OCED staff manages and supports a number of programs and initiatives designed to sustain and improve the San Joaquin Valley and provide a legacy of prosperity for those who call it home, both now and in the future.

Below is an introduction of each staff member who contributes to the overall success of OCED.

Mike Dozier, Executive Director

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Mike Dozier has been executive director of OCED since January 2009. OCED manages the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center, San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium, Smart Valley Places, and the Fresno State Connect program, which links the community to University schools and faculty. OCED also conducts the annual Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program with the University Business Center and California Association for Local Economic Development. Prior to joining OCED, Mike was assistant to the city manager/planning director with the City of Livingston, Calif., from 1985-1987; redevelopment director with the City of Atwater, Calif., from 1987-1992; and director of Community and Economic Development with the City of Clovis, Calif., from 1992-2009. Mike is a director on the following boards: Central Valley Business Incubator, San Joaquin Valley Workforce Funders Collaborative Board, California Association of Local Economic Development Board, and the University Economic Development Association. He attended and graduated from Merced College and California State University, Stanislaus with honors (Summa Cum Laude).

Marianne Collins King, Associate Director, Operations

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Marianne Collins King is OCED associate director, operations. Marianne leads internal operations which includes human resources, talent management, team leadership development, and strategic planning. She administers California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley and is lead for both the Urban and Regional Transformation Cohort and San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium. Prior to working with OCED, Marianne was the principal of Collins King Communications. She has 15 years’ experience working with a multibillion dollar insurance company, developing a succinct background in the realms of alternate dispute resolution, mediation, litigation, conflict resolution, and case management. Marianne serves as board member for Face Forward, Inc. and MadeForThem and is a board trustee for the Fresno Art Museum. She is a member of Fresno Downtown Partnership Association, Fresno Historical Society, Association of Junior Leagues International, Society for Human Resource Management and Central California Society of Human Resource Management. Marianne hails from Northern California, the “then-agricultural scene” of Morgan Hill to the iconic Silicon Valley. She graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, Calif., earning a Bachelor of Arts in business management with additional concentrations in human resources, employment law, organizational development, and psychology.  Marianne is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in organizational behavior and a dual degree in international business. 

Ismael Díaz Herrera, Associate Director, Funding

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Ismael Díaz Herrera is associate director of OCED operations. He serves as the director of the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC), an OCED initiative. SJVRDC connects rural communities to a wide range of services, resources, expertise and training to ensure the needs of their residents are met efficiently, effectively, and affordably. SJVRDC leverages assets of the university and regional partners in response to these needs. As an OCED team member, Ismael contributes to development of university-led community and economic development activities, specifically assisting with grant writing efforts which align Fresno State’s assets to regional initiatives aimed at improving the competitiveness and prosperity of the Valley. Ismael serves on the Mendota Unified School District Board of Trustees and is chairman of the board of directors for Young Emerging Latino Leaders of the San Joaquin Valley, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing young Latino professionals into regional civic leaders. Ismael received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and Chicano/Latino studies from University of California, Irvine and a Master of Arts in education policy and management from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ismael is a proud resident of Mendota.

Shelby Gonzales, Finance Director

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Shelby Gonzales is finance director for OCED, overseeing the fiscal and technical activities that support all of OCED’s initiatives and sponsored projects. A San Joaquin Valley native, Shelby was raised in the farming community of Turlock. Prior to joining OCED in 2010, she was a grant accountant at the California State University, Fresno Foundation. Previous positions include associate director of Budget and Planning at San Diego State University, and account analyst in the Extramural Funds Department for the University of California, San Diego and for the University of California, Los Angeles. Shelby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from California Baptist College (now University) in 1982, and a Graduate Diploma in computer science-applied science from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, in 1998. 

Erik Cherkaski, Fiscal Assistant

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Erik Cherkaski is fiscal assistant for OCED. He aids the finance director in keeping all the ducks in a row by maintaining various financial activities, including preparing fiscal documentation and updating expense reports. Unlike most of his colleagues, Erik originally hails from the East Coast, living in New York City and New Hampshire before moving to the Valley to attend college in 2006. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2011, and a Master of Public Administration in 2013 from California State University, Fresno. Prior to joining the team, Erik volunteered as an office assistant for the City of Clovis Finance Department, and interned for Assemblymember Henry T. Perea through the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute. He currently resides in Clovis.

Jenna Chilingerian, Program Assistant


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Jenna Chilingerian is program assistant for OCED. Prior to joining OCED in July 2014, she served as a program assistant for the Center for Community Progress in Washington, D.C., working closely with the vice president and director of National Leadership and Education to create a community of practice around solving vacant and abandoned property problems. In 2013, Jenna completed a Summer City Success Fellowship with CEOs for Cities in Cleveland, Ohio, and a fall fellowship with Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council in Washington, D.C. Jenna held several internships in law firms, local governments, and nonprofits during her college career. Most recently, she interned with the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., and with the City of Fresno in the offices of Mayor and City Manager. This position brought her back to her hometown and to her family, several generations of proud Armenians. Jenna received her bachelor of arts in political science from University of California, Los Angeles in 2013; she minored in civic engagement.

