Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds
Board of Directors
Back row from left: Kevin Shelton, Codie Hart, Sterling Cramer, Kion Kashefi (former member), Buzz Arnold, Front row from left: Karen Verdugo, Carol Suggs, Bev Suggs, Christine Scott
Codie Hart - President
Codie Hart and his wife Kathy have three children - Natasha, Amanda and Sage - all of whom grew up in the 4H program. Sage, their youngest was also an FFA member and graduated from Mariposa County High School. He played in the Grizzly Band,and was with the band in New York!. Codie was an Adult Leader with 4H for 30 years, and was President of the Mariposa County 4H organization for six years. He was also on the Board for the Mariposa County High School Student Loan Association. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a Retired Lieutenant with the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department. Codie is a past President of both the Deputy Sheriff's Association, and the Sheriff Management Association. He served on the negotiating committee for both the DSA and the SMA.
Buz Arnold - Vice President
Buz is currently an Agriculture Instructor at Mariposa High School. He has lived and taught high school agriculture in the community for 10 years and sees the vital role that the Mariposa County Fairgrounds provides for the community. He joined Friends of the Fairgrounds because he wishes to show support for the fairgrounds and the current fairgrounds administration, and for this organization to continue to operate in Mariposa County.
Christene Scott - Secretary
Christene Scott is married with two grown children. She is a Branch Manager with Westamerica Bank, and her heart is here in Mariposa. She serves in many capacities here in our community. Among these she is the Treasurer an Executive Committee/Board Member for Mariposa Safe Families, Treasurer and Board Member for Mariposa Fire Safe Council and serves on the SBA grant committee. Christine volunteers at the FFA, 4H and Open shows at the fairgrounds.
Karen Verdugo - Treasurer
Karen Verdugo moved to Mariposa in 2003 working from home as office manager for contractors in the Bay area and retired in 2009. Karen has a BA in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. She worked 25 years for General Cable as a major manufacturer of telephone, burial, building and electronic cables. Among the different positions she held was as Customer Service Manager for the Western Region. Karen was both President and Secretary for the Golden Oaks Lions, currently a member of Soroptimist as Treasurer and Chairman of the Christmas Craft Show. She is also Treasurer of the Mariposa Republican Central Committee, and Secretary/Treasurer for the Las Mariposa Civil War Foundation. She is married with 1 son, 1 step son and step daughter, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Sterling Cramer - Board Member
Sterling Cramer grew up in Mariposa and graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1981. Sterling is married to Suzanne and has three children. Suzanne's Grandfather, Walt Palmer, was a Mariposa Fairgrounds Board of Directors member and Board President. Sterling is employed by the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office where he is currently the Undersheriff of Mariposa County.
Carol Suggs - Board Member
After a successful career in automotive commercial finance, Suggs left the busy pace of silicon valley for a quieter Mariposa, where in 1999 the family purchased property along with in-laws and created a family ranch where they now raise a small herd of beef production cattle. Suggs currently works at the Mariposa County Planning Department. She has been actively involved as a committee chairperson, and officer or board member in several community groups including past president of the Mariposa Mountain Riders, current Vice President of the Merced Horsemen's Association, Committee member for the Fair Horse Show Committee, Co Founder and Lead Coordinator for the Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Royalty Contest and spent many years as the County Wide Horse Project Leader for Mariposa 4H.
Bev Suggs - Board Member
In 1999 our family bought a ranch in Mariposa. By 2003 my husband and I along with our daughter, son-in-law, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren had all moved from San Jose to Mariposa. We had an auto body repair business in San Jose for over 35 years. I was a 4-H member, as were my two children and my grandson. I was also a 4-H project leader and a 4-H club leader for many years. I am now treasurer for the St. Joseph's Ladies' Guild, assistant treasurer for the Soroptimist, a Manna House volunteer and a member of the Las Mariposas Civil War Foundation.
Kevin Shelton - Board Member
Kevin is the organizing genius behind the very popular Friends of the Fairgrounds Suds and Sausage event. He is a local business executive, lives locally with his family and has children who are active in Mariposa County 4H.
Kaitlyn Casner - Board Member
Katy was born and raised in Mariposa, leaving for a few short years to attend college in Quincy and Chico, CA. After graduating from CSU, Chico with a Bachelors in Agriculture Business, Katy decided to move back home and started working for the Mariposa County Resource Conservation District for a little over two years, and currently just started working at the Mariposa County Planning Department. Katy was the 2014-2015 Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Queen and continues to help with the contest each year. Katy handles membership chores for the Friends of the Fairgrounds!
Danielle Bondshu - Board Member
Danielle lives and works here in Mariposa County. She is the FoF's Marketing Chair, and she and Katy are the Board's Webmasters!
Hannah Wackerman - Board Member
Hannah is the Board's newest member. She is a local business owner, and is active in may areas of our community.