The NCAT Team

Meet the passionate people of NCAT. These are the stories and faces of the people who make it an amazing place to work.

Executive Director

Steve Thompson

Steve has over thirty years of experience in natural resource conservation, community-based climate change mitigation, journalism, and project management. A resident of Montana since 1991, he served as executive director of the Montana-based Cinnabar Foundation and was a senior program manager at the National Parks Conservation Association. He has a B.S. degree in rural sociology from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Steve is an avid elk hunter, shallot farmer, and wild ice skater. He and his wife live in uptown Butte.

Email:stevet@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Amerman

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has more than 30 years of professional experience with a number of diverse business entities. These include non-profit organizations, for-profit utilities, limited liability corporations, public accounting, and governmental units. Prior to joining NCAT as its CFO, Jeff was most recently Finance and Budget Director for the City & County of Butte Silver Bow in Montana.

Email:jeffa@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Horticulture Specialist

Guy K. Ames

Guy has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in horticulture (fruit crops and pest control in fruit crops) from the University of Arkansas. Guy has operated Ames Orchard & Nursery, producing both fruit and fruit plants adapted to Ozark conditions, for 32 years. He has had two tenures with NCAT, once from 1989-2000 and again from 2010 to the present. He is the author of a series of ATTRA publications on organic production of tree fruits.

Email:guyk@ncat.org

Home Office:Arkansas

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Ann Baier

Ann is a sustainable agriculture specialist who has organized and led workshops for farmers and other agricultural professionals on topics such as organic regulations, the organic certification process, recordkeeping for crop and livestock producers, production of poultry on pasture, enterprise planning and business decision-making, and representation and labeling for market differentiation.

Ann has been an organic inspector for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and other organic certifiers since 2000. She served four years on the board of directors of the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). She has helped develop organic system plan templates for CCOF, the Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program, and USDA’s National Organic Program.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lewis and Clark College and a master’s degree in international agriculture development with specialization in agronomy from the University of California-Davis. She has lived and worked with farmers in Central and South America and the Salinas Valley and Central Coast regions of California.

Email:annb@ncat.org

Home Office:California

SARC Program Director

Devona Bell

Devona Bell has worked internationally and nationally building healthy regenerative local and regional food and agricultural systems for 20+ years. Devona focuses on building local sustainable agricultural models; works to increase efficiency along entire value chains from crop production through processing and marketing; working to improve the productivity and profit margins of small-scale farmers; increasing competitiveness, service linkages and market access; as well as developing technical assistance and training programs for food hubs and organizations that focus on sustainable and regenerative food and agriculture enterprise development, social enterprise, and good food value chains. Devona has expertise in project design and management with a focus on sustainable agriculture, building local/regional food systems, natural resource management, enterprise development, and rural economic development. Devona holds a Masters in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from North Carolina and is passionate about ecologically regenerative agriculture, environmental sustainability, and the food/health nexus. Devona, and her two young daughters live on their farm in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. On her farm they raised chickens, ducks, and heritage pigs for meat and eggs, as well as growing a big garden, generally too much winter squash (the great pumpkin take over!) and had a small orchard: blueberries, apples, pears, and grapes.

Email:devonab@ncat.org

Home Office:Virginia

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Felicia Bell

Felicia serves as an agriculture specialist in NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office, offering technical assistance and outreach. Bell has worked extensively to engage limited-resource, underserved, and beginning farmers by offering workshops, training, field days, and conference presentations. Her areas of expertise include risk management, large and small ruminant production, and market gardening. Felicia joined NCAT in 2013 in its newly formed regional office in Jackson, Mississippi. Felicia comes from a diversified legacy-farming background and has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Jackson State University. Felicia and her sons live on a farm in Central Mississippi.

Email:feliciab@ncat.org

Home Office:Mississippi

Development and Communications Director

Sandra Booth

Sandra has more than 40 years of development and communication experience in non-profit organizations. Prior to joining NCAT, Sandra worked as the Vice President for The Ophelia Project. She has also served with both the national Easter Seals office and the Northern Rocky Mountain Easter Seals affiliate, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Glenwood School for Boys. Her expertise includes major gift work, corporate and foundation relationships, and direct marketing. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Sandra joined NCAT in 2009 and is working to promote NCAT to a variety of audiences, raising awareness of our programs and our needs, as well as raising private funds to support NCAT’s efforts.

