Lindsey received an Associate’s degree from Modesto Junior College, in Modesto, CA, and is currently pursuing a degree in International Agricultural Business with a minor in French. Originally from a farming family in Terra Bella, CA, Lindsey moved to Logan in May 2012. She enjoys fine food, cooking, traveling, football and time with her brothers.
Kim is excited to combine her enjoyment of numbers with the fun of agriculture. Kim has returned to USU and is working hard to receive her B.S. in Accounting this coming year. She has three sons and one daughter, and she enjoys spending time with them and watching them do all the things they enjoy doing. Kim also loves to garden, quilt, watch movies and occasionally ride her Harley.
Applications Programmer & Webmaster
Jim is an Applications Programmer in the IT Services Department of Utah State University Extension. His responsibilities include building and maintaining administrative information systems, web server management, general technical support, technology research and some teaching. Jim works with Western SARE to create and upkeep the online submission and process of grants. Jim has a Master’s degree in Soil Science and Biometeorology from Utah State University.
Stacie joined Western SARE as the Communications Specialist in 2009. Prior to beginning her work as Communications Specialist, she held the non-profit representative seat on the Western SARE Administrative Council for seven years. Stacie directed or consulted with a variety of sustainable food and farming organizations in California since 1999, including the California Coalition for Food and Farming, Ecological Farming Association, California Certified Organic Farmers and Roots of Change. Stacie has a B.A. in English from UC Davis. In her free time, she enjoys time spent at the ocean near where she lives, traveling as much as possible, cheese making and reading.
Regional Training Coordinator, PDP Program
Jim Freeburn has served as the Western SARE Professional Development program coordinator since 1998, providing oversight and guidance for the state and protectorate PDP coordinators and their activities and managing the PDP competitive grants program. He also serves as the director of operations for the University of Wyoming’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle, Wyoming. Jim’s educational background is in wildlife and agricultural economics. His passions are his family and the outdoors, especially mule deer, cattle and the wide-open spaces of western North America.
Administrative Assistant, PDP Program
Kelly Greenwald has been with the Western SARE program as its PDP Administrative Assistant since January 2007. She works half-time for Western SARE and half time for the University of Wyoming Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center. Having been raised on a conventional ranching operation, Kelly very much enjoys and appreciates learning about the extreme diversity of agriculture in the Western Region. A Wyoming native, Kelly is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with degrees in Microbiology and Medical Technology. Along with her husband and two sons, Kelly lives and farms just outside Lingle, Wyoming.
Kristi is the contracts manager for Western SARE, where she has worked since May 1999. As an accountant, her role is to make certain that coordinators and investigators of funded projects submit timely annual and final reports. She is also responsible for releasing project funds and managing the overall accounts of Western SARE.
Samantha joined Western SARE in 2013. She graduated from Utah State University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Family and Human Development. Originally from the Seattle area of Kirkland, Washington, she moved to Logan in August 2012. She had earned her Associate’s Degree from Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington. She is an avid Seahawk's fan and enjoys traveling, sports, cooking and spending time with family and her husband Ryan. She is thrilled to be a part of the Western SARE family.
Associate Training Coordinator, PDP Program
Al serves as Associate Coordinator of Western SARE's Professional Development Program, a position he has held since October 1994. He also helps with Western SARE and other regions on planning and evaluation issues. Al also works as a Program Specialist for the National Center for Appropriate Technology's Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) project.
Tammy joined the Western SARE staff in the fall of 2007. She helps coordinate the travel needs of the staff and Administrative Council members, processes the various grant applications as they come into the office and assists in the organization and planning of the Technical Review panels. As a native of Cache Valley, she loves living among the alfalfa fields and dairy pastures and resides with her husband and their two daughters in the same small town where she grew up.
Bob has been the Utah Professional Development coordinator for Western SARE since 1995 and Deputy Coordinator since 1997. His deputy duties include managing the Calls for Proposals for the Research and Education, Graduate Student, Farmer/Rancher and Professional + Producer programs and all of the activities related to the proposal review process. That includes initiating the requests for proposals, handling queries, facilitating the reviews and assisting the Administrative Council in their funding deliberations.
Contracts Manager, PDP Program
Working at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Joleen has been the Western SARE Professional Development Program contracts manager since September 2003. As a senior accounting associate for the PDP, she reviews state/territory proposal budgets, writes the subcontract agreements, and sets up and closes out the projects. Joleen also maintains the program's administrative accounts and the SARE/NACAA Fellows budgets. Joleen received her Associate's degree from Laramie County Community College, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in accounting. She and her husband Rick enjoy camping and fishing.
V. Philip Rasmussen
Emeritus Western SARE Coordinator
Dr. Phil Rasmussen served as the coordinator of Western SARE from December 1993 to July 2014 and has been associated with National SARE since 1988, having served on the first SAN Committee. He also served as an assistant director in both the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station and the Utah State University Cooperative Extension Service. In 1999, Phil was appointed as the first NASA geospatial extension specialist in the nation.
Phil received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Utah State University and his Doctoral degree at Kansas State University. Currently, he and his wife, Linda, are now serving as church service missionaries on humanitarian farming operations in Europe and the Americas.
Dr. Teryl Roper began serving as Western SARE Regional Coordinator in 2014 after serving five years as Department Head at Utah State University. He deems it a great privilege to work with talented people who are devoted to sustainable agriculture. The “not business as usual” aspect of Western SARE’s mission is refreshing. Teryl received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Botany from Brigham Young University and his PhD from Washington State University. He served for 20 years as Extension Fruit Crops Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Teryl and his wife are the parents of six children. In his spare time he enjoys reading, gardening and small projects around the house.
Chod Stephens received his Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Crop Science in May 2003 and his Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Soil Science in May 2006. He currently lives in Logan, Utah, and works as a Research Technician for Utah State University and Western SARE. He is also working on his Ph.D. degree.
Jill E. West joined Western SARE in October 2013. She works half-time for Western SARE and half time for the University of Wyoming Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center. Jill earned her Associates of Art Degree from Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming. She lives in Torrington, WY with her two daughters. Jill enjoys spending time with her daughters, golfing, camping and fishing.
Megan Wouden graduated from Utah State University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations. She currently lives in Logan with her husband while he pursues his degree. Megan is originally from Morgan, Utah - a small farming community in Northern Utah. Megan assists the staff with correspondences, meeting arrangements and travel. She is excited to be part of the "tipping point" as SARE continues to grow and reach new heights