SALINAS, January 17, 2018 – In February the twenty-four individuals of Class 47 of the
California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) will celebrate the completion of their
advanced leadership development experience.
A reception and dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial
District. The event will include comments by California Agricultural Leadership Foundation
(CALF) representatives as well as Class 47 fellows and alumni of the program. As part of the
evening, Bob Gray and Dr. Pat Lattore will be presented with the Honorary Fellow Award for
their consistent commitment and uncommon excellence in the furtherance of education and
leadership in California agriculture. Tickets for the dinner are $40 and may be purchased by
calling (831) 585-1030.
The commencement ceremony will be held on Feb. 10 at Fresno State’s North Gym 118. The
program will begin at 10:00 a.m. with welcome and leadership comments by Fresno State
President Joseph Castro. The event will conclude with a hosted reception at 11:30 a.m.
Class 47 fellows are Kevin Antongiovanni, Bakersfield; Tom Barrios, Woodland; Jared
Britschgi, Bakersfield; Casey Creamer, Fresno; Christopher Drew, Castroville; Ted Grether,
Somis; Randi Gwilliam, Tulare; John Hay, Bakersfield; Hans Herkert, Yuba City; Stuart Hoetger,
Chico; Nadav Ichaki, Santa Monica; Tucker Knutz, Lemoore; Brad Koehn, Turlock; Hunter
Lindemann, Gustine; John McKeon, Santa Cruz; Jason Miller, Newcastle; Jenny Lester Moffitt,
Davis; Darrin Monteiro, Hanford; Matt Patton, Elk Grove; Brad Reinhart, Hanford; Jill Scofield,
Granite Bay; Matt Stornetta, Sonoma; Doug Thomas, Red Bluff and Kiran Toor, Yuba City.
“On behalf of the Foundation’s board and all alumni of Ag Leadership, we offer our sincere
congratulations to the Class 47 fellows for their accomplishment,” said Jeff Elder, board
chairman of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, which operates the program.
“We look forward to their future work as ‘leaders who make a difference’ on behalf of California
Through dynamic seminars during an intensive 17-month program, fellows studied leadership
theory, effective communication, motivation, critical and strategic thinking, change
management, emotional intelligence and complex social and cultural issues.
Seminars were delivered by four partner universities – Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis
Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis. Fellows participated in approximately 56 seminar days,
including an eight-day national travel seminar to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland
and a 15-day international travel seminar to Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain.
Ag Leadership is considered to be one of the premier leadership development programs in the
United States. Since it was first delivered in 1970, more than 1,300 men and women have
participated in Ag Leadership and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in the
agriculture industry and other areas.
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