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CAC Staff

Monica Arnett

Director of Finance and Administration

Monica manages and directs the financial, accounting and administration activities of the Commission. She works closely with the Board Treasurer to ensure the integrity of CAC funds. Years with CAC: 3

April Aymami

Industry Affairs Manager

April is responsible for industry communications, including the grower web site and magazine, as well as the collection and dissemination of crop statistics and other, critical industry data.  She also manages essential governance functions, such as redistricting, continuing referenda, conflict of interest compliance, and the Commission’s election process.  Years with CAC: 10

Tom Bellamore

President

As president, Tom leads the California Avocado Commission and the industry’s 5,000 growers. He has supervisory oversight of all marketing and non-marketing functions and guides the Commission’s strategic and financial planning, development of business plans and fiscal and personnel management. Years with CAC: 21

Zachary Benedict

Online Marketing Director

Zac’s primary responsibilities include management of CAC’s online marketing, social media and consumer public relations programs and agencies.  He also handles marketing program communications for a variety of activities.
Years with CAC: 10

David Cruz

Marketing Development Manager

Dave oversee's the programs and projects of CAC's trade programs, activities, policies and procedures and implements retail and foodservice marketing goals, objectives, strategies and tactics. In addition, he manages CAC’s participation in a wide variety of industry festivals and events. Years with CAC: 24

Jan DeLyser

Vice President Marketing

 As Vice president of Marketing, Jan is responsible for the managing the Commission’s marketing and promotion agencies and implementation of all aspects of CAC’s integrated marketing program. Jan represents CAC at a number of industry events and serves on boards and committees within the produce industry. Years with CAC: 17

Angela Fraser

Marketing Manager

Angela is responsible for the management of CAC’s nutrition communications program, receipe development, administration of the marketing department budget, and management of CAC’s participation in the Produce Marketing Association Convention and the California Dietetic Association Convention. Years with CAC: 15

Kathlyn Ho

Accounting Clerk

As accounting clerk, Kathlyn handles accounts payable and receivables as well as assisting in front office administration.
Years with CAC: 4

Stacia Kierulff

Administrative Assistant/HR

Stacia’s primary responsibility is management of CAC’s Human Resource department including payroll and employee benefits. Additionally she assists Administration and Industry Affairs departments with planning meetings and working offsite for industry events. Years with CAC: 5

Ken Melban

Vice President of Industry Affairs

Ken manages and implements a wide variety of programs that address key industry issues such as GAP, water pricing, and product registrations as well as advocacy for California growers at a state and federal level with government officials. Years with CAC: 4

Tim Spann

Research Program Director

Tim manages CAC’s Production Research Program, leads the scientists engaged in industry research, and serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors on all research-related matters. He also works closely with senior management to identify research priorities and develop the industry’s long-term research strategy, as part of the organization’s overall mission to improve grower sustainability. He is responsible for the design and implementation of outreach activities for growers, including field days at the Commission’s demonstration grove at Pine Tree Ranch. Years with CAC: 1

Connie Stukenberg

Retail Marketing Director

Connie works with key retailers in California and Phoenix, as well as corporate responsibility with Albertsons, Safeway & Costco, managing and coordinating advertising, public relations and other marketing activities featuring California Avocados. Years with CAC: 1

Cristina Wede

Office Manager

Cristina is responsible for management of the front office activities at CAC including coordination of on and off-site meetings. In addition, Cristina acts as the first point of contact for grower and industry inquiries.
Years with CAC: 12