Board of Directors

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Michael F. Doherty
Chairman

Michael Doherty has served as a member of the Board of Directors for over 17 years and as Chairman since 2014. Michael represents the Williams, Arbuckle and Grimes area in our territory.  In addition to his Board membership with the Association, Michael is also a director of Colusa County Farm Supply, Arbuckle-College City Fire Protection District, Colusa County Fair Foundation, Arbuckle Revitalization Committee (Vice Chairman), and Cortina Hulling & Shelling (Chairman). Michael and his wife, Amy, farm on their family farm west of Arbuckle in the foothills under the name Chamisal Creek Ranch. On this ranch they farm almonds and wine grapes. Chamisal Creek also custom farms high density olives and provides farm management services. Recently Michael and Amy have started to use some of their own wine grapes in a new venture called GrindstoneWines LLC, a local vineyard. Michael is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

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John Amaro
Vice Chairman

 John Amaro is new to the Association’s Board of Directors, having served for less than 1 year. John represents the Willows, Bayliss, Artois area in our territory. He is a member of the Association’s Audit Committee. In addition to his Board membership with the Association, John serves as Commissioner of the Willows Rural FireProtection District, County Committee Member of the Farm Service Agency, and Director on the Board of Directors for Farmers Rice Cooperative. In addition to farming, Mr. Amaro is also an owner in Barceloux Brothers Auto Supply.

 Susan LaGrande
Director

Susan graduated from Williams High School. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, Moraga. Susan resides in Colusa. Ms. LaGrande’s farming operation consists of wine grapes. Susan worked in Government Relations for Agriculture in the State of California for 16 years prior to being appointed by the Governor as Deputy Director for Legislation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Chris Bonacorsi, CPA
Outside Appointed Director

Chris Bonacorsi has served as a member of the Board of Directors for over 6 years and is one of our two Appointed Directors. Chris is also Chairman of the Audit Committee. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant and Principal with K-Coe Isom, a public accounting firm. He is also a Director for the Boys & Girls Club Community Board. Chris’s client base includes growers, producers, processors, manufacturers, and other closely-held businesses in the areas of tax planning, tax credits, mergers, liquidations, and reorganizations. Chris is a graduate of University of California, Davis.
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Herbert Holzapfel
Director

 Herb Holzapfel, former Chairman, has served as a member of the Board of Directors for over 32 years. Herb represents the Willows, Bayliss, Artois area in our territory. In addition to his Board membership with the Association, Herb is also a Director for the Farm Credit Council and Farmers Rice Cooperative (Chairman). As a Director on the Farm Credit Council, Herb represents our Association’s interests on a system-wide level making him a key asset to the Association’s Board. Herb is a rice grower and cattle rancher in Glenn County and is a graduate of California State University of Chico.
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Doug Parker
Director

Doug Parker has served as a member of the Board of Directors for over 11 years. Doug represents the Williams, Arbuckle, Grimes area in our territory.    In addition to his Board membership with the Association, Doug is also Director for the Westside Water District. Doug is a rice grower and cattle rancher in Colusa County.
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Brett Perry
Director

Brett Perry has served as a member of the Board of Directors for over 10 years. Brett represents the Maxwell, Delevan, Princeton area in our territory. He is a member of the Association’s Audit Committee. In addition to his Board membership with the Association, Brett is also a Director for De Pue Warehouse, Inc. Brett is a rice and almond grower in Colusa County.

Francis Hickel
Director

Francis Hickel is the newest member to the Associations Board of Directors, nominated in 2017. Francis represents the Colusa territory. In addition to his position on the Board, Francis is a first generation rice farmer, currently farming rice in Colusa County as well as providing services to other local farmers. Francis is born and raised in the Colusa area. He is also active on the Colusa Rotary committee, a current Board Member on the Colusa Basin Drainage, Colusa Rice Company and Zumwalt Mutual Water District.

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Jeff Sutton
Outside Appointed Director

  Jeff Sutton, attorney at law, is new to the Association’s Board of Directors, having served for less than 1 year, and is one of our two Appointed Directors. He is a member of the Association’s Audit Committee.
Jeff is General Manager of Tehama Colusa Canal Authority and Director for the North Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan Board. Jeff is well versed in water issues impacting Northern California making him a great source of information as well as a terrific representative for our Association. Jeff received his undergraduate from University of California, Berkeley, and his Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law.

Matt Southam
Director

Matt graduated from Princeton High School. He attended California State University, Chico, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business. Matt and his wife, Eva-Lis, reside in Chico. Mr. Southam’s farming operation consists of walnuts and rice. Mr. Southam owns and manages Southam Orchards LLC, a walnut farming operation, and is a Partner in Southam Joint Venture, Southam Walnut Huller & Dryer (which he also manages), Omega Walnut, and McCowan & Southam. Mr. Southam is a Director of the Central Valley Rice Cooperative (Treasurer) as well as Maxwell Irrigation District (Vice Chairman).