Meet our Volunteer Board of Directors
Brandon Follett, Board President
Brandon Follett is a community member who has been involved with TCFM since the very beginning and served as the first market manager. With a background in marketing and a keen vision for developing strategic growth, Brandon cultivated relationships with vendors, sponsors, city and county personnel, and community members to help establish the market. In 2012, after completing his MBA, Brandon became a member of the TCFM Board of Directors, where he serves as treasurer. Professionally, Brandon works in international sales for Hilmar Cheese. He is proud to have instilled a love for spending time at the market in his two young children and focuses on enriching children’s lives through happy and safe environments.
Junko Broadwater is a Turlock resident and a local real estate agent at Aspire Home Real Estate who joined the Turlock Certified Farmers Market Board with the hope of supporting local farmers and small businesses. Junko believes that a healthy lifestyle, including fresh produce, exercise, and community involvement, creates a vibrant quality of life, and she has worked to incorporate these elements within the market season. Junko holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and is a former board member of the local non-profit chapter of MOMS Club, in which she remains active. Junko brings a passion for enriching family experiences to the Turlock Certified Farmers Market.
Jeani Ferrari is a dedicated community volunteer who is proud of her involvement with TCFM. She was one of the original group members who believed that a successful farmers’ market could thrive in Turlock. Jeani’s passion for Turlock’s downtown is contagious. She served on the Turlock Downtown Revitalization Committee in the late 1990s, and her commitment to a thriving downtown has been invaluable in developing the market. She serves as a charter board member and chairs the Sponsor Committee. Her active participation in so many areas of the market, from helping with set up and staffing of the information booth during the first years to social media, school tours, and special events, is a testament to how committed she is and how important volunteers are to the success of TCFM.
Jessica Irish is a Turlock resident and active community leader. She works as the marketing officer for Stanislaus Community Foundation and as a public and on-camera speaking coach with her own business, Jessica Chang Consulting. In addition to serving as a board member for TCFM, she is also vice president of Turlock Young Professionals and a member of Advancing Children of Turlock. Before her career in marketing, Jessica was a news reporter and producer for a decade. During that time, she earned four Emmy Awards and two Golden Mike Awards.
Anne Picirillo is the owner-operator of Athena’s Gift Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which offers locally grown and pressed extra virgin olive oil. She has farmed olive trees in Gustine since 2004. Anne has been a vendor since the inception of TCFM and is a charter board member who also serves on the board of the Merced Certified Farmers Market. She is extremely proud of what TCFM has become and brings an important perspective, as well as dedication, for locally grown and produced goods at farmers’ markets.
George Kapor operates a small farm outside of Turlock called Pageo Lavender Farm. He has been involved with TCFM since it was first organized in 2010 and is a weekly vendor at this market as well as the Modesto Certified Farmers Market. George has been on the board of TCFM since it began in 2010 and brings a strong vendor perspective. George has been instrumental in helping build a local, sustainable, and community-based farmers’ market.
Ann Strahm, PhD
Ann Strahm, PhD., is an associate professor of sociology at CSU Stanislaus. Her areas of specialization are media, politics, and economics. Originally from Eastern Oregon, she joined the Turlock Certified Farmers Market board because she is a firm believer in supporting locally owned businesses as well as creating a venue for people to be educated about the rich agricultural heritage of this area. Ann bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon. She is currently the thesis chair for a master’s student studying farmers markets and localism. In addition, she is a senator for the Academic Senate of the California State University system, representing CSU Stanislaus. As a member of the board, Ann engages in outreach to the CSU Stanislaus community.