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Board Members & Staff

Board of Directors

Jerry Spencer


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

Pat Kirby


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

Ken Oneto


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


Mike runs beef cattle in Sloughhouse.

Virginia Hemly-Chhabra


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

Walter Hardesty

1st Vice President

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

Matt Frank

Executive Member

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

Michael Neuharth


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

Russell vanLobenSels


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

Adriana Toste

YF&R Representative

Adriana Toste is the current Chair of Sac YF&R.

Ken Mitchell

2nd Vice President

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

Mike Wackman


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


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

Jim Vietheer


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.

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Jazmin Cauffield

Member Services

Jazmin graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Agricultural Business. During her time at Chico State, she worked at Llano Seco for their hog department.

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