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Advisory Committees

The vitality and effectiveness of community college Agricultural programs are directly dependent upon strong partnerships with business and industry. Each of the Ag/Natural Resources programs has an industry advisory committee comprised of individuals who, by virtue of their day-to-day contact with their own area of specialization, are best qualified to recommend the types of skills and knowledge that students need to learn. Advisory committees have multiple purposes. A primary role is to inform the college and faculty about the workforce skill needs of a specific industry. Curriculum, developed and updated as a result of recommendations from advisory committees, provides students with a program of academic and practical instruction that is essential to job entry. The Ag/Natural Resources Dept. Advisory committees also play a key role in offering input related to program facility and equipment needs, providing job leads, and hosting internships for students.

The Ag/Natural Resources Department has seven industry advisory committees that support the following programs: Ag Business/Wine Studies; Veterinary Technician, Equine/Animal Science; Viticulture; Sustainable Agriculture; Environmental Conservation; and Environmental Horticulture.

Agribusiness & Wine Studies Advisory Committee

Clem Carinalli Carinalli and Associates
John Clark Empirical Maintenance Solutions
Pat Conklin Sonoma-Marin Fair, Petaluma
Beth Costa Russian River Wine Road
Steve Dutton Dutton Ranch
Guy Eck American Ag Credit
Jeannine Eck Korbel Champagne Cellars
Judy James Clover Stornetta Farms, Inc.
Ray Johnson TasteWine
Steve Mahrt Petaluma Farms
Kristi Mohar Pacific Market
Paul Rasore Mortgage Broker
Ralph Sartori Dairy Farmers of America
Tom Simoneau Simoneau Vineyards
Elizabeth Slater In Short Direct Marketing
Lyle Smith Martin Ranch Supply
Bill Traverso Traverso's Market
Greg Van Dalen Ravenswood Winery
Gary VanderWerff Gallo Family Vineyards

Animal Science/Equine Science Advisory Committee

Pat Alexander Rock n’ Rail Ranch, Western Cow Horse Association
Doug Beretta Beretta Dairy
Jennifer Bice Redwood Hill Farm Goat Dairy
Sam Dolcini Dolcini Livestock
Dr. Calvin Dotti Cotati Large Animal Hospital
Michael Griffin Clover Stornetta Farms, Inc.
Cheryl La Franchi Oakridge Angus
Stephanie Larson UC Cooperative Extension - County of Sonoma
Terry Lindley Lindley Cattle Company
Bruce Martin Martin Ranch Supply (Retired)
Michael Murphy Sonoma County Horse Council
Ernie Nunes Nunes Ranch
Joe Pozzi Pozzi Wool and Lamb
Judd Redden So. Co. Woolgrowers Assn
Walter Ryan Ryan Ranch
Arnold Riebli Sunrise Farms
Dennis Tesconi Tesconi Farms
Walter Ryan Ryan Ranch
Tina Thomas Sonoma County Fair
Kerry Williams Williams Ranch

Environmental Conservation Advisory Committee

Kim Batchelder So. County Agriculture Preservation & Open Space District
Sarah C. Billig Mendocino Redwood Company
Bob Coey Department of Fish & Game
Bill Cox NOAA
John A. Dell'Osso Point Reyes National Seashore
Brock Dolman Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.
Brian Emmons Lake Mendocino
Paul Finn Adjunct faculty
Karen Gaffney West Coast Watershed
Natalie Gates Point Reyes National Seashore
Michael Gillogly Pepperwood Preserve
Kara Heckert Sotoyome RCD
Roberta Hurt US Forest Service
Tony Kanownik US Forest Service
John Klobas AG/NR Dept., SRJC
Joe Lishka Lake Sonoma
Jim McCray Sonoma County Regional Parks
Gary Miltimore Conservation Corps North Bay
Joel Neuberg Adjunct faculty
Ruth Norman CA Dept of Forestry & Fire Protection
Mary Pass CA State Parks
Tim Pudoff County of Sonoma
Ed Smith Research
Marshall Turbeville Adjunct faculty

Environmental Horticulture Advisory Committee

Cameron Dennis Landscapes Unlimited Nursery
Susie Dowd-Markarian APLD Landscape
Dave Fazzio Sonoma Mission Gardens
Lisa Grant City of Santa Rosa
Stefan Parnay Marin County Ag Commissioner's Office
Richard Plaxco Geared for Growing
Muchtar Salzmann Emerisa Gardens
Farlon Salzmann Emerisa Gardens
Steven Swain UC Davis Ext. Marin Agriculture/NR
Charles Thompson Cagwin and Dorward
Phil Van Soelen California Flora Nursery
Phil Wyatt Wyatt Irrigation

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Advisory Committee

Heather Alcaide Heritage Veterinary Hospital
Sandy Baker Registered Vet Tech
Sue Caputo Veterinary Sonography Service
Matthew Carter Central Animal Hospital
Connie De Haan VCA Animal Care Center
Juli Dell’Era VCA Animal Care Center
Cathy Fenn Sonoma County Animal Care and Control
Kim Henry PetCare Veterinary Hospital
Shawnon Kaiser Central Animal Hospital
Julie Massingill VCA Forestville
Julie Morris All Animal Eye Care
Paul Palmatier Heritage Veterinary Hospital
Grant W. Patrick Montecito Vet Center
David Pritchard Westside Veterinary Clinic
Carol Rathmann Humane Society / SPCA of So. Co.
Robin Schaffner VCA Animal Care Center

Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee

The vitality and effectiveness of SRJC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program is directly dependent on strong partnerships with business and industry. To ensure that SRJC’s curriculum is relevant and that students attain the skills that are needed to be successful in the job market, the Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee is advised by:

Will Bakx Sonoma Compost
Cynthia Callahan Bellwether Farms
Kevin McEnnis Quetzal Farm
Torrey Olson Gabriel Farm
Linda Peterson Slow Food Russian River, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Sonoma County Food System Alliance
Michael Presley Lynmar Winery
Steve Quirt Marin Co. Cooperative Extension
Stuart Schroeder Stone Horse
Paul Vossen UC Cooperative Extension
Deborah Walton Canvas Ranch
Rick Williams Harmony Farm Supply

Viticulture Advisory Committee

Lise Asimont Francis Ford Coppola Presents, LLC
John Balletto Balletto Ranch
Kevin Barr Redwood Empire Vineyard Mngmt
Chris Bowland Bowland Vineyard Management
Laura Breyer Breyer's Vineyard IPM Service
George Bursick Bursick Wine Consulting
Bob Dempel Dempel Farming
Joe Dutton Dutton Ranch
Steve Dutton Dutton Ranch
Nick Frey So. Co. Winegrape Commission
Nicole Hayden Chateau St. Jean Souverain
Jeff Lyon Gallo Vineyards
Joan Patrick Constellation Wines
Gerald Quirk Viticultural consultant
Mark Sanchietti Sanchietti Farming
Angelo Sangiacomo Sangiacomo Farms
Michael Sangiacomo Sangiacomo Farms
Rhonda Smith UC Cooperative Extension
Robert Weinstock Gallo Coastal Winegrowing
Jim Young Robert Young Vineyards
Brent Young Jordan Winery