Tiffanie Panella, President
Tiffanie was born and raised in Stockton. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a diverse career background. Tiffanie is the General Operations Manager at Panella Trucking. Prior to her position as the General Operations Manager at Panella Trucking, she spent over 25 years in non-profit social services and higher education. During that time, one of her commitments was to help those less fortunate avail themselves of the many resources in our community. She and her staff developed the San Joaquin County resource directory known as Community Connections, which professionals have now used for over 25 years to assist individuals with the resources they so desperately need. Tiffanie and her husband, Bob, also run Delta Speedway at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. She has two sons, Alex and Nicholas.
Robert Oakes, Treasurer
Robert is the former Executive Director of the San Joaquin County Bar Association, and a longtime public executive across the State of California. He has served as the Director of the Governor’s Regional Office in San Francisco, as a deputy city manager in San Diego, and as the Executive Director of the California Community Colleges Foundation. Robert brings a wealth of knowledge in nonprofit management to the Stocktonia project, and he serves as our in-house legal advisor. In addition to drafting our bylaws, Robert is steering the Stocktonia News Group’s HR plan and guiding fundraising efforts in the local legal and public management communities.
Bob Gutierrez, Secretary
Bob owns BG Strategies, where he advises and manages the campaigns of political candidates and action committees in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. In addition, he serves as the acting interim CEO of the San Joaquin Partnership, a public/private economic development marketing organization for the region. Bob was the Government Affairs Director for PAQ Inc, a family-owned grocery franchisee of the Food 4 Less grocery chain and Rancho San Miguel markets in California, and Times Supermarkets in Hawaii. In 2019, Bob was elected Chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC). Previously, he served as vice-chair of the CHCC, and board president of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Rich Ibarra, Trustee
Rich Ibarra is one of the most respected journalists in the area, having spent spent 31 years as a reporter at KCRA-TV . He currently reports for Capital Public Radio (NPR) in Sacramento. During his lengthy career, Rich reported on countless major stories including the Laci Peterson murder case, the Loma Prieta Earthquake, major floods, forest fires, and other disasters. Rich was born in Stockton but raised in Sacramento. After graduating from Hiram Johnson, Rich joined the U.S. Navy for four years as a Communications Technician and served in Vietnam in 1968-69. Rich then attended Sacramento Community College and CSU Sacramento where he majored in History.
Douglass Wilhoit, Trustee
Doug is a fifth-generation Stocktonian who has been serving his community for more than half a century. In 2021 he retired after 22 years as the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce CEO, and was selected as the Stocktonian of the Year in 2006. Doug also served on the California Youthful Offender Parole Board (1995-1999), the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors (1979-95) and was an officer for the Stockton Police Department for 12 years (1967-79).
Doug lives in Stockton with his wife, Joan. He has a son, Matthew, and three stepsons, Mark, Scott and David Rishwain.
Rick Brewer, Trustee
Rick brings a variety of experiences, including daily journalism, to the leadership team. He has served as the Public Information Officer for two large educational institutions, written the strategic communications plan for the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, and marketed San Joaquin County’s largest school construction bond to date ($465 million). As a reporter, his stories on rural health care and shoddy behavior at youth sporting events, among others, were nominated for state and national writing awards. He has served as Chair of the Stockton Arts Commission, as VP of Marketing for Stockton Civic Theatre, and as a member of the Stockton Sports Commission.
Charles Johnson, Trustee
Charles Johnson began residing in Stockton more than 30 years ago and has been an educator, mentor, and leader. He has earned several accolades, including the Martin Luther King Jr Man of the year award in 2015 for his work as President of Stockton Black Family Day, and has won over a dozen other awards, including Senate, Congressional and local recognition for his efforts. Currently, Charles works with several organizations in management roles to assist with youth development, business development, and community leadership. Charles and his wife Katina Johnson, a local elementary school teacher, have three children – Avande and twins Naima and Amir.