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Rachael is the founding executive director of Farm to School of Park County. A fourth generation Montanan, Rachael first stepped into her role in 2015 when Farm to School of Park County was a single-employee program housed in the Livingston Public School District. Rachael brings unmatched passion and leadership to the Farm to School mission, guiding the organization as a high-functioning, independent nonprofit with deep, wide-reaching roots in the community. Rachael graduated from Park High, received her B.S. in horticulture from Montana State University, and is currently earning an Executive Scholar Certificate from the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University. She resides in Livingston with her husband and son.
Anna is a lifelong 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 spent many a year wrangling preschoolers as a daycare provider before joining the Farm to School of Park County family. When she’s not busy in the office keeping the ship running smoothly, you’ll find her enjoying the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons.
A native of Massachusetts, Megan moved to Montana in 2016. With extensive experience working on organic farms across the Northeast and Montana, Megan manages the learning gardens and Lincoln School Farm for Farm to School of Park County in addition to teaching Farm to School curriculum at East Side public school. She is a gardening guru with a side hustle in the kitchen, and never turns down a day on the trails or chance to camp under the stars.
A founding member and manager of the very first vegetable garden on her college campus, Abby knows what it means to “start from scratch.” After receiving her degree in philosophy, Abby moved to California where she worked as a full-time nanny while living on an organic farm. Since then, she’s built a fruitful career in elementary, preschool and music education. When she’s not tending to her house plants, you’ll find Abby performing music, teaching yoga or playing in the mountains.
Celeste grew up in Livingston and is proud to call such an amazing place her home. She has a background in ecology and environmental studies but followed her passion for teaching towards a Montessori Certification and has loved learning and growing with families ever since. Celeste established her own school and business in 2015, Chickadee Montessori, and spent 7 years further deepening her skills as an educator and her roots in the community. In her own time she loves to play in the mountains, rivers and plains, harvest and admire wild things, and spend time with her friends and family.
A lover of the outdoors from birth, Kelly made the move to Bozeman from Northern California in 1996, launching a private learning center while enjoying all the hiking, skiing and fishing that Montana has to offer. More than a decade later, Kelly sold her business and moved to the Shields Valley to start a small farm where she raised her two children and a menagerie of animals. With nearly ten years of regenerative agriculture practice under her belt, Kelly received her Certificate in Permaculture Design with training in advanced social justice in 2017, and continues to pursue her love of soil through the Soil Food Web School.
Theresa is a fourth generation Montanan originally hailing from Bozeman. After receiving her B.S. in merchandising and design from Colorado State University, Theresa spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to Montana with her husband. She now calls Livingston her home, working as a real estate associate. As a parent, Theresa volunteered in the schools and supported her daughter’s choice to live a vegan lifestyle in a rural community throughout her teenage years. These experiences shed light on issues of nutrition, food equity and insecurity. In her free time, Theresa enjoys travel, hiking and floating the Yellowstone River.
Kent’s roots and love for Montana are deep. Growing up on a family farm just off the Sangamon River in Central Illinois, his grandmother, who lived with them, was born in Blackfoot City, Montana, just outside of Deer Lodge. After a 15-year career in law, Kent left the practice and started his own healthcare company which eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee. He currently splits time between Paradise Valley, MT and Nashville, TN with his wife, Karen. They love to fly fish, travel, garden and stay politically involved while enjoying time with their 12 grandchildren.
Raised in Wisconsin dairy country, rural Montana welcomed Paula with open arms when she and her family moved to Livingston in 2005. Paula works as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Livingston Healthcare (LHC) and is a certified Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist. She received her M.S. in nursing from Loma Linda University with a fellowship in Pediatric Mental Health from Ohio State. In the school of life, her preferred classroom is a winding trail with berries to pick and flowers to identify. Working closely with children and their families across Park County, Paula sees first hand the positive impact Farm to School has on the lives of students, including her own three girls.
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Raised on a ranch in southern Park County, Montana, Hannibal entered the education field in his mid-thirties, first as a teacher in Big Timber and then as a school administrator. Over the years, Hannibal served schools and districts in Montana and Alaska, including work as the superintendent of the Livingston School District. He continues to be involved in ranching with a particular interest in advancing regenerative agriculture practices and strengthening networks of local agriculture production and food markets.
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Rich hails from Dayton, Ohio. Following his service in the U.S. Navy, he ventured into the private sector and founded Foreside Financial Group, LLC where he took the reins as CEO. Rich presently serves as Chariman and CEO of Big Sky Trust Companyl. Throughout his career he’s been involved in several startups, lent a hand to various non-profit organizations and navigated the ever-changing landscape of the business world. When Foreside Financial changed hands, he and his better half, Linda, made the decision to settle down in Montana for good.
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD
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Dayle 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 both 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 of the 2018 Joint Position (Academy, SNA and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior) and Practice Papers: Comprehensive Nutrition Programs and Services in Schools. She currently resides in Bozeman, Montana.
We gratefully acknowledge the hard work and contributions of previous board members.
Dr. Karen Cates
Gigi Aelbers Kellet
Barbara Moore Prager