The California Agricultural Leadership
Foundation and the Alumni Council presented
the 2016 Profles in Leadership Award to
Deanna van Klaveren (32) on Oct. 6, in
conjunction with Class 47’s inauguration.
“I’ve been so fortunate because Ag Leadership
has been a part of my life since the day I got
the call letting me know I had been accepted,”
said Deanna. “It has been a continual life-long
leadership learning opportunity of adding to
my toolbox because of opportunities through
the board and the Alumni Council and
participating in diferent foundation events and
opportunities.”
Te Profles in Leadership Award recognizes
Ag Leadership alumni for their leadership
actions resulting in the betterment of industry,
community, business, government, education
and/or the environment.
“Deanna is the true defnition of a servant
leader,” said Michael Young (35). “She has put
the Alumni Council on her back and carried
it to a place where it is about to fourish into
something great.”
“Deanna has tirelessly worked for the beneft
of the alumni of Ag Leadership—as well
as all leaders in our industry—to make
our organization the premier leadership

organization in the world,” said Young.” I truly
believe that if it wasn’t for Deanna’s leadership
and her heartfelt blood, sweat and tears, Ag
Leadership would not be where it is today.”
Outside of CALF, Deanna is also very active
in her community. She is heavily involved
in Hart-Ransom Elementary School, where
her children, Abigail and Micah, attend
school. Her involvement in the agriculture
community includes the California Association
for Nurseries & Garden Centers; agriculture
advisory member for the California State Fair;
horticulture advisory member for California
Community Colleges and an advisory member
for Cal Poly’s Agricultural Education and
Communication Department.
“Deanna is the ultimate example of a servant
leader,” said Matt Fisher (41). “She is an
exceptional team player and her humility and
hard work to the task at hand is what drives me
so much in wanting to work with her. She is a
very special person whom I’m honored to have
been able to work alongside of.”
Deanna says Ag Leadership has had an immense
impact on her life and she’s grateful for the
opportunities she has been given through the
program.
“What you get initially are the teachings
and the self-growth and self-awareness,”
said Deanna. “Secondary to that are the

relationships and the opportunities to meet
people and interact with people on a deeper
level that allows you access to resources and
great friends. You get to learn from all these
amazing people and create really deep friends as
well—I don’t think you can get that anywhere
else.”
Deanna and her husband, Roger are co-owners
of Generation Growers, Inc., in Modesto. Te
company is in its 60th year of growing plants in
containers for retail garden centers in northern
California. In her role, Deanna manages
sales, marketing, inventory and fnancial
responsibilities for the company. Before
Generation Growers, Deanna was a teacher,
FFA advisor and coach at Merrill F. West High
School in Tracy, Calif.