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Our Leaders

Committed to Our Mission & Vision

Our leadership comprises three primary branches: Board of Directors, Board of Trustees and UnitedAg Executive Team. In addition to these branches, the Board of Directors establishes committees that are chaired by members of the Board of Directors.

Our leaders exemplify the values necessary to achieve our mission and vision: integrity, expertise and commitment to UnitedAg's membership and the industry they serve.

Board of Directors

A.J. Cisney, Chairman

A.J. Cisney, Chairman

General Manager, Rancho Guadalupe, LLC

Aaron “A.J.” Cisney is General Manager for Rancho Guadalupe, LLC and Managing Partner of Blair Crop Services. He is Chair Emeritus of the AgSafe Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of the Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

A.J. joined the UnitedAg Board of Directors in 2013.

Veronica Urzua-Alvero, Vice Chair

Veronica Urzua-Alvero, Vice Chair

Vice President of Human Resources, Church Brothers/True Leaf Farms

Veronica Urzua-Alvero is an industry veteran of over 25 years with a personal connection to the ag industry. She supports industry associations such as Grower-Shipper, AgSafe and APMA, and plays an active role in UnitedAg’s WomenAg Leadership Academy.

Veronica joined the UnitedAg Board of Directors in 2015.

Daniel Nelson, Treasurer

Daniel Nelson, Treasurer

Vice President & Chief Business Officer, Plant Sciences, Inc.

California native Daniel Nelson grew up around his family’s cattle ranch and strawberry fields. In addition to his role at Plant Sciences, he is the Founder and President of The California Bee Company, LLC. He holds an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Daniel joined the UnitedAg Board of Directors in 2017.

Eric Bream, Director

Eric Bream, Director

President, Bream Family Farms, Inc.

Eric Bream is a third-generation family farmer in Tulare County. Before returning to the family farm in 2014, Eric had a long career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He is an alumnus of the California Agricultural Leadership Program – Class 48, a board member at Tulare County Farm Bureau and administrator for My Job Depends on Ag.

Eric joined the UnitedAg Board of Directors in 2019.

Loretta Brown, Director

Loretta Brown, Director

Office Manager, Rijk Zwaan USA Inc.

U.S. Army veteran and Georgia native Loretta Brown boasts over 20 years of experience in the ag industry. She served on UnitedAg’s Business Solution Committee and is an inaugural member of our WomenAg Leadership Academy. Loretta currently serves as Vice Chair of the Agribusiness Education Foundation’s Education Committee.

Loretta joined the UnitedAg Board of Directors in 2019.

Board of Trustees

Glenn Miller, Chairman

Glenn Miller, Chairman

President, Saticoy Lemon Association

Glenn Miller is President and Chief Executive Officer of Saticoy Lemon Association, established in 1933, which has grown to be the largest provider of California lemons in the United States. Glenn has worked extensively within the citrus industries of California and Arizona, and participates in many industry organizations, including California Citrus Mutual, The Farm Bureau of Ventura County and Ventura County Agricultural Association.

A past Chairman of the UnitedAg Board of Directors, Glenn was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 2005

Mack Ramsay, Vice Chair

Mack Ramsay, Vice Chair

President/Managing Member, Pacific Commerce Group LLC

Mack Ramsay has served as President/Managing Member at Pacific Commerce Group (PCG) since 2005. Mack is a board member and immediate past President of Centennial Farm Foundation, which supports youth and agriculture programs and exhibits at the OC Fair & Event Center. He is a past board member for the California Strawberry Commission and the Processing Strawberry Advisory Board of California. PCG has been a long-standing member of UnitedAg and its affiliated companies.

A past Chairman of the UnitedAg Board of Directors, Mack was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 1997.

Thomas Amaro, Trustee

Thomas Amaro, Trustee

Owner/President, Pacific Ag Consulting

Thomas Amaro serves as Owner/President of Pacific Ag Consulting and Managing Member of Pacific Ag Advisers. With approximately 30 years of experience in the agricultural industry, Thomas’ current focus is on strategic growth and business development opportunities in California specialty crops and on general construction "niche" markets in the federal contracting sector.

A past Chairman of the UnitedAg Board of Directors, Thomas was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 2002.

Les Graulich, Trustee

Les Graulich, Trustee

CFO, Plantel Nurseries, Inc.

Les Graulich is CFO and Secretary/Treasurer for Plantel Nurseries, Inc., a large vegetable transplant nursery in Santa Maria, Calif. Prior to joining Plantel Nurseries, Les was President, CEO and Partner with Petro West Equipment, Inc.

