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Board Members & Staff

Board of Directors

Jerry Spencer


Board member since 2003

Jerry works for Van Vleck Ranching and Resources Inc. out of Rancho Murieta. 

Pat Kirby


Board member since 2017

Pat currently works for A.L. Gilbert and is from Wilton.

Ken Oneto


Board member since 1994

Ken farms along the Cosumnes River in South Sacramento County under KLM Ranches. He grows cherries, artichokes, alfalfa hay, wine grapes, tomatoes, field corn, fresh market tomatoes, and dry beans.

Mike Tudesko


Board member since 1991

Mike runs beef cattle in Sloughhouse.

Virginia Hemly-Chhabra


Board member since 2008

Virginia is a fifth generation farmer in Courtland. She currently manages Greene & Hemly packing shed and Hemly Cider.

Walter Hardesty

1st Vice President

Board member since 2004

Walt manages his family's cattle ranch, WH Beef, in Elk Grove.

Matt Frank

Executive Member

Board member since 2015

Matt from Roseville is currently the Senior Director of Vineyard Operations at Trinchero Family Estates.  

Michael Neuharth


Board member since 2019

Michael manages his family's diversified crop farm in Courtland. He also does custom harvesting in the Delta.

Russell vanLobenSels


Board member since 2004

Russell is a pear, wine grape, and row crop farmer in Courtland, Russell is very involved with current issues surrounding the Sacramento Delta.

Tim Montzingo

YF&R Representative

Tim Montzingo is the current Chair of Sac YF&R. He is the Nor Cal Operations Supervisor for LIDCO Inc., a farm drainage and ditch lining company.

Ken Mitchell

2nd Vice President

Board member since 1995

Ken is a fifth generation farmer in Elk Grove. He currently raises turkeys and farms walnuts.

Mike Wackman


Board member since 1990

Mike is a fifth generation farmer in Elk Grove. He is the owner and winemaker at McConnell Estates Winery. Mike also serves on the Ag Foundation Board.

Dan Roemer


Board member since 1990

Dan currently farms hay and has an annual pumpkin patch under Roemer Farms in Sacramento.

Jim Vietheer


Board member since 2007

Jim raises and shows purebred beef cattle under HAVE ANGUS in Wilton.

Office Staff


Amber McDowell

Executive Director

Amber started as a county YF&R, served 3 years on the State YF&R Committee, participated in the Leadership Farm Bureau program, and worked 4 years at San Joaquin Farm Bureau. She has worked at SCFB since January 2022.

Membership & Events Program Director


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