Milpitas honors commissioners who serve city

Milpitas Mayor Carmen Montano, Vice Mayor Evelyn Chua and Councilmember Garry Barbadillo on April 27 honored the 116 commissioners who served the city in 2022.

At a Commissioners’ Recognition Celebration at the Milpitas Community Center, Montano expressed her appreciation for the commissioners’ dedication to residents and their advisory role to council. Members of each commission were received a certificate of appreciation for their service, including:

Arts Commissioners Robin Hays, Joyita Ghose, John Agg, Giuliana Brahim, Jamie Hekkelman, Cheryl Oldham, Sandeep Umarani, Christine Lee, Mona Sampath Khan and Helen Qui;
Community Advisory Commissioners Vishal Gandhi, Jinky Peralta, Thelma Batilo, Oscar Leon, Jose Rosario, Van Lan Truong, Monica Rodriguez, Kavita Sreedhar and Jose Geronimo;
Economic Development and Trade Commissioners Casey McNeil, Chris Norwood, Lynne Rice, Parkash Daryani, Cheri Romero, Paul Medawar, Conrad Schapira, Michael L. Nguyen and Stephen Huang;
Energy and Environmental Sustainability Commissioners Jeffrey Hogg, Christopher Salian, Jared Acosta, Patti Sexton, Vikash Venkataramana, Charles Lingle, Felix Mbuga, Carmelo Coronel and Frank Bush;
Library and Education Advisory Commissioners Yu-Lan Chou, Hellie Mateo, Barbara Martens, Nonie McDonald, Therese Hoang, Rekha Pardeshi, Ann Anderson, Naga Sannidhi and Trijohn Tran;
Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources Commissioners Becky Strauss, Joseph Ehardt, Voltaire Montemayor, Ricky Davis, Rondi Jackson and Allen Roy Thomas;
Planning Commissioners Bill Chuan, Larry Ciardella, Mercedes Albana, Alexander Galang, Dipak Awasthi, Zeya Mohsin and Sonia Medina-Ashby;
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Commissioners Paul Ellis, Don Clendenin, Jonathan Nakapalau, Evan Gan, Joe Nichols, Michael Berryhill, Andrew Luu and Rosana Cacao;
Science, Technology and Innovation Commissioners Ratan Choudhury, Anh Bao, Nasir Lalani, Albert Alcorn, Kevin Le, Amrita Mukherjee, Abhijit Pandey, Suresh Sinha and Aahan Shah;
Senior Advisory Commissioners Jenny Berryhill, Deborah Langley, Melba Holliday, Barbara Ebright, Patrick Yung, Willy Wong, Nona Tolentino, Barbara Jo Navarro and Ha Phan;
Veterans Commissioners William Devereux, Liliana Ramos, Bruce Choy, Puneet Sandhu, Victorino Monzon and Reynaldo Lingad; and
Youth Advisory Commissioners Rachel Plummer, Crystal Huang, Nia Gupte, Nitya Kaki, Srinand Mudunuri, Vanessa Lam, Natalie Chen, Ashton Chen and Parnika Sadhu.

Members of the Measure F Oversight Committee were also recognized.

For more information about commission vacancies and the role of each commission, visit


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