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5th Annual Amber Auction Alpaca Sale!!! Check out LOT 49 - El Dorado Playmate of GVA - white bred su... Details >


Amber Autumn Alpaca Auction

See our Lot 9, Big Timber's Cocobola--2017 Color Champion. We put one of our best in this auction!... Details >


Fiber Grading/Sorting Class

Fiber Grading and Sorting Class with Wini Lebraque... Details >

Election 2017

Board of Directors

It’s Election Time for Calpaca!
Meet Your Board of Directors Candidates

The Calpaca organization is overseen by a dedicated group of Calpaca members who volunteer their time, skills, and talents to serve on the Board of Directors. The election to fill director positions occurs annually. A big thank you to these Calpaca members who have stepped forward to run for a position on the board.

Charlene Payne Schmid

Charlene Payne Schmid began alpaca ownership in May of 2013. Since that time, Charlene and her husband Don, with two daughters, relocated from Davis, CA to Vacaville and began to build Integrity Alpacas & Fiber. Currently, Charlene comes home each night to a wonderful family and ranch of 25 alpacas, with 8 confirmed pregnancies. Wow! What a difference two years makes! Charlene’s last bio had 8 alpacas with 4 confirmed pregnancies!

Charlene and her family have tremendous gratitude to Bruce and Joan Nelson for the guidance and support in the creation of Integrity Alpacas & Fiber. Many fellow Calpaca friends have been made through Charlene’s volunteer work, service as a Vice President on the Calpaca board, and as manager growing the Calpaca Classic Round Up over the last three years. As a board member, I advocate for work that will build our fiber industry and support a business with integrity.

Cynthia Kuhlmann

Cynthia Kuhlmann co-owns Sierra Rose Alpacas in Grass Valley with her husband, Howard. Starting their alpaca business in 2006, they now have 38 alpacas on their ranch, and provide agisting for others.

Together they raise award winning huacayas and suris. Cynthia brought her skills from being an independent business woman, and running her own small training and consulting company (since 1998), to their alpaca business. She holds a B.S. in Marketing (from forever ago!) from SFSU and an M.S. in Integral Consciousness Studies from JFKU in Orinda, CA. She has a ranch store on site and also goes to all sorts of events to promote everything alpaca. She and Howard also take alpacas out to events, schools, churches, senior homes, children’s events, & fairs. They invite groups and the public in to their ranch frequently throughout the year. Being an educator, she hosts special educational seminars and workshops, such as a neonatal workshop, fiber art workshops, knitting classes etc.