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- Vytautas J. Sliupas, P.E. - Burlingame, California

Irrigation and water resources engineer, retired from Morrison-Knudsen International -  thirty five years worldwide experience - fluent in Lithuanian. E-mail: [ click here]

Vice President International Relations - Professor Calvin O. Qualset, Rohnert Park - California

Cereal Grain Geneticist and Director of Resources Conservation Program, University of California, Davis. Thirty-five years worldwide experience.E-mail: [ click here ]

Vice President of Administration / Secretary - Leland H. Ruth - Sacramento, California

President Emeritus of the Agricultural Council of California -Specialist in Co-Op formation and development. Worked for the U.S.Agency for International Development on projects in Ukraine (Crimea), Russia, Armenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Some knowledge of the Lithuanian language. E-mail: [ click here ]

Vice President for Exchange Programs and Treasurer - John S. Chiles, Davis - California

Responsible for Milling Operations for Campbell Seeds. Farms in Solano County, member of the Board of Directors of the Yolo County Farm Bureau and California State Contact for the National Young Farmers Educational Association. E-mail: [ click here ]

Member of the Board - Dr. Algirdas Radzevicius, - Kaunas, Lithuania

Head of Hydraulic Engineering Department Alexandras Stulginskis University (Formerly Lithuanian University of Agriculture)   E-mail: [ click here ]

Member of Board - Janis Birznieks - Castro Valley, California

Retired from U.S. government after 28 years as an engineer and government specialist. Director of the Repini Center, near Jekabpils, Latvia, a christian based non-profit demonstration farm development with assistance from Finland and the U.S. Lived in Latvia and fluent in the language.  E-mail: [ click here ]


*Vice President Communications - Dr. Ted Shapas - Alamo, California,

Entomologist with over 25 years of Research & Development experience in the consumer products industry -  Currently directs Integrated Pest Management Certification program for structural pest management professionals. E-mail: [click here ]

*Vice President of Public Relations - Heather White, RN - Palo Alto, California

Lived and volunteered as a nurse in Lithuania. Some knowledge of the Lithuanian language.

  Advisors to Board
  • Grazina Gudaityte Liautaud  - Chicago, Illinois.
  • Dr. O. Donald Meaders - Agricultural Education, Michigan State University
  • Lawrence F. Uebner - Director Siauliai - Omaha Sister City Project, Omaha, NE.
  • Richard Juelis - Partner - Tatum LLC - San Francisco, California
  • Julia Butkute Klee - Environmental Law and Science, U.S Citizen, Resident Switzerland

    Honorary Sponsors -
  • Mrs. Alma Adamkiene, Former First Lady of Lithuania
  • Dr. Algirdas Avizienis, University of California, Los Angeles, California


*  Leave of Absence


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