Governor Jerry Brown announced his appointments to the 39th District Agricultural Association, Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee Wednesday, keeping two long-time members on the board and adding two new faces.
The positions on the board do not require senate confirmation, and there is no compensation for service.
Gay Callan, 62, San Andreas, has been re-appointed to the board, where she has served since 1991. She has owned Chatom Vineyards and Winery since 1978. Callan is a Republican.
“I’m really delighted and honored to have been reappointed,” Callan said. “We’ve got a really terrific energy going right now.”
Callan said serving on the fair board is her way of giving back to the community.
“I’ve always been kind of awestruck by the commitment of our kids in FFA and 4H and the dedication of certain community members,” she said. “Serving on the board is giving back a very, very small part.”
Katherine Campbell, 51, San Andreas, has been re-appointed to the board, where she has served since 2003. Campbell has been a teacher at the Calaveras Unified School District since 1996. She was a realtor at Howard Little Real Estate from 1989 to 1995. Campbell was Mother Lode bureau chief at The Stockton Record from 1983 to 1989. Campbell is a Democrat.
Evan Garamendi, 67, San Andreas, was appointed to the board for the first time. Garamendi was a teacher at the Calaveras Unified School District from 1969 to 2003. She has served on the Calaveras Unified School District Board of Trustees since 2006. She is a member of the Calaveras County Arts Council Board of Directors and Mokelumne Hill Lion’s Club. Garamendi is a Republican.
Gloria Grimes, 66, West Point, has been appointed to the board for the first time. Grimes has been the tribal chair of the Calaveras Band of Mi-Wuk Indians since 1990. She was a community health representative for the Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne Health Board Inc. from 1980 to 2007. Grimes is a member of the West Point Mi-Wuk Roundhouse, Mi-Wuk Dance Group and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3322. Grimes is a Democrat.
Callan said the energy and leadership exhibited by Fair Chief Executive Officer Laurie Gianinni and the volunteer efforts of the Friends of the Fair are moving the fair in the right direction.
“I think the last fair was terrific,” Callan said. “None of us can thank the Friends of the Fair enough for what they do.”