Sherri Burris is the HR/Office Manager for Columbia Farm Services, LLC. She manages multiple offices and works closely with the Orchard Management Team. Besides managing the offices, her primary duties include the H-2A program, Food Safety, Organic Certifications, and HR issues. She is currently the chairperson of the wafla board. Sherri has worked in the fruit industry for more than 50 years. Her father managed an orchard, and part of her "chores" was helping in the orchard. After college, she was hired by a warehouse starting in their orchard management department. She continued to grow within the company, gaining experience and knowledge in all areas of the fruit warehouse and sales before joining Columbia Farm Services. Sherri and her husband also own a small cherry orchard.
Empey Orchards, Inc.
Nolan Empey is the current president of Empey Orchards, Inc., a third-generation family farm that has been in business for 63 years. The farms are located in Franklin and Columbia counties, where they grow apples, apricots, cherries, wheat, alfalfa, and corn. He also operates Nueva Vida Nursery, which propagates and sells fruit trees to growers in the Pacific Northwest. Nolan currently serves on the WSDA Organic Advisory Board. He is a graduate of the Washington State AgForestry Leadership program. With the help of wafla, their operation has used the H-2A program for several years to supply its labor needs.
Alamo Organic Orchards
Paige Hake grew up in one of the first organic apple orchards in Central Washington. After earning a liberal arts degree from Gonzaga University, she returned to Yakima to work in the fruit marketing industry. After nine years in marketing and sales, she moved to the growing side of the industry and learned more about horticulture. Currently, she is the project manager at Alamo Organic Orchards, where she runs the organic certification, food safety, and H-2A programs for Alamo Organic Orchards and related entities. She is a wafla board member interested in being part of the solution wafla provided to her family farm.
Board Vice Chair
Three Mile Canyon Farms
St. Paul, Ore.
Pan American Berry Growers, LLC
Traci Clarke joined Pan American Berry Growers LLC after a 17-year career in administration and human resources in construction. Clarke oversees operations, food safety, employee health and safety, social responsibility, and human resources at their packinghouse in Oregon and farms in both Washington and Oregon. Traci and her husband enjoy hiking, gardening, and fishing. They have two adult children.
Red Rooster Consulting
Scott Jacky grew up on a wheat and barley farm near Reardan, Wash. After graduating from Washington State University with a civil engineering degree, he worked in the engineering and construction industries for 14 years in the Seattle area. Because he preferred the Eastern Washington lifestyle, he accepted a job offer from his in-laws to work for Valley Fruit based in Wapato, Wash. At Valley Fruit, he served as the Manager of Orchard Operations until Valley Fruit was sold. At the end of 2019, Scott made the decision to start Red Rooster Consulting, which combined his engineering and construction background with his more recently acquired tree fruit knowledge. While building up his consulting business, Scott also joined NWFM, LLC as the Director of Orchard Design and Development.
Adrian Roozen grew up on a family flower bulb farm in the Skagit Valley, where they specialized in fresh-cut tulips, daffodils, irises, green peas, and wheat and barley. Adrian then attended WSU and studied agronomy. He put his education to good use by becoming a soil fumigation consultant and then a tree-fruit and technology consultant with Wilbur-Ellis. Adrian now works for Lawrence Enterprises in Royal City, where he focuses primarily on agronomy and horticulture to grow quality apples, cherries, and wine grapes. He manages compliance with good safety and organic guidelines, as well as the health and safety of farm workers (including about 150 H-2A workers). According to Adrian, managing risk is just as important as growing a quality, safe food product. In today’s world, integrating the farming side of an operation together with a person’s knowledge, skills, and voice is what helps a business run successfully.