Board of Directors

  • Aaron Popejoy, Chairman
  • Anne Irigoyen, Vice Chair
  • Gus Beltran, VC-Elect
  • Cindy Elmore, Secretary
  • Mark Allegranza, Treasurer
  • Paul Cameron, Immediate Past Chairman
  • Dr. Ted Affue
  • Cherisse Alford
  • Dr. Richard Gutierrez
  • Julie Hamilton
  • Jon Harmon
  • Lupita Islas
  • Richard Preciado, CPA
  • Cesar Rodriguez
  • Robert Rubio
  • Joe Servin
  • Drew Williams
  • Aaron Popejoy, Chairman

    Chairman of the Board

    Aaron Popejoy is a native of the Imperial Valley. His family's presence in El Centro spans five generations and represents over a century of businessmen and women in Imperial County. Aaron attended Central Union High School and Imperial Valley College before receiving his Bachelor of Arts & Sciences Degree in design from San Diego State University. Upon graduation he returned to El Centro to continue practicing the profession he had begun years earlier. Aaron is the founder and creative director of Conveyor Group, a strategic brand communications and custom website development firm established in 1997. With over 20 years of industry experience, Aaron has accomplished award-winning work for clients large and small. As a dedicated community advocate, Aaron has served as president of the El Centro Rotary Club and the El Centro Chamber of Commerce as well as chairman of the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce. He currently serves as a board member for the Imperial Valley Arts in Motion Council (IVAIM), and as a committee member and advisor for numerous local organizations and educational programs. In January of 2012, Aaron was recognized by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC) with their Leader of the Year award. Aaron currently resides in El Centro with is wife and their two sons. Together they are slowly restoring a mid-century modern home and are collecting period-correct furnishings and decor to showcase their passion for art and architecture. Above all, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family.

  • Anne Irigoyen, Vice Chair

  • Gus Beltran, VC-Elect

     

     

  • Cindy Elmore, Secretary

  • Mark Allegranza, Treasurer

  • Paul Cameron, Immediate Past Chairman

    Immediate Past Chairman

    Paul Cameron graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1976, and received a BS in Agriculture from Cal Poly in 1981.  He was a Farm Manager for Dan Cameron Livestock from 1981 to 1994.  Since 1996, he has been the owner of Paul Cameron Ranches, and the President and GM of Mesquite Cattle Feeders.
     Paul Cameron is the Past Chairman of the Coalition of Ag, Labor and Business, and currently serves as a member of the Brawley High School FFA Advisory Board and on the board of directors of the Imperial County Farm Bureau.  He is also Past Chairman of the California Cattlemen’s Association Feeder Council.
     Paul Cameron’s other favored activities include mountain biking, hunting in Mexico, and travelling with his wife, Debbie Cameron.

     

  • Dr. Ted Affue

     

     

  • Cherisse Alford

  • Dr. Richard Gutierrez

    Dr. Richard Gutierrez grew up in Seeley and attended Central Union High.  He obtained his dental degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentristry, and Graduate school at Loma Linda University.
     
    He has served on the boards of the Imperial Valley Literacy Volunteers, El Centro Regional Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the El Centro Chamber of Commerce.  He is currently a Rotary member and participant in the Star Program.
     
    The City of El Centro recognized his business with the Imagine Award.  He has also received the Loma Linda University Alumni Association Hispanic Alumni of the Year award.
     
    When time permits, he enjoys boating, flying, and guitar playing.  His family, wife, Agueda, children, Dianna, Andrea, Mia, and Carlo reside in Calexico.
  • Julie Hamilton

  • Jon Harmon

  • Lupita Islas

  • Richard Preciado, CPA

    Richard Preciado, CPA is the Managing Partner of Hutchinson & Bloodgood, LLP, an accounting and consulting firm.

  • Cesar Rodriguez

  • Robert Rubio

    Robert Rubio is a Board Member and Secretary of the Imperial County Workforce Development Board as well as a new board member of the Imperial Valley College Foundation.  He is also Current Member of the School site council for Calexico High School.
    He is a current board Member and Past Chairman of the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce as well as Board Member and Past Chairman to the Calexico Chamber of Commerce. His community involvement includes being a member and two times Past President of the Calexico Elks and past District Chairman of Elks California-Hawaii Elks Organization.
    Additionally, he is a Past Committee member for the San Diego State University 50th Anniversary, and past President for the Calexico PAL organization.
    He is the Co-Owner and Printing Consultant for Imperial Printers, a company that has been in the Imperial Valley for over 110 years. He has been in the Printing industry for over 27 years. Despite a busy schedule, he is still able to find time to enjoy playing Tennis and golf.
    His education includes Hartnell College in Salinas, CA, Irvine College in Irvine, CA, and IVC in Imperial, CA.
    He is software certified in: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Quark Express and Page Maker.
  • Joe Servin

  • Drew Williams