Governing Board

About the Governing Board

The 11-member MCAG Governing Board includes a supervisor from each of the five county districts and an elected official from each of the six incorporated cities in Merced County: Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos and Merced. Board meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. at varied locations throughout Merced County. For the location of this month’s Governing Board meeting, please contact MCAG at 209-723-3153.

By Laws and Joint Powers Agreement

Agendas & Minutes

At least 72 hours prior to each regular MCAG meeting, a complete agenda packet is available for review by clicking the link below and at the MCAG Office, 369 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA 95340. All public records relating to an open session item and copies of staff reports or other written documentation relating to items of business referred to on the agenda are on file at MCAG. Persons with questions concerning agenda items may call MCAG to make an inquiry regarding the nature of the item described on the agenda. Minutes are available following Governing Board approval.

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Director Josh Pedrozo was born and raised in Merced County on a dairy farm. He attended local schools and upon graduation from high school attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Ag Business with a concentration in finance graduating in 2005. After graduating from Cal Poly he interned for then Congressman Dennis Cardoza in Washington DC. After the internship he took a position in Philadelphia for a year and then moved back to Merced. Director Pedrozo continued his education at Golden Gate University in San Francisco receiving a Master’s of Public Administration as well as a teaching credential from Teachers College of San Joaquin. He was a Social Science teacher for 12.5 years and during that time was elected to the Merced City Council in 2009 and again in 2013 terming out in 2018. In 2020, he was elected to the Merced County Board of Supervisors representing District 2,and was recently appointed as Vice Chair for the NACo Ag and Rural Affairs committee. He's been married to his wife Heidi for 15 years and they have 2 children Owen, 12 and Lucy 6.

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Paul Llanez - vice CHAIR

Mayor of Los Banos

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Paul has a total of twenty years in law enforcement. Paul continued his education from various institutes of higher education, along with becoming a certified instructor in various emergency preparedness fields from The Department of Homeland Security. In 2010 he started a small business called Knowledge Saves Lives Inc., which has grown to become one of the largest emergency preparedness training and consulting firms in the State. He has managed safety and security projects for insurance companies, fortune 500 companies, large and small businesses, County, State and Federal agencies, utility companies and more than 250 California school districts. In 2019 Paul was the only nominee selected from Merced County to participate in the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program. He graduated the program with special recognition from Congress. In 2021 he was recruited and appointed as the Interim Director of Public Safety for The Peralta Community College District in Alameda County. Paul continues to serve his local community as an unpaid level one reserve police officer as well as the current President of the Los Banos Rotary club.

Director Jose Moran

Director Jose Moran 

Mayor of Livingston

Director José Morán moved to Gustine from Zacatecas México at the age of 12. Director Morán attended middle school and two years of high school in Gustine, one year in Newman and Los Baños and graduated from James Logan High School in Union City. Director Morán received his B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing Concentration from CSU Stanislaus in 2002. Additionally, he also received his single subject Teaching Credential and BCLAD certification from CSU Stanislaus in 2017. Mr. Morán has been teaching for years and currently teaches ELD, AVID and is also an ELD Coach and Department Chair. 

Director Morán was elected to the Livingston City Council in 2020 and as Mayor in 2022 with 71% of the vote. Mayor Morán is an avid volunteer for community events and non-profit groups work. He has been active in many organizations, currently serves as 1st Vice President for Livingston Lions, Past President for Merced County Rotary Community Corps, he was also the founder of the Livingston Young Men’s Conference, has participated in local Bond Oversight Committees, past Measure V Representative, English Language Advisory Committee & School Site Council member and past President since 2014. Currently he also serves as the LHS Festival of Bands Band Review 2023 Committee Chair. 

Mr. and Mrs. Morán, who is a long time teacher, was married in 1996. Their daughter currently attends UC Merced and their son attends UCLA. Also part of the family are two small dogs and four cats, all rescued. 


Director Mike Nelson 

Mayor of Atwater

Director Mike Nelson was born in San Luis Obispo and was raised in San Jose, Modesto, and the Seattle, WA area. He graduated from Modesto High School and went on to Cal Poly, SLO where he graduated in 1980 with a B.S. in Crop Science. His public service includes a term on the Atwater Elementary School District Board, two terms as County Supervisor representing District 3, eight years representing Atwater as a trustee for the County Mosquito Abatement District, and three years as Chairman of the Atwater Planning Commission. Director Nelson has both private and public work experience including farm management, safety director, and as a firefighter. He currently owns and operates an environmental services company. He and his wife Sylvia have been married for 41 years and both of their children and, soon to be 10, grandchildren all live in Atwater.

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Director Rodrigo Espinosa

Merced County Supervisor 

Director Rodrigo Espinosa was sworn in on January 3, 2017 to serve his first term as Merced County Supervisor, District 1. Director Espinosa first moved to Merced County from Mexico at the age of ten. He attended elementary and middle school in Delhi and graduated form Livingston High School. He attended California State University, Stanislaus and received his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 1994. Director Espinosa was first elected to the Livingston City Council in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. In 2010 he was elected Mayor and served three two-year terms before being elected County Supervisor. Director Espinosa served as the MCAG Vice-Chair from 2015 - 2016 representing the city of Livingston, and served as the Chair representing Merced County from 2017 - 2018. He is also a member of the San Joaquin Valley Rail Commission. The Espinosa family focuses on farming Almonds and Peaches in the Delhi and Turlock area. Director Espinosa resides in Livingston with his wife Ana; together they have three children Erik, Breanna and Matthew.

