Meet Our Team
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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.
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.
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!
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.
DAYLE HAYES, MS, RD
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.
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.
School Meal Advisor
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.
BARBARA MOORE PRAGER, PhD, FTOS
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.
Abby was a founding member and manager of the first vegetable garden on her college campus. After graduating with a degree in philosophy, she moved to California where she became a full-time nanny and lived on an organic farm. Since then she’s built a long-standing career in education, working as an elementary paraprofessional, preschool teacher, and music teacher. When Abby is not tending to her house plants, she’s performing music, teaching yoga, or playing in the mountains.
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.
Raised in Wisconsin dairy country, rural Montana felt like home when Paula moved with her family to Livingston in 2005. She is Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Livingston Healthcare (LHC) and has a MSN from Loma Linda University and a fellowship in Pediatric Mental Health from Ohio State. In the school of life, her preferred classroom is a trail with berries to pick and flowers to identify. Working closely with children and their families in the county, she has been able to watch Farm to School positively impact the lives of so many students including her own three girls.
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