Leadership Boards and Committees

Agricultural education’s network includes a variety of specialized boards and advisory groups with roles ranging from fiscal oversight to programmatic recommendations. These boards work with members of the State Agricultural Education Staff in order to execute the mission and vision of agricultural education.

Learn more about each group below.

Leadership Boards
State Agricultural Education Advisory Committee

In 1981, legislation was passed and signed by the Governor that directed the State Director of Career Technical Education (CTE) to establish and convene an Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) representative of the various and diverse areas of the agriculture industry in California (Education Code Section 52453).

The primary role of this committee is to advise, in an ongoing manner, the State Supervisor of Agricultural Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education on policy matters pertaining to the state program of agricultural education. The advice of the AAC shall include, but not be limited to, the development of a curriculum and a strategy for the purpose of establishing a source of trained and qualified individuals in agriculture, a strategy for articulating the state program in agricultural education throughout the state school system, and a consumer education outreach strategy regarding the importance of agriculture in California. The State Supervisor of Agricultural Education shall serve as the committee consultant.

Committee Members: 

Name Title Business
Christian Alexandre Asst. Farm Manager Alexandre Family Farm
Nicolina Alves Owner Farm to Office
Anthony Catalan, Chair Principal Firebaugh High School
Robin Grundmeyer Mayor City of Norco
Breanna Holbert Student Chico State
Alan Kennedy Director Valent U.S.A. LLC
Dr. Parmod Kumar Medical Doctor Tulare
Martha Maciel Former Student Galt
Dr. Lynn Martindale Teacher Educator UC Davis
Lauren Peterson Agriculture Teacher King City High School
Dustin Sperling Ag Business Professor San Joaquin Delta College
Shelli Stinson Agriculture Teacher Bear River Middle School
Jacob Wenger Assistant Manager Salida Hulling Association
State Agricultural Education Staff

Employees of the California Department of Education work to implement programmatic objectives and supervise the growth and development of local agriculture programs.

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State Ag Education Staff        
Charles Parker   State Supervisor and State FFA Advisor   916-319-0673
Jill Sperling   Central Region Supervisor/FFA Advisor   916-319-0494
JessaLee Goehring   North Coast Region Supervisor/FFA Advisor   916-319-0486
Shay Williams-Hopper   San Joaquin Region Supervisor/FFA Advisor   559-278-5777
Greg Beard   South Coast Region Supervisor/FFA Advisor   805-756-2402
Jackie Jones-Ioimo   Southern Region Supervisor/FFA Advisor   909-869-5268
Hugh Mooney   Superior Region Supervisor/FFA Advisor   530-342-7541
Tim Brown   Assistant State FFA Advisor   916-319-0507
State FFA Association and Foundation Staff

With boots on the ground and a clear vision in mind, the staff of the FFA Association and FFA Foundation work tirelessly alongside the State Ag Education Staff to implement the organizational objectives through innovative programming.

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Matt Patton   CATA Executive Director & FFA Center Manager   209-744-1605
Maria Maberto   Financial Services Director   209-744-1600
Trisha Chapman   Membership Services & Registration Coordinator   209-744-1600
Jennifer Van Conett   Office Assistant   209-744-1600
Katie Otto   Executive Director of Development   209-744-1969
Cari Brown   Office Assistant   209-744-1600
Jasmine Flores   Leadership Development Coordinator   209-744-1910
FFA Executive Committee

Made up of the student leadership of the Association, the FFA Executive Committee includes members from each of the 6 regions as well as the State FFA Officer team. Charged with ensuring the business of the Association is conducted according to the State FFA Constitution, the group meets multiple times per year in order to best accomplish its work.

Abigale Jacobsen   Chair, State President   Elk Grove  
Landon Hendricks   State Vice President   Menifee-Heritage  
Hunter Haslem   State Secretary   Durham  
Brian Kavanagh   State Treasurer   Temecula-St. Jeanne  
Melanie Orozco   State Reporter   Holtville  
Morgan Oliveira   State Sentinel   Hilmar  
    Central Region President      
    North Coast Region President      
    San Joaquin Region President      
    South Coast Region President      
    Southern Region President      
    Superior Region President      
Marc Cabeliza   Past State Officer   Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley  
Tim Brown   Assistant State FFA Advisor   California Department of Education  
Charles Parker   State FFA Advisor   California Department of Education  
FFA Adult Board

Charged with fiscal oversight of the FFA Association, the Adult Board's mission is to ensure the long-term financial viability of the Association through prudent planning and expenditure.

