← Alumni About the Alumni Council Alumni frequently say that the California Agricultural Leadership Program is a life-changing experience that impacts all parts of their lives. We are grateful to our alumni who help to guide our lifelong learning objectives and provide opportunities for continued connections throughout the alumni community by serving on the Alumni Council. About the Alumni Council An advisory committee to the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation board of directors, the Alumni Council supports our 1,300+ alumni through lifelong leadership learning opportunities, regional events and conferences. It also supports the Ag Leadership Program as well as the foundation board with fund development and other strategic priorities. Alumni Council Executive Committee Heather Mulholland / Interim Chair Class 44 Read Bio Heather Mulholland Interim Chair Bio coming soon! Bill Van Skike / Past Chair Class 32 Read Bio Bill Van Skike Past Chair Bio coming soon! Jason Cole / Board Liaison Class 42 Read Bio Jason Cole Board Liaison Jason Cole (42) is a third-generation avocado, citrus and cattle rancher from Santa Paula. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural science and a minor in ag business. He is a certified crop advisor. From 2012-2014, he was chairman of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County’s (FBVC) Young Farmers & Ranchers committee, serving in that capacity as an advisory member of the FBVC Board of Directors. He also served on the California Avocado Commission (CAC) governance committee and Santa Paula Rotary Club. Currently, Cole is a member of the CAC board. CALF Education Team Liaisons Manpreet Bains Class 43 Read Bio Manpreet Bains Manpreet is proud to work alongside her family to continue the legacy her parents built after emigrating from India. In 1969, her parents established their farming operation, which included producing prunes and peaches as well as running a commercial prune dehydrator. In 2005, Manpreet and her sister officially took over the general operation of their parents' farms and created Manseena Orchards, where they currently produce prunes and walnuts. Manpreet earned a B.A. in international studies with an emphasis in political science from Pepperdine University and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago. She has served as a director for the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau and Agricultural Council of California. She is an alumna of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program. Manpreet lives in Sacramento with her husband and in her spare time she enjoys playing with her golden retriever, traveling, supporting local theater, listening to live music and spending time with her family. Sal Parra Jr. Class 46 Read Bio Sal Parra Jr. Sal is the director of farming for Burford Ranch and is responsible for various crops that include almonds, wine grapes, corn and alfalfa hay. He holds a pest control advisor license and a qualified applicator license through the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. He lives on the farm with his wife Ramona of 11 years and their 11-year-old daughter, Linda. Sal is a two-time graduate of Fresno State, earning his bachelor's degree in agricultural business in 2008 and an MBA in agribusiness in 2015. Sal serves as the Golden Plains Unified School District School Board president. He is also a board member of the California Garlic and Onion Research Advisory Board and is vice chairman for the USDA Fresno County Farm Service Agency. Alumni Council Regional Directors Region 1 Kelly Mora Class 48 Read Bio Kelly Mora Kelly Mora (48) is a co-owner of Heritage Ag Insurance Agency, an agency specializing in providing risk protection for agribusinesses and farm families throughout California. In her marketing and community relations role, she spends much of her time developing and sharing the Heritage brand, a brand built on rural values, ever improving the client experience and promoting and protecting the agricultural community. Mora graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in communications. She is a leader in the North Valley chapter of California Women for Agriculture and numerous other organizations. She was honored by the Glenn County Fair and the Common Threads North program for her contributions to agriculture and her local community. Mora was raised on the Central Coast. In 1994, she and her husband, Steve, relocated to Chico to raise their two daughters. Region 2 Taylor Serres Class 49 Read Bio Taylor Serres Taylor Serres (49) is the company officer, food safety manager and winery representative of Serres Ranch and Serres Corporation, her family’s diversified fifth-generation farming and general contracting operation in Sonoma County. Serres Ranch originally was a vineyard and dairy when it was owned by Fighting Joe Hooker, then became the Serres Ranch in the early 1900s. The Serres family produces wine grapes, blueberries and commercial beef cattle, and has a general contracting company. Working for a family business, Serres wears many hats depending on the time of year. The day-to-day operations include the books for the construction, blueberry, grape and cattle operations. When harvest starts, she is running the packing line and keeping up with the food safety regulations or driving tractors and picking fruit. Serres graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in wine and viticulture, concentration in enology and minor in ag business. Upon returning home, she revived the Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers and joined numerous boards to become more educated on the topics that were most impacting local farming operations. Serres lives in Sonoma on her family’s ranch where she was born and raised. Region 3 Tom