Speaker Date Topic
Athena Collup- Pres. Bkfld Assoc of REALTORS Oct 16, 2019
Update on the Bakersfield Real Estate Market
Update on the Bakersfield Real Estate Market

2019 President
Miramar International – Mill Rock
Athena Collup is a proud REALTOR® that has spent her professional career in Kern County assisting buyers, sellers,
and investors for over 25 years, specializing in residential and relocation real estate transactions.
Throughout her professional career, Athena has served on multiple levels of organized real estate as a Director for the
National Association of REALTORS®, California Association of REALTORS®, Bakersfield Association of REALTORS®,
Golden Empire Multiple Listing Service (GEMLS). She believes continuing education is critical to the service she
provides her clients. As part of that commitment, she received her Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation in
2014. She has also been the recipient of awards for excellence in the real estate industry, including the 2015
Salesperson of the Year. She is currently serving as the President for the Bakersfield Association of REALTORS®.
Athena is strongly invested in the REALTOR® Party and mission. As a long-time advocate, she works toward policies
that promote home ownership and inspire REALTORS® to serve their industry and community. In addition to her
volunteer work in organized real estate, she is also a community leader that has contributed her time and efforts to
various local organizations including Alliance Against Family Violence, Bakersfield Homeless Center, Relay for Life,
Gleaners, Habitat for Humanity, Families of Fallen Warriors, Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County, and has served on
the Board of the Bakersfield Breakfast Club Rotary’s Foundation.
A native of Bakersfield, Athena and her husband Steven have raised 3 sons and have 8 grandchildren. They are both
very proud that their children “all own a home of their own and didn’t borrow any money from Mom and Dad.”

Capt. Aaron Lyman & Sgt Yerania Esparza Oct 23, 2019 6:45 AM
Bakersfield Search and Rescue
Bakersfield Search and Rescue

Captain Aaron Lynam, Bakersfield Search and Rescue

Captain 11 years, been w/BAKSAR 16 years; K-9 Handler w/ K-9 Scarlett 11 month old Bloodhound that is in training for mantrailing;
 Capt Lynam has been a K-9 Handler for 7 years, and is on his second  K-9.  He also ov
ersees Bakersfield SAR Swiftwater and K9 teams. He specializes in direction and control of searches, instructor ropes and anchors, maps and compass, gps, swiftwater rescue, flood water rescue, and tracking among other skills.

Sgt. Yerania Esparza

Sgt. Esparza has been with Bakersfield Search and Rescue (BAKSAR) for 3.5 years. She is currently BAKSAR Public Relations Sgt and oversees our relations with the public, sets up meet and greets and special occasions. She also keeps up our social media pages ,takes pictures of events and trainings.

Yerania assists with the K-9 team with trainings and missions.

She is a swiftwater rescue technician, tracker in training, and is learning command post duties.

Offsite at Kern County Museum Oct 30, 2019
Located at 3801 Chester Ave
Ken Hooper Nov 06, 2019 6:45 AM
Kern County Historical Society
Kern County Historical Society
Offsite at Golden Valley High Nov 13, 2019
Foothill and Golden Valley Interact Clubs

801 Hosking Ave., Bakersfield, 93307

Ashley Sodergren-Regional Dir Nov 20, 2019
Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association
Dark - Happy Thanksgiving! Nov 27, 2019
Beth Pandol -Exec Dir Dec 04, 2019
Water Assoc of Kern Co
Water Assoc of Kern Co
Robin Robinson Dec 11, 2019
City Serve
City Serve
Bakersfield College Choir Dec 18, 2019
Holiday Concert
Holiday Concert
Dark - Merry Christmas! Dec 25, 2019
Dark - Happy New Year! Jan 01, 2020
Jim Lewis - District Rotary Fnd Polio Plus Chair Jan 08, 2020 6:45 AM
Polio - Past, Present, and Future
Polio - Past, Present, and Future

Rotary became a better organization when Jim joined on December 5, 2001. Since then he has been a member of Simi Sunrise, Conejo Valley, and currently is a member of the Rotary Club of Moorpark. He has also served the District in many functions since 2005 including Assistant Governor. He is currently on the Rose Parade Committee as Float Director in addition to his on-going role as the District Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Chair.

Jim has personally helped combat polio through participating in eight National Immunization Days in India and been a speaker/trainer on the topic at assemblies and conferences for many districts. He recently chaired the Polio Survivor Summit held in Kolkata India.

Jim has been recognized within the District with the Sam Greene "Service Above Self" and the Dr. Otto Austel Polio Plus Award. He has also received the RI Five Avenues of Service Award and, in 2017, the prestigious “International Service Award for a Polio-Free World” from The Rotary Foundation.

In his professional life Jim was a High School Teacher, a Coach, and an Administrator.

Jim knows well the toll polio takes as he is a survivor who became paralyzed in 1948.

In summary, Jim is well-respected and sought after as a speaker, grant writer, and champion for the eradication of polio in the world.


Keith Brice Jan 15, 2020 6:45 AM
What you should know about small business lending practices
What you should know about small business lending practices

Keith Brice is the President/CEO of Mid State Development Corporation. Headquartered in Bakersfield Mid State is an SBA authorized Certified Development company serving Kem County. Mid State partners with commercial lenders to finance owner-occupied commercial/Industrial real estate and equipment. The company was established in 1980 to assist in creating economic growth through projects that help businesses become more competitive in the marketplace.

Since its inception, Mid State Development has funded over $450 million in loans. These projects have created or retained over 12,000 jobs in Kern County.

