2020 CVCWA Officers
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.
Allie was born and raised on a family farm in Hanford, California. Over the years, her family has farmed several commodities including corn, cotton and most recently, walnuts. One thing that was always grown on the Oliveira's farm was love and cattle. Allie still owns several head of registered Brown Swiss dairy cattle, some with pedigrees dating back to her 4-H and FFA project animals. In 2000, Allie moved from Hanford to San Luis Obispo, California where she earned her degree in Agriculture Science from Cal Poly. Three years later, she went back to school and received her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. For 15 years, Allie lived in San Luis Obispo County with her husband Scott and worked her way from Administrative Assistant to Controller of two wineries in Paso Robles. In 2018, Allie and her husband decided it was time to come back home to the Central Valley. Allie now works as the Controller of American Pistachio Growers in Fresno. In addition to serving as the Vice President and Membership Chair for the Central Valley chapter of California Women for Agriculture, Allie is also involved in the Craig College of Business mentorship program at Fresno State where she meets with graduating seniors and serves as a mentor and interview coach.
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.
Jasmine was born in Truckee and raised in Kings Beach California. She is the oldest of four with two brothers and one sister. She grew up helping at the family restaurant and developed a profound sense of care for her community and the outdoors through her experiences with Adventure Risk Challenge and the Boys & Girls Club. In 2008 she was awarded the BGC California State Youth of the Year award. She continues to be involved with ARC since 2007 and is the VP of the young professionals board (ARC YPB). She moved to the central valley for school and graduated from UC Merced with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Having fallen in love with the beautiful central valley, she chose to stay and pursue a career in the sciences, which she calls a “divine detour” from her Ag career. She started working at the Foster Farms Chemistry Lab in 2014 and was promoted to Field Supervisor in 2016, in Turkey Live Production. Today she continues to stay involved in her community as an advisor for the education chair of the Eta Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, serving on ARC’s YPB and as the secretary for the Central Valley chapter of the California Women for Agriculture, which she has been a member of since 2019. She is tremendously grateful for the amazing people she has met through CWA and hopes to continue serving our wonderful community of Fresno through our chapter.
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.
Central District Director
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.