Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is appointed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary and consists 28 seats. There are 13 industry members and one public member, each member has an alternate. The industry members are represented by individuals from the different regions where leafy greens are grown in California:


Salinas / Watsonville / San Joaquin Valley / Kern County

  • Members

  • Joe Pezzini
    Ocean Mist Farms
  • Jamie Strachan
    Growers Express LLC
  • Steve Church
    Church Bros. Produce
  • John D’Arrigo
    D’Arrigo Bros. of California
  • Ron Ratto
    Ratto Bros., Inc.
  • Gurmail Mudahar
    Tanimura & Antle
  • Steve Brazeel
    SunTerra Produce
  • Alternates

  • Mike Costa
    Mann Packing Co.
  • Juanita Ceja
    Dole Fresh Vegetables
  • Manny Alcala
    Duda Farm Fresh Foods
  • Tom Russell
    Pacific International Marketing
  • Jennifer Clarke
    Steinbeck Country Produce
  • Eric Wexler
    Tanimura & Antle
  • Kristina Nunes
    The Nunes Company

Oxnard / Santa Maria

  • Members

  • Jan Berk
    San Miguel Produce
  • Ryan Talley
    Talley Farms
  • Dan Sutton
    Pismo Ocean Vegetable Exchange
  • Alternates

  • Nob Furukawa
    Gold Coast Packing, Inc.
  • John Jackson
    Beachside Produce
  • Mitch Ardantz
    BoniPak Produce

Blythe / Imperial Valley

  • Members

  • Jack Vessey
    Vessey and Company
  • Todd Brendlin
    Crystal Organic/Grimmway Farms
  • Steve Powell
    Peter Rabbit Farms
  • Alternates

  • Megan Chedwick
    Church Bros. Produce
  • Sharan Lanini
    Pacific International Marketing
  • Lorri Koster
    Mann Packing Co.

Public Members

  • Members

  • Barbara Matthews
  • Alternates

  • Vacant