Email:sandrab@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Ag Specialist

Liz Broussard

Liz Broussard is NCAT’s Mississippi Food Justice Project coordinator, based in our Jackson office. She will be coordinating our efforts with our Kellogg Foundation grant partners. Liz knows NCAT well, having served two years as our Mississippi FoodCorps Fellow. Most recently she served as team coordinator for Alignment Jackson, helping to leverage community resources to support Jackson public schools. Liz holds a bachelors in food and the environment and music from Cornell College in Iowa and is originally from the Northeast.

Email:lizb@ncat.org

Home Office:Mississippi

Program Specialist

Linda Coffey

Linda is a livestock specialist focusing mostly on sheep and goats and grazing. She came to this work from her beginnings on a diversified livestock farm near Westphalia, Missouri, where she greatly preferred the sheep to the hogs and cattle that were the main enterprises. Linda majored in animal science at the University of Missouri. An internship at the United States Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, during lambing time was highly interesting and educational, and her job at the MU sheep farm also built her experience. Linda and her husband and children have raised sheep in Kansas and then in Arkansas, adding dairy goats to the farm in 2001. Today, Maple Gorge Farm consists of 50 acres of woods and pasture, stocked with Gulf Coast sheep and Alpine dairy goats. Linda serves on the board of the Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition (AGLC) and on the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (see wormx.info), and enjoys being part of the team at NCAT’s Southeast Office.

Email:lindac@ncat.org

Home Office:Arkansas

Rocky Mountain West Regional Director

Andrew Coggins

Andrew came to NCAT in 2016, having moved to the United States with his wife and three children. He is the regional manager for the Rocky Mountain West region and a sustainable agriculture project coordinator. Previously he worked for 25 years for Unilever, based at its 1,000 acre research farm at Colworth House research site in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. The research farm included trial plots of vining peas, a dairy herd, and a pig unit for trialing animal feed. He also worked with external research partners on satellite steer systems, minimum tillage work, sustainable production, crop and chemical trials and biodiversity enhancement programs. Andrew managed the research farm from 2006 to 2014. He established a pig-fattening unit to recycle ice cream, expanded the minimum tillage/satellite steer project area from 20 acres to 140 acres, and brought additional biodiversity schemes to the site.

He gained an agricultural diploma from Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire, U.K., and worked in New Zealand on a large dairy unit. He worked previously in the U.S. as part of a custom cutter crew operating out of Oklahoma.

Email:andrewc@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Accountant

Brian Coldiron

Brian Coldiron has joined our Butte office in the Accounting department. As an accountant, his duties will include accounts payable, vouchering, and data input into our Jamis financial software. Brian has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Technology from Montana Tech of the University of Montana and was employed with the Public Defenders of Montana before joining our team. In his free time, he is a bowler, averaging 200 a game. He and his wife also enjoy the outdoors, and hike, fish, mountain bike and prospect for gold. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Email:brianc@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

CA Regional Director

Rex Dufour

Rex has been with NCAT since 1994, and opened our California office in 2001. His work focus is writing about and training agriculture professionals on organic practices and certification, ecological pest and soil management, and farmscaping. Rex is registered with NRCS as an Organic Technical Service Provider (TSP) in California and Nevada. He is responsible for developing NCAT’s Ecological Pest Management Database. Rex worked nine years in Thailand and Laos with the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the U.S. State Department. He helped develop integrated pest management plans for potatoes and small grains on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land leased to farmers. He is a former pest control advisor, and has been trained as a Certified Organic Crop Inspector by the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). Rex received his Master of Science degree in integrated pest management from the University of California-Riverside and a bachelor’s in biology from The Colorado College.

Email:rexd@ncat.org

Home Office:California

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Justin Duncan

Justin is a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office. He has a Bachelor of Science in agronomy from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He has spent years figuring out the nuts-and-bolts of successful organic farming in the humid South, concentrating mainly on sweet potatoes, strawberries, niche-market ethnic specialty crops, cover crops, and drought-mitigation techniques. He is currently working on cover crop projects in south Texas to help farmers in that region build organic matter in soils.

Email:justind@ncat.org

Home Office:Texas

Webmaster

John English

John J. English joined NCAT in 2003. He graduated from the University of Montana – School of Business, and has 8 years experience in the field of Internet and Computer administration. His expertise includes website design and development, systems administration, as well as user support. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, fly-fishing, geocaching and of course, surfing the Internet. In fact, it’s a good bet that when he is not at a computer, he will be doing something outdoors with his loved ones.

Email:johne@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Jamie Fanous

Jamie is a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with NCAT. Jamie’s work focuses on project development, farmer outreach and education, and on-farm conservation planning with specific emphasis on improving soil health. She holds a MS in agriculture, food, and environment, and an MA in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University. Jamie has experience in food system modeling, agriculture policy, soil health, water systems, and climate change mitigation.