Keith came to Mid State with over 20 years of Commercial Banking experience, having held Vice President Positions at Community First Bank, California Republic Bank and Sanwa Bank (now Bank of the West).  An active member in the community for over 34 years, he has served on various boards and committees. Keith is a past chair of: the Board for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Kern County and the Kern Community Foundation. He is also Past President of Kiwanis clubs of South and Southeast Bakersfield, past board member of: Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation, Kern Economic Development Corporation, Kern County Special Olympics, Junior Achievement of Bakersfield and Mid State Development Corporation.

He currently serves Chair of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee. He is a member of the CSUB Executive Advisory Council and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for the Collegiate School of Business. He has received numerous awards including SBA Central California Financial Service Advocate of the Year and Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year.

A native of Washington, D.C., Keith earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He is also a graduate of California Intermediate Banking School and Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle. He and Betsy Brice have been married for over 37 years. Betsy is a math teacher at Rosedale Middle School. The couple have two adult kids and one grandchild.

Kevin Rohrer, Chief Strategic Communications Jan 22, 2020 6:45 AM
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Overview
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Overview

Kevin J. Rohrer is Chief of Strategic Communications at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., NASA’s primary center for atmospheric flight research operations. Rohrer is responsible for managing public affairs, media relations, history, public outreach initiatives, and social media efforts to help provide for the widest public dissemination of information related to projects conducted at the center. 

As the lead public affairs officer, Rohrer defines policy for communicating key programmatic accomplishments to the media and the public through a variety of print, video and on-line products. He provides guidance and direction for the center’s exhibit, speaker’s bureau, and public tour programs, and oversees development and placement of content on the center’s website.

Prior to joining NASA, Rohrer served as public affairs director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office from December 2007 through August 2008. He advised senior management on public affairs activities related to nuclear research and served as spokesperson for local and national media inquiries. Rohrer served as a senior public affairs advisor for one of the nation’s premiere radiological emergency response teams. Prior to this, he served as the team lead and deputy director of public affairs from 2000 through December 2007, assisting the director in many of the same functions.

Rohrer began his federal career in 1994 as the Public Participation Manager under the agency’s Office of Environmental Management, responsible for interpreting and implementing DOE Headquarters public participation policy and serving as Community Advisory Board coordinator.

From 1992 to 1994 Rohrer was a community relations specialist with IT Corporation, providing public participation support for environmental cleanup activities. Rohrer also participated in educational outreach programs, and assisted in the creation of informational material. Prior to this, he was an information specialist at Science Applications International Corporation for the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project, responsible for scheduling exhibit showings at various public events.

Rohrer earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1986 and a master’s degree in business and organizational communication in 1989, both from New Mexico State University.


Juanita Buck - PSPR Program Director Jan 29, 2020
Public Safety Professionals Retreat (ProSPeR) (Rotary House Retreat)
Public Safety Professionals Retreat (ProSPeR) (Rotary House Retreat)

The Public Safety Professionals Retreat (PSPR), or ProSPeR, is a six-day intensive retreat that provides emergency responders the opportunity to learn and practice new coping skills while improving personal and professional relationships.  The focus of PSPR is the use of  prevention and early-intervention models to effectively address issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances, and other stress- and trauma-related symptoms.  The goal of the ProSPeR is to enable professionals in public safety roles to restore and resume work or retirement in a positive, productive manner and avoid negative outcomes such as family dissolution, chemical dependence, or suicide.

Louis Gill Feb 05, 2020 6:45 AM
Homeless in Kern County
Homeless in Kern County
Ricardo Perez Feb 12, 2020 6:45 AM
Get on the GET (bus)!
Get on the GET (bus)!
Cassie Fernandez, Exec Dir Feb 19, 2020 6:45 AM
Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire
Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire

assie Fernandez is the executive director for Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Bakersfield-based nonprofit affiliate and works closely with the organization’s local board of directors.

Fernandez assumed the lead executive position of the Habitat affiliate in May 2019. She came to Habitat with a wealth of experience and background in the nonprofit arena — most recently as director of the Sherriff’s Activities League at the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, a program dedicated to helping improve the lives of children in underserved areas. She also has mortgage-lending expertise and experience in mental health recovery services.

A civic-minded community member, Fernandez has been honored with several awards, including the 2016 “Woman of the Year” by the Lamont Chamber of Commerce.

Fernandez says her life and career have always been guided by faith and seeking to put God’s love into action… and that faith folds perfectly into Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities and hope. She adds: “God is our center, not our border.”

A wife and mother of four children, she is married to a deputy in the Kern County Sheriff’s Department; she met her husband when the two worked together as deputies. As if four children aren’t enough to keep the couple busy, they also have three dogs and a cat. (Fun fact: As a sheriff’s deputy, Fernandez rescued and rehomed 8 kittens in one year.)

When she’s not busy with her children’s sports activities, Fernandez enjoys gardening, thrift and estate-sale shopping, as well as photography. She is also an advocate for children with special needs

Dave Teasdale, Director Feb 26, 2020 6:45 AM
KCCD Economic and Workforce Dev. Programs
Dark, attend the All Club Lunch this week Mar 04, 2020
Zane Smith Mar 11, 2020 6:45 AM
What is happening with the Boys'and Girls Club of Kern County
What is happening with the Boys'and Girls Club of Kern County
Dark for the Economic Summit Mar 18, 2020
Nick Ortiz President/CEO Mar 25, 2020 6:45 AM
Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Richard Chapman President/CEO Apr 01, 2020 6:45 AM
Kern Economic Development Corp.
Kern Economic Development Corp.
Dark - Spring Break Apr 08, 2020