Who We Are

Board of Directors (click on a name to see their Bios)

Lynnel Pollock, President

Lynnel Pollock  (President) has a broad agricultural and community service background, including serving eight years on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors (1997-2004). Prior to that, she served on the Yolo County Planning Commission for four years. Pollock has been involved with many other community organizations including the Yolo County Farm Bureau, California Farm Bureau, Woodland Chamber of Commerce, and various water related entities, and was one of the founding board members of the Yolo Land Trust. Most recently Pollock served as the executive director of Cache Creek Conservancy until her retirement in June, 2015. Pollock and her husband Herb farm in northern Yolo County, growing a variety of row crops, grain, and walnuts. Their farmland near the community of Yolo has had a conservation easement with the Yolo Land Trust since 2006. Herb and Lynnel have two sons, Brad and Greg, who farm with them, and are blessed with two grandchildren. Lynnel graduated from Stanford University with a degree in biological sciences, and participated in the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

 

Neal Van Alfen, Vice President

Neal Van Alfen (Vice President) grew up in Modesto learning about agriculture from the experience of working in the peach harvest and on chicken farms.  This experience convinced him that education was the route out of a life of hard manual farm labor.  After receiving his PhD in plant pathology from UC Davis he served on the faculty of Utah State University and Texas A&M University before returning to UC Davis as dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, serving in this role for 13 years.  He retired recently from the faculty of UC Davis to return to hard manual farm labor on his small farm in Winters, CA where his current goal is to find a way to make a profit growing citrus, make drinkable wine, and enough olive oil to meet the needs of his large family.  He remains actively engaged with international agriculture and food issues and recently served as editor-in-chief of the latest edition of the Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems.

 

Robin Baral, Secretary

Robin Baral  (Secretary) became involved in sustainable agriculture by working as a teenager on a rural mountain ranch in Washington, and by helping to develop a pilot organic gardening curriculum at Midland School in Los Olivos, California. He later obtained his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Robin now works as an environmental and land use lawyer at Churchwell White LLP in Sacramento, where he represents cities, water districts and other public agencies throughout California.

 

Chuck Moore, Treasurer

Chuck Moore (Treasurer)  is a California and Yolo County native being raised in Davis. Two summers working on a dry-land grain and cow-calf ranch in Northeastern Montana led him to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Management was obtained. He has worked in the Farm Credit system for over 35 years in various lending and management capacities. He is presently Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager for Farm Credit West in their Woodland Office. He resides in Woodland and is a member of the noon Rotary Club. 

 

Casey Walsh Cady

Casey Walsh Cady holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from University of California- Davis. Casey has spent the bulk of her career at the California Department of Food and Agriculture where she works on environmental issues and sustainable agriculture including water policy, dairy water quality and energy production issues. She also coordinates the Community Gardens in Village Homes, Davis.

 

Chris Sinclair

Chris Sinclair  is the Walnut Manager for Woodside Electronics Corporation, a manufacturer of electronic color sorters primarily dealing with blueberries, tomatoes, and walnuts. Chris graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Crop Science and Management. He has been involved with his grandparents’ farming operations north of Winters. Chris is a graduate from Class 36 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

 

Kathy Ward

Kathy Ward  Kathy Ward grew up on a ranch in Baker, Oregon where she was involved with her family raising cattle, horses, hay, wheat, barley, peas, sugar beets, and potatoes.   She earned a B.S. degree in Agronomy from Oregon State University and MBA from Western Michigan University.   She and her husband Harold have lived in Woodland for 10 years.  She is employed at Seminis Vegetable Seeds in Woodland as the Director of R&D Finance and Operations.  She is responsible for overseeing the global resources in over 16 countries involving all aspects of vegetable research including facility construction, farming, greenhouse and laboratory operations.  She has served on the Board of the Woodland United Way and Highway 16 Safety Task Force.

 

Staff

Michele Clark, Executive Director

Michele M. Clark became the Executive Director of Yolo Land Trust in January, 2010. Before coming to Yolo Land Trust, Michele served as the transaction director for the California Rangeland Trust, a state-wide land trust whose mission is to preserve working ranches in California. She also worked as western regional counsel for the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit organization. Michele earned her law degree from Rutgers University and practiced commercial real estate law in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Sacramento until 2000. Michele is a graduate of Class 37 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

 

Tiffany Loveridge, Advancement Officer

Tiffany Loveridge became the Advancement Officer of the Yolo Land Trust in August, 2016. Tiffany is responsible for managing YLT's fund development and communications plan. Before joining the Yolo Land Trust, Tiffany worked as the communications and programs manager at Kusamala Institute of Agriculture & Ecology in Lilongwe, Malawi, a local non-profit supporting smallholder farmers. She earned a dual master’s degree in International Affairs and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University in Washington, DC and the University for Peace, in Costa Rica and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tiffany was born in Woodland and grew up in Davis.

 

 

Jessica Grant, Conservation Associate

Jessica Grant became the Conservation Associate of the Yolo Land Trust in March, 2017. Jessica is responsible for conducting monitoring on our 65 conservation easement properties and maintaining our conservation portfolio. She has previous experience as the Monitoring Intern for the Bodega Land Trust and as a Senior Intern for the Sacramento County Planning and Environmental Review Division. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University in 2015.

 

 

 

Emeritus Directors

Peter Hunter

Peter Hunter is a lifelong Yolo County resident.  He and his wife Debbie raise French prunes and olives for oil on his family farm outside of Winters.  He attended the University of California Davis in the late 60’s and early 70’s earning a BS in Zoology in 1971 and a PhD. in Ecology in 1976.  Peter and Debbie placed their farm in an agricultural conservation easement with the Yolo Land Trust in 2001, using the proceeds to replant an aging, unproductive orchard using best practices for water conservation, soil management and integrated pest control technology.  Peter served on the board of the Yolo Land Trust from 2003 until 2014.  He was President in 2006.  Peter continues to serve on the Land Conservation Committee.  

Paul Muller

Paul Muller was a founding member of Yolo Land Trust, and served on the Board until 2010.   During his tenure, Paul witnessed the organization grow from a small group of dedicated volunteers working around a kitchen table to one of the most active agricultural land trusts in California.   Paul, along with his family and partners, owns and operates Full Belly Farm – a 250-acre certified organic farm located in Capay Valley. Full Belly Farm was awarded the prestigious 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award which honors private landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.  Paul continues to coordinate A Day in the Country for the Yolo Land Trust, and masterfully connects the chefs with local growers resulting in the best farm to food event in Northern California. 

Casey Stone

Kenneth C. “Casey” Stone is a life-long resident of Yolo County, having grown up in Woodland and residing now in Winters with his wife Angela and their two children.  After earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration from CSU Chico, Casey joined the family ranching and farming partnership, Yolo Land & Cattle Co., which he manages with his brother, Scott.  He and Angela also operate a related beef jerky distribution business and host international tour groups at the family ranch.  Casey is a Past President and current Director of the Yolo County Farm Bureau, and serves as a Director of the California Agriculture Museum.  Casey was on the Board of the Yolo Land Trust from 2005 to 2010.  He served as President in 2008-9, and is still involved with the Land Conservation Committee and A Day in the Country each year.