The SJVMA Board are industry leaders who volunteer their time and service to the Alliance. Board members are asked to serve a two year term beginning the calendar year. The board is recruited by the existing board and all members are encouraged to participate, enabling the work and governance responsibilities to be shared by the membership.
LIZ McIlvainePresident/CEO, Total Concept Enterprises, SJVMA Board Chair
MIKE BettsCEO, Betts Company
TROY BrandtDirector of Sales and Procurement at Ligon Hydraulic Cylinder Group
RON HeskettPresident, BORGA Steel Buildings and Components
BRUCE KetchGeneral Manager, United Western Industries
JOHN MaloneyPresident, Anlin Window Systems
SUSAN MoorePresident and Owner, Dumont Printing
LONNIE PettyPresident, Strategic Mechanical
NICK TosiManager & Partner, Brunos Iron and Metal L.P.
BRETT ZallVice President, Human Resources, Fowler Packing
MARIO PersiconeDirector of Operations, PNM Company
VERNICE NellonOwner, Kool Breeze Solar Hats
GENELLE Taylor Kumpe
Genelle Taylor Kumpe has devoted her career to issues that transform our community, empower others and advocate for women and children. With her years of work emerging full circle, Genelle most recently has taken on the role of Executive Director for the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance, collaborating with private enterprise, government and education sectors to build a world-class workforce and spur regional economic development. Relevant to the work of the Alliance, Genelle also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Fresno City College teaching today’s pipeline of workforce about the necessary employability/life skills to be a valuable resource in this changing world. She transitioned to City College after spending three years as the Executive Director of the Marjaree Mason Center, Fresno County’s resource for shelter and services for victims of domestic violence. Genelle’s dedicated and innovative work in this role earned state-wide recognition, receiving the Breakthrough Leader Award from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
Prior to joining the Marjaree Mason Center, Genelle served as the Associate Director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for 10 of the 15 years of her tenure at California State University, Fresno. She led more than a dozen programs that promoted innovation and entrepreneurship nationally and internationally, and have been replicated in other regions. Genelle received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and is a certified entrepreneurship teacher via the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. In addition to being the President of the Made for Them Board of Directors, a social enterprise combatting human trafficking, Genelle is a founding member of the La Visionaria Guild and current member in the La Feliz Guild, both of which are non-profit organizations whose mission is to engage in creative and innovate ways to raise funds, advocate for children, and promote goodwill for Valley Children’s Hospital.
She has also served on the California’s State Leadership Team for the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. Genelle’s tenacity for doing her very best earned her the title of 2018 Woman of the Year with Central California’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, breaking a title record for raising the most funds for our local chapter. Throughout her career, she has opened and partnered in 3 businesses; balancing life as a wife to Matt, career mom to Aiden and Ava, and entrepreneur at heart.
Director of Education Engagement
Shannon has been with SJVMA for over a year. Prior to SJVMA, she worked in the education field both as a teacher and supporting educators from Arizona to California. Shannon also has a deep background in the non-profit sector with organizations such as Valley Crime Stoppers, the Fresno Jewish Day School, and others. She is passionate about children and her community and has volunteered for many local charities including the Poverello House, Valley Animal Center, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Family Healing Center and the Girl Scouts of Central California South. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Arizona State University.