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    Jose
    Arriaga

    President

    Jose received his Bachelor’s in Biology from Cal Poly Pomona. Jose currently serves the public and the agricultural industry as the Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights & Measures in Contra Costa County. As an assistant, Jose oversees a broad range of responsibilities including general department administration, budget and finance, programs management, and personnel. His professional interests focus on staff development, department operational efficiencies, and stakeholder relationships. His current projects include working on the next budget for the department and helping develop new local ordinance for industrial hemp cultivation. In addition, Jose currently serves as the CASAP President for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. During his free time, Jose enjoys going on long walks and thinking about everything, home improvement projects, and volunteering.

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    Katherine Vanderwall

    Past President

    Katherine  received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis.  Katherine currently serves the public as the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights & Measures for Lake County.  Being part of a small county, Katherine oversees all agricultural and weights & measures programs.   Her professional interests focus on educating the public on the roles and responsibilities of the Agriculture and Weights & Measures department through county wide annual events which include the Lake County Ag Venture Program and the Ag and Natural Resource Day.   In addition, Katherine currently serves as the Past President for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals.  During her free time, Katherine enjoys being active (running, weightlifting, hiking), photography, hunting, volunteering in her community and spending time with her family.

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    Alexander (Alex) Nguyen

    Vice President - North

    Alex received his Bachelor’s of  Science in Entomology from the University of California, Davis. Alex currently serves the public as an Agricultural Biologist/Weights & Measures Inspector for the County of Solano and is responsible for Pesticide Use Enforcement, High Risk, and Pest Exclusion. His professional interests focus on emerging agricultural pests of concern, and his current projects include sitting on an advisory panel for an agriculture learning pathway at a local high school and developing a comprehensive reference insect collection. In addition, Alex currently serves as the Vice-President (North) for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. During his free time, Alex enjoys camping, collecting insects, and insect macro-photography.

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    Ameer
    Atrash

    Vice President - South

    Ameer received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the California State University, Channel Islands.  Ameer currently serves the public as a Supervising Agricultural Inspector/Biologist for the County of Ventura. As a Supervising Agricultural Inspector/Biologist, Ameer works in the Pest Exclusion division where he is responsible for enforcing laws regarding the import and export of agricultural commodities. His professional interests focus on agriculture, administrative law, public policy, technology and organizational management. In addition, Ameer currently serves as the Vice President- South for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. During his free time, Ameer enjoys reading, volunteering and golfing.

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    David
    Brown

    Treasurer

    David received his Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Business from California State University, Chico. David currently serves the public as a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer of Weights and Measures for the County of Yolo. As a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer of Weights and Measures, David manages the Pest Prevention/ Exclusion Division where he oversees the Phytosanitary Export/Fieldwalk program, USPS High Risk and Dog Team Program, Detection Trapping program and Nursery program. His professional interests focus on Yolo Encourages Success (YES) team member within Yolo County, and his current projects include the implementation of performance standards within the county of Yolo . In addition, David currently serves as the Treasurer for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. David was recently honored with the 2019 CASAP Distinguished Service Award. During his free time, David enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and coaching youth sports such as baseball/softball and participating/running the booth at his children’s local High School football games.

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    Mary
    Canchola

    Secretary

    Mary received her  Master’s of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Executive Management from California State University, Stanislaus. Mary also received her Bachelor’s in Agriculture Studies with an emphasis in Permaculture from California State University, Stanislaus. Mary currently serves the public as Agricultural Weights and Measures Inspector for the County of Stanislaus. As a Agricultural Weights and Measures Inspector,  Mary works in the Pesticide Use Enforcement division where she is responsible for conducting pesticide related investigations, issuing pesticide permits, writing permit conditions for commodity and field fumigations, conduct continuation education presentations and ensuring the proper, safe and efficient use of pesticides as well as protection of public health and safety. Mary is also a certified Spanish Interpreter for the county . Her professional interests focus on public outreach, compliance inspections,  and her current projects include commodity fumigation inspection tracking, Non-Ag Inspection tracking, ensuring inspector phosphine monitors are calibrated and working,  and developing innovative ways to train incoming inspectors. In addition, Mary currently serves as the Secretary for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. During her free time, Mary enjoys cooking, making desserts, floral arrangements, crafting, hiking and volunteering in her community.

