Meet the Board of Directors and Staff!

To accomplish all that we do at YSFB, a dedicated group of men and women volunteer their time and energy to serve on the Board of Directors. These volunteers are your neighbors and are all involved in the farming and ranching industries. There is also paid staff that keeps the office going with day to day management and long-range commitment within the communities. 

Current Officers:

Christine Ivory, President; Mark Chesini, 1st Vice President;

Brian Greathouse, 2nd Vice President; Mike Denny, 3rd Vice President

Current Directors


Sarb Atwal
A 3rd generation farmer in Yuba and Sutter counties, Sarb grows peaches, prunes, walnuts, almonds, and pecans for Atwal Orchards. Sarb also owns his own Law Office in Yuba City.
Paul Basi
Paul was born and raised in Yuba City, where he has been a lifelong resident, former educator, current planning commissioner, small farmer, and businessman. He is actively involved in the community serving on many boards. Paul is married with a son and daughter and a giant chocolate lab named “Tiger”.
Satvinder Dallar
Sat grew up in Yuba City, where he has continued in the line of production agriculture. Sat currently manages Hawk Ranch in south Yuba city, farming walnuts.
Cecil Davis
Cecil has been in agriculture for over 50 years and is the 4th generation involved. Cecil and his brother Ed own and operate a walnut operation in Sutter County. Cecil has been an active Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Board member since 1984.
Rajeev Davit
Rajeev has been in agriculture for over 20 years and is the 2nd generation farmer for Davit Ranches. His farming operation includes peaches, prunes, rice, walnuts, and almonds. The operation spans over Butte, Glenn, Yuba, and Sutter counties.
Kelli Evans
Kelli has been farming with her dad and brother for over 13 years. Evans Farming currently farms almonds, rice, walnuts, and prunes. She is the owner of Evans Agricultural Consulting, where they write agriculture grants for local farmers and help farmers meet regulation requirements for their farm.
Megan Grima
Megan was born and raised in Sutter County and is a 4th generation family farmer. Megan graduated from CSU – Sacramento with a degree in Organizational Communications, and returned to Yuba City to work with her family business, Stephens Ranch and Farmhouse. Megan and her husband Curtis, own a local award-winning BBQ sauce and seasoning company, Cowboy BBQ. They have two young children, Jake and Brooklynn. Megan is currently in Class 50 of the California Agriculture Leadership Foundation.
Frank Hall headshot
Frank began his agriculture career as a Journeyman Ag Mechanic in 1984. Frank has worked with several Ag Families as an ag mechanic. During this time, he started beekeeping to provide raw honey to allergy prone folks. After 28 years as an ag mechanic, Frank retired and started a new career with the California Highway Patrol. He worked for CHP as a Motor Carrier Specialist I, specializing in Ag Exemptions for Commercial Vehicle Operators.
Andy Jansen
Andy has been involved in agriculture his whole life. He is the 3rd generation involved in Siller Brothers, Inc. They specialize in timber, rice, peaches, prunes, and walnuts. Their operation is located in Yuba, Sutter, and Placer counties.
Kulwant Johl
A former Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Board President, Kulwant is a 3rd generation agriculturalist and has been practicing for over 38 years. He is the owner and operator of Johl Orchards, specializing in peaches, prunes, walnuts, and almonds. Kulwant also works as a Pest Control Advisor for Wilbur Ellis.
Jim Marler
A former Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Board President, Jim has been involved in agriculture for over 65 years and has been on the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Board for over 40 years. Jim is a 2nd generation walnut farmer in the Meridian area. He owns and operates Marler Farms, specializing in walnuts and rice.
Amar Sohal
Amar is a 3rd generation farmer, born and raised in Yuba City. He graduated from Sacramento State University in June 2001. Amar has been employed in the Agricultural Finance sector for the past 19 years. He is currently with MetLife Agricultural Investments. He is also involved with his family farming operation in both Yuba and Sutter counties. Amar and his wife have two sons.
Joe Lemenager
Joe is a 4th generation farmer and rancher for Sixty-Nine Ranch in Sutter. The operation consists of farming rice & hay, as well as cattle. Joe is a graduate of CSU, Chico, School of Agriculture. Joe is married with two children, a girl and boy. Joe is active in supporting youth in agriculture. He is an active member of the Yuba-Sutter Junior Livestock Association, coaching the Sutter High Livestock Judging Team, and is currently the President of the Brittan Elementary School Board.
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Christine Ivory
Christine is a 3rd generation agriculturalist. Christine works for Blue Diamond Growers as a regional manager. Her region covers Glenn, Colusa, Yolo, Solano, Yuba, and Sutter counties. Her family owns and operates walnut and prune orchards in Sutter County.
Mark Chesini
Mark works for Wilbur Ellis Company and is a 4th generation farmer. His family farms rice and other field crops in Meridian.
Brian Greathouse
Brian is a 4th generation rancher and farmer for G4 Land & Livestock in Yuba City. He also works at Sacramento Valley Walnut Growers as a Grower Service Manager.
Mike Denny
Mike works for Lundberg Family Farms and grows rice.
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Justine Dutra
Executive Director
Laurie Johnson
Program Coordinator
Lindsay Hyde
Program Coordinator II
Rachel Heilman
BYSWQC Outreach and Education Coordinator

Telephone: (530) 673-6550

Fax: (530) 671-5836

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