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 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 2022.
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 2022.
Matt Beekman, Member
Matt Beekman was born and raised in Stanislaus County. He is a commercial beekeeper engaged in pollination, honey production and breeding queen bees. He is a graduate from UC Berkeley with a double major in Political Science and Political Economy of Industrial Societies (PEIS). As part of his PEIS coursework, he took two City Planning courses that triggered his interest in local municipal governance. He served in various capacities for the City of Hughson as a Planning Commissioner, City Council member, and Mayor from 2004-2015. During his tenure as Mayor, the City of Hughson adopted a 2:1 farmland mitigation policy. Matt Beekman also served on the Stanislaus County Council of Governments, Stanislaus County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), was elected City Representative for CALAFCO Central Region encompassing all Central Valley, Sierra Nevada Counties. In 2015 he was selected as the LAFCO City Commissioner of The Year for the State of California. Matt Beekman resides with his wife and three children in Turlock, CA.
Matt's term expires in 2022.
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.
Steve Stewart, Member
Steve Stewart is a Central Valley native. He was born and raised in Ripon, CA and has a lifelong involvement in Agriculture. After graduating from Fresno State with a degree in Plant Science, he started a career as a winegrape grower that has afforded him the opportunity to see the changes in the landscape of the San Joaquin Valley over the past 30 years. Steve, his wife Kathleen and two daughters, currently live in Stanislaus County. He is focused and committed, working to preserve the agricultural resources that the Central Valley provides.
Steve's term expires in 2022.
Erica Stewart Gravel, 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.