2020-2021 APICS Gold Rush Chapter Board of Directors

The APICS Gold Rush Chapter Board of Directors is a volunteer group that oversees the administration of the chapter courses and events.  Elections are held each June for the new leadership team.  If you are an APICS member and you would like to be a part of an energetic team of leaders looking to make a positive impact in the greater Modesto community please contact us at [email protected]

President & Education - Celeste Ayers, CFPIM, CSCP

Celeste Ayers is the current APICS Gold Rush Chapter President.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Human Resource Management from CSU, Stanislaus, and an MBA in Operations and Supply Chain Management from Golden Gate University.  Born and raised in Modesto, California she is passionate about the development of professionals in the greater Modesto area as young as high school to advanced career levels.

Mrs. Ayers is also an APICS IDP Master Level Instructor for courses offered by the APICS Gold Rush Chapter and APICS Corporate.  In addition, she is a professor for Modesto Junior College and Golden Gate University (San Francisco, CA).  She is an award-winning instructor at the collegiate and APICS levels.

 In 2009, Celeste became a Board Member of the APICS Gold Rush Chapter and was elected to the Presidency in 2012.  During her leadership, the APICS Gold Rush Chapter has won the APICS Pacific Western District “Outstanding Chapter of the Quarter” nine times and achieved Platinum status three years in a row.  Currently, she is employed full time with E&J Gallo Winery where she is the Sr Manager - Operations Learning & Development.

 Vice President of Administration - Matthew Gomez

Matt Gomez joined the APICS Gold Rush Chapter in 2014 and became the VP of Administration in 2015.  After retiring from the US Army as a Logistician, he currently works for the Defense Logistics Agency in Tracy, CA, as the Director of Distribution Operations.  Matt studied at Kansas State University graduating with a Masters in Supply Chain Management.  Matt obtained his Demonstrated Master Logistician certification in 2015 and intends on obtaining his CSCP and PMP certifications and continuing to learn more about logistics and supply chain management.

Vice President of Finance - Gwen Edwards

Vice President at Large - Deborah Hollis-Coburn, CSCP

In her current role at Johnson & Johnson, Deborah delivers demonstrated collaborative Sales & Operations Planning governance, Inventory, and Supply Chain process improvement strategies to support and drive supply chain recommendations for new product introductions and product end-of-life opportunities.  Deborah is actively involved in several volunteer organizations serving both business and the community including the San Francisco Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswoman's Association, The African American Leadership Council at J&J Diabetes Care Companies, the Gold Rush Chapter in the Pacific Western District of APICS, and more.  She holds a Bachelors's degree in Business Management from California State University, Fresno, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, is a Process Excellence certified Green Belt, and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional and the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning Certified Professional Forecaster certification.

Vice President of Membership - Open

Vice President of Publicity- Open