Merwin Class 44 Read Bio Tom Merwin Bio coming soon! Region 4 Yvonne Sams Class 45 Read Bio Yvonne Sams Yvonne Sams (45) has worked in the supply chain industry for companies like G3 Enterprises, Frito Lay, Inc., E. & J. Gallo Winery and Tyson Foods. She is currently the vice president of sales and marketing for Flory Industries. She earned her degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she was the first woman to major in agricultural engineering technology at the university. In addition to her full-time job and being a mother of three children, Sams serves as a board member for the United Way of Stanislaus County. She is also an advisory board member for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department and an alumni advisory board member representing the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Region 5 James Ewart Class 49 Read Bio James Ewart James Ewart (49) is the director of winemaking on the Central Coast for Delicato Family Vineyards. Delicato is a fourth-generation grape grower and winemaker, established by founder Gaspare Indelicato in Manteca in 1924. Ewart is responsible for guiding winemaking styles and practices to produce Central Coast wines that over deliver in quality at their respective price points. He attended the University of Adelaide and first completed a Bachelor of Science in geology and physical and inorganic chemistry. He then completed a one-year postgraduate diploma in viticulture, while practicing as a viticulturist for Thomson Fruitgrowers in the Riverland of South Australia. Ewart is a member of the King City Rotary Club, den leader for his son’s Cub Scouts pack and vice chairman of the board of trustees at Mee Memorial Hospital in King City. He and his wife, Colleen, live in King City with their son and daughter. The Ewart family keeps busy going to theater performance practices, Cub Scouts and sports. Region 6 Ian LeMay Class 48 Read Bio Ian LeMay Ian LeMay (48) is the president of the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA), a voluntary public policy organization that works on behalf of its members – growers, shippers, marketers and associates – on issues that specifically affect member commodities. It is the association’s responsibility to serve as a liaison between regulatory and legislative authorities by acting as a unified voice for its members. Prior to CFFA, Ian served as the district director for Rep. Jim Costa. In his role, LeMay oversaw the daily operations of the district staff and advised Costa on a number of issues, including agriculture, water and transportation. Prior to that, he worked as a California market specialist for the Lindsay Corporation, an agricultural equipment manufacturer, and as a management assistant for A-G Sod Farms, Inc. LeMay earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He and his wife, Molly, live in Fresno and have two children. They enjoy time with family, weekend trips to the coast and being involved with their local community. Region 7 Anthony Bozzano Class 43 Read Bio Anthony Bozzano Anthony Bozzano (43) is the principal and sales director for Bozzano and Company, a California wine business specializing in sourcing and sales of bulk wine and wine grapes, as well as product development for national retail. Born and raised on a diversified farming operation in San Joaquin County, Anthony enjoys contributing to and learning about all aspects of California agriculture. An avid outdoorsman, he can often be found fishing California's freshwater and saltwater destinations, skiing, or walking his dog. Anthony lives in San Luis Obispo, with his wife, Olivia, and their daughter, Belle. Region 8 Lucas Espericueta Class 45 Read Bio Lucas Espericueta Bio coming soon! Region 9 Luis Calderon Class 49 Read Bio Luis Calderon Luis Calderon (49) oversees and works closely with all Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) partnerships in Oxnard and Santa Maria. His background is in human resources and in berry farming operations, adding to the enjoyment of working with a diverse group of people that grow berries. Previously, he worked as a production manager managing up to 500 acres of all organic berry production. Calderon earned a Bachelor of Science in small business/entrepreneurship and a Master of Business Administration from California Lutheran University. He has worked in various roles at RAC in the past 10 years, including HR specialist, workers compensation specialist and manager in the farming operations. Calderon and his wife, Lupe, enjoy time with their son, Alfredo, and having their family over for good food and laughs. They enjoy visiting new places with their son and attending music events. Region 10 Deanna van Klaveren Class 32 Read Bio Deanna van Klaveren Vacant position. If you have any questions, please contact CALF Alumni Engagement Manager Deanna van Klaveren (32) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Region 11 Ellen Way Class 28 Read Bio Ellen Way Ellen Way (28) is the owner of Sanders Family Almond Ranch, a family farming operation in Stanislaus County. She resides in La Quinta with her husband and two daughters. Way is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she earned a degree in agribusiness. She began her career in the produce industry with Sun World International and went on to work for Assemblyman Jim Battin as an agriculture specialist. She serves on the board of her local CWA chapter and has also served on the Western Growers board. She is currently president of the Coachella Valley Chapter of National Charity League. Way and her husband are involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley. In 2005 she was appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger to serve on the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region.