President: Ken Tatami
Ken is a third-generation farmer who was born and raised in the Reedley area on the family farm. The family grew, packed and shipped deciduous tree fruit, table grapes, raisins, and strawberries. He continues to reside in Reedley with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Ashley. Mary’s family owns and operates a dairy in Merced County.
Ken attended and graduated from Reedley High School. He then went to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he received his bachelor's degree in agricultural business administration in 1982. He has been employed in agricultural lending for over 25 years with the Farm Credit System and is currently working for Farm Credit West in their Dinuba office. He also took over the family farming operation in 1989. Today, he continues to farm 20 acres of deciduous tree fruit in the Reedley area.
First Vice President: Mark Sorensen
Mark Sorensen’s great-great grandfather settled in the Selma area in the early 1900s. Sorensen is a fifth-generation farmer in the Caruthers area where he farms raisins and blueberries. He also operates his own raisin harvesting business.
Sorensen has served on a number of boards, including the Sun-Maid Raisin Board; San Joaquin Political Academy Board; Caruthers Fair Board; and the Alvina Elementary Charter School Board. He recently learned that his great grandfather also served as a member of the Alvina School Board. Sorensen also is a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program, Class XXIII.
Perhaps one of Sorensen’s most rewarding experiences, though, was his involvement in putting together the Veteran’s Memorial in Caruthers. He had the opportunity to chair the committee that built the memorial, which contains the names of over 1,000 local veterans. He worked with community members, local officials and local businesses to fundraise and build the memorial.
Sorensen and his wife, Kim, have three daughters: Johannah, Elizabeth and Olivia.
Second Vice President: Donny Rollin
Donny Rollin is a dairy producer in Riverdale. The dairy was started by his grandfather in 1929.
Rollin was born in the San Diego area but moved with his family to Riverdale in 1975 to help his father run the family farm. Today, he partners with his brother Andy. Their dairy is part of California Dairies Inc., the largest dairy cooperative in California, which merged with the Fresno-based Danish Creamery, whose butter is still marketed under the Danish Creamery logo.
In addition to his cows, Rollin farms row crops including alfalfa, corn, oats, wheat and Sudan grass. He also farms almonds.
Rollin graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1989 where he received a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and a minor in agricultural business.
Outside of Farm Bureau, Rollin has served on the local Holstein Association board and previously served on the local Dairy Herd Improvement Association board.
Rollin and his wife, Christina, have four children: Tristan, Noah, Laila, and Siena.
Secretary/Treasurer: Mayo Ryan
Mayo Ryan is a fourth-generation farmer in Fresno and works as a field representative in pistachio grower relations for Paramount Farms. Ryanís great-grandfather began farming cotton on Kearney Boulevard in 1919. His grandfather and father followed in his footsteps. While Ryan was attending college, his father sold the familyís property, which gave him the opportunity to seek other positions in the industry.
Since 2010, Ryan has been a member of the FCFB Board of Directors and served as the almond and nuts commodity chairman. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelorís degree in political science. In 1990, he received his MBA in agribusiness, also from Santa Clara University. After graduating, he worked as a wine grape grower, a chief financial officer for an almond processing plant, an agriculture financial consultant and served as the chairman for the California Wheat Commission, representing Fresno County.
Ryan and his wife, Robyn, live in Fresno with their three children Timothy, Erin and Keely.
Appointed By President: Todd Hirasuna
Todd Hirasuna is a third-generation farmer and general manager of Sunnyside Packing in Selma. As general manager, his main responsibilities include running the packing operation and overseeing the farming operation. He plays an integral role with growers and other employees. He also works closely with outside family-run growers that plant squash, onions, beans, peppers and eggplants.
Hirasuna is a Bullard High School graduate. He received his bachelorís degree in agricultural business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Hirasuna became involved in FCFB after participating in FAACT Class V, during 2007-2008. The FAACT Class taught him much more than just agriculture. His experience with the class inspired him to give back.
In addition to Farm Bureau, Hirasuna serves on the Cal Poly Agribusiness Departmentís Industry Advisory Council. He is a graduate of the San Joaquin Political Academy and served on the California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Review Committee in 2009.
Appointed by the President: Debbie Jacobsen
Third-generation farmer Debbie Jacobsen is a lifelong Fresno area resident. She is an owner/operator of J&L Vineyards, a family-owned farm in the Easton area with over 1,000 acres of raisin and wine grapes. J&L Vineyards was recognized as the Fresno County 2001 Ag Business of the Year, which is an award annually presented by the accounting firm of Baker, Peterson and Franklin. She was also recognized as the Chamberís Agriculturalist of the Year in 2012.
Jacobsen has spent more than 40 years as a resident of the Easton area and is known for her strong commitment and passion for Valley agriculture and education. For more than 20 years, she has shared that passion with the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB). From 2002-04, she served as the first woman president of the organization, where she focused on increasing the organization’s advocacy efforts on critical issues such as air quality and economic viability.
Jacobsen also is actively engaged in the Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors where she has served two years as board president. She was appointed to the Board by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005 and appointed to a second term in 2008.
Jacobsen is married to Ray and they have three grown children - Ryan, his wife Ashley and their son Maverick; Brandon; and Megan.