Email:jamief@ncat.org

Home Office:California

Horticultural Specialist

Luke Freeman

Luke is a horticulture specialist in the Southeast regional office with a focus on organic and sustainable vegetable and small-fruit production. Luke also works with growers on produce safety, social media marketing, cover crops, and season extension. Luke has a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Arkansas. Before coming to NCAT he worked for the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture under the direction of former NCAT staff member George Kuepper. Luke and his wife own a small farm outside of Fayetteville where they raise laying hens, goats, vegetables, and cut flowers.

Email:lukef@ncat.org

Home Office:Arkansas

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Martin Guerena

Martin most recently served as the Integrated Pest Management Specialist with the city of Davis, California. He is also a licensed Pest Control Advisor and has experience as a teacher, farm manager and extension agent with the University of Arizona. Martin adds his technical writing and outreach experience to the NCAT team.

Email:marting@ncat.org

Home Office:California

Southeast Regional Office Director

Margo Hale

Margo Hale serves as NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office Director, overseeing outreach and projects in the region. Hale has worked extensively on risk management and beginning farmer training, training for military veterans, small ruminant production and education, and livestock production education. Margo joined NCAT in December 2003 as an Animal Science Intern, working mainly with small ruminants. Hale comes from a dairy farming background and has degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural and Extension Education from the University of Arkansas. Margo, her husband Josh, and two daughters live on a small farm in Northwest Arkansas.

Email:margoh@ncat.org

Home Office:Arkansas

Farmers Market Outreach Assistant

Maura Henn

Maura works with local Montana farmers markets and small agriculture producers to promote Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) incentives, including collecting survey data and conducting outreach activities at local markets.

Maura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She was the farmers market manager of the Cameron Park Market in La Crosse for three years and worked for 14 years with the People’s Food Co-op, last as the kitchen and bakery manager at the Rochester, Minnesota, location.

Email:maurah@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Administrative Assistant, Receptionist

Karen Henningsen

Karen joined NCAT in 2008 and serves as administrative assistant for the Human Resources department and also assists the Energy Corps AmeriCorps program with administrative needs. She is a purchasing agent for NCAT and helps out with the library, the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) center, and arranging travel for staff. Karen is a graduate of the Butte Business College, and prior to joining NCAT served as librarian for an elementary school and as librarian and document control clerk for MSE Technology Applications in Butte. She is an active member of the local history club and a board member for the Butte Historical Memorials.

Email:karenh@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Senior Energy Specialist

Dale Horton

As an architect and energy consultant, Dale’s experience has focused on integrating architecture and energy engineering to develop solutions that improve energy efficiency, comfort, and productivity in residential and commercial facilities. He joined NCAT in 1998 after 13 years as owner of a small consulting firm offering architecture, energy, and utility-management services. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and a Master of Science degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana. He works with residential and commercial energy-efficiency programs by developing publications and conducting various types of training.

Email:daleh@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Horticulture Specialist

Tammy Howard

Tammy is a native Coloradoan who came to Butte, Montana, via a long stint of farming and sustainable agriculture work in New York State and Arizona. Her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Horticulture Food Crops and Entomology set her on her path in agriculture. After finishing her Master’s degree in Food System studies from Antioch University, she worked at Cornell University Cooperative Extension as a communications specialist in the area of sustainable agriculture and small farms. She has also worked with the Northeast Organic Farming Association and the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty on organic certification under the National Organic Program and regional food identity campaigns. At NCAT, Tammy will be drawing from her expertise to provide information and develop resources for farmers and people working with farmers through the ATTRA 1-800 line, publications, and other horticultural- related projects.

Email:tammyh@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Kara Kroeger

Kara became a Certified Herbalist at the Rocky Mountain Center of Botanical Medicine in 1999, and a Certified Nutritionist through the American Health Sciences University in 2003. Kara also began training as a chef in 2009 and has had a private chef and catering business ever since. Kara continues to passionately study agriculture and food. She received a Bachelor of General Agriculture in May of 2018 from Texas State University, and currently works to spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture to local food producers through her work at NCAT.

Email:karak@ncat.org

Home Office:Texas

Administrative Support Services Director

Jody Krzan

Jody Krzan joined NCAT in 1987. Ms. Krzan has extensive experience in the area of office support services. Her responsibilities include providing organizational, administrative and clerical support to the Executive Director and other senior management staff. She coordinates all NCAT Board of Directors’ meetings, travel and logistics and file records. Ms. Krzan provides support in proposal, report and contract preparation. She is also skilled in personal and business communications, supervision and departmental planning processes. Ms. Krzan is skilled in the use of several software packages, including Microsoft Office Suite and WordPerfect.