Mayor Serratto

Director Matt Serratto

Mayor of Merced

Director Matthew Serratto graduated with his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in 2002 and obtained his law degree from UCLA in 2006. Currently, he is a Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. Director Serratto was first elected to the Merced City Council in November 2016. He served as Councilmember representing District 5 for four years. In November 2020,and was elected as Mayor of Merced and garnered more than 52% of the vote. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year for rural/medium-sized counties by the California District Attorneys Association. As a DA, he has also tried 65 jury trials to verdict and was the lead prosecutor on Operation Scrapbook – a large-scale gang investigation coordinated by local, state, and federal law enforcement that amounted to more than 50 arrests. As a Councilmember and Mayor, he has also initiated several community cleanup events and fundraisers within the last year and looks to continue with similar humanitarian efforts.

April Hogue

Director April Hogue

Mayor of Dos Palos

Director April Smith Hogue, 28th Mayor of the City of Dos Palos, grew up locally, the daughter of the late longtime high school biology teacher Roswell Smith and Carol Pera of Dos Palos. Her sister Loni Smith Henderson was married to late Oakland A’s baseball superstar Dave Henderson. April attended Dos Palos High School. She graduated from Fresno State earning a BA in Industrial Arts with an emphasis on Graphic Design and Advertising. After college, she moved to Seattle to pursue a career in Graphic Design. Director Hogue worked as a designer for a contract food company and later obtained a vocational education credential from Cal State Sacramento. In 2001, she returned to Dos Palos, teaching Graphic Arts through 2010. She is currently a CTE instructor with Fresno Unified School District at Cambridge High School in S/E Fresno. April Hogue is an accomplished musician who performs in a duo called “It’s Just Us.” She has a grown daughter and son. On November 8, 2016 Director Hogue became the first female Mayor of Dos Palos. 

Daron McDaniel

Director Daron McDaniel

Merced County Supervisor

Director Daron McDaniel currently serves as Merced County Supervisor for District 3 and in addition to serving on the MCAG Governing Board, he also represents Merced County on the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) Governing Board of Directors. Director McDaniel has been MCAG’s representative on the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council for many years and remains an active participant in many valley wide initiatives including Valley Voice and the Finish the 99 effort. Supervisor McDaniel is also an active member of Rural County Representatives of California and had the distinction of serving as RCRC Chairman in 2020. 

Director McDaniel moved to Merced County in 1981 when his father was part of the management team that opened Merced Color Press. He graduated from Merced High School before going on to attend Merced College and California State University, Stanislaus. While raising their family in Atwater, Director McDaniel and his wife Buffy started a charitable foundation that has supported athletic programs throughout the region. In addition to running a small business, Director McDaniel has also served on the Peggy Heller and McSwain School Site Council and as a District Representative for former Congressman Jeff Denham.

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Director Lloyd Pareira

Merced County Supervisor 
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Director Pareira was sworn in January 2017 to serve his first term as Merced County Supervisor, District 4. He has lived on his family’s farm near the Merced River nearly his whole life. He earned his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in dairy science. Director Pareira owned his own dairy in Turlock after college before taking over his family’s farm in Merced. He has also served as a trustee on the Merced River school board, the Merced County Farm Bureau, Yosemite Church, and as a delegate for Western United Dairyman. Director Pareira has been married to his wife, Babette, for 23 years. They have four children.

Director Nagy

Director Pat Nagy

Mayor of Gustine

Director Patrick 'Pat' Nagy was appointed to the Gustine City Council in 2008, to serve out the term of a vacated seat on the council. He was re-elected to serve as a Council member in 2010 and 2014. Director Nagy wan for the Mayoral seat in 2018, to which he was elected, and re-elected in 2020. During his time on the council he has served on the Finance Committee and as the ex-officio to the Planning Commission. He served as a member of the Measure V Steering Committee and was instrumental in getting the Westside a larger percentage of funding. He currently serves on the Redevelopment Oversight Committee, and holds a seat on the Merced County LFACO Commission. He was elected Vice-President of the League of California Cities, Central Valley Division in 2017. Director Nagy has participated in many Legislative Action Days in Sacramento, and has attended the MCAG One Voice program, where he has traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for Gustine and their shared needs. Prior to joining the Council he was a member of the Hwy 33/140 Transportation Enhancement Plan Committee. He served as Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2150. He also served as the Vice President of the Gustine High School Athletic Boosters for three years. Director Nagy is a U.S. Army Veteran. 

Scott Silveira

Director Scott Silveira

Merced County Supervisor 

Director Scott Silveira was born and raised in Los Banos and graduated from Dos Palos High School. He is a third generation Dairyman. Director Silveira has been active in the community both as a public servant and as a volunteer. He served on the Merced County Spring Board, the Merced County LAFCO Commission, and eight years on the Los Banos City Council. In addition to public service, he has helped leadership positions with FFA, 4H, and other Ag organizations. He served as a volunteer fireman for over 20 years, including his time as a volunteer Fire Chief. Director Silveira volunteers his auctioneering talents to over 20 non-profit organizations throughout the County; raising over half a million dollars annually. Director Silveira and his wife Brooke have two children, Deven and Makenna, and make their home in Los Banos.

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Stacie Guzman

MCAG Executive Director

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Mrs. Guzman joined MCAG in 2014 as the agency’s Public Information Officer, a title she held until accepting the position of Deputy Executive Director in 2016. She also spent 6 months as Interim Executive Director in 2017. Prior to joining the team at MCAG, Mrs. Guzman served as the Associate Director at the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State where she managed several valley wide initiatives such as the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, Smart Valley Places and the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative. Mrs. Guzman first came to Merced in 2004 to serve as Policy Advisor to former Congressman Dennis Cardoza.

Mrs. Guzman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fresno State and a Masters in Public Administration from CSU Stanislaus. She is from the small farming community of Firebaugh with family roots in Dos Palos and Mendota. Mrs. Guzman resides in Merced with her husband Danny, and their two young children Hazel and Crosby.