Dennis Roberts

Oakdale resident named to dairy board

The Dairy Council of California welcomes CEO of Crystal Creamery, Dennis Roberts of Oakdale, as one of five new board members committed to elevating the health of children and families through nutrition.

Appointed by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, Roberts brings more than 20 years of experience to the board, previously serving as EVP/GM North America of Regal Springs Trading and vice president of fluid sales, and vice president of sales and marketing for Foster Farms Dairy. As a board member, Roberts will help Dairy Council of California, a nutrition education organization, advance its cause of elevating the health of children and families in California through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits.

“For more than 100 years, Dairy Council of California has educated and empowered healthier children, families and communities through its free, science-based nutrition resources,” said Tammy Anderson-Wise, CEO of Dairy Council of California. “While nutrition education continues to fuel our work, we also lead and collaborate on issues that impact health outcomes related to nutrition like supporting food access and finding solutions to achieve health equity. Roberts, along with our other new board members, will be instrumental in guiding us as we move forward.”

Other new board members include Domenic Carinalli of Sebastopol, Cheryl Fiello of Claremont, Patrick Schallberger of Carlsbad and Hem Shah of Fullerton. Together, these five individuals bring a unique combination of expertise and knowledge to Dairy Council of California’s board, providing invaluable insight to help propel the organization forward.

Dairy Council of California leads the effort to advance the Let’s Eat Healthy movement, which invites multisector coordination, collaboration and co-creation to elevate community health through nutrition education and finds ways to make nutritious foods accessible and affordable to all. For more information and to join the movement, visit

For over a century, Dairy Council of California has empowered stakeholders, including educators, health professionals and community leaders, to elevate the health of children and families through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits. Funded by California’s dairy farm families and local milk processors and under the guidance of California Department of Food and Agriculture, Dairy Council of California’s free science-based nutrition education resources, Mobile Dairy Classroom assemblies, training programs and online resources educate millions of students and families in California and throughout the United States. Learn more at

Teresa Vargas

Lathrop City Clerk Vargas earns certification as Master Municipal Clerk

As Lathrop’s city clerk, Teresa Vargas is the voice that residents recognize during council meetings recording the roll call votes as well as reading agenda items and ordinances as they come up.

But what they don’t see is the tireless hours that Vargas puts in helping ensure that Lathrop is operating as effectively and efficiently as possible – in addition to all of the hours that she has accumulated seeking the various certifications necessary for her role.

And now Vargas has earned the highest certification possible for those serving in that capacity.

Vargas, who has been with the City of Lathrop for 16 years, recently earned her Master Municipal Clerk certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks – available only to those that have completed “demanding educational requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.

In the eyes of Lathrop City Manager Steve Salvatore, Vargas is emblematic of what has made the city a great place to live.

“The City of Lathrop strives each day to provide the residents with the highest quality of municipal services possible. The City cherishes its well-earned reputation for fiscal stewardship, its inventory of high-quality recreational facilities, and perhaps most importantly, our small but hard-working team of civil servants,” Salvatore said. “There could not be a better example of an exemplary City Clerk than Teresa Vargas, MMC.

“We are very fortunate to have her here in Lathrop and the City is a demonstratively better place to live and work as a result of her efforts.”

The organization that provides the certification that Vargas received – The International Institute of Municipal Clerks – was founded in 1947 and has 14,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, and 15 other counties. The IIMC exists, according to its mission statement, to “enhance the educational opportunities and professional development” of its members.

“In light of the speed and drastic nature of change these days, lifelong learning is not only desirable, it is necessary for all in local government to keep pace with the growing demands and changing needs of the citizens we serve,” the International Institute of Municipal Clerks wrote in a release announcing Vargas’ accomplishment. “Your city can take immense pride in Teresa’s educational accomplishments and achievement of this milestone.”