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Meet the Directors

Welcome to our newest directors! 

Lisa Cutts

Lisa graduated from Fresno State in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the California Air National Guard, she graduated with high honors from San Joaquin College of Law.  Lisa is a partner at Bolen Fransen Sawyers, LLP. Her evolving practice includes a wide range of business, real estate and lending matters. She is a member of the Supervisory Committee for the Educational Employee’s Credit Union and an active member of the Ag Lenders Society of California. 

John O'Rourke

John grew up in Fresno and graduated from Fresno State in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business.  He worked his way through Fresno State while interning at produce marketing companies. Upon graduation, he started RJO Produce Marketing with his brother Rob.  He is very proud of their successful Bird Dog Internship Program that has allowed Fresno State agriculture students an opportunity to gain real life experience in the produce business for the last two decades.

David Sieperda

David is a 1991 Jordan College graduate with a degree in Plant Science.  He is currently the farm manager for Trinitas Farm Management based in Oakdale.  Previously, he was the farm manager for the University Agricultural Laboratory at Fresno State.  Prior to Fresno State, he’d managed for Stahlbush Island Farms in Corvallis, Oregon as well as Llano Seco Ranch in Chico. Earlier in his career he was an agronomist and assistant manager for Meyers Farming in Firebaugh.  His experience runs from beef and pork production to fruit, vegetable and tree nuts.

Annie Stuhr

Annie graduated from Fresno State in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business.  Upon graduating, she began her career at Anderson Clayton in their crop finance department and thus began her understanding and love of agriculture.  She went on to receive her master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2007. She is currently the Vice President, Agri-Business Relationship Officer at Central Valley Community Bank.  Her volunteer activities have included Common Threads, Valley Small Business Development Corporation, Kerman Covenant Church, Rescue the Children and Ag Lenders Society.

Larry Isheim

Larry was raised on a raisin grape farm in the Biola-Kerman area.  After high school, he attended Fresno City College majoring in Industrial Arts.  “Work hard and lead by example” was instilled in him by his parents, so working in the vineyards after school, summers and part-time while attending college was the norm.  Larry has worked for several irrigation companies and is a pioneer in permanent underground irrigation systems. He is a co-founder of Cal West Rain, established in 1989. Larry is a past board member for the Center for Irrigation Technology at Fresno State and currently a member of the International Irrigation Association.

Jim Razor

Jim grew up on a small farm in Exeter and graduated from Exeter High in 1981.  He received a Plant Science degree from Fresno State in 1990 and began his career with J.G. Boswell Company as an agronomist that same year.  His current position as Processing Manager gives him the opportunity to oversee the ginning, oil mill and seed departments, as well as cotton and tomato processing.  Jim also serves as a director for the boards of Phytogen Seed Company, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District, Corcoran Community Foundation and the Recreation Association of Corcoran.

Steve Spade

Steve graduated from Reedley College in 1980 with an associate’s degree in Plant Science - Grape and Tree Production.  He is a fourth generation farmer and third generation raisin grower in the Monmouth area, located between Selma and Caruthers.  He currently farms 320 acres of raisins and almonds. Steve serves as a board member for the Monroe School District.

 

Officers

President - Bill Purewall, PureFresh Sales
Vice President - Annie Stuhr, Central Valley Community Bank
Treasurer - Jim Razor,  J. G. Boswell
Secretary - Stanley Kjar, Pearson Relaty
Past President - Ken Ramos, Wells Fargo

Directors

Todd Ayerza, Campos Brothers Farms 
Tyler Blagg Peterson & Company Agricultural Real Estate
Nick Blom, Blom's Ranch, Inc.
Gary BrunsvikBolen Fransen Sawyers, LLP
Brandon Chamberlain, Bank of the West
Lisa Cutts, Bolen Fransen Sawyers, LLP
Daniel ErrotabereErrotabere Ranches
Ron Fanucchi, Ron Fanucchi Farming Company
Scott Foth, Simplot
Larry Isheim, Cal West Rain
Roger Isom, CCGGA and WAPA
Stanley Kjar, Jr., Pearson Realty

John O'Rourke, RJO Produce
Demetrio Papagni, Papagni Winery and Packing House
Pat V. Ricchiuti, P-R Farms
Lorna Roush, Schultz Ranch 
Ronald Samuel, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
David Sieperda, Trinitas Farm Management 
Steve Spate, Steve Spate Farms
Mai Zoua Vang, Valley Small Business Development Corp.