FWG Board of Directors
Lori Wolf, Chairwoman
I was born in Hawaii, but grew up in Modesto. I Graduated from Stanislaus State with a BS degree in Biology. Then married Dwight Wolf in 1983 and raised two children – Daniela and Dakota. My father founded Professional Landscaping and I began working with him after college. I eventually managed the company and became a part owner. During that time I was the Treasurer and then President of the Yosemite Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association. I am also past president of the Valley Builders Exchange in Modesto. My husband has been farming for forty years and our commitment is preserving our valuable farmland for future generations. My new association is helping to Save Wood Colony and I am excited to be able to serve on the board of the Farmland Working Group. My passion is landscaping and exterior design and sharing that passion with others.
Lori's term expires in 2021.
E. Timothy Parker, Vice Chair
E. Timothy Parker believes that the Central Valley embodies a vast and viable resource for California’s agricultural future as much or even more so now than it has in the past. It must not be overlooked that recent growth impacts during the past decade have raised serious questions as to how we must prioritize the direction of the future. "Having had the privilege to once be called a decision maker within a governing body, I want to continue to work vigorously towards an inclusive process whereas the general public concerns are brought forward and addressed. I welcome the opportunity to work with the Farmland Working Group. I hope to add another perspective of advocating participation and inclusiveness in the process. The right to farm remains a focal point, contrasting the urbanism to be considered within city limits. I believe we are on the right path given the insight of the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint regional collaboration. Diligence in this planning process will be the key. I believe the commonality of all of our cities, counties and region regarding patterns of growth is in our last name, California. California, people will come."
Timothy's term expires in 2021.
Jeani Ferrari, Secretary
Jeani Ferrari has lived in the Central Valley her entire life. She and her husband John farm peaches, almonds, walnuts and sweet potatoes on family farmland in Stanislaus and Merced counties. She served on the Turlock Downtown Revitalization Committee and is currently serving on the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation Endowment Committee. Jeani served on the Yosemite Association Board, as well as the Yosemite Fund Council. Jeani helped launch Turlock's first Certified Farmers' Market, which opened in 2010 in downtown Turlock and continues today. Jeani was a founding member of the Stanislaus Farmland Trust which merged to become Central Valley Farmland Trust. She was one of three members from Stanislaus County serving on the CVFT board. Jeani is on the Advocacy Committee for the Farmland Working Group.
Jeani's term expires in 2019.
Audie Dahlgren, Treasurer
Audie Dahlgren is a native Californian, born and raised in the Central Valley. She grew up on a poultry ranch and is married an almond farmer, and firsthand sees the need of advocation for small family farmers. Audie serves on the Carnegie Foundation Board for the City of Turlock.
Audie's term expires in 2019.
Chance Carrico, Member
Chance Carrico was born and raised in the Central Valley. He was a member of his local 4-H Club for over 10 years which has given him a deep commitment to the agricultural roots of the region. Chance is a graduate of Economic Studies from California State University, Stanislaus. He works for the State of California in accounting and assists the Farmland Working Group with special projects.
Chance's term expires in 2020.
Denny Jackman, Member
Modesto native and charter member of FWG. Current and founding board member of California Farmland Trust. Former Modesto City Council member. Co-author of Stanislaus County Measure E (2008) law that requires a public vote in order to take farmland for residential development.
Denny's term expires in 2021.
Elizabeth Mullen, Member
Elizabeth Mullen is an avid environmentalist. Having grown up with family who are grape growers in Sonoma County, she has cultivated a passion for farmland conservation, and an appreciation for land. She studied wine while living in France, and wrote a thesis on the history of “Biodynamic Farming from Rudolf Steiner to Mike Benziger”. Most recently, Elizabeth was Co-President of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Wine Circle and Marketing Director for Stanford’s Women in Management Organization. While she is not assisting the FWG with website design, she works in Operations Finance at the E&J Gallo Winery, focusing on continuous improvement, operational excellence and cost management within Gallo's Super-Premium wine division.
Elizabeth's term expires in 2019.
Ana Ballesteros Ringsted, Member
Ana Ballesteros Ringsted has lived her entire life in the Central Valley. She raised her children in Modesto where her husband has worked for Weyerhauser in the packaging division for 37 years. Ana realizes that her husband’s employment is dependent on the agricultural economy and this is one of the reasons she is interested in preserving Central Valley farmland. Ana has been active in the Sierra Club, the LeConte Museum in Yosemite Valley and the Tuolumne River Trust. Ana has worked as bookkeeper/accountant for 28 years.
Ana's term expires in 2020.
Erica Stewart, Member
Erica Stewart is currently in her second year at Modesto Junior College, studying viticulture with plans to transfer to Fresno State University. Having been raised in agriculture, FFA and 4-H her entire life, Erica understands the weighty importance of farmland conservation in California and believes strongly in the mission of the Farmland Working Group. When not at school, she interns at AgSafe in Modesto, California.
Erica's term expires in 2020.