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Links to Previous CASAP Conferences
- 2010 CASAP Conference "Looking Forward in Challenging Times"
- 2009 CASAP Conference "Managing the Future".
- 2008 CASAP Conference "Visions for the Next Decade".
- 2007 CASAP Conference "Sharing Perspectives, Shaping the Future"
The CASAP Board and Friends. Far back: Don McCoon. Second row, from left: Rusty Hall, Jodi Aceves, Beth Slate, Stan Toy, Tim Niswander, Mary Anne Nolan, Cathy Roache, Christine Belden. Front row from left: Steve Paris, Pat Roof, Cree Morgan, Angela Godwin, Jackson McCarty.
Above: C'mon in, register, and settle down a spell!
Right: a speaker's gift, crafted by Steve Paris.
Steve Paris receives a well-deserved gift certificate and our sincere appreciation for his hard work and a job well done!
Ed is the current Director of the California Division of Measurement Standards, appointed "State Sealer" on June 19, 2008 by Secretary A.G. Kawamura. Ed is a California native raised in Corning, CA. Ed received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Cal State Stanislaus in 1982, after transferring from Shasta Community College in 1980. Ed has worked for the Department of Food and Agriculture for over 27 years. Ed started in the Fruit and Vegetable Standardization Program, working in Fallbrook, Winter haven, Escondido, Colton and Sacramento; Ed has also worked in the Plant Health Division at border stations in Winter haven and Needles, and the High Risk Pest Exclusion Program. In 2000 Ed became the County/State Liason, prior to becoming the Assistant Director of Measurement Standards in January of 2007. Ed has been married to his wife Julie for over 27 years, and has two sons, Kevin (26) and Brian (24). Kevin, a graduate of UC Davis, is now pursuing a PhD, in entomology at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Brian is a graduate of William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA, and is currently working as a home care provider for disabled adults in Portland, Oregon.
Joe is a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner with Contra Costa County. He has a BS degree in Biological Sciences from CS Hayward. "I have been with Contra Costa since 1988. I started as a trapper/nox weed guy. I have been a Deputy since 2003, in Pest Exclusion, Pest Detection and Nursery. A naturalist at heart, I enjoy studying Biology, especially Entomology and Botany. I love getting outside with my family: hiking, botanizing, hunting for insects, reptiles and amphibians."
Beth graduated from Cal Poly, SLO and worked in poinsettia production, landscaping in both private botanical and public gardens, and retail nursery sales before working for Contra Costa County. She began as a pest detection specialist and then left for a stint with CDFA pilot parcel inspection program as a dog handler. A parting gift from CDFA was her working partner Tasha, who came as a "package deal" to volunteer her nose and expertise for Contra Costa CAC. Beth returned as a biologist and works in quarantine, pesticide use enforcement and weights & measures. Her weed district encompasses the raptor perch project which is a work in progress. She is the current Treasurer for CASAP where she "credits" her success in passing licensing exams to the many other tireless CASAP volunteers.
Danny Merkley joined the California Farm Bureau Federation as director of water resources in December 2007. He represents Farm Bureau before the state Legislature and regulatory agencies on policy issues related to water development and water quality. Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Danny was district director for Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River. He previously worked as agricultural liaison with the State Water Resources Control Board, where he specialized in water quality issues and carried farmers´and ranchers´ concerns to the regional and state water boards. Earlier, he served as agricultural commissioner liaison with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Danny grew up and worked on the family farm in Solano and Yolo counties, is a former member of the Solano County Farm Bureau board of directors and is currently a member of the Yolo County Farm Bureau. He has also been active in a number of other agricultural and community organizations and is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
Since 1988 Harry served as County Agricultural Commissioner, Sealer of Weights and Measures, Air Pollution Control Officer, Director of Migrant Housing and Director of Airport Operations for Colusa County. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (the Cal Poly) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Biology in 1974 and started work as an agricultural inspector for Merced County the week after graduation. During college, he worked two summers as an agricultural inspector for the California Department of Food and Agriculture´s border inspection stations, working in Blythe in 1972 and Tule Lake in 1973. In 1979 he went to work in San Luis Obispo County as a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner and in 1981 took the same position in Stanislaus County. In 1984, he returned in Merced County as the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures. He served in Merced County until accepting in the position in Colusa County on January 25, 1988. Harry served as president of the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association in 1996 -1997, served two terms as president of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association in 1993 -1994 and 2004 - 2005 and was charter member and first president of the Association of California Airports from 2000-2002. He currently serves on the California Transportation Commission´s Technical Advisory Committee on Aeronautics representing the Association of California Airports. His current hobbies are golf, flying, trout fishing and race car officiating for the National Auto Sport Association. Harry plans to retire after 37 years of government service in December 2010.
Lonn Boyer is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor´s Degree in Applied Studies and Masters of Business Administration. He began his career in Human Resources with Merced County in 1998 where he served as a Human Resources Analyst and Human Resources Manager until April 2009. In 2008 he obtained Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Lonn is currently the Director of Human Resources for Madera County.
Born in Ventura County as a Fourth Generation Californian and raised on a citrus/cattle operation. Owned 40 Acres of Avocados and Lemons in Ventura County. Education: AA Biology Moorpark Community College, BA Zoology Ca. State Univ. Humboldt, MPA Public Admin. Ca. State Univ. Stanislaus. Employment: WIFSS Certified Agro-Terrorism Instructor, Plumas & Sierra County Agric. Comm. /Sealer, Plumas County Director of Office of Emergency Services, Plumas County Director of Animal Control 1999 to 2009, Merced County Deputy Director of Weights and Measures 1977 to 1994, with Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner's office (1986 - 1994 Stan. Co. Agric. Comm. /Sealer), 1973 - 1977 Kings County Agric. /Standards Inspector.
