The California Agricultural Leadership program has named 24 fellows to its new class, set to begin Oct. 17 with an inauguration at Fresno State University.
In the next 16 months, the program’s 44th class will study leadership theory, strategic thinking, change management and other topics in seminars provided by four universities and other institutions. Besides Fresno State they include Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of California, Davis.
Fellows will have 55 seminar days, including 10 days of U.S. travel and 15 of international travel, according to a news release.
Salinas-based California Agricultural Leadership Foundation invests about $45,000 in each participant, funded by individual and industry donors.
The 24 fellows are named on the foundation’s website. They are:
- Matthew Altman, Altman Plants, Vista
- Jose Arriaga, Department of Agriculture, San Diego
- John Chandler, Chandler Farms, Selma
- Gabe Cooper, J.G. Boswell Co., Corcoran
- Megan Foster, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau, Yuba City
- Dustin Fuller, Raisin Administrative Committee, Lemoore
- Steve Garland, Five Star Bank, Loomis
- Taylor Genzoli, Hilmar Cheese, Hilmar
- Layci Gragnani, Greenheart Farms, Arroyo Grande
- Eric Heinrich, Heinrich Agriculture, Modesto
- Patrick Hooker, Colorful Harvest, Salinas
- Greg Krzys, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Temecula
- Jessica Light, Zoetis, Sloughhouse
- Tom Merwin, Merwin Vineyards, Clarksburg
- Trevor Meyers, Meyers Farming, Firebaugh
- Heather Mulholland, Mulholland Citrus, Orange Cove
- Matt Neubert, Helena Chemical Company, Yuba City
- Paul Parreira, Parreira Almond Processing Co., Los Banos
- Justin Perino, Scheid Vineyards, Salinas
- Julie Rentner, River Partners, Modesto
- Carissa Rivers, Audubon California, Winters
- Brandon Souza, AdFarm, Sacramento
- Eric Thor, Rabobank, Fresno
- Luke Wilson, Wil-Ker-Son Ranch, Gridley