Meet Our Team

Executive Director

Rachael is the founding executive director of Farm to School of Park County.  She is a fourth generation Montanan, Park High Graduate, MSU educated horticulturist, and mother.  When she first stepped into the role in 2015, Farm to School was a single-employee program housed within the Livingston School District.  Over the past seven years, the passion and leadership she brings to the mission has guided the program into becoming the high-functioning, independent non-profit it is today. 

Office Manager

Anna is a life-long Montanan with a green thumb and a passion for education.  She holds an M.Ed. in early childhood education from The University of Montana and she spent many years wrangling preschoolers as a daycare provider before joining our team.  When she’s not busy in the office keeping things running smoothly, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her young son and husband.

Paradise Valley, MT/Nashville, TN

Kent grew up on a family farm, off the Sangamon River, in central Illinois. His grandmother, who lived with them, was born in Blackfoot City, Montana just outside of Deer Lodge, so his roots and love for Montana are deep. After a 15-year career in law, Kent left the practice and started his own healthcare company, which eventually moved to Nashville, TN. Currently he also serves on the National Advisory Council of Yellowstone Forever. Kent and his wife, Karen, live half of the year in Paradise Valley and the other half in Nashville, TN. They love to fly fish, travel and garden, stay politically involved and enjoy being with their 11 grandchildren.

Livingston, MT

Theresa is a fourth generation Montanan originally from Bozeman.  After graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor or Science in Merchandising/Design and spending several years in the San Francisco Bay area, she has chosen to come  back to Montana to make her home in Livingston with her husband, an environmental engineer.
Theresa volunteered at her daughter’s schools and supported her daughter as a vegan in a rural community in her teenage years. These experiences brought light to issues of food inequality, food quality and security. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking and floating the Yellowstone river.

Garden Manager

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Megan moved to Montana in 2016. She has worked extensively on organic farms in the Northeast and in Montana. She now manages Farm to School’s learning gardens and  the Lincoln School Farm, and she teaches Farm to School lessons at Washington and East Side Schools. She loves gardening and cooking as well as hiking and camping!

Livingston, MT

As a lecturer and adjunct professor of executive education for over 20 years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University Dr. Cates has developed programming and consulted to clients (domestic and global, in both for- and not-for-profit organizations) around issues of organization alignment, leadership development, communication, strategic planning, and employee relations. Karen was the first F2SPC Board chair from 2017-2019.

Livingston, MT

Lauren grew up in New York with a mother who could be found in the garden pretty much every day. She moved to Montana 20 years ago, and now raises her family in Livingston, with two school aged children who are happy participants in all Park County Farm to School has to offer. Lauren started her own business as a seamstress several years ago and recently began a secondary career in Real Estate with Small Dog Realty. Lauren is currently a member of the Park County Parks and Fairgrounds Board and the Yellowstone Bend Citizen Council.

Bozeman, MT

Dayle Hayes is an award-winning author and educator. As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), Dayle has dedicated decades to making school environments healthy for students and staff. She collected success stories for Making it Happen, a joint CDC-USDA project; co-authored the 2014 Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years; and was lead author for the 2018 Joint Position (Academy, SNA and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior) and Practice Papers: Comprehensive Nutrition Programs and Services in Schools. 

VISTA Service Member

Sommer is from Severn, Maryland and holds a degree in Biology. She is interested in the complexity of mankind and its health. Sommer is excited to see this interest come to fruition on a broader scale as a VISTA service member for Farm to School of Park County serving the Arrowhead and Gardiner schools.  She is an avid reader, art enthusiast and traveler and loves to explore new cultures.   

Livingston, MT

Jenny Harbine lives in Livingston with her husband, Alex, and their two school aged sons. Jenny grew up in Missoula and returned to Montana after attending law school at University of California, Berkeley. She is a staff attorney for Earthjustice, a non-profit law firm for the environment, where her work is focused on advancing clean energy and reducing carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.

Clyde Park, MT

Barbara is the president emeritus of Shape Up America!, a national campaign to raise awareness of obesity as a health issue.  Considered a leading authority on obesity, Barbara served on the Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth that produced the landmark 2005 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report: Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Barbara also served at the National Institutes of Health, (NIH – NIDDK) in the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination.  Barbara earned her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from Columbia University and her postdoctoral training in nutrition and physiology was at the University of California at Davis. 

If you’d like to be part of our team (staff or board member)

School Meal Advisor

Carole got her start in catering and fine dining 25 years ago. Her faith in the next generation is such that in July 2021, after many years of running Mustang Fresh Food, she sold the business and now advises on healthier dining options for schoolchildren.

Shields Valley, MT

An outdoors lover from birth, Kelly moved from Northern California to Bozeman in 1996 to hike, ski, fish and start her own business, a private learning center. More than a decade later, Kelly sold her business and moved to the Shields Valley to start a small farm where she raised her 2 children and a menagerie of animals. Kelly has been practicing regenerative agriculture for almost 10 years, recently earned her Permaculture Design Certificate with training in Advanced Social Justice and continues to study how best to grow nutritional food. 


The granddaughter of ranchers, Sara grew up in Montana.  She spent four years as an agricultural advisor in DC for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus working on the farm bill, child nutrition bill, and free trade agreements. Following business school and a career in corporate strategy, she moved to Zimbabwe to work with the agricultural industry. Later, Sara started Bumbleroot to create a different kind of food company – one that considers a regenerative business model. In addition to being on the Farm to School board, she serves as an advisor to Land Core on federal farm policy.

Past Farm to School of Park County Board Members:

Andrew Doolittle 2017-2020

Duncan Hagemeyer 2017

Pete Lannan 2018-2019

Ryann Rivard 2017

Pat Vermillion 2018-2019

Jessica Wilcox 2017-2019