Meet Our Team
Rachael Jones is the founding Executive Director of Farm to School of Park County. She is a fifth generation Montanan who has been growing food for over 12 years in Park County. While she holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology from MSU, her career began unofficially in her Grandmother Ethel’s garden.
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.
Lauren grew up in New York with a mother who could be found in the garden pretty much every day. Though Lauren’s main interest was watering the strawberries so they’d get bigger, she passively absorbed a deep connection to the food she ate, and an appreciation for the quality of food that came from her mother’s garden. 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 understands and appreciates the connection to the food she and her family eats, as well as the need for community based programs that promote healthy living for all residents. 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.
Steve joined the team in 2020 as Office Coordinator. He has extensive senior management experience in sales, marketing, technology and management of marketing agencies, entertainment properties, retail and distribution companies. Steve has worked extensively at the edge of adoption for new technology and ideas helping to shape and structure emerging business models for scalability and profitable growth. Prior to moving to Montana in January 2020, Steve had been working on a commercial organic vegetable farm on Cape Cod.
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. Also serving on the board of Park County Environmental Council, Kelly is excited to be involved in organizations that share her interest in the connections between ecology, health, education and food systems.
KAREN L. CATES, Ph.D.
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.
After serving as a FoodCorps member under F2S from 2019-2020, Aubrey was happy for the opportunity to join F2S full-time. She grew up in Oklahoma’s countryside, where she learned an appreciation for food and the outdoors, passions developed working at a camp in CO. Her teaching and culinary background are assets to F2S, and when not working, she can be found baking or exploring the MT mountains.
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. Kent did his undergraduate work at DePauw University and attended law school at Indiana University. After a 15-year career in law, Kent left the practice and started his own healthcare company, which eventually moved to Nashville, TN. Over the years, Kent has been very active in a number of nonprofits that share his passion for the protection and preservation of this earth. Currently he also serves on the National Advisory Council of Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. 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.
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 founded by the 13th U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, in 1994. 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. She also served on the IOM Subcommittee on Military Weight Management that produced the report, Weight Management: State of the Science and Opportunities for Military Programs, in 2003. Barbara served at the National Institutes of Health, (NIH – NIDDK) in the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination. Under the Clinton administration, Dr. Moore joined the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Her earlier private sector experience includes serving as the chief nutritionist and head of program development for Weight Watchers International, and a member of the technical development team for the food company, HJ Heinz. Barbara earned her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from Columbia University. Her postdoctoral training in nutrition and physiology was at the University of California at Davis. She was appointed Henry Rutgers Fellow at Rutgers University, Department of Nutritional Sciences. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Skidmore College. In 2013 she was elected Fellow of The Obesity Society (FTOS).
FoodCorps Service Member, Farm 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 and is now managing the Lincoln School Farm as well as serving as the FoodCorps service member for Farm to School of Park County. She loves gardening and cooking as well as hiking and camping!
The granddaughter of ranchers, Sara grew up in Montana. After receiving her undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame, she spent four years as 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. She recently moved back to Montana to build out the Bumbleroot team amongst the producers that Bumbleroot will feature. In addition to being on the Park County Farm to School Program, she serves as an advisor to Land Core on federal farm policy.
School Meal Advisor
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