  • David
    Navarro

    Webmaster

    David received his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Chemistry from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). David currently serves the public as a Supervising Agriculture/Standards Inspector (ASI) for the County of San Diego and oversees the Export Certification as well as the Light Brown Apply Moth (LBAM) Regulatory Programs. His professional interests include mentoring new inspectors and helping  agricultural customers achieve export regulatory compliance. In addition, David currently serves as a CASAP Webmaster for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. David was recently honored with a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for his design and development of the iTrApp; The county’s first custom trapping app for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program.  During his free time, David enjoys renovation projects, managing his personal business, and playing competitive softball.

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    Molly
    Miller

    Member at Large

    Molly received both her Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Science as well as her Masters Degree in Agricultural Education from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO). Molly currently serves the public as an Agriculture/Weights and Measures Inspector for the County of Santa Barbara. As an Agriculture/Weights and Measures Inspector, Molly covers both Agriculture and Weights and Measures where she conducts inspections at carrier facilities, nurseries, cannabis sites, grocery stores, gas stations, LPG dispensers, and more. Her professional interests focus on cannabis compliance, high-risk pest detection, entomology, and education. Her current projects include conducting County Business License Inspections for cannabis cultivators, CalCannabis inspections, remapping Glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) traps, and a variety of Weights and Measures inspections. In addition, Molly currently serves as a CASAP Member at Large for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. Molly was recently honored with a Service Award for her contribution to the CDFA license study-material project now hosted on the CASAP website. She also completed all eight CDFA licensing exams in her first year of employment as an Agriculture/Weights and Measures inspector. During her free time, Molly enjoys off-road racing, cultivating her garden, and spending time with her schnauzer "Milton."

  • David
    Jagdeo

    Member at Large

    David received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis.  David currently serves the public as the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights & Measures for Solano County.  He leads a talented, passionate, and diverse group of inspectors in the exclusion programs for the county.  His professional interests focus on positive office culture change, staff development, and building lasting stakeholder relationships.  His current projects include updating exclusion procedures to adapt to the current Covid landscape, developing programmatic efficiencies, and promoting innovation within his department.  In addition, David currently serves as a Member at Large for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. David doesn't have any free time, as he has kids.  When he does have a free day you can find him working in his garden, woodworking, tending to his menagerie, or volunteering within his community.

  • Rishi
    Avila

    Member at Large

    Rishi received his Bachelors of Science in Fruit Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Rishi currently serves the public as a Senior Agricultural Inspector for the County of Sacramento. As a Senior Ag Inspector, Rishi works in the Ag Exclusion Division where he is responsible for Nurseries, Certified Producers / Farmer’s Markets, Exports, Imports/Incoming Shipments, Apiary Registrations, and other tasks. His professional interests focus on new certified producers and nurseries and his current projects include Mediterranean Shothole Borer, Green Waste producers, and Sudden Oak Death reoccurrences. In addition, Rishi currently serves as the Member At Large for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. During his free time, Rishi enjoys gardening and “DIY’ing”, while listening to funk, lofi, and afro/latin Caribbean music.

  • Kayla
    Friedrichsen

    Member at Large

    Kayla received her degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Kayla currently serves the public as an Agricultural Inspector for Sonoma County. As an Agricultural Inspector, Kayla is a contributing member of the Direct Marketing, Organic, and Nursery programs. In addition, Kayla currently serves as a Member at Large for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. During her free time, Kayla enjoys gardening, spending time in the pottery studio, and snuggling her dog, Cricket.

  • Rudy
    Valencia

    Member at Large

    Rudy received his bachelor’s degree in Health Science, with a concentration in Environmental Health from California State University, San Bernardino. Rudy currently serves the public as an Agricultural and Standards Investigator IV for the County of Riverside. As an Agricultural and Standards Investigator, Rudy works in several Agriculture, as well as Weights and Measures programs. Rudy currently serves as Member at Large for the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals. During his free time, Rudy enjoys camping, traveling, and riding ATV’s.