FFA Adult Board          
Kristann Mattes   Chair, FFA Foundation Board Rep.   O'Neals-Minarets  
Debbie Benson   Vice President, South Coast Region Rep.   King City  
Kevin Woodard   Secretary, San Joaquin Region Rep.   Reedley College  
Sam Meredith   Central Region Representative   Atwater  
Jason Bretz   Central Region Representative   Los Banos  
Sandy Dale   North Coast Region Representative   Fortuna  
Randy Mendes   North Coast Region Representative   St. Helena  
John Williams   San Joaquin Region Representative   Fresno State  
Rosemary Cummings   South Coast Region Representative   Nipomo  
Troy Van Bavel   Southern Region Representative   Lucerne Valley  
Tim Hively   Southern Region Representative   Riverside-Norte Vista  
Tim Brown   Superior Region Representative   Tulelake  
Tom Vazquez   Superior Region Representative   Cottonwood-West Valley  
Nicole Ray   CA Ag Teachers Assn (CATA) Rep.   Tulare County Office of Education  
Samuel Rodriguez   Community College Representative   Reedley College  
Alan Kennedy   State Agricultural Advisory Committee   Valent U.S.A. LLC  
John Moffatt   Past State Officer Representative   1994-95 State President  
Dr. Steve Rocca   Teacher Education Representative   CSU Fresno  
Brian Kavanagh   State FFA Treasurer (Ex-Officio)   California Association FFA  
Charles Parker   State FFA Advisor   California Department of Education  
Tim Brown   Assistant State FFA Advisor    California Department of Education  
Matt Patton   CATA Executive Director   California Association FFA  
FFA Advisory Committee

Responsible for reviewing and providing guidance on the implementation of student leadership objectives, the FFA Advisory Committee includes the valuable perspectives of agriculture instructors from each of the 6 regions.

Rick Neugebauer   Chair, Superior Region Representative   McArthur-Fall River  
Monique Reid   Central Representative   Hilmar  
Sherry Johns   Central Representative   Ripon  
Wesley Hunt   North Coast Representative   Healdsburg  
Judy Aschwanden   North Coast Representative   St. Helena  
Stephanie Goeb   San Joaquin Representative   Tulare  
Julie Luxon   San Joaquin Representative   Madera  
Marc DeBernardi   South Coast Representative   Santa Maria  
Jodi Evans   South Coast Representative   San Luis Obispo  
Rhonda Fuller   Southern Representative   Riverside-Rubidoux  
Tracy Putnam   Southern Representative   Riverside-Norte Vista  
Janice Lohse   Superior Representative   Hamilton City-Hamilton  
Morgan Oliveira   State FFA Sentinel   California Association FFA  
Charles Parker   State FFA Advisor (Ex-Officio)   California Department of Education  
Tim Brown   Assistant State FFA Advisor (Ex-Officio)   California Department of Education
FFA Foundation Board of Directors
Business & Industry        
Toosje Koll   CPA/Ag Industry   Chairman
Emily Rooney   Agricultural Council of California   Vice Chairman
Toni Lindeleaf   Ag Industry   Secretary
Jeana Hultquist   American Ag Credit   Treasurer
Dennis Albiani   California Advocates, Inc.   Past Chair
Matt Angell   US Water Well    
Tyler Blagg   Petersen & Company Real Estate Services    
Patricia Stever Blattler   Tulare County Farm Bureau    
Louie Brown   Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLC    
Mike Bradley   MHB Productions    
Jay Colombini   Farmers & Merchants Bank    
George Gomes   Ag Industry     
Jim Houston   California Farm Bureau Federation    
Kristann Mattes   Agriculture Instructor, Minarets High School   FFA Adult Board
Jake Parnell   Cattlemen's Livestock Market, Parnell Dickinson    
Ray Prock, Jr.   Ray-Lin Dairy    
Renee Rianda   The Morning Star Packing Co.    
Beau Williamson   Greater Potential Leadership/Adisseo    
Wayne Zipser   Stanislaus Farm Bureau    
Education & Program Oversight        
Charles Parker   State FFA Advisor, California Dept. of Education   State FFA Advisor
Hugh Mooney   Interim Assistant State FFA Advisor, California Dept. of Education   State FFA Assistant Advisor
Mike Albiani   Agriculture Instructor, Elk Grove High School   FFA Advisor
Jake Dunn   Agriculture Instructor, Petaluma High School   CATA Representative
Robin Grundmeyer   Agriculture Instructor, Norco High School    
Mike Mederos   Agriculture Instructor, Tulare High School    
Marc Cabeliza   California Association, FFA   State FFA President
Foundation Staff        
Matt Patton   California FFA Foundation   Executive Director
Katie Otto   California FFA Foundation   Executive Director of Development 
Cari Brown   California FFA Foundation   Office Assistant
FFA Alumni Council

Working with the National FFA Alumni Association, the California FFA Alumni strives to implement alumni groups in each of California's local FFA programs. 

Travis Cardoso   President   Turlock, CA
Ellie Michel   Vice President   Davis, CA
Colleen Lawson   Secretary   Elk Grove, CA
Jessica Forster   Treasurer   Elk Grove, CA
Hugh Mooney   Alumni Advisor   Elk Grove, CA

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