Staff

The Metro Team is dedicated to “learning, connecting and engaging to achieve Healthy People and Healthy Places.” Our bilingual staff reflects the multicultural landscape of the San Joaquin Valley and showcases a diverse set of backgrounds, including city planning, community organizing, environmental justice, community food systems, public relations and communications.

Keith Bergthold

Position: Executive Director
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“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

 

 

Chanel Ruiz-Mendez

Position: Deputy Director
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"I’m proud to be a part of a team that believes in our community and recognizes that EVERYONE has skills, knowledge and passions to contribute.  Metro’s vision for Fresno and the Valley is bright… I’m honored to be a part of this catalyst for change!"

 

 

Nora Chandara

Position: Fiscal and Operations Manager
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"Working for Metro allows me to practice my belief of self-empowerment… rather than giving people fish, I work toward teaching them how to fish."

 

 

 

Tom Matott

Position: Community Food Systems Project Manager
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"Working with Metro allows me the opportunity to work with innovative community members that are making our city a better place to live."

 

 

 

Song Vang

Position: Food to Share Project Manager
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"Fresno Metro Ministry is such an amazing place to work because we are here to empower others and nurture the skills of our community members to have a voice of their own and create lasting change.  As the saying goes… Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

 

 

Ivan Paz

Position: Better Blackstone Co-Project Manager
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"There are three things that I love about Fresno Metro Ministry: our team is diverse and driven; our vision and mission are practical; and we are engaged in a network of many personal stories, which together, make up a larger story about Fresno’s advancement. I am grateful to participate in this story."

 

 

Kelsey McVey

Position: Better Blackstone CDC Project Manager
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"I joined the Metro team because of the organization’s innovative methods of community development. Metro recognizes the need to elevate the conversation on improving Fresno with an approach that is inclusive and focuses on everyone’s talents and opportunities to produce real change."

 

 

Luis Hernandez

Position: Community Builder
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"I want to be a facilitator for change... My work at Metro allows me to do so and remind people that we have not reached our final frontier and we need to work together to push the envelope for a better Fresno."

 

 

 

Vue Vang

Position: Community Builder
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"I’m honored to be a part of the Fresno Metro Ministry team. I’m very proud of our vision to connect the community’s needs and passions to solutions for change."