Success & Service: FBI to honor founder of Modesto-based Without Permission nonprofit

local@modbee.comDecember 21, 2013 

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  • Making season bright

    Those contributing to Christmas for Veterans include Brewer Family Dentistry, Covenant Church, Modesto Police & Fire Non-Sworn Association, the Linda & Stephen Chambers family, the Joan Lehman family, Turlock Irrigation District Family, Herald General Baptist Church, Friends at Stanislaus Regional 9-1-1, Cub Scouts, Soldiers Far from Home-Linda Barrett, Board of Realtors, the Momary Family of Torrance, Ben & Judy Hager family, the Franny Souza family, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Nicole Christian family, Medeiros Elementary School of Turlock, the Lucas family, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Rodin Farms, Hangers of Turlock, Modesto Police Officers Association, city of Oakdale, employees of the Modesto Police Department, the James family, Advantage Sales and Marketing, Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus County Department of Aging and Veteran Services Family & Friends, Ceres Police Officers Association, 4-H Club of Oakdale, Veterans Administration, Roosevelt Elementary School of Stockton, Aspire Public School of Modesto and the Martin Qualle family.

Debbie Johnson, founder of the Modesto-based Without Permission nonprofit, will receive the FBI’s Director Community Leadership Award at a ceremony Monday in Sacramento.

Monica Miller, the FBI’s special agent in charge, will present the award. Additionally, Johnson has been invited to travel to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., to meet with FBI Director James Comey in the spring.

Johnson created Without Permission in 2012 to expose the reality of human trafficking, making children and young adults aware of predators in schools, cities and throughout the nation.

The organization partners with churches, government agencies and service clubs to get out its message.

Generating money for kids

Current and retired Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employees in the Modesto area worked together to raise more than $33,500 that will go to nonprofit organizations and schools as part of the utility’s Campaign for the Community program. Statewide, it has raised more than $6.5 million, bettering last year’s total by $500,000.

The effort has generated more than $55 million since its inception in 2000.

Four in ag leader program

Four people in and near Stanislaus County are among the 24 members of the latest class of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. It is the 44th class recruited by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, which trains emerging leaders in many skills. Over 16 months, the members will take part in 55 seminar days, including a 10-day trip within the United States and a 15-day international trip. The local members of the class are:

•  Taylor Genzoli of Hilmar, quality assurance and customer service manager for Hilmar Cheese Co., who grew up helping his family farm almonds.

•  Eric Heinrich of Modesto, a fifth-generation farmer and the owner of Heinrich Agriculture, which leases almond and walnut farms and provides custom agricultural services. He also works with his father at Gordon Heinrich Farms, where he oversees water and pest management and is involved in walnut hulling.

•  Paul Parreira of Los Banos, third generation in a family that grows and processes almonds. He also grows row crops and is involved in livestock feed merchandising.

•  Julie Rentner of Modesto, director of special projects for River Partners, a nonprofit group that protects the environment through large-scale restoration projects along streams, including farm leases.

Veterans Christmas

Homebound veterans will receive necessities this holiday season as part of the Christmas for Veterans 2013 campaign. Multiple organizations and families collected donations of items such as pillowcases, pillows, hygiene items, clothing, soup, scarves, etc., and many supporting letters from schoolchildren thanking veterans for their military service. They are being distributed to the veterans in their homes.

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