The Board of Directors at St.Luke’s
Background: Jesse has been involved in the nursery industry since 1984. What started out as a part-time summer job as a junior in high school at Escalon High, became a passion over the years to come. A graduate of Modesto Junior College, and continuing to Fresno State University. After 3 years of managing Monterey Bay Nursery in Watsonville CA, he returned to manage Morris Wholesale Nursery in 1994 before purchasing it in 2006. He and his wife, Kathy have a daughter, Camila.
Tenure: August 2019
Business: Owner, Michael Hicks, CPA
Education: BS Business Administration with a concentration in accounting, CSU Stanislaus, 2005, Manga Cum Laude; MS in Taxation, Golden Gate University, 2019; Certified Public Accountant
Background: Michael lives and takes pride in his hometown of Modesto. He’s worked in the accounting industry for the past 15 years at various CPA firms in the central valley. In 2018 he created his own firm where he caters to his client’s business and tax needs. Michael and his wife Anna have four children. His other passions include his Catholic faith, hiking, and backpacking.
James W. Bray
Education: BS Business Management, CSU Stanislaus 1999, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, CSU Stanislaus Chapter Charter Member
Background: Mr. Bray has been involved in the building development and construction industry for over 23 years. Having recently acquired a majority ownership in his family corporate holdings, Mr. Bray is continuously looking for opportunities to return the good fortune to the community that has been his lifelong residence.
Mr. Bray and his wife Caroline along with their 6 children are avid baseball fans who have traveled across the western United States “just to watch a game”. The family regularly attends Holy Family Catholic Church.
Background: Born in Modesto, and raised on a dairy and almond farm. 1980 graduate of Modesto High School. Parishioner at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, involved as Eucharistic minister, Lector, and Catechist. Past President of Modesto Rotary, nine years on the Board of Community Hospice.
Law practice is business, corporate, and transactional practice with emphasis in agricultural clients. Married to Gina since 1988, two college-aged daughters, Jenna Rose at Cal Poly SLO, Caroline at Modesto Junior College. He enjoys farming, travel, ministry, reading, and the San Francisco Giants.