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Directors Agendas & Minutes

KRCD is governed by a board of seven directors elected by the people. The directors represent the seven divisions of the District. Directors must be residents and registered voters within their respective divisions.

At present, the Board consists of the following directors:

Division 1
Chris M. Kapheim, Director

Chris Kapheim was seated on the Board in 2018 representing Division 1. Born and raised on a family farm near Dinuba, Kapheim attended local schools and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Soil Science in 1977. After graduation, he became involved in several farming partnerships. Kapheim was General Manager of Alta Irrigation District from 1983 until 2016 and served on the Tulare County Planning Commission.

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Division 2
Mike M. Yoshimoto, Director

Mike Yoshimoto was seated on the Board in 1979 representing Division 2. Yoshimoto serves on KRCD's Labor and Personnel committee and served as President of the Board from 1989-93.

Yoshimoto is a registered electrical engineer and currently works with the City of San Jose in the Development Department of Public Works. He is an employee representative to the Federated Retirement Fund. Yoshimoto is also a retired employee of the Department of Transportation, Cal Trans.

Yoshimoto is a native of the Kingsburg area and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Yoshimoto's family background is in agriculture, and during his career at Cal Trans he farmed vineyards and orchards on the weekends.

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Division 3
Gregory Beberian, Director

Gregory Beberian was elected to the KRCD Board in November of 2016. Beberian serves on KRCD's Accounts Payable committee.

Beberian was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved to Fresno, California in 1978. He currently works as the Chief Financial Officer for Integrated Medical Solutions, Inc. Beberian is also an organic raisin grape grower and farms 50 acres near Biola. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Business Administration from National University, and a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from California School of Professional Psychology. Beberian is a member of Saint Paul Armenian Church and lives with his wife and children on his family ranch. Beberian also serves as director on the Fresno Irrigation District Board.

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Division 4
Mark C. McKean, Director

Mark McKean was seated on the Board in 1995 representing Division 4. McKean serves on KRCD's Budget and Audit, Power, Flood Maintenance and the Accounts Payable committees and also served as President of the Board from 2006-10.

McKean has extensive experience in water management issues. In addition to his role as a KRCD Director, McKean holds leadership positions on numerous water boards including the Kings River Water Association, the Crescent Canal Company, the Reed Ditch Company and the Murphy Slough Association. McKean has also been appointed by the Governor to serve on the AB 303 grant selection panel.

McKean is the owner and manager of McKean Farms in the Riverdale area, where he farms cotton, almonds, wine grapes, grains, alfalfa and tomatoes. In addition, McKean Farms performs custom farming practices on numerous other farms.

McKean is a member of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. He is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class XX and served as a regional director. He has also served on the Riverdale High School Ag Advisory Council.

McKean is a native of Riverdale and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters degree from Colorado State University. McKean is an active member in the Riverdale community and currently serves on the West Hills Community College Board and was previously the president of the Central California Community College District consortium. He has also served on the boards of the Riverdale Lions Club and the Riverdale Rodeo Association.

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Division 5
D. Paul Stanfield

D. Paul Stanfield was seated on the Board in 2012 representing Division 5.

Stanfield has expressed his priorities as a KRCD board member are to preserve and maintain a balanced groundwater supply for growers, provide support for efficient water conservation practices by farmers, and maintain efficient flood protections along the Kings River.

Stanfield is currently the President of Summerfield Farms, a walnut and pecan operation in Kings County. Prior to starting Summerfield Farms, Stanfield was the Ranch Manager for Joseph B. Summers. Stanfield is also a Director on the California Pecan Growers Board.

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Division 6
Ceil W. Howe, Jr., Director

Ceil Howe, Jr. was seated on the Board in 1993 representing Division 6. Howe serves on KRCD's Labor and Personnel, Power and Flood Maintenance committees and served as President of the Board from 2002-06.

Howe has extensive experience in resource management issues. In addition to his role as KRCD Director, Howe has held leadership positions on numerous other boards including the Tulare Lake Basin Storage District and Empire Westside Irrigation District.

Howe is the president of Westlake Farms in the Stratford area where he farms cotton, processing tomatoes, small grains, alfalfa hay, almonds, pistachios, pomegranates, and beef cattle.

Howe is married with three children and lives on the ranch near Stratford. Howe’s son, Ceil Howe III, graduated from Cal Poly and his daughter, Jaime Howe, graduated from Phoenix University. Both are actively involved in the management of Westlake Farms.

Howe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 1967 and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1968. He is a registered engineer in California.

Howe is an active member in the Stratford community and has served on the Central Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees.

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Division 7
Dr. David Cehrs

Dr. David Cehrs was seated on the Board in 2008 representing Division 7. Dr. Cehrs serves on KRCD's Flood Maintenance, Budget and Audit, and Power committees.

Cehrs is actively involved with water issues in the San Joaquin Valley and the adjacent Sierra Nevada. He is currently volunteering in several organizations that deal with regional water resource management including the Kings Basin Water Authority, the El Rio Reyes Conservation Trust, the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Planning Process. Cehrs also serves on the Association of California Water Agencies Water Management Committee and the CV Salts Technical Advisory Committee.

Cehrs works as a consultant on water supplies, water quality and recharge. Previously, Cehrs was a geology professor at Reedley College. Cehrs' first hydrologic employment was in 1973 with the Water Management Lab of the US Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service working on the Leaky Acres project, a groundwater recharge facility located in the city of Fresno. He has also worked as a researcher on agricultural and municipal water problems including groundwater recharge, groundwater flow, water quality/chemistry, and crop water demand.

Cehrs earned bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from California State University, Fresno and a doctorate in hydrology from the University of Arizona. He is a registered geologist and certified hydrogeologist.

Cehrs and his wife Anne have two children and live in the Sanger area where they grow citrus on their 140-acre farm.

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