Promoting civic pride in Modesto.
In the early 1900s, a group of enthusiastic Modesto business and civic leaders developed a wide-reaching campaign to promote the booming city of Modesto, then one of the fastest growing and prosperous cities in California. Alongside an advertising campaign to attract businesses and new residents to the city, these so-called "Boosters" also sponsored the erection of Modesto's iconic centennial arch in 1912. In 1914, Out West Magazine ran an article "Modesto: Where Opportunities Abound," featuring illustrations and brief bios of each of the Boosters.
We draw inspiration from these twentieth century Boosters in our efforts to foster civic pride in Modesto today.
Who are we?
public information officer (PIO), stanislaus county
Amy Vickery is Public Information Officer (PIO) for Stanislaus County. She was born in Marin County, California and moved to Modesto when she was very young. She has traveled a lot and fallen in love with many cities, but Modesto is home for her and likely always will be. Throughout her career, she has worked to make this community better through teaching, nonprofit leadership, volunteerism, and community engagement in the public sector.
Amy serves on the steering committee for the Leadership Modesto program, serves as a Love Our Cities advisory board member and as president of Modesto’s Toastmasters public speaking club for government officials. She is a Rotarian and volunteer with the Downtown Modesto Partnership, Project LEAD (an MJC program) and various nonprofit organizations. She helped bring together the first ever TEDx Conference to Modesto. Through her participation in the James Irvine New Leadership Network she is collaborating with other participants on a community rebranding effort to change the perception of our region.
attorney, gianelli & Associates
Jay Pink has always been interested in business and helping others. After starting his first business at only 12 years old, he later went on to study accounting at Boston College and work in San Diego helping various family businesses. He then pursued a law degree from Concord Law School. He has studied in Italy and worked in Malawi, where he gained valuable international experience. While in Malawi, Jay worked as an accountant for a college, a K-12 school and a hospital. He also worked on implementing food security programs and at-risk youth education programs while supporting a local orphanage.
Jay married a Modesto girl and they set down roots as a business and estate planning attorney at Gianelli & Associates. He works to integrate his passion and experience of service with the opportunities presented to him as an attorney. He has seen the needs and opportunities of this community first-hand, from forming and working with various non-profits to advising successful local businesses.
Owner, Kate Trompetter Consulting
Kate Trompetter is a consultant, facilitator and leadership coach. In her work, she helps people and organizations increase their impact through meaningful, facilitated experiences and coaching.
Kate is a native of Modesto and a graduate of Johansen High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of California, Davis in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration at California State University, Stanislaus. She worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade and, in 2018, in an act of foolishness or bravery (depending on how you look at it), she started her own facilitation and coaching practice in an effort to increase her impact and to experience as much joy as humanly possible.
Kate (and her Co-producers of Awesome, Ruhi and Tricia) bring the annual events Mod Shop and Porchfest to Modesto. She is a founding member of Modesto's Breakfast Club and Cafe Geurbois. She is a Connector, a Musician, and Cool City Enthusiast. Kate is married to Rock and Roll Drummer, David Rogers. Together they have daughter, Quinn, and Kate’s two “Bonus Kids", Seth and Zyan.
founder, modesto design collective (mo.de)
Lee Davis currently divides his time between Modesto and Baltimore, Maryland, where he is the Co-Director of the Center for Social Design and Faculty in the MA in Social Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the oldest school of art and design in the country. Prior to MICA, Lee was co-Founder and served for 16 years as co-CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of NESsT, an incubator for social enterprise start-ups in Central Europe and Latin America. Originally from New York but now a proud Californian, Lee has called Stanislaus County home for the last 16 years. He is Founder of the Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE), a community of designers committed to making Modesto a vibrant design capital. He is the Design Curator for the Modesto Art Museum, and co-curator of the Modesto Architecture & Design Week (MADWEEK). He holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MA in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.
chief engagement officer, the engaged project
Reggie Rucker is a proud Modestan who has spent the past decade-plus finding ways to lift up the community which has brought him so much inspiration and opportunity. From the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge and X Fest Modesto to the Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and Modesto On Ice, Reggie has always found his greatest joy in promoting organizations that create a sense of cultural relevancy in the community. This passion has fueled his individual projects as well, including a 64-player Madden Football video game tournament as a 21-year old fresh out of college to 2016's Modesto Fashion Week. Reggie is now one of the organizers responsible for Modesto's Breakfast Club, a gathering of the new generation of civic-minded Modestans building community, as well as the "Chief Engagement Officer" of The Engaged Project, which serves to match organizations and their people to the people, places, and things that make this community glorious.