Les previously served on the UnitedAg Board of Directors and was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 2017.

Judy Lundberg, Trustee

Judy Lundberg, Trustee

Co-founder & President, Babé Farms

Judy Lundberg is co-founder and president of Babé Farms a specialty vegetable grower in Santa Maria. In 2014, Judy stepped down as president and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board. Her son, Jeff Lundberg, currently serves as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Judy previously served on the UnitedAg Board of Directors and was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 2016.

Danielle McShane, Trustee

Danielle McShane, Trustee

Chief Administrative Officer, Merrill Farms, LLC

Danielle McShane serves as Chief Administrative Officer for Salinas Valley-based Merrill Farms LLC, a grower of fresh produce, including lettuce, romaine, broccoli, cauliflower and strawberries. She also is a graduate of the California Agriculture Leadership Program, Class 43.

Danielle was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 2017.

Pat Regan, Trustee

Pat Regan, Trustee

Managing Partner, Regan Distributors, Inc.

Pat Regan is the Managing Partner of Regan Distributors Inc. a privately held company located in Santa Ana, CA. Founded in 1971, Regan Distributors Inc. provides wholesale for fruits and vegetables.

A past Chairman of the UnitedAg Board of Directors, Pat was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 2014.

Craig Waite, Trustee

Craig Waite, Trustee

President & Founder, Growers Container

Craig Waite is President and Founder of Salinas, Calif.-based Growers Container Co., which, since 1990, has provided and distributed packaging to the produce industry. A 30-year veteran in the packaging field, Craig’s expertise in marketing management, operational efficiencies and forming strategic partnerships has helped establish Growers Container as a leader in packaging solutions on the West Coast.

A past Chairman of the UnitedAg Board of Directors, Craig was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 2013.

Allan Teixeira, Chair Emeritus

Allan Teixeira, Chair Emeritus

President, Teixeira Farms

Allan Teixeira is President of Santa Maria, Calif.-based Teixeira Farms a family owned, and operated producer of fresh vegetables and Partner in Teixeira Cattle Company. Allan is active in the community and is currently a member of Western Growers, Growers and Shippers, California Cattlemen, San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, Angus Association, and the Coalition for Labor and Agriculture Business, among other agricultural organizations.

Allan was appointed to the UnitedAg Board of Trustees in 1984.

UnitedAg Team

Kirti Mutatkar

Kirti Mutatkar

President & CEO, UnitedAg

Kirti Mutatkar assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in May of 2014. Under her leadership, UnitedAg is empowering its members and employees to take a unique and collaborative approach to provide new and innovative solutions to health care and position UnitedAg as one of the leading agricultural associations in California. Through this collaboration, Kirti has been able to cultivate a deeper understanding of UnitedAg’s mission and vision that comes from truly working with and understanding the members, the industry, and their respective needs.

Kirti holds a master's degree in finance and microbiology and rounded out her studies by completing the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program. She currently serves as Treasurer for Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA), Board Member of the Agricultural Council of California and Director at Large for AgSafe. Kirti was nominated by the Orange County Business Journal for the "Women of the Year Awards" and was awarded the "Reinvention" Award by the Association of Corporate Growth in Orange County.

Alex Chee

Alex Chee

Executive Vice President & CFO, UnitedAg

Alex began at UnitedAg as Chief Technology Officer and quickly assumed the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer role. Alex has a great understanding of who UnitedAg is and the unique needs of the community we serve. His extensive healthcare and financial knowledge have helped put processes and procedures in place to streamline operations and better serve our members. Previously, Alex worked in various roles such as Financial Analyst, Manager of Analytics and Provider Network Development, Director of Business Intelligence and Data. Alex has a Bachelor in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara, a Masters in Economics from SJSU, and an MBA in Finance from USC.

Alex assumed the role of Executive Vice President & CFO in 2021.

Kay Bertone, MBA

Kay Bertone, MBA

Vice President of Operations, UnitedAg

Kay has over 26 years of significant claims and operations experience in the healthcare space. She is a results-oriented, member-focused, experienced leader, who is adept at directing and implementing corporate strategic initiatives and motivating, managing, and building teams. She also possesses considerable technical, problem-solving, analytical skills and a proven ability to manage and deliver projects to the highest standard. Kay recently worked at 90 Degree Benefits/Caprock Health Group as their Sr. Vice President/COO. Prior to that, Kay worked at Verity National Group, an insurances services firm, overseeing IT, Clinical Management and Operations. Kay obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio, and an MBA from Webster University at San Antonio.

