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Meet the team

The roots of the Fairmont legacy

The Fairmont Ag Foundation is comprised of highly experienced educators, agriculture industry professionals and finance and development experts with deep roots in Sanger and the Valley. Many board members attended Fairmont themselves before seeking out extensive higher education and professional expertise around the state and nation, then returned to Sanger to raise and educate their own children at Fairmont. These are the roots of the Fairmont Farm Legacy, and why service to community, industry integrity and generational knowledge are core to the Fairmont Farm mission.

Fairmont Faculty Advisory Committee

Jared Savage

Principal

Jared Savage

Savage has served as head football and track coach, Guidance Learning Specialist, Assistant Principal and Principal over the course of 15 years. He has smashed barriers of traditional mindsets and educational limitations while building championship school cultures centered around high-energy leadership and expectation. He received his BA in Psychology, Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and MA in Education from California State University, Fresno. Savage uses an innovative coaching philosophy to address all facets of the education system, that stand apart from traditional schools. Savage’s winning approach has resulted in multiple honors including: Fresno County Administrator of the Year Finalist, CSBA Golden Bell Award for School Innovation, CA Gold Ribbon, CA Distinguished School, Fresno County PBIS Platinum Level Award, and National Forum Schools to Watch Re-Designation multiple times. His vision for education is rooted in empowering people, building internal processes that feed purposeful actions, and high performance standards that produce results.

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Charlene J. Griesner

Charlene J. Griesner

Charlene is Fairmont Elementary School's TK-8th grade Resource Specialist, STEM Coordinator, junior high Engineering Teacher, MESA Advisor, and TK-5 grade PLTW Lead Teacher. In her 13-year career as an educator she has been recognized as Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Advisor of the year by CSU Fresno, Innovator in the Classroom awarded by California Education Research Association (CERA), and Innovation and Excellence Teaching awarded for STEM and Ag integration by Voya Unsung Heroes. Charlene’s professional preparation include Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject, Special Education, and Industrial Technology teaching credentials, as well as Master of Arts in Education and Special Education. She is not only a Fairmont teacher, but a Fairmont parent as well. It is her passion to give students real world experience by exposing them to tech innovations at the industry level with a focus on Ag.

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Lisa Johnson

Christine Torosian-Klistoff

Christine Torosian-Klistoff

Christine Torosian-Klistoff is Fairmont's Agriculture Science Teacher with 30 years of teaching experience a lifetime of hands-on farming and ranching background. At a very young age, she was in charge of running a cattle ranch and growing grapes to raisins. She self-financed her college education growing, cutting, raking and baling alfalfa hay. Christine's teaching achievements have been nationally recognized, and her passion is in educating others about Agriculture and its paramount importance in the growth and development of our community and economy, locally and globally. She believes that students must know they are fed, clothed, and housed with products grown right around them, on our farms, in our fields and within our forest. She has successfully developed Fairmont's TK-8th grade Ag curriculum aligned with state science standards, including daily field experiments, engineering projects, and the study of plant and animal science. She wants to give students a head start, providing pathways to future Ag careers, innovation and leadership, and has a long-term goal of sharing her established elementary ag science education curriculum across the State of California.

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Board of Directors

Austin Herzog

Chairman

Austin Herzog

Austin Herzog is a fifth-generation Fresno County resident who attended Fairmont elementary and Sanger High School, Class of 2000. He has two young sons who attend Fairmont. After completing a B.A. degree in Public Administration and City Planning from San Diego State University, he began his career in real estate development and finance, specializing in multi-family and affordable housing communities across California. Austin has participated in multiple large non-profit capital campaigns and developments including the recent Poverello House $2.3M food warehouse and distribution center rebuilding, and developing the Village of Hope homeless temporary housing campus. He is also passionate about the outdoors and the local food movement, and is motivated to help make the link between farmers and consumers more direct and accessible to reduce consumer costs, support healthy communities and improve broader access some of the best produce in the world.

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Andrew Horn

Secretary

Andrew Horn

On any given weekday during the school year, Andrew can find his entire family at Fairmont. His four children are the third generation of Horns to attend Fairmont Elementary, where his wife is also a kindergarten teacher. At Sanger High School, Andrew proudly played on the 1998 Valley Championship football team, and graduated in 2000. From there he continued his education at Fresno State, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business, along with a Masters in Business Administration. He currently works as a citrus salesman, and farms citrus of his own in partnership with his brother Ross.

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Ranetta Bron

Treasurer

Ranetta Bron

Ranetta Bron is a farmer's daughter and lifelong Valley resident whose passion for agriculture and the uniqueness of the Valley continue to grow. A proud Fresno State graduate with an Agricultural Business degree, she has worked in finance, appraisal, sales, and non-profit work for agricultural trade organizations. She currently stays busy tending a small herd of Belted Galloway cattle, working as a real estate broker, farming, volunteering and raising three children who attend Fairmont Elementary.

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Pat Biddy

Pat Biddy

Pat Biddy is a lifetime Sanger resident, whose children are the 3rd generation to attend Fairmont Elementary School. He has a decade of experience in the irrigation industry and is currently the Senior Manager New Business Development for Vanguard Ag based in Tulare, California. He leads a team to bring irrigation technology to the Western and Mid-Western United States and Mexico, helping customers efficiently and effectively schedule water applications in the Agriculture and Landscape markets.

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Ross Horn

Ross Horn

Ross Horn and his family live on and farm citrus and almonds on the ground that his grandparents bought back in the 1950's. His Grandpa, Bob Wolf, was one of the early board members of Fairmont before it joined Sanger Unified. Ross started at Fairmont in Kindergarten and is proud to say his 3rd grade class was Mrs Klistoff's first class ever. Ross attended Sanger High School (class of 98') before earning a bachelors in Business Management from Cal State Northridge and an MBA from Fresno State. He is the Business Manager of the Field Group for Liphatech Inc, a manufacturer of rodenticides. With Liphatech, and as a licensed PCA (Pest Control Adviser), he works with Growers all over the western US to reduce pest problems and maximize production.

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Jason D. Johnson

Jason D. Johnson

Jason D. Johnson is Senior Vice President and Investor Real Estate Advisor for Wells Fargo Commercial banking and has been a banker for over 15 years. Jason earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and his Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with an emphasis in Real Estate Finance & Investment from Florida State. He and his wife have 4 kids that attend Fairmont Elementary and is a Sanger High Graduate (Class of 2000) and was on the 1998 Football Valley Championship team. Go Apaches!

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David Powers