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Charles D. Ahlem
Charles D. Ahlem is the owner/operator of Charles Ahlem Ranch in Turlock with 4,000 Jersey milking cows and farming 1,100 acres. In addition, he is a founding partner of Hilmar Cheese Company, which annually produces more cheese from its Hilmar, California site than any other facility in the world. He serves as member on the USDA Trade Policy Committee (APAC), the California Milk Advisory Board and the UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security. Ahlem has served as Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture in the Schwarzenegger administration. Other positions of leadership have included serving as dairy industry representative on the State Board of Food and Agriculture and memberships on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and the UC President’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. A lifetime resident of the Central Valley, Ahlem graduated with a degree in dairy science from California State University, Fresno.
Devry Boughner Vorwerk
Devry Boughner Vorwerk joined Cargill in 2004 as Director, International Business Relations based in Washington, D.C.Boughner is currently responsible for Cargill’s global government relations in Washington, oversees Cargill’s international trade policy, and is Director, Latin America Corporate Affairs where she oversees a team located across the region. Her portfolio also includes advancing Cargill’s goals for global food security. In 2010 Devry served on assignment for Cargill in Shanghai, China as Senior Advisor to Cargill China Corporate Affairs. Prior to joining Cargill, Boughner worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission from 1999-2004 in the Office of Industries and as Economic Advisor to the Chairman of the Commission. Boughner also served as Senior Economist in the Office of Agricultural Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Boughner holds a Bachelor of Science both in Agricultural Economics and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, with a specialization in Public Policy and International Trade, from Cornell University. Boughner serves on the Board of The Alliance to End Hunger, the Board of The National Center for APEC, the Executive Committee of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, Chair of U.S.-India Business Council Food & Agriculture Committee, and serves on the Board of the U.S.-New Zealand Business Council. Boughner serves on the Advisory Board of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and Cornell University’s Dyson School Advisory Council. Also, Boughner is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Devry is an avid runner and a member of Potomac Runners, a Washington, D.C.-based running club. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Doug Vorwerk.
Caplan is president and CEO of Los Angeles-based Frieda's Inc.
The daughter of entrepreneur Frieda Caplan, she has developed
the corporation to an annual sales level approaching $23 million,
pioneering in quality control and merchandising of exotic fruit
and vegetable products. A leader in the produce industry, she
was the first female president of the Fresh Produce Council.
She has served on the boards of the UC Davis Institute of Governmental
Affairs, the UCD Cal Aggie Alumni Association and was recently
appointed to a 3 year term as director of the Federal Reserve
Bank Board in San Francisco. She earned her BS degree in agricultural
economics and business management at UC Davis
Cornelius L. (Corny) Gallagher
Cornelius L. (Corny) Gallagher is senior vice president and
agribusiness executive for Bank of America's Consumer and Commercial
Banking Credit Risk Management Administration. Gallagher chairs
the Risk Management Association's National Agricultural Lending
Committee and is on the California Bankers Association Agricultural
Lending Committee. He also chairs the Bank's California Political
Action Committee. Gallagher is treasurer of the California 4-H
Foundation Board, a member of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo School
of Agriculture Advisory Council and the Santa Clara University
Advisory Board of the Institute of Agribusiness. He serves on
the California Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, the
California Agricultural Roundtable, and is on the board of directors
of The Agricultural Network, the California State Fair Agricultural
Advisory Council, and the California Food and Fiber Future Advisory
Board. Gallagher graduated from Iowa State University with a
B.S. degree in animal science.
Betsy Marchand served six terms on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors retiring in 1996. Her special interests and activities include water, land use, transportation, and health care. Marchand served as President of the State Board of Reclamation appointed by the Governor from 2001 until 2005. She is a founding board member of the Yolo Basin Foundation, served for eleven years on the Tribal Gaming Commission at Cache Creek Casino Resort for the Yocha deHe Wintun Nation, and now serves as an advisor / consultant to the Yocha deHe Wintun Nation on local government and community matters. Marchand is a member of a pioneer California family; she received a B.A. from Pomona College (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.A. degree from Vanderbilt University where she was a Ford Foundation Fellow. She has taught high school in both Southern and Northern California. Marchand has received numerous awards for public service at the county and the state level.
S. James Rickert
Jim Rickert, along with his wife Mary Rickert and their son James, own and operate Western Agricultural Services, a professional farm and ranch management and appraisal firm. They provide farm and ranch management services on over 50,000 acres in five counties in Northern California. The Rickerts also offer appraisal and real estate brokerage services as part of their business model. They specialize in organic beef production by marketing a branded beef product and supply bovine raw materials for bio-medical device companies. The Rickerts have been managing the Prather Ranch since 1979. Jim is a fourth generation agriculturalist with a background in meat processing. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he majored in agriculture and has a Masters degree from Purdue. He is a leader of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, for which he was president of the California Chapter and is currently the first vice president and is scheduled to become president-elect in fall 2012. He has been an active member of the California Cattleman’s Association, California Rangeland Trust-Technical Advisory Committee, the Shasta Land Trust among other farm and conservation organizations. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards for ranching, management, community and conservation contributions.
Steven D. Rystrom
Rystrom is from Chico, is a rice grower in Butte County, and
has been an agricultural leader in his community and in the
national rice industry. Rystrom graduated from UC Davis and
did graduate work at Whitworth College in Washington. He began
his farming career in 1976. Over the years, he has served as
chair of the Butte County Rice Growers Association, Richvale
Seed Growers Association, Northern California Production Credit
Association, and the U.S. Rice Producers Group, California.
Rystrom has recently served as director of the California Rice
Commission, and in various capacities with the USA Rice Federation.
Rystrom's interest and expertise concentrate in the area of
farm program issues.
Peter K. Thor
Peter K. Thor is president of Bellissimo Foods, a national foodservice buying and marketing group. He has served as managing director and CEO for Pak Tech, a venture capital funded packaging (plastic) technology company and for SPC LIMITED, an Australian based processor and international marketer of vegetable and fruit products. He was executive vice president of Tri Valley Growers from 1989 - 1994 and has served on the faculty of the University of Santa Clara. Thor graduated with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis specializing in econometrics, with interests in marketing and finance.
Joe Zanger (Chair)
Zanger is a general partner of Casa de Fruta. Zanger is a graduate
of UC Davis. The family business was founded in 1908 and has
an agricultural history of growing, processing, and packaging
apricots, cherries, pears, prunes, walnuts, wine grapes, lettuce
and asparagus. Today, the retail location on Highway 152 includes
a fruit stand, restaurant, wine tasting/deli, motel and other
destination type activities. In addition to his work with the
family farming and value added activities, Zanger has been active
in the public policy arena for agriculture and business. He
serves on the Farm Service Agency California State Committee,
the U.S. Trade Representative’s Technical Advisory Committee
for fruits and vegetables and is the chairman of the international
trade committee for the California Farm Bureau. He has served
on the California Farm Bureau board of directors and on many
of its policy committees.
|Former AIC Board Members
|William F. Allewelt (chair)
Dan Dooley (chair)
Robert M. Eberhardt
Alfoonso A. Guilin
Luther J. Khachigian
Dorcas Thille McFarlane
Michael J. Mendes
Richard E. Rominger
Brenda Jahns Southwick