Email:jodyk@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Al Kurki

Al Kurki has an academic and professional background in community organizing, development and program evaluation. His current NCAT assignments include working for the ATTRA project on western agricultural issues, biofuels, and for the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) grants program in the areas of professional development, evaluation, communications and special projects.

Email:alk@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

LIHEAP Program Specialist

Marisa Larson

Marisa began work at NCAT in 2015 as a technical writer and web designer for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse. Since then she has continued to work as a program specialist and de facto webmaster for the Clearinghouse. Marisa is fascinated by all forms of communication and has extensive training in the subject through her years teaching English as a second language in Japan, her academic research for her master’s degree in technical communication at Montana Tech, and her undergraduate degree in art from Brigham Young University – Idaho. In her free time Marisa enjoys doting on her little Aussie, Ranger; reading, gaming, and occasionally performing in musicals and concerts.

Email:marisal@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Web Developer

Nathan Lewis

Nathan Lewis is a web developer for NCAT, based in our Butte office. He is responsible for extensive web application design, programming, and for the maintenance of multiple websites. He also develops and provides statistical analytics for all our web sites and provides web application assistance to users. He is a graduate of Colstrip high school and holds a B.S. from Montana Tech university in computer science and software engineering.

Email:nathanl@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Administrative Assistant and NEAR Specialist

Heather Lingle

Heather assists with administrative duties in the Butte headquarters, including helping staff with travel arrangements and coordinating publication distribution. She also works in the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) program that helps people find help with their energy bills. Heather has a bachelor’s in religious studies from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and a master’s in liberal studies from St. John’s College in New Mexico. A native of Texas, she has lived in Montana for 20 years, and prior to joining NCAT’s team she worked for Montana State University and also for Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Heather is also a singer and musician, with three albums to her credit.

Email:heatherl@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Deputy Director

Carl Little

Carl’s work at NCAT focuses on sustainable agriculture and helping revitalize rural communities. As a teenager he worked on a large grain and hay farm in Indiana, and later raised dairy goats, Dexter cattle, and pastured poultry on his own farm. Before joining NCAT, Carl was chief of staff for Indiana Congressman John Hostettler, a state trooper, and a county prosecuting attorney in southwest Indiana. He has a B.S. from Indiana State University and a J.D. from Regent University.

Email:carll@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Robert Maggiani

Robert has been a sustainable agriculture specialist in our San Antonio office since September 2012. He is project leader for program work dealing with specialty crops, food hubs, and local food systems. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He was a vegetable farmer in the 1970s and 1980s and worked as a marketing specialist for the Texas Department of Agriculture for 27 years before joining NCAT. He is on the board of directors for the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) and the Common Market Texas food hub.

Email:robertm@ncat.org

Home Office:Texas

Administrative Assistant - NEAR

Mary Martin

Email:marym@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Local Food Specialist

Kei Matsunami

Kei Received her Bachelors degree from Bates College in Environmental Studies in 2016, where she held a focus in food sovereignty and served as an intern for three separate nonprofits promoting the responsible development of New England’s food systems and post-disaster rehabilitation farm sites in the Philippines. Following her graduation, she acquired two years of professional experience in sustainable agriculture and food marketing as operations manager of a sustainable ginseng cultivation and food business consulting company in the state of Vermont. She plays a lead role in managing the MT Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant Project, as well as expanding the MT Harvest of the Month Program. Her responsibilities include implementing trainings and providing technical assistance on local food procurement to institutional food buyers with the goal of addressing food access issues through local food distribution.

Email:keim@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Program Specialist and Armed to Farm Coordinator

Robyn Metzger

Robyn Metzger joined NCAT in 2004 and is a program specialist in the Southeast Regional Office. As coordinator for the Armed to Farm program, she facilitates the planning, implementation, and evaluation of NCAT’s multiple Armed to Farm training events each year. Robyn also provides planning, outreach, and communications support for NCAT Southeast’s regional activities. She earned a B.A. in English from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, and has 20 years of experience writing, editing, and designing publications and marketing materials. Robyn grew up on a dairy goat farm in north Arkansas.

Email:robynm@ncat.org

Home Office:Arkansas

Accountant

Jodi Michlig

Jodi is a graduate of Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in business information systems. She joined NCAT in 2002 after working for seven years with Northwestern Energy in various accounting positions. Jodi and her husband have two children. They enjoy watching their kids in their activities and love attending sporting events together. They are avid University of Montana Grizzly football fans.

