SALINAS, April 13, 2021 – Shelli Hendricks, the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation’s (CALF) director of education, has resigned from her position with the foundation effective April 30. Hendricks has served CALF for more than two years, working directly with classes 48-50, and collaborating with the Education Team to navigate continued seminars and contingency planning throughout the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also guided the foundation’s reintroduction of alumni learning activities.

In order to provide support and care for her family, Hendricks will be moving to the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area. Through the consulting and coaching entity Blue Horizons Solutions, Hendricks will remain available to support the foundation in an advisory capacity through June 30, 2021, and then on a project basis thereafter.

The foundation is considering various options related to an interim director of education role. For now, Executive Vice President Abby Taylor-Silva (45) will take on the immediate tasks of working with the Education Team to plan upcoming seminars, including but not limited to Class 51 commencement, the San Quentin Seminar for Class 50 and their international seminar.

Hendricks shared that her departure was bittersweet.

“I am deeply grateful to the CALF board of directors, the foundation staff, the Education Team, CALF alumni and especially to our CALF fellows. Your gracious welcoming of me into the community has made this decision even more difficult. However, I choose to believe the relationships and collaborations fostered will continue to be part of the fabric of Ag Leadership for future generations,” said Hendricks.

Dwight Ferguson, the foundation’s president and CEO, shared deep gratitude for Hendricks’ contributions to the foundation.

“We are very appreciative for the working relationship we’ve been able to enjoy with Shelli, and her contributions to our programs. We are certain she will continue to have an important impact in the field of leadership development throughout her career, and we are grateful to her for having shared her talents with our foundation these past two years,” said Ferguson.

Please contact Dwight Ferguson or Abby Taylor-Silva at 831-585-1030 or via e-mail with any questions. We hope you will join us in wishing Shelli all the best in her move and future endeavors.