Association Board

The First 5 Association of California’s Board, includes:

  • The President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer;
  • The Chair for each of the subcommittees; and
  • The representative of each of the Association’s six regions.

      Regional representatives are chosen by their respective regions, and the other members of the Board are elected through an annual vote of the members.

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Fabiola Gonzalez
First 5 Fresno County 

Vice President
Wendy Sims-Moten
First 5 Santa Barbara County

Karen Pautz
First 5 Siskiyou 

Policy Committee Chair
Alethea Arguilez
First 5 San Diego County

Bay Area Representative
Jennifer Cloyd
First 5 Santa Clara County 

Central Valley Representative
Scott Waite
First 5 Merced County 

Northeast Representative
Melody Easton
First 5 Nevada County 

Northwest Region Representative
Heidi Mendenhall
First 5 Tehama 

Sacramento Representative
Ericka Summers
First 5 Yuba County


Southern Representative
Karla Pleitéz Howell
First 5 Los Angeles County

Southern Representative
Julio Rodriguez
First 5 Imperial County 

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Executive Directors

For a roster of current Executive Directors of First 5 county commissions, click the button below.