Meet Your Commission Staff

California Avocado Commission staff are a valuable resource for California avocado growers. We can provide you with the latest news concerning cultural management issues, legislation and research that affects the California avocado industry. We also welcome feedback concerning the issues and challenges you face and will do our best to advocate on your behalf. View CAC Organization Chart

CAC Organization Chart

Monica Arnett

Monica Arnett

Director of Finance and Administration

4 years with CAC | Contact

Monica manages and directs the financial, accounting and administratice activities of the California Avocado Commission. She also works closely with the Board Treasurer to ensure the integrity of CAC funds.

April Aymami

April Aymami

Industry Affairs Director

12 years with CAC | Contact

April is responsible for industry communications and the collection/dissemination of crop statistics and industry data. She manages governance functions, such as redistricting, continuing referenda, conflict of interest compliance and the CAC's election process. 

Tom Bellamore

Tom Bellamore

President

23 years with CAC | Contact

Tom leads the California Avocado Commission and its 5,000 growers. He has supervisory oversight of marketing and non-marketing functions and guides CAC's strategic and financial planning, business plan development and fiscal and personnel management. 

Zachary Benedict

Zachary Benedict

Online Marketing Director

12 years with CAC | Contact

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.

David Cruz

David Cruz

Marketing Development Manager

26 years with CAC | Contact

Dave oversees 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. 

Jan DeLyser

Jan DeLyser

Vice President Marketing

18 years with CAC | Contact

 As vice president of marketing, Jan is responsible for managing the Commission’s marketing and promotion agencies, implementating CAC’s integrated marketing program, representing CAC at industry events and serving on boards and committees within the produce industry. 

Angela Fraser

Angela Fraser

Marketing Manager

17 years with CAC | Contact

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

Stacia Kierulff

Stacia Kierulff

Administrative Assistant/HR

7 years with CAC | Contact

Stacia’s primary responsibility is management of CAC’s Human Resource department, including payroll and employee benefits. She also helps the Administration and Industry Affairs departments plan meetings and offsite industry events.

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Miriam Martinez

Accounting Clerk

2 months with CAC | Contact

As the Commission's accounting clerk, Miriam handles accounts payable and receivables. She also assists with the administration of the California Avocado Commission's front office.

Ken Melban

Ken Melban

Vice President of Industry Affairs

6 years with CAC | Contact

Ken manages and implements a wide variety of programs that address key industry issues such as GAP, water pricing and product registrations. He also advocates on behalf of California avocado growers at a state and federal level with government officials. 

Tim Spann

Tim Spann

Research Program Director

2 years with CAC | Contact

Tim manages CAC’s Production Research Program, collaborates with industry researchers, identifies research priorities, develops long-term research strategies to improve grower sustainability and implements outreach activities and field days. 

Connie Stukenberg

Connie Stukenberg

Retail Marketing Director

3 years with CAC | Contact

Connie works with retailers in California and Phoenix, assumes corporate responsibility for Albertsons, Safeway & Costco and manages and coordinates advertising, public relations and marketing activities featuring California avocados. 

Cristina Wede

Cristina Wede

Office Manager

13 years with CAC | Contact

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.