2018 CVCWA Officers
Lorna was born in 1974 to Richard and Bonnie Schultz. She is the youngest of three with two older brothers. She is the 5th generation on the family farm. She graduated from Riverdale High School. Shortly after high school she married her high school sweetheart Chris Roush. She graduated from Fresno State with an Ag Business Degree in 1998. During her Fresno State years, she had two children, Keith and Samantha. She went on to get her Teaching Credentials and taught for a few years before returning to the Ag field. She currently works for the family farm in the office. Lorna is in charge of the accounting, legal, chemical and safety for the ranch. She is involved with Fresno County Farm Bureau, California Women for Ag, Riverdale Chamber of Commerce, My Job Depends on Ag, Horizon Pistachios Company and American Pistachio Growers. She enjoys her time with her husband, children and grandsons. Lorna also enjoys her 9 dogs, 8 cats, horse and sow. She usually has many of the dogs with her wherever she is on the ranch.
Nanette is a Central Valley native, born and raised in Fresno, CA to Pete and Patty Simonian. Nanette’s love for Agriculture started as she was working on the family farm while growing up. This is where her passion to learn and understand how crops grew flourished. Nanette graduated from California State University – Fresno (Fresno State) in 1987 in Plant Science / Agronomy. Nanette has been a licensed PCA for over 30 years, she is currently employed by EarthSol. Nanette works with distribution throughout Californian and Arizona, she also worked and lived in Montana, Wyoming and Florida. Nanette also volunteers her time to numerous local and state charities and non-profit organizations, the belief in giving back to your community was ingrained into Nanette at a young age by her parents and grandparents.
Monique graduated from Fresno State as an Agricultural Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Her career goal is to help promote ag literacy in cities like Los Angeles because of the ever-growing disconnect between agriculturalists and urbanites. She served as the President of the Dean's Student Leadership Council and social media intern for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. She was also selected as an intern with the Ag News Network to cover important agricultural issues and is currently employed at Bee Sweet Citrus in Fowler as their Director of Communications.
Paige was born and raised in Indiana and moved to Fresno in 2009. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in Ag Economics/Ag Business Management from Purdue University. Formerly a Senior Vice President for Rabobank in collateral risk, Paige has recently stepped out on her own and is working as an independent risk management consultant specializing in agribusiness. Her passion for agricultural business started with FFA and has continued throughout her career. Over the years, Paige has been involved with marketing, sales, finance, strategic planning, and management/ownership. She enjoys sharing her ag knowledge and experience in any way she can. Paige has been a CWA member since 2010 and is currently serving as the chapter Treasurer.
Carol Chandler is a partner in Chandler Farms, LP. She and her husband, Bill, and sons, Tom and John, farm grapes, almonds, and tree fruit in the Selma District of Fresno County. They grow grapes for raisins and wine, as well as almonds, peaches, plums, nectarines and citrus. She assists with the business administration portion of the operation. She served as State President of CA Women for Agriculture and is a member of the boards of Western Growers, CA Grape and Tree Fruit League and the Fresno Regional Foundation. She also belongs to the Junior League of Fresno and the Common Threads Committee that honors philanthropic women in Valley agriculture communities.
Laura serves as the Director of Government Affairs for California Citrus Mutual, a state-wide grower trade association. In this position she leads efforts to shape public policy in Sacramento in the legislative and regulatory sectors. Prior to her current role she worked for the California Strawberry Commission on the Central Coast. She also worked for nearly four years in Panama with the Peace Corps as a Sustainable Agriculture Systems Specialist. Laura received her degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to serving as the Central Valley District Director for California Women for Agriculture, she serves on state committees for DPR and CDFA. Laura resides in Hanford with her husband Matt on the family dairy farm.
Central District Director
Thank you to the 2017 officer team for all their hard work and dedication. L-R: Georgina Reyes Solorio-VP, Lorna Schultz Roush-Secretary, Monique Bienvenue-President/PR, and Paige Gilligan-Treasurer.