Stephanie “Stevie” McNeill. McNeill is a native of Tulare County with a strong agricultural background. Her grandparents raised oranges in Lindsay. Her father was a crop duster in Huron, and her step-father was a pest control advisor in Kings County. McNeill graduated from Hanford High School. She went on to attend College of the Sequoias and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She graduated from Fresno State University in 1982 with a degree in ag plant science. After she finished college, she earned a Pest Control Advisor license and, later, got a Qualified Applicator License.