meet our committee

Photo: Doug Hikawa

Photo: Doug Hikawa

Michelle Symes-Thiara
Co-Executive Director

Michelle Symes-Thiara was born and raised in Merced and still lives there today with her husband and their two boys. She has been working in education for the past 24 years and is currently the Director of District Support Services for the Merced County Office of Education. Michelle was a former contestant and has been volunteering for the MAO for 20 years.


Photo: Doug Hikawa

Photo: Doug Hikawa

Wendy Ekizian
Co-Executive Director

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Adelia Carpenter

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Stacie Arancibia