Who We Are
Meet our 13-Member Board of Directors for 2020-2021
Board of Directors
William Terry is a fifth-generation Ventura County farmer who works as vice president and chief operating officer of Terry Farms, Inc. Specializing in row-crop production, Terry Farms, Inc. grows various fruits and vegetables on about 2,100 acres. William is on the boards of the California Pepper Commission, the University of California Hansen Fund and Farm Credit West LAC, and serves as an alternate on the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency’s board. He is a past chairman of the Ventura County Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, and currently serves as president of Farm Bureau of Ventura County. William received a business degree from Loyola Marymount University in 2008.
1st Vice President
Ted Grether is the fourth generation of a family that has been farming in the Las Posas Valley for more than 100 years. After high school at The Thacher School, he attended Pepperdine University, graduating with both a bachelor of science in international relations and a bachelor of arts in Spanish. He currently works for the family farming business, Grether Farming Company, growing lemons, avocados and mandarins as an operations manager and administrator. He has served as a director for Oxnard Pest Control Association since 2013, a director for Farm Bureau of Ventura County since 2014, and has been a guest speaker for the Ventura County Agricultural Irrigated Lands Group and the University of California Cooperative Extension on irrigation technology and practices. He lives in Somis.
2nd Vice President
Chris Sayer joined the Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2008. He is a fifth-generation Ventura County farmer. Earlier in his career, Chris served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and qualified as an aircraft commander in P3C patrol aircraft. He subsequently worked in Silicon Valley for several years, before returning to Ventura County and purchasing a 23-acre avocado ranch east of Santa Paula, where he now lives with his wife, Melissa. Chris is the manager of Petty Ranch, his family’s citrus, avocado and fig operation in Saticoy. He serves on the boards of Associates Insectary and Citrus Mutual Water Company
Jason Cole is a third-generation avocado, citrus and cattle rancher from Santa Paula. He is a 2009 graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences. Jason is a member of Class 42 of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation program, and is active in the Region 9 CALF alumni group. He was chairman of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee from 2012 to 2014, serving in that capacity as an advisory member of the FBVC Board of Directors. He is an alternate member of the California Avocado Commission board, and serves on the CAC governance committee. He has been a Santa Paula Rotary Club member since 2010.
Will Pidduck was raised on his family’s ranch outside Santa Paula. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and began working as an agronomist for Fruit Growers Laboratory. In 2006 Will began farming for Finch Farms LLC, which grows citrus and avocados in Ojai, Ventura and the Santa Clara River valley. Will lives in Ventura with wife Suzannah Underwood and their two young boys.
Luis Calderon is director of partner, grower and resources for Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC), the largest fresh, multi-berry producer in the world. With 12 years of experience in the berry industry, Luis currently works closely with all partnerships and independent growers for RAC while also supporting the company’s land and water management. His previous experience includes farming berries in Ventura County, and supporting agriculture in capacities such as HR specialist and Workers Compensation specialist. Born and raised in Ventura, Luis holds a bachelor’s of science degree in small business/entrepreneurship and a master’s in business administration from California Lutheran University. Luis is an alumnus of Class 49 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
Scott Klittich and his wife, Cindy, are the owners of Otto & Sons Nursery in Fillmore, where they specialize in growing container roses and fruit trees for retail garden centers throughout Southern and Central California. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has worked at Otto & Sons for more than 30 years and is currently general manager. Scott is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class 43. He is past president of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers and past president of Farm Bureau of Ventura County. Scott has been on the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the Fillmore High School farm for more than 25 years. He and his wife have three children and three grandchildren.
Hank Laubacher Jr.
Hank Laubacher is a fourth-generation vegetable and strawberry grower in Ventura County. Starting from an early age, Hank worked on the family farm, learning the operations from the ground up. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business ranch management. After college he worked for Mission Avocados and Well Pict Berries for a combined 10 years before coming back to the family business, Laubacher Farms Inc. Currently Laubacher Farms is directed under his leadership and is diversified into many crops, conventional and organic. He is a current member of the Celery Research Board. His wife, Bree, works in the produce packaging industry. Hank and Bree reside in Ventura with their two boys.
Ed was first elected to the Board of Directors in 1999. He grows citrus and avocados for Rancho Simpatica, a company he manages, and McFadden Ranch, a family-owned farm. He was raised on a family orange and avocado grove in Orange County and moved his family to Ventura County in 1992. Ed and his wife Viki have two children; a daughter who graduated from Pomona College in 2006, and a son who graduated from Stanford in 2011. Both Viki and Ed are graduates of Pomona College. Ed is a member of Class 25 of the California Agricultural Leadership program, serves on several local boards, and is past chairman of the California Avocado Commission.
Melinda Beardsley Meyring
Melinda Beardsley Meyring is the fourth generation in her family to work in Ventura County agriculture. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Melinda holds a qualified applicator license from the Department of Pesticide Regulation. She serves as a board member of SEEAG and as Adopt-A-Legislator director for the Ventura County chapter of California Women for Agriculture. Melinda is the owner of Beardsley & Son, a family fertilizer business established in 1935.
Helen McGrath is a fifth-generation member of the McGrath farming family. She was born and raised in Ventura County, and returned with her husband in 2013 to support her family faming business when her father, Tom McGrath, was battling cancer. They grow citrus and avocados in Somis and the Santa Clara River valley. In addition to working with her family, she has been working in the agriculture sector for almost 10 years, supporting organizations such as Community Alliance for Family Farmers, Ag Innovations, CalCAN, and more. Helen is a member of Class 43 of the California Ag Leadership Program. She lives in Ventura with her husband and two sons.
Danny Pereira is general manager of Rio Farms, where he has worked since 1988. He is a 1988 graduate of California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, with a bachelor’s degree in crop science and a minor in plant protection. He has been a member of the Celery Research Advisory Board since 1992, and is currently serving as board vice chairman and chairman of the Research Committee. He is an alternate member of the California Pepper Commission, and served on the Board of Directors of the Ventura County Agricultural Association from 2001 to 2004, serving as chairman for 2003-2004. He represents Farm Bureau on the board of the Association of Water Agencies of Ventura County, and is a member of the Ventura County Spray Safe Committee.
David was elected to the Farm Bureau board in 1987 and has served as the organization’s treasurer, secretary, second vice president and first vice president. He served as president in 2003-2005, and was a district director from 2004 to 2012 and 2015-2016, representing Region 4 (Ventura and Santa Barbara counties) on the California Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. David is vice president for Moorpark operations of Leavens Ranches LLC, which produces lemons and avocados in Ventura County, and lemons, avocados and wine grapes in Monterey County.