Jean Okuye Board Member
Jean Okuye has been an almond farmer with 73 acres near Livingston, Merced County since 1980. Her interests have focused around church, family, farming and protecting our natural resources. Since retirement from teaching, she has kept busy volunteering in the community: serving on several boards; past president of Merced County Farm Bureau, charter member of Valley Land Alliance, president of East Merced Resource Conservation District, past president Funeral Consumers Alliance of California (FCACA) and the affiliate, FCA Stanislaus & Merced Counties. She feels blessed to have good health and be actively able to give back to her community.
Sarah was born and raised in Ballico, along the Merced River. Her interest in preserving our beautiful farmland and advocating for sustainable growth inspired her to be a part of our organizations. Sarah teaches full time and supports her husband, Daniel, who is a UC Merced PhD candidate. They are busy parents with three young children.
Trevor Hutton Board Member
Trevor Hutton grew up in Modesto, and spent the summers working on his family's sweet potato, peach, and almond farm in Livingston. After completing studies in music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he ended up working for an ag biotech firm in the poultry industry for nine years before returning to the family farm in 2014. Trevor first became involved in issues surrounding environmental sustainability in college as a member of the UNC renewable energy special projects committee. In his spare time, Trevor enjoys live music performances, cooking, and playing board games.