Paul attended USC and graduated from UC Santa Barbara and received degrees in Geology and Environmental Studies. He worked as a geologist drilling geothermal wells in California and Nevada. In 1984 he began working as a Weights and Measures inspector in Ventura County. He worked in all aspects of weights and measures, though specializing in device testing, particularly electric meters and propane. In June of 1999 he joined the Division of Measurement Standards as a Measurement Standards Specialist III handling the lower eight counties of Southern California.
Brian Leahy was appointed by the Governor to the position of Assistant Director, Division of Land Resource Protection, and Department of Conservation in September 2006. Prior to his appointment he was one of the pioneering organic and biodiversity farmers in California farming 900 acres in Butte County. He has also served as the Executive Director of the California Certified Organic Farmers and the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, worked as a Legal Services attorney, helped found a small international fair trade company and help found an inner-city market garden educational non-profit. He is married to an attorney in the Department of Fish and Game, has two grown daughters and a teenage son.
Jeff Pylman has been the Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures for Nevada County for over 3 years. Jeff was raised on a farm in the Sacramento delta. He earned a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Business at CSU Chico. He started his career in the county Agricultural Commissioner System in Yolo County working as an Agricultural Biologist I for 4 years in the detection trapping program. He then became the Weights and Measures Inspector for Yolo County. He was an Agricultural and Standards Inspector for Sacramento County for 8 years primarily working in Weights and Measures. He was a Deputy in Sacramento for 3 years and then worked as the Deputy Commissioner / Sealer for Placer County for 5 years. Jeff currently lives in Grass Valley with his wife Gale and daughter Katie. He participates in community, personal and professional development organizations such as Rotary and Toastmasters. He is past president of CASAP. Jeff enjoys community events in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area along with outdoor sports such as hiking and skiing.
Greg was raised in Oakdale, CA and attended CSU Fresno, where he received a Bachelor´s Degree in Ag Science/Viticulture in 1985. Upon graduation he worked as a vineyard manager for Weibel Champagne Vineyards, Mission San Jose. In 1989 he started working as an Agricultural Biologist for Santa Clara County. While working for Santa Clara County he attended San Jose State University and received a Master of Public Administration in 1993. Greg became the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer for Stanislaus County in 1994 and later worked briefly for American Farmland Trust. Since 2000 he has served as the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer for Napa County, and lives in the City of Napa with his wife of 23 years, Lisa, and twin 15 year old sons, Bryan and Cody.
Since 2006, Bob has been Commissioner / Sealer of San Diego County. Before coming to San Diego he was Chief Deputy Commissioner for Los Angeles County where he started his Career back in 1973. Some notable accomplishments were setting up the Fruit Fly Pest Detection Program in 1981 and establishing the Scanner Inspection, SOD, GWSS/PD and the High Risk Pest Exclusion Program in the 1999 / 2000 years. Bob is the President Elect for CACASA and a member of the DC Farm Bill Legislative Team, plus a member of the MQ Revision Task Force.
Scott Hudson has 33 years of experience in agriculture. After graduating from college, he worked as a manger at a wholesale nursery in Santa Maria before starting with the San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner´s Office in 1979. Scott has served as Agricultural Commissioner for the past fourteen years. He started with the County as an Agricultural Inspector and advanced through the ranks before being appointed Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer in June 1996. Scott, who resides in Lodi, is a Lodi High School graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis and a Master´s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Stanislaus. Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hanot Foundation and the Lodi Police Chaplaincy. His interests are fly fishing, traveling and reading.
Tim Niswander has worked for the County´s Department of Agriculture since being hired as a Weights and Measures Inspector February 22, 1988. He has been the Kings County Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer since August 16, 2003. Prior to his Kings County employment, Tim was a vineyard ranch manager, PCA, PCO, and manure spreader. As a member of the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA), Tim is serving in his fifth year as chairman of the Personnel Standards committee. In addition to being the RMMS project manager he is currently the administrator of CACASA´s Citrix GoToMeeting/Webinar subscription. Tim also represents County Ag Commissioners on the statewide Emergency Animal Disposal Workgroup. Tim is a member of Kings Fair Agribusiness Luncheon committee, Kings County Bioterrorism Preparedness committee, Environmental review committee, Ag Advisory Committee to the Board of Supervisors and Congressman Costa, lead responsibility for the Kings County Mortality Intervention Team, and various other roles and duties. In his spare time Tim serves the Fresno County Sheriff as a volunteer member of the Sheriffs Jeep Rescue Unit. He is currently vice-commander of that unit.
Kristin Macey was appointed the County/State Liaison in October 2009. This is Kristin´s third job since joining the department in August 2007. She began as chief of the Weighmaster/Petroleum Products branch at the Division of Measurement Standards, and then was promoted to assistant director at DMS in July 2008. After graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska, Kristin obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University. She worked with the Colorado Department of Agriculture from 1997 to 2007, beginning as an inspector of eggs, meat packing plants, feeds, fertilizers, and weights and measures.
California Department of Pesticide Regulation [CDPR] State Liaison to the counties for the past 5 years and a member of Class 40 of the California Ag Leadership Program. He is best known for having a seat on the Oral Examination Board for Deputies and Commissioners. Jim graduated from California State University in San Jose and moved on to get a Masters in Public Administration from University of San Francisco. Jim has spent his entire career with CDPR beginning as an Enforcement Program Officer and now as the State Liaison. Besides his work with the state, Jim has many hobbies and outside interests that keeps him busy. He volunteers for the Susan G. Komen "RACE FOR A CURE" Sacramento Breast Cancer Event and the GREYHOUND FRIENDS FOR LIFE Shelter where last year he adopted a 3 year old Greyhound from a track in Tucson, Arizona. He also enjoys mountain biking, trail running and backpacking.
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