Meet our Volunteer Board of Directors
Brandon Follett, President
Brandon has been involved with TCFM since the very beginning and served as the first market manager in 2010. 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 served as treasurer for 5 years before assuming the role of President. Professionally, Brandon works in Sales for Hilmar Cheese. He is proud to have instilled a love for the market in his three young children and focuses on creating a fun and safe environment for families.
Nick King, Vice President
Nick’s involvement with TCFM began as a vendor. He and his family raised cattle and sold pasture fed beef at the market as 5 Kings Cattle. His ability to relate well to others quickly made him a key candidate to join the TCFM Board.
Forrest White, Treasurer
Forrest has been an active part of Turlock for over 35 years. As a former Turlock City Council Member he is always looking for ways to help improve the community and understands the importance of local events. He has attended the market since its inception and joined the board in 2015.
Theresa Kiehn, Secretary
Theresa is an active community member who has served in a variety of capacities. Her keen knowledge of non-profits and her organizational skills are a few of the many things that make her a great fit on the TCFM Executive Committee.
Jeani 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.
George and his wife Patty operate a small farm between Turlock and Hilmar 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.
Hailey Kellstrom is the owner/operator of Soaps by Hailey, which features handmade bath and body products. She started her business in her kitchen when she was 13. Her love for producing high-quality products to customers led to her community involvement in TCFM. She has participated in TCFM for the past five years. Hailey is proud to be a graduate of Turlock Christian High School and is pursuing her business degree at CSU Stanislaus. During the summer of 2016, Hailey was the recipient of the Empowering Young Women Scholarship. In addition to her business and academic achievements, Hailey has danced with Deborah Morgan Dance Studio since she was three years old, leading to the opportunity to dance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014 and 2016.
Stephanie is one of the newest members of the TCFM team. As a business owner on Main St, she has supported the market since it first operated in front of her studio. Her keen visual eye and marketing prowess have already made a great impact on the market.
Candace is a new edition to the TCFM board, but has been a faithful supporter for many years. As a Main St business owner she was closely involved with the market when it was originally located there and has stood behind the market through think and thin. Her connections and understanding of small business bring a new perspective to the market.
George and his wife Ellen own and operate Edith’s Bakery, one of TCFM’s very first vendors and a crowd favorite. They have supported the market since its inception. They have since opened Crust & Crumb a restaurant on Main St. George served on the Board for the Modesto Certified Farmers Market and also used to participate in over 35 markets a week throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area. His clear understanding of markets is a great addition to the TCFM Board.
Lanette and her family are TCFM market vendors. The Steward Sustainable Farm offers free-range, pasture raised eggs, chickens and grass-fed beef. Their commitment to sustainability and passion for the local community make them a great fit at the market. Lanette brings a wealth of experience as a vendor and farmer.
Richard is a professor at CSUS in cultural anthropology. He brings a global perspective to the market with experience from around the world including South America. He has been a supporter of the market from the first season of the market. His students have also played an important role in the market, often conducting research and surveys at TCFM to gain insights on customer behavior and vendor feedback.
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.