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Upcoming Events


Vacaville Holly Days Gift & Craft Fair

Holly Days Craft & Gift Fair is back on Merchant Street again this year to allow more craft vendors,... Details >


Fibersed Wool Symposium

We will have a booth at this event (in the church) with raw fleece, roving and yarn in a variety of ... Details >


Fiber Grading/Sorting Class

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


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.

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.

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.

Sabina Pokorney Karr

I always knew I would raise alpacas. After years of research and countless questions…I finally purchased my first female and two gelded boys. Autumn Day Alpacas was established in 2005 and since that time we have committed the time and energy to creating an alpaca herd that complements our lifestyle. We are active in the show ring, supporters of the California State Fair, and enthralled with all the possibilities the fleece has to offer. In my youth I was active in 4H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and started my career as an Animal Health Tech. Love of Biological sciences and the quest of knowledge pushed me to complete an Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, as well as a Master’s Degree in the field of Nursing. In 2002 I graduated from UC Davis and received dual licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant.

Since 2006 I have been working at Sierra College as a full time tenure Professor as well as the Assistant Director of the Sierra College Nursing Program. I have participated in countless committees and in 2009 established the Sierra College Student Nurses Association which is over 60 members strong and committed to numerous volunteer projects within our communities. In 2016, with the help of my friend Tina Raibley, we started the first 4H alpaca project in Placer County. Coming up with a curriculum and activities provided me additional insight into the learning needs of the next generation of alpaca enthusiasts. The continued success of the California alpaca industry needs to begin at a local level. Guidance and support is what Calpaca has to offer. I want to be a part of that.

I love the alpaca industry and am eager to watch it go to the next level.