toro Land and Cattle in Heber. After graduating from Holtville High School, Blake received a degree in BioResource & Agricultural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is a CA licensed civil engineer.  He has local knowledge on agriculture, water, and environmental issues.

RENE FELIX 

JOSE CELAYA

Community Corridor

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AIDE MUNGUIA-FULTON

Community Corridor

John Hernandez is the director of the Our Roots Multi-Cultural Center in El Centro. He is a lifelong community advocate representing senior citizens on the Imperial County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council. He is a former California Senior Legislature Assemblyman and  Central Union High School Trustee. 

Hernandez is an active participant in the Air Quality Steering Committee.

Community Corridor

Garcia-Ruiz is resident within the community corridor and a trustee on the Central Union High School District.  She has also served on the Heber Public Utility District as an elected board member. 

She has very strong relationships with those in her community and would like to see a reduction in air pollution, especially in lower income communities.

Community Corridor

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Community Corridor

Aide Munguia-Fulton is a resident of El Centro and represents El Centro Corridor for the AB617 Community Emission Reduction Program

Mrs. Munguia-Fulton is A Registered Nurse and a Director of a local Community-Based Asthma Program for children ages 0-17.   Mrs. Fulton’s main job is the case management of families of asthmatic children referred to the Asthma Program. Other responsibilities include the facilitation of asthma educational workshops for Medical providers, School Nurses, and community Health Workers. She works in partnership with community advocate groups, organizations and local leaders in finding solution to help alleviate the current asthma epidemic in Imperial County. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Phoenix, and a year of Master’s program in Leadership and Research at San Diego State University (SDSU) - Imperial County.  She is also the first nurse in Imperial County that hold a Certified Asthma Educator credential by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board. Mrs. Munguia-Fulton, has participated in multiple clean air initiatives, have hosted multiple Stop and Listen Asthma Forums and is a great community advocate for the improvement of asthma care in our community.

MATT DESSERT

Co-Chair

APCD

Matt Dessert is the Imperial County Air Pollution Control Officer and a former Imperial Irrigation District director. 
Prior to becoming an IID director in 2010, Dessert worked as an administrative analyst for the ICAPCD for over nine years.

Dessert is an Imperial County native, graduated from Central Union High School and later received his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

LUIS OLMEDO

Co-Chair

CCV

Executive Director of Comite Civico del Valle, an organization located in Imperial Valley whose mission focuses on addressing environmental health related problems in the Salton Sea Region. Mr. Olmedo is a member of various state and national networks that focus on environmental policy, civic participation and environmental justice.

Community Corridor

KRISTIAN SALGADO

Kristian Salgado is a resident of the City of Calexico participating in the AB 617 Community Steering Committee. She currently works at the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)- Imperial as a Community Education Specialist focused on Climate Smart Agriculture. In 2018 she earned a Master of Art Degree in a Social Science as part of an interdisciplinary program called Environment and the Community at Humboldt State University (HSU). Her graduate research methodology is grounded in Participatory Action Research (PAR), and citizen science, environmental justice discourse, and the environmental decision-making process. She feels passionate about the proper dissemination and development of knowledge that can help support community development. As an undergraduate at San Diego State University (SDSU) she double majoring in both her passions: Psychology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Counseling and Social Change.

MARK BAZA

Community Corridor

In May 2010, Mark Baza was appointed as the Executive Director of the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC). ICTC is the Regional Transportation Planning and Transit Agency for Imperial County. On January 1, 2010 was established as a new agency and authority as a County Transportation Commission under Senate Bill 607 (Ducheny).  Under the direction of the Commission, Baza led the development of the new agency’s organizational structure, staffing and work programs. As the regional transportation planning agency, ICTC performs long range planning and construction of regional and state highway projects. As the regional transit agency, ICTC plans and operates the Imperial Valley Transit which includes fixed route public transit services, paratransit services, and dial-a-ride services throughout the county with a fleet of over 60 vehicles and 100 transit staff.  

MARY SALAZAR

Community Corridor

Salazar is business owner and resident within the community corridor. She also serves as a planning commissioner for the city of Calexico.

Salazar has been involved in her community at all levels and strives to improve awareness of air quality in the Imperial County. 

MIREYA DIAZ

Community Corridor

Diaz is a community member with expertise in community engagement through relationship building and personal interactions with all age groups through her work as a nutrition educator. 

Diaz hopes to engage her community and inform the public about the efforts of community air monitoring and emissions reductions.

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