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.
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.
DIRECTOR APRIL HOGUE - CHAIR
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.
Lloyd Pareira - Vice Chair
Merced County Supervisor
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 Juan Aguilar
Mayor of Livingston
Director Juan Aguilar Jr. was elected to the Livingston City Council in 2016 where he serves as the Council’s liaison to the Recreation Commission. Director Aguilar attended Livingston schools and later earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Social Work (graduation with distinction), from California State University, Stanislaus. In 2013, he was named Merced County Firefighter of the Year representing the City of Livingston. In 2017, he was named to the inaugural class of the Merced Sun-Star’s 20 under 40 local leaders. Juan and his 12-year-old son, Isaiah, live in Livingston. Upon joining the MCAG Board last Fall, Aguilar volunteered to participate in the 2019 One Voice trip as well as represent the board on the Anna Maria Fuentes Scholarship selection committee.
Director John Cale
Atwater City Council
Director John G. Cale currently serves as Atwater City Councilmember for District 1. He graduated from Atwater High School, and attended Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. After living in Merced County most of his life, he wanted to see the world, so he joined the United States Navy. After visiting five continents and many countries, he returned to his home to raise his children. He attended Merced College and obtained his nursing license. He worked in carious hospitals in the area, working mostly in the emergency room and the intense care unit for many years. He accepted a life changing position as a plant nurse. While working as a plant nurse, he thought that what the facility needed was to prevent injuries, instead of just treating them. He established safety programs and studied Occupational Health and Safety laws and regulations. He was presented with an opportunity to learn ergonomics. He attended the University of Michigan, studying ergonomic program. John went back to school and finished his bachelor's degree in Health and Safety. John and his wife Fily, joined their families together, and have been married for over 25 years. They have six children together, 11 grandchildren and one great grandson. John believes in giving back to his community in various ways.
Director Rodrigo Espinoza
Merced County Supervisor
Director Rodrigo Espinoza was sworn in on January 3, 2017 to serve his first term as Merced County Supervisor, District 1. Director Espinoza 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 Espinoza 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 Espinoza 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 Espinoza family focuses on farming Almonds and Peaches in the Delhi and Turlock area. Director Espinoza resides in Livingston with his wife; Ana together they have three children Erik, Breanna and Matthew.
Director Tom Faria
Mayor of Los Banos
Director Daron McDaniel
Merced County Supervisor
Director Daron McDaniel currently serves as Merced County Supervisor for District 3. He moved to Merced County 33 years ago when his father was a 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. The McDaniel's believe deeply in giving back to their community and most recently supported the Marine Corps Toys for Tots celebration at the Bloss House in Atwater. 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 Congressman Jeff Denham. He continues to utilize his broad network of partners and contacts at the state and federal levels to better serve Merced County.
Director Josh Pedrozo
Merced County Supervisor
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. His areas of focus are transportation and infrastructure development, economic growth and homelessness in Merced County. He's been married to his wife Heidi for 13 years and they have two children, Owen 10, and Lucy 4.
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.
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.
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.
MCAG Executive Director
Email Stacie Guzman
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.