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About Our Speakers

Dr Maria de la Fuente

En los últimos 21 años, la doctora de la Fuente ha trabajado para la Universidad de California Extensión Cooperativa como Asesora Agrícola, llevando a cabo programas educativos basados en investigación aplicada sobre temas clave relacionados con la producción agrícola comercial y los sistemas de reciclaje de residuos, trabajando con la comunidad agrícola dando asistencia a los agricultores a fin de ayudarlos a resolver sus problemas técnicos. Además de ser la directora de Extensión Cooperativa del Condado de Monterey, la Dra. de la Fuente es también la administradora académica y programática de los programas “Master Gardeners” y “Master Composters” en UCCE Santa Clara; esto incluye la supervisión de los coordinadores de programas y personal de apoyo, así como los más de 400 voluntarios.


John Kabashima

John’s varied research and extension programs have included the management of insects, diseases, and biological control or exotic and invasive pests. John received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural biology from Cal Poly Pomona, Master’s degree in pest management from UC Riverside, MBA from Pepperdine University and doctorate in Entomology from UC Riverside. He is currently a UC Cooperative Extension Advisor, Emeritus and a tree assessment horticulture specialist with Disneyland working on the Invasive Shot-Hole Borers/Fusarium Dieback Complex.

John received the Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture award presented by the California Association of Pest Control Advisors and the Western Extension Director’s Award for Excellence for the Farm Quality Planning Project presented by Western Region Extension among many other awards.


Bart O’Brien

Bart is Coauthor of: Reimagining the California Lawn, California Native Plants for the Garden, Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens, Plant Diversity and Endemism in the California Floristic Province, etc. 

Prior to joining the EBRPD, Bart was the Director of Horticulture at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and participated in planning, restoration, and landscape projects for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers and watersheds in Southern California. He has held many leadership roles in the California Native Plant Society. Bart’s contributions have been recognized with numerous awards including President’s Award from CNPS in 2006 and 2010. O’Brien holds an undergraduate degree in environmental planning and management from UC Davis, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University.

Among his accomplishments in education, Bart O’Brien has authored numerous articles, presented lectures and symposia, and developed and managed a new native plant horticulture education and outreach program for RSABG.

Kevin Perry

Kevin Robert Perry is a landscape architect and nationally recognized leader in successfully integrating stormwater management with high-quality urban design. Over the last decade, Kevin has designed over 50 green infrastructure demonstration projects throughout the nation. He has received multiple state and national awards for his work in green infrastructure. His work experience has helped policy makers develop a “toolbox” of design strategies and guidelines for public agencies across the United States. In 2012, Kevin launched his landscape architecture office Urban Rain | Design which aims to provide comprehensive green infrastructure visioning, planning, and design strategies to communities across California and the United States.

Wilson Purves

Wilson Purves is one of the founding partners of Kerosky Purves & Bogue, a law firm specializing in immigration law and representing both immigrant communities and employers in California through its large network of local offices (San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Ukiah, Walnut Creek, Napa and Santa Rosa).  He’s a licensed California attorney since 2007 and has been appointed as a legal advisor for the General Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco since 2008.  Wilson is fluent in Spanish.

Zac Reicher

Zac Reicher has been a Technical Specialist on Bayer’s Green Solutions Team since March of 2015, after spending 19 years as a professor of turfgrass science at Purdue and University of Nebraska. He’s been working in turf since 1980 when he started killing grass at Dyersville (Iowa) Golf and Country Club at the tender age of 15. An avid but poorly-skilled fly fisherman, he also enjoys bow hunting for deer and turkey.
He was a professor at both University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Purdue University.

Jared Sisneroz

Jared Sisneroz is a Staff Research Associate at UC Davis working in the lab of Lorence Oki. His research work focuses all aspects of landscape water-use including urban landscape runoff monitoring and working with Karrie Reid on the UC Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials. Jared received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from UC Davis.






Steve Tjosvold

Steve Tjosvold has been a Farm Advisor in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties since 1983. He interned from 1980-1938 in Alameda, Orange and San Bernardino counties. His specialty is Environmental Horticulture. Steve received both his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science from UC Davis.

He is the recipient of many UC ANR Distinguished Service Awards for Outstanding Team Work as well as receiving the Western Extension Directors’ Awards of Excellence. He was received the Outstanding Research award from the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers.

In his day to day work he is responsible for the planning and implementation of educational and field research programs in floriculture, nursery production, turf management and landscape horticulture in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.


The Nor Cal show is a collaborative effort between the four Nor Cal Chapters (Central, Monterey Bay, Peninsula and Redwood Empire) and the California Landscape Contractors Association. For more information about the exhibits, available booth spaces or seminars please contact Margo Cheuvront, Show Manager (margoc@frontiernet.net or 530-458-3190).