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Alumni and Previous Employees

2014-2019 Alumni & Previous Employees 

2019-2023:

Drew Summerfield Profile ImageDrew Summerfield

Business program leader

CITY OF SANTA MARIA   

Farm Manager: 2020 - 2023 

Sarah Zukoff Profile ImageSarah Zukoff

 

Entomology Program Leader: 2020 - 2023 

Jose Alvarado Profile ImageJose Alvarado Rojas

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

ORO AGRI 

Entomology Research Manager: 2021-2023

 

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Noelia Ayuso

DISTRIBUTION INTERN

Company: Driscoll's

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA

Major: Plant Science 

Graduation: B.S., 2023

 

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Jonathan Banuelos

Partner development associate 

Company: XRTM Inc. 

Hometown: Watsonville, CA

Major: Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering 

Graduation: B.S., 2020 

Elias Barriga Profile ImageElias Barriga 

Student Intern 

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2022

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Savana Becerra

Ph.D candidate 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2021

Expected Graduation: PhD in Entomology, UC Riverside

 

Anthony Bella Profile ImageAnthony Bella 

M.S. 

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA 

Major: M.S. Candidate Agriculture with a specialization in Crop Science

Graduation: M.S., 2023

Kiara Benavides Profile ImageKiara Benavides

AGRICULTURAL TEACHER 

Hometown: Woodlake, CA

Major: M.S. Agricultural Education 

Graduation: M.S., 2023

Stella Burford Profile ImageStella Burford 

Student Intern

Hometown: Lafayette, CA

Major: Agricultural Systems Management

Graduation: B.S., 2022

Samantha Bregman Profile ImageSamantha Bregman 

Student intern

Hometown: San Clemente, CA 

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2023

Gabbie Brocker Profile ImageGabbie Brocker 

Student intern

Hometown: Bend, OR 

Major: Agricultural Communications 

Graduation: B.S., 2023

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Angel Carrillo

M.S. Student

Hometown: Perris, CA

Major: M.S. in Agricultural Education

Graduation: B.S., 2022

Celeste Gonzalez Chavez Profile ImageCeleste Gonzalez Chavez

Student Intern 

Hometown: Dixon, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2023

 

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Angela Cruz-Garcia

Soil Conservationist 

Company: Santa Maria USDA 

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA

Major: Agricultural Science, Crop and Soil Science

Graduation: B.S., 2021

 

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Marianna DeBarros

Lab Assistant

Company: Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs

Hometown: San Bernardino, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2021 

 

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Chris Dedo

M.S. Student, Climate and Society 

Columbia University

Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA

Major: City & Regional Planning

Graduation: B.S., 2020

Bella Donati Profile ImageBella Donati

Student Intern 

Hometown: Hollister, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2023

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Renn Duncan

Research Associate

Company: Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery

University: Westmont College

Major: Chemistry

Graduation: B.S., 2021

 

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Samantha Farao

student intern

Company: Nipomo Feed & Ranch Supply

Hometown: Nipomo, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2020

 

Omar Gonzalez Benitez

Research ASsociate

Company: UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program 

Hometown: Watsonville, CA

Major: M.S. Agriculture with a specialization in Crop Science

Graduation: M.S., 2020

 

Ben Grossman-Thompson Profile ImageBen Grossman-Thompson 

 

Company: CA Department of Parks & Recreation 

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

Graduation: B.S., 2022

Sarah Herring Profile ImageSarah Herring 

EmERGING TALENT PROGRAM SOUTHWEST DIVISION REPRESENTATIVE 

Company: Nutrien Ag Solutions

Hometown: Sanger, CA 

Major: Agricultural Business with a minor in Crop Science

Graduation:  B.S., 2023

 

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Kiley Jensen

PCA 

Company: Associates Insectary 

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA

Major: M.S., Agriculture with a specialization in Plant Protection

Graduation: M.S., 2023 

 

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Jack Koster

LECTURER

CSU MONTEREY BAY 

Hometown: Salinas, CA

Major: M.S. Agriculture with a specialization in Plant Protection/Pathology

Graduation: M.S., 2022

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Shelby Littleton

GrADuate student 

CSU Northridge

Hometown: Hollister, CA

Major: Environmental Earth & Soil Science

Cal Poly Graduation: B.S., 2020

 


