Monterey County Farm Bureau

Executive Committee

2020 / 2021 Executive Committee

  • Chair: Javier Garcia, The Dune Company of Salinas
  • Executive Vice Chair: Maya Capurro, D'Arrigo Bros. of CA
  • Vice Chair of Membership: Sean Seebach, Tanimura & Antle
  • Vice Chair of Activities: Amanda DeDampierre, DeDampierre Cattle Ranches
  • Secretary: Heidi McHaney, Scheid Vineyards
  • Treasurer: Greg Johnson, A.W. Johnson & Son
  • Director of Gov't Affairs: Burke Kennedy, PlantTape Inc.
  • Directors of PR & Marketing: Vanessa Ramirez, Siemens Healthineers
  • Director of BBQ Operations: Blake Aldrete, Star Sanitation
  • Past Chair: Nicole Knapp, American AgCredit


Nicole Knapp

Nicole was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA where she grew up on a vineyard. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2009 with a bachelor’s in Business Administration with concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics. With a family history of 5 generations working in California agriculture, Nicole combined her passion for agriculture with her finance degree and became an agricultural lender. In 2020, Nicole became a stay at home mom and currently works part time for American AgCredit. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outside and cooking.

 

Sean Seebach

Sean was born and raised in San Jose, California.  After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor's in Agricultural Business in 2014, Sean started a career in the Information Technology department at Tanimura & Antle, where he currently works as a Senior IT Analyst.

 

 

Burke Kennedy

Burke was born and raised in the Salinas Valley and enjoyed growing up around the fresh produce industry. A recent graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Burke obtained his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business in 2020. Burke now works in product development for PlantTape Inc. and enjoys riding bikes and being outdoors in his free time.

Amanda DeDampierre

Amanda is a third generation cattle rancher who resides in the Salinas Valley. She enjoys trail riding, branding, hunting, and traveling in her spare time. Amanda is very involved with several local groups including the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation and the California Rodeo Salinas.

 

 

Javier Garcia

Javier was born and raised in Salinas on a cattle ranch. He graduated from Chico State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business. Javier works at The Dune Company of Salinas as an Assistant Facility Supervisor and enjoys being immersed in the diverse facets of the Salinas Valley agricultural.

 

Gregory Johnson

Greg is a fourth generation Salinas vegetable grower who graduated from Chico State.  When he isn't farming, he's usually out of cell service hunting, fishing or participating in shooting sports.

 

Vanessa Ramirez

Vanessa was born and raised in Humboldt County. She attended UC Davis and majored in Sustainable Agriculture with an emphasis in Agriculture & Ecology. During college, she was a barn resident at the UC Davis Swine Facility on campus. After graduating, she continued her love for animal agriculture in the Sonoma/Marin area. Vanessa worked on a goat/sheep farmstead, a water buffalo dairy and was actively involved with the Young Farmers & Ranchers chapter there.  She now lives in San Benito County and works in the medical diagnostic industry producing polyclonal antibodies for amino assay drug test kits. She assists with daily herd and health management of a large flock of sheep and goats, as well as the laboratory processing to prepare the antibody for further diagnostic uses.  In her free time she loves adventuring with her dog Harper, doing CrossFit, hunting, and in a non-COVID world- concerts and traveling.

Heidi McHaney

Heidi was born and raised within the Salinas Valley where she grew up being immersed within the agricultural lifestyle through 4-H and FFA.  She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and a minor in Agricultural Business.  Heidi is currently the marketing coordinator at Mann Packing in Gonzales, CA.  In her free time, she loves being outdoors hiking, chasing sunsets, and hunting along with quilting and leathercraft.

 

Blake Aldrete

Blake was born and raised in Salinas, is the son of former major leaguer Mike Aldrete, and earned all-conference honors for baseball and football at Sonoma State University.  He is currently the Sales Manager for Star Sanitation in Spreckels.

 

 

Maya Capurro

Maya was born and raised in the Salinas Valley and fell in love with the fast pace and ever changing environment of the fresh produce industry early on through her family company. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with her bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business in 2019 and has worked with the D’Arrigo California sales team since then. In her free time, Maya enjoys anything outdoors - especially hiking, mountain biking, and golfing!