Appointed by the President: Brian Pacheco
Brian Pacheco, of Kerman, is a fourth-generation dairy producer. His great-grandfather began dairying in the early 1900s in Arcadia. His great-grandfather decided to move to a dry-area climate, leading the Pacheco family to Kerman. Pacheco Dairy Inc. is a member of the California Dairies, Inc (CDI) cooperative.
Pacheco became involved with FCFB in 1991, specifically with dairy issues. In 2002, Pacheco became the Director for Rural Health and Safety. He also serves as the First Vice President. He served as the FCFB president from 2010-12
Pacheco is in partnership with his parents, Jerry and Arlene. They milk Holstein cows and farm in the Kerman area.
In addition to Farm Bureau, Pacheco also is a Trustee of the Kerman Unified School Board, on the Fresno Madera Farm Credit Board of Directors, the Community Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and the CDI Board of Directors.
Pacheco and his wife, Alena, have three children: Anthony, Danielle and Matthew.
Appointed By President: Pat Ricchiuti
Pat Ricchiuti is a third-generation diversified fresh fruit and nut crop grower-packer-shipper. He is a principle in the Clovis-based P-R Farms, which was honored in 2002 as the Agriculture Business of the Year.
Pat is greatly involved in his community and is recognized as a leader in the agricultural industry. Pat has served Fresno County Farm Bureau in a variety of leadership roles. He served as FCFB president from 2004-06.
Pat also serves as Chairman of the California State University Agricultural Research Initiative Board, President of the Garfield Water District, President of California Fresh Apricot Council, Chairman of the California State University, Fresno Agricultural Foundation, Director and Past President of California State University, Fresno Ag One Foundation, and as a Director for the California Grape and Tree Fruit League. Additionally, Pat is a member of the Nisei Farmers League, California Olive Committee, Kings River Water Political Action Committee, and the California State University, Fresno Plant Science Pomology Advisory Committee. Moreover, Pat serves as a Board of Trustee for Children’s Hospital Central California and for the Fresno State Bulldog Foundation. Pat is also a Director for the Foundation for Clovis Schools, member and Past Chairman of Clovis Unified’s Ag Advisory Council, and a past member of Clovis Unified School District’s Governing Board. Pat is currently a member of the Fresno Business Council, Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Chamber of Commerce, and the Clovis Rotary Club.
Pat is married to Vinci Petrosino Ricchiuti and they have three children: Vincent, Cristina, and Andriana.
Appointed By President: Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson, of Clovis, has more than 30 years of experience in the agricultural finance and livestock industries.
Thompson is a graduate of Sanger High School and Reedley College. Since the early-1970s, Thompson has been on the staff of the Fresno Madera Farm Credit, serving as a chattel appraiser, specializing in non-real estate assets.
Thompson also has extensive experience in the livestock industry, currently serving on the boards of several organizations, including the Clovis Rodeo Association, Fresno-Kings Cattlemen’s Association, Friends of Rodeo, Champions Club and the Junior Livestock Auction Committee at the Big Fresno Fair. Thompson also serves on the Reedley College Ag Backers and the Ag Advisory Committee.
For more than 15 years, Thompson has served as the Livestock Commodity Chair for the Fresno County Farm Bureau. He also serves on the organization’s Executive Committee.
In addition, Thompson serves as an announcer for rodeos and horse shows.
CFBF District Director: Dan Errotabere
Dan Errotabere is a general partner of a family farming operation in Riverdale and Huron. Errotabere, a third-generation farmer, farms with his mother and two brothers, producing Pima cottons, wheat, cantaloupe, market and seed lettuce, cannery tomatoes, processing garlic and onions, pistachio and almonds.
Errotabere has a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from California State University, Fresno, and is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership, Class XXI, a two year fellowship program.
Errotabere currently serves on the board of directors for Westlands Water District, the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority, Family Farm Alliance, Agricultural Foundation for California State University, Fresno, the Ag One Foundation and California Cotton Growers Association. He served as the FCFB president from 2008-10.
UC Cooperative Extension: Stephen Vasquez
Stephen Vasquez is co-director of the UC Cooperative Extension - Fresno County and serves as a non-voting member of the Board and Executive Committee.
Executive Director: Ryan Jacobsen
Ryan Jacobsen, of Easton, is the executive director for Fresno County Farm Bureau, overseeing the administration of the 4,000-plus member agricultural organization.
Jacobsen is no stranger to Farm Bureau or agriculture. He previously served as FCFB’s issues coordinator and as the organization’s membership coordinator.
Jacobsen is a honors graduate of California State University, Fresno with a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in animal science. While at Fresno State, Jacobsen served two terms as associated student body president and was recognized as the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Dean’s Medalist and Craig School of Business Graduate Dean’s Medalist.
Jacobsen is the fourth generation of two Fresno County farm families. He serves on the boards of the Fresno Irrigation District and the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State and is very active in the Easton Lions Club. He also is involved with the Craig School of Business Alumni & Friends and is a member of the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State.
Fresno County Farm Bureau represents more than 4,000 members on air quality, land use, water, labor and agricultural-related issues. Fresno County is the nationís number one agricultural county, producing more than 400 commercial crops annually, totaling more than $6.88 billion dollars in gross production value in 2011.