Cassandra Martinez Profile ImageCassandra Martinez

Student Intern 

Hometown: Oxnard, CA 

Major: Plant Science

Maxine Meckfessal Profile ImageJesus Martinez-Rodriguez

M.S. STUDENT

Hometown: Greenfield, CA

Major: M.S. Candidate Agriculture with a specialization in Plant Protection/Pathology

Graduation: M.S., 2023

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Abigail Maxwell

Assistant Plant pathologist

Company: Sakata Seed America, Inc. 

Hometown: Hollister, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2020

 

Maxine Meckfessal Profile ImageMaxine Meckfessal 

EVALUATION SERVICES

Company: American AgCredit

Hometown: Point Reyes Station, CA

Major: Agricultural Business 

Graduation: B.S., 2022

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Beth Noel

M.S. Student

Cal poly Slo 

Hometown: Hydesville, CA

Major: Agricultural Science

Graduation: B.S., 2021

 

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Jenny Ogden-Tinoco

Strategic Supply Manager 

Company: Superior Foods 

Hometown: Watsonville, CA

Major: Agricultural Systems Management

Graduation: B.S., 2020

 

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Sophie Ortiz

Farmer's Market WORKER

Company: Prevedelli Farms, Inc

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Major: Environmental Earth & Soil Science 

Graduation: B.S., 2021

 

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Michael Palmer

AGROnomist

Company: Crop Syndicate

Hometown: Cary, IL

Major: M.S. Candidate Agriculture with a specialization in Crop Science

Graduation: M.S., 2020

 

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Victoria Plumb 

Graphic designer & Printing Specialist

Company: All Printing Services, Inc. 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 

Major: Graphic Communications

Graduation: B.S., 2021

 

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Rhealynn Ravarra

Program educator

Company: Green Plate Special

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2021

 

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Kaleb Roberson

Pest Control Advisor

Company: TriCal, Inc.

Hometown: Galt, CA

Major: Agricultural Business

Graduation: B.S., 2021

 

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Samantha Santos 

SALES SPECIALIST

Company: Mission Produce

Hometown: Gonzalez, CA

Major: Agricultural Business

Graduation: B.S., 2022

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Mary Steele

PH.D. CANDIDATE 

 

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Major: M.S., Agriculture with a specialization in Crop Sciences

Graduation: M.S. 2023

 

 

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Lauren Tallichet

Lab Research Assistant 

Company: Bayer Crop Science

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2020

 

Alex Tao Profile ImageAlex Tao 

ASSISTANT MANAGER 

Company: P & K Farms

Hometown: Watsonville, CA

Major: Agricultural Business

Graduation: B.S., 2022

 

Lydia Tavoletti Profile ImageLydia Tavoletti 

student intern

Hometown: Pittsburg, PA

Major: Plant Science 

Graduation: B.S., 2023

 

Shae Tobin Profile ImageShae Tobin 

student intern

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Major: Plant Science 

Graduation: B.S., 2022

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Yu-Chen Wang

PLANT PATHOLOGY ADVISOR 

Company: UCANR

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Major: M.S. Agriculture with a specialization in Plant Protection

Graduation: M.S., 2022

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Sarah White

strawberry breeding Research associate

Company: Driscoll's 

Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA

Major: Plant Science

Graduation: B.S., 2020

 

Mason Wong Profile ImageMason Wong

student intern

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Graduation: B.S., 2022

 

Felipe Valle Profile ImageFelipe Vallejo 

Tasting Room Employee

Company: Center of Effort Winery 

Hometown: Chowchilla, CA

Major: Agricultural Communications 

Graduation: B.S., 2021

 

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Gabe Worthington

Graduate REsearch associate

CSU, CHico

Hometown: Rocklin, CA

Major: Environmental Earth & Soil Science

Graduation: B.S., 2020

 

Alvin Xu Profile ImageAlvin Xu

student intern

Hometown: San Ramon, CA

Major: Plant Science 

Graduation: B.S., 2023

 

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