YF&R Executive Committee

Central Coast Young Farmers & Ranchers

Maya Capurro

Director for Monterey, San Benito and San Luis Obispo Counties

D’Arrigo Bros. of California, Salinas

Maya has been elected to serve on the California Young Farmers & Ranchers state committee, starting in December 2022, as District 8 Director representing Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Maya currently is the Vice-Chair of Central Coast Young Farmers & Ranchers, served as Chair in 2022-2023, and is employed by D’Arrigo Bros. of California.

YF&R Executive Committee

2022 / 2023

  • Chair: Jynel Gularte, Rincon Farms
  • Executive Vice Chair: Maya Capurro, D’Arrigo Bros. of California
  • Vice Chair of Activites: Greg Johnson, A.W. Johnson & Son
  • Vice Chair of Membership: Matt Cole, Taylor Farms Retail
  • Secretary: Kati Scheid, Vista Harden Ranch
  • Treasurer: Quincie Gourley, Tanimura & Antle
  • Director of Gov’t Affairs: Adrian Romo, Tanimura & Antle
  • Directors of PR & Marketing: Vanessa Ramirez, Siemens Healthineers
  • Director of BBQ Operations: David Anderson, Vineyard Professional Services
  • 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.  Nicole received the Young Farmers & Ranchers Member of the Year Award in 2016 and 2021.

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!  Maya received the Young Farmers & Ranchers Member of the Year Award in 2023.

Jynel Gularte

Jynel was born and raised as a fourth-generation farmer’s daughter in the Salinas Valley, the “Salad Bowl of World”. As she says, “There truly is no better place for me than within the agricultural community- it’s my duty, my motivation, and my life.”

She completed her goal of graduating Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Business. Jynel will always be representing agriculture and trying to gain a better insight of her field and hopes to continue to support the agricultural community that has given her so much by working for and representing them in the future.

Quincie Gourley

Quincie is a graduate of CalPoly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural Communication, which she has utlized in her career as a Marketing Communication Manager for Tanimura & Antle.  She is a past-President of Salinas Valley Women for Agricutlure and recipient of the Outstanding in Agriculture Communciations Award.  Quincie has also been involved with California Rodeo Salinas, Salinas Relay for Life, and Everett Alvarez FFA Advisory Board.  She enjoyes photography and weekend travel.

Matt Cole

Matt is a graduate of CalPoly San Luis Obispo, currently employed as a Sales Manager at Taylor Farms in Salinas.  He is active with the California Rodeo Salinas, the Monterey Conty Sheriff’s Posse, and the California International Airshow at Salinas.  When Matt isn’t busy volunteering his time, he enjoys hunting, golfing, and hiking with his dog.

Gregory Johnson

Greg is a fourth generation Salinas vegetable grower who graduated from Chico State.  Greg has been Event Chair of the YF&R Crab Feed event in 2023 and 2024, successful fundraising events for the YF&R Scholarship program.  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.

Kati Scheid

Kati joins YF&R fresh from her degree at Northern Arizona University where she majored in Science of Environmental Sustainability.  She has been a camp counselor in the Lake Tahoe area and for the Santa Catalina School camp.  Kati has won awards for racing mountain bikes and enjoys photography, camping, painting, and visiting national parks.

Adrian Romo

Adrian joins YF&R as the Director of Government Affairs.  He is employed by Tanimura & Antle as an Assistant Field Manager.

David Anderson

David graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Agricultual Systems Management, which he has used as in cultivation of crops at different companies. David is currently employed by Vineyard Professional Services based in Paso Robles.  In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, and wine tasting, along with walking his black lab.