Kay Bertone assumed the role of Vice President of Operations in 2021.

Rosemary Ku, MD/MBA/MPH

Rosemary Ku, MD/MBA/MPH

Chief Medical Officer, UnitedAg

Rosemary is a practicing physician with dual-board certification in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. She majored in Molecular Biology with a Certificate in Neuroscience at Princeton University and went on to obtain her MD/MBA from Columbia University and Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from UC Berkeley.

Rosemary joined the UnitedAg team as Chief Medical Officer in 2019.

Chana Hauben

Chana Hauben

Vice President of Human Resources, UnitedAg

Chana is responsible for establishing UnitedAg’s HR structure, best practices and processes, as well as talent acquisition, management and development. She also leads the regional HR Roundtable sessions, which are provided as a service for UnitedAg members. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources management and related fields, including extensive experience in compensation management, recruiting and retention, she is extremely well-suited for the role of stewarding UnitedAg’s talent.

Chana joined UnitedAg as Vice President of Human Resources in 2014.

Yvonne Park

Yvonne Park

Associate General Counsel, UnitedAg

Yvonne has over two decades of experience in all aspects of employee benefits. Her substantial experience includes ERISA fiduciary provisions and has significant expertise with DOL investigations and IRS audits. Her comprehensive knowledge also includes employee benefits tax issues regarding 401(k) plans, defined benefit plans and executive compensation. She has a keen interest in all things related to technology and privacy.

Yvonne joined the UnitedAg team as Associate General Counsel in 2020.

Alex Drollinger

Alex Drollinger

Regional Vice President of Sales, Northern California, UnitedAg

Alex is chiefly responsible for regional health plan representative relations and sales growth for Northern California. Alex has a proven ability to provide member-centric health products and high-level services based on customer needs, user-experience research and market analysis.

Alex joined the UnitedAg team in 2002 and serves as the Regional Vice President of Sales, Northern California.

Mike Davidson

Mike Davidson

Regional Vice President of Sales, Southern California, UnitedAg

Mike is chiefly responsible for regional health plan representative relations and sales growth. With more than 22 years of insurance industry sales, management and customer-service experience, Mike has a proven ability to provide member-centric health products and high-level services based on customer needs, user-experience research and market analysis.

Mike joined the UnitedAg team in 2017 and serves as the Regional Vice President of Sales, Southern California.

Donna Bares

Donna Bares

Vice President of Client Services, UnitedAg

Donna joined the UnitedAg Team in 2002 and currently serves as Vice President of Client Services. She has served in various leadership roles, including sales and account management. She is responsible for providing UnitedAg members the highest service levels using her expertise in sales and administrative processes.

Donna assumed the role of Vice President of Client Services in 2011.

Sachin Varma, MBA

Sachin Varma, MBA

Senior Director of Underwriting, UnitedAg

Sachin comes to UnitedAg with close to 20 years of Underwriting experience in the healthcare space. He possesses strong underwriting, analytical, risk management and pricing skills, understands developing strong relationships with our members and service reps, and deeply understands all that underwriting requires.

Sachin joined the UnitedAg team as Senior Director of Underwriting in 2021.

Committees

Advocacy

Les Graulich, Chair
Plantel Nurseries

Thomas Amaro
Pacific Ag Consulting

Eric Bream
Robert O. Bream

A.J. Cisney
Rancho Guadalupe, LLC

Danielle McShane
Merrill Farms, LLC

Mack Ramsay
Pacific Commerce Group, LLC

Rob Roy
Ventura County Agricultural Association

Steve Tripp
Pacific International Marketing

Anthony Vollering
Sunshine Floral

Education

Loretta Brown, Chair
Rijk Zwaan USA

Jack Boyd
Sapphire Ranch

Miguel Cea
Ag-Fume Services

Frank Chavez
El Majo/AgroCoco

Joe Fink

Carrie Jordan
Babé Farms

Linda Kennedy
Duncan Family Farms

Glenn Miller
Saticoy Lemon Association

Jerry Pogorzelski

Casey Rosenberg
Ocean Breeze Farms

Get involved. Join a committee and make a difference.

Committee members are advocates for UnitedAg, our member organizations and the industry we serve. They are responsible for making sure that our organization focuses on our goals and objectives in accordance to our mission.