Meet the Staff

We are a small, but mighty team, with a passion for what we do.
Have a question or comment? You can reach us at 800-700-AITC (2482).

Judy Culbertson

Executive Director

Favorite Ag Memory
Growing up on my family pear ranch, I started selling lemonade in our packing plant, graduating to pushing boxes around a corner on rollers, and finally, managing the fruit process and distribution.

Loves About Her Job
It is a win-win. The farmers appreciate the good will we bring to ag. Teachers appreciate agriculture's investment in them and their students.

Fun Fact
I enjoy boating, gardening and training in motor cars in my free time!

With Ag in the Classroom
I started with CFBF when Ag in the Classroom was one of its programs, in 1980.

 

Liz Baskins

Outreach Program Coordinator

Favorite Ag Memory
Having my Grandpa Chuck teach me how to raise pigs for FFA. He owned a swine farm in Illinois before moving to California, so it was great to learn from him!

Loves About Her Job
Working with both teachers and students and being able to teach them the importance of agriculture. I also love how my job changes on a daily basis. Never a dull moment!

Fun Fact
I have a six-year-old fur son, Whisk, the wiener dog.

Projects
California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, county Farm Bureau support, conferences and exhibits, teacher grants, Seed Survivor Mobile, Summer Ag Institute

 

Lyn Hyatt

Administrative Coordinator

Why Learn About Ag
Since I grew up in the city, it wasn't until I started working for Ag in the Classroom that I realized just how important agriculture is in our daily lives and how much we all benefit from it.

Favorite Ag Memory
The closest I came to ag was hearing stories about the chickens my grandparents kept in the backyard of their home in Rhode Island.

With Ag in the Classroom
Since 1989, just three years after it was founded.

Fun Fact
I love fiber arts—knitting, weaving, crocheting—all of it!

Projects
Grant administration, development assistance, special event assistance

 

Austin Miller

Communications Program Coordinator

Favorite Ag Memory
Growing up I would spend my summers on my grandparents ranch in Eastern Oregon. Seeing their passion for their way of life is still inspiring.

Why Learn About Ag
Agriculture is too important for students to not have an understanding of where our food comes from, how the environment works, and how we use our beautiful resources. Even with the large divide between farmers/ranchers and consumers, everyone is a part of agriculture in one way or another. Connecting students with agriculture is more important now than ever before.

Loves About His Job
I love seeing the lightbulb in teachers minds go on when they realize how they can implement agriculture into their classroom!

Fun Fact
I grew up and went to college in Oregon. Go Oregon State Beavers!

Projects
Imagine this... Story Writing Contest, social media, website, media, e-newsletter

 

Terri Salmond

Administrative Assistant

Favorite Ag Memory
In the summer, my cousin and I would run up and down the orchards eating as many pears as we could consume, until we were sick as dogs. Then, on the way home, we would always stop at the little roadside stands to get fruits and veggies to take home.

Why Learn About Ag
Children need to learn their history in order to grow, in my opinion. The more they learn, the more well-rounded they will be. That includes learning where their food comes from.

Fun Fact
I love history and trivia. I learned to play chess at age four.

Projects
Office support, resource request processing, reception, database maintenance, general project support

 



Judy Remy

Development and Marketing

Why Learn About Ag
I grew up in Anaheim. I loved going to the produce stand on Ball Road with my mom each week. It was right down the street from Disneyland.

Why Learn About Ag
I am grateful to be able to consume great California food. We need to remember where the food came from. Thank a farmer!

Loves About Her Job
Loves About Her Job:I love meeting the passionate people involved in agriculture. They are caring, hardworking and honest individuals.

Fun Fact
I had two broken ankles at the same time while in college. I broke each one a week apart from the other in separate accidents. Yup – I'm a klutz.

Projects
Fundraising, donor relations