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

2017-18 CAC Organization Chart

Monica Arnett

Director of Finance and Administration

6 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

Industry Affairs Director

13 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

President

24 years with CAC | Contact

Tom leads the California Avocado Commission and its just over 2,000 commercial 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

Online Marketing Director

13 years with CAC | Contact

Zac’s primary responsibilities as online marketing director include management of CAC’s online marketing; the CaliforniaAvocado.com website, social and digital media, as well as The Scoop blog.

David Cruz

Business Development Director

27 years with CAC | Contact

Dave is CAC’s business development director overseeing CAC’s trade activities including the retail and foodservice programs. He also coordinates CAC’s participation in a wide variety of industry festivals and events.

Jan DeLyser

Vice President Marketing

20 years with CAC | Contact

As vice president of marketing, Jan manages the Commission’s consumer and trade marketing staff and agencies in the development and implementation of CAC’s integrated marketing programs.

Angela Fraser

Marketing Manager

18 years with CAC | Contact

Angela oversees the Commission’s nutrition communications program, recipe development and CAC’s participation in the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit exposition.

Stacia Kierulff

Human Resources Manager

8 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.

Miriam Martinez

Accounting Clerk

1 year with CAC | Contact

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

Ken Melban

Vice President of Industry Affairs

7 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

Research Program Director

3 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

Retail Marketing Director

4 years with CAC | Contact

Connie is CAC’s retail marketing director for California and Arizona with corporate account responsibility for Costco and Albertsons Companies.

Cristina Wede

Office Manager

15 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.