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UnitedAg Celebrates Academy Graduation for the WomenAg and Emerging Leaders Academy



Wednesday, December 4, in Westlake Village, Calif., UnitedAg celebrated the graduation of the 3rd Leadership Class of the WomenAg Leadership Academy and the 2nd Emerging Leaders Academy.

Ten members of the third WomenAg Leadership Academy and four members of the second Emerging Leaders Academy celebrated the completion of their leadership development experience. Reception and dinner were held at the Westlake Village Inn in Westlake, CA.

The event was attended by UnitedAg directors, trustees, committee members, members and family. Guest speakers included AJ Cisney of Rancho Guadalupe, Veronica Urzua-Alvero of Church Brothers, LLC / True Leaf Farms, LLC and Raul Solis of Curation Foods, Inc.

The graduation was a culmination of a one-year program that focused on the unique needs of agriculture. The fourteen members of the graduating class were identified as rising leaders who participated in workshops and coursework designed to develop their leadership skills.

“It is such an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to grow and develop your leadership skills”, says AJ Cisney, UnitedAg Board Chairman. “To have an organization support your leadership development is priceless. Uncovering and discovering is a journey that will only make us better leaders.”

The fourteen members of the graduating class are Donna Bares, UnitedAg, Kristi Besson, AgSafe, Chris Christian, CA Strawberry Commission, Sarah Gargan-Baxter, Kaweah Pump, Connie James, Plantel Nurseries, Tiffany Pedulla, Alta Vista Farms, Casey Rosenberg, Ocean Breeze Farms, Kacy Smith, Valley Farm Management, Ashli Sturgil, The Zenith, Debi Wilson, Saticoy Lemon Association, Steve Geer, Markon Cooperative, Ricky Moreno, Red Dog Management, Daisy Ochoa, Merrill Farms and Richard Rosete, UnitedAg.



About the Academy

UnitedAg has developed and cultivated the Leadership Academy for a select group of women and emerging leaders in the ag community to network with and learn from highly experienced and accomplished agricultural community leaders, both men and women, who educate and mentor the class as they develop their expertise and define their own leadership paths. UnitedAg will continue this mission in 2020.

About UnitedAg
Founded in 1980, UnitedAg is a member-owned agricultural trade association dedicated to providing innovative solutions for a strong and healthy agricultural industry. UnitedAg represents more than 1,000 agriculture-affiliated member organizations, including agricultural companies (growers, shippers, coolers, processors, dairy and livestock producers, and supporting businesses); associates; cooperatives; and partner agricultural associations. UnitedAg helps its members meet their employee benefits needs, promotes their interests with lawmakers, and helps them comply with legislation and regulation. Based in Irvine, Calif., UnitedAg has offices in Oxnard, Corona, Salinas, Fresno and Santa Maria.

For more information, visit or contact Maribel Ochoa at 949.471.3206 or

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