City of Vernon California

Members' Bios

The Vernon CommUNITY Fund Grant Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the last month of every quarter (February, May, August & November) at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chamber located at Vernon City Hall.

Staff Contact Information:

Carlos R. Fandino, Jr. Commission Director
Vernon City Hall
4305 Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, CA 90058
Phone: (323) 583-8811, ext. 398
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Leticia Lopez, Chair

City of Vernon--Councilmember

Juliet Goff, Vice Chair

Juliet Goff is President and owner of Kal Plastics; a Vernon contract manufacturer specializing in custom heavy gauge thermoforming and proprietary industrial-grade material handling containers. She has been with Kal Plastics since 1990, learning the business from the ground up after graduating from UCLA.

Originally located in Gardena, Kal Plastics acquired a Vernon competitor in 1997 and consolidated all operations here. Juliet's active involvement with the Vernon Chamber of Commerce started in 2009 when she was recruited to the Executive Committee; she served as Chairman in 2012 and continues to serve on the Executive Committee.

Juliet was heavily involved with the AB46 battle. She spent countless hours lobbying elected officials, locally and in Sacramento, in addition to playing a significant leadership role in the good governance efforts that followed. This effort, and commitment to insure a better Vernon for all, continues today with her new role as the Business Representative for the Vernon Community Fund.

Outside of Vernon she serves on the Thermoforming Division Board for the Society of Plastics Engineers. As a young professional she served as a Chairman and Board member for the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation. She is a graduate of the Riordon Volunteer Leadership Development Program where she received training in non-profit governance. She has served on the Southeast Educational Fund, the Executive Board at her daughter's co-op nursery school, and presently as a parent leader at her daughter's public elementary school in Pasadena.

James Chang, Committee Member

Bio coming soon...

Steve Froberg, Commissioner

Commissioner Steven Froberg has been a resident of the City of Vernon since 2008. Commissioner Froberg works for the Medical Board of California as a regulatory Inspector investigating violations and enforcing compliance of the rules and regulations governing the practice of medicine in the State of California.

Michael Gaviña, Committee Member

Michael Gaviña is DF Roasters, LP, Chief Financial Officer since 2015. In addition, he is the Purchasing Director at F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc.. He is responsible for overseeing the pricing of raw materials and managing inventory levels. He comes from a long line of coffee producers and roasters; growing up Michael always knew he wanted to continue in the family tradition. Representing the fourth generation of Gaviña's coffee roasting legacy, Michael discovered his passion for coffee while spending summers learning about the family business by working alongside his father, Pedro Gaviña. He first joined the FGS 2002 as a buyer in the Purchasing Department.

Since receiving his Q Grader License in 2008 he also works as a resident Q Grader to ensure the excellence of each bag of coffee. He routinely roasts small batches of coffee to help develop new coffee blends.

Michael is currently in a leadership role with the National Coffee Association (NCA). The NCA represents over 90% of the coffee sold in the United States. He is also a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and, the Roasters Guild. He contributes his time to the community in which the Plant is based by serving as a commissioner for both the City of Vernon's CommUNITY Fund and Green Commission. Locally, he serves on the Board of YMCA. Michael is actively involved in promoting sustainability in the coffee industry. Michael also serves his community as a board member of Latino Alumni Association (LAA) of Loyola Marymount University, and serves on the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University since 2015.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael holds both a Bachelor's and Master's in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.

Mark Gonzalez, Committee Member

Bio coming soon...