Eduardo Gonzalez, Project Manager

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Eduardo Gonzalez is project manager for OCED. He provides support in planning, developing and facilitating its grant-funded projects and various collaboratives. Eduardo assists the director of the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC) with implementing its activities and programs. Through SJVRDC, public agencies in small, underserved communities are connected with experts who provide specialized consulting in areas such as business services, grant writing, economic development, health and human services, housing, and planning. Mr. Gonzalez helps identify, write and manage grant opportunities for various collaborative partners and stakeholders while aligning grant expectations and deliverables. Prior to joining OCED in 2011, Eduardo served more than 10 years in a variety of community-focused roles in the Valley. He was executive director for Youth Centers of America (YCA) and provided vision and leadership to its programming and staff, and to adult education, leadership and prevention projects/programs. He has supervised the implementation of advocacy projects for social justice and social change throughout rural Fresno County.

Karmjot Grewal, Program Manager

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Karmjot Grewal is program manager for OCED. Karmjot is responsible for developing and facilitating its grant-funded projects and various collaborative efforts for the Small Business Development Center, Central California iHub, and San Joaquin Valley Regional Industry Clusters Initiative. Prior to joining OCED, Karmjot was a program analyst at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., working closely with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. In 2009, Karmjot graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and in 2011 earned a Master of Arts in research psychology, both from California State University, Fresno. In addition, she earned an MBA with an emphasis in organizational development from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. As a Central Valley native, Karmjot believes in giving back to the community in which she was raised and has brought her industry knowledge home to provide stewardship and progressive development of university-led community and economic development initiatives.

Marcia Martin, Communications Coordinator

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Marcia Martin is communications coordinator for OCED. Marcia is a native of Manteca and has been a resident of Fresno for 30 years (to her surprise). She joined OCED in 2007 when it received the grant for operations of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. This proved to be a learning experience not only about the Valley but about the place she is from. Marcia was involved in the development of and maintains the database for the Partnership and oversees its website. She works on the design and coordination of OCED’s communications materials. She has 25 years of experience in the business of words and has an eye for color. This has been essential as she is very particular about how OCED’s websites look and the accuracy of their contents. Marcia earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and journalism from California State University, Fresno in 2002. As part of her curriculum, she was managing editor of The Collegian spring semester 2001.

Emily Pasquarelli, Administrative Assistant


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Emily Pasquarelli is the administrative assistant for OCED. Emily returned to her native Fresno after working in Los Angeles in the film production industry for more than 20 years. She has extensive expertise managing offices and creating more efficient and functional work environments. In her role at OCED, she is responsible for supporting executives, overseeing special projects, managing and streamlining office procedures, planning and executing events and conferences and acting as a liaison between staff, vendors and community partners. Prior to joining the OCED team, she was administrative assistant at Fresno’s Central Valley Business Incubator. Emily is learning about wines made from throughout the San Joaquin Valley joining a group of friends every month to taste and compare. A subgroup of the monthly wine connoisseurs is venturing out on the Valley circuit of locally owned restaurants. Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and journalism, with an emphasis in radio, television and film, from California State University, Fresno.

Felipe Perez Perez, Project Assistant

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Jena Rodriguez, Communications Assistant

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Jena Rodriguez is the communications assistant for OCED. A native of the San Joaquin Valley, Jena was raised in the small farming community of Corcoran. Prior to joining OCED in November 2014, Jena was an intern and volunteer for various nonprofit organizations in the Valley. Her experiences include social media, public relations, events and communications. Jena aids the communications coordinator with various marketing and communications tasks involving OCED initiatives and its partners. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication and journalism with an emphasis in public relations from California State University, Fresno in 2014.

Wilma Satterberg, Fiscal Analyst

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Wilma Satterberg has been fiscal analyst for OCED since 2011. She assists with financial reporting on the Small Business Development Center and San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium grants. Wilma assists OCED’s finance director with the Smart Valley Places grant and other grant-related projects. Most of her career has been in the private sector; she made the transition to public sector in 2000 when she joined California State University, Fresno Foundation Financial Services as a grant accountant, retiring in 2011 from that position. Wilma is a San Joaquin Valley native, born and raised in Kingsburg. She believes in service to her community and is a 30-year member of Zonta International, a service organization that provides support for women’s issues such as health, literacy, and gender equality. Wilma earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration, accounting option, from California State University, Fresno in 1976.  

David Vazquez, Project Assistant

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