Email:jodim@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Energy Engineer

Danielle Miska

Danielle works on the energy team performing energy audits across the state of Montana and helping with the NWE rebate programs. She has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Montana State University and an Accounting degree from Santa Clara University. She has worked with the Montana State University\’s HVAC department doing energy audits as well as designing and installing solar PV systems across Montana.

Email:daniellem@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Colin Mitchell

Colin has a bachelors in Government and a minor in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas in Austin. He is a former Permaculture Research Institute of Australia Project Management Intern, and a PRI certified Permaculture Designer. Colin spent the years after his internship working on and managing sustainable agriculture and development projects across central Texas and the U.S.

Email:colinm@ncat.org

Home Office:Texas

Southwest Regional Office Director

Mike Morris, PhD

Mike joined NCAT in 1999, worked in Montana, California, and North Carolina, and moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 2010, where he is director of NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office. Mike has launched and led dozens of projects on water conservation, renewable energy, organic farming, and local food. His recent projects include “Soil for Water,” “Subtropical Soil Health Initiative,” “Is Organic Farming Risky?” and “Feasibility Study for a Texas Organic Food Hub.” Mike earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, and before joining NCAT he taught courses on ethics, technology, and the environment at colleges and universities around the country.

Email:mikem@ncat.org

Home Office:Texas

Program Specialist

Tracy Mumma

Tracy is a program specialist on the Publications Team. She writes and distributes NCAT’s sustainable agriculture e-newsletter, Weekly Harvest. She also provides daily news, events, and funding content for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program website. In addition, she serves as an editor and proofreader for NCAT publications. She is a member of both NCAT’s Communications Team and Livestock Team, and has written publications on efficient farm buildings, farming with draft horses, and other topics. With her family, she owns and operates a small, diverse livestock farm that practices adaptive grazing. She holds a B.A. from Principia College and a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana, and she joined NCAT in 1999.

Email:tracym@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Outreach Specialist

Rich Myers

Richard serves as one of NCAT’s outreach specialists, overseeing podcasts, videos, and press contacts. He joined NCAT in 2010 after working for many years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Montana. He grew up in Belgrade, Montana, one generation removed from his family’s agriculture history — which included a ranch north of Belgrade near Maudlow, where his father also managed grain elevators. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Montana State University and a master’s degree in English and teaching writing from Eastern Washington University. He lives in Butte.

Email:richm@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Administrative Specialist

Alyssa Ness

Alyssa graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in liberal studies. She provides support to staff in various areas such as grant proposals, contracts, outreach and communications, and staff travel arrangements and reconciliations. She also assists with the coordination of Board of Directors’ meetings. Alyssa is a member of the NCAT Communications Team. When not working at NCAT, she is busy working at growing her jewelry business.

Email:alyssan@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

IT Specialist

Jason Otten

Jason graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S in Network Technology. While in college Jason worked for a local small business providing support for all things related to I.T. from network setup to Microsoft Active Director Administration. He also had the opportunity to work for a local utility company to help with a companywide computer refresh were he helped setup new computers and inventoried old computers for recycling. Jason deploys, maintains, and troubleshoots computers for staff. He documents and maintains inventory of computers and software. Jason also answers computer related questions that the staff might have. Jason also helps with other I.T. related tasks as needed.

Email:jasono@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Administrative Assistant - NEAR

Melodie Pesanti

Melodie Pesanti began working for NCAT in July 2002. She is working on the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) Project. She has over five years of experience in customer service in the public sector.

Email:melodiep@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Energy Program Director

Stacie Barry Peterson, PhD

Stacie oversees the energy programs at NCAT, including the Energy Efficiency program, Energy Services, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP), National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) program, and the Energy Corps AmeriCorps program. She holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Montana. The doctoral program integrated environmental science, environmental history, literature, public health, technical communications, and anthropology. She also earned bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in environmental engineering. She has published a book on the use of bio-indicators to assess the impact of mining contamination and remediation. Stacie came to NCAT after working as the project manager for the Mine Waste Technology Program at Montana Tech and as an environmental historian at Heritage Research Center. She has also worked as an environmental health specialist with the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department and as an adjunct professor at Montana Tech. She is inordinately fond of literature and spends as much time as possible outside.

Email:staciep@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Nina Prater

Nina has been with NCAT since 2016 and serves as outreach coordinator for the Gulf States Region and also as a sustainable agriculture specialist focused on soil health. Nina received her B.A. in English and environmental science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and her M.S. in soil science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Before joining NCAT, she served as an Energy Corps member for the City of Fayetteville and worked for her local conservation district focusing on nutrient management and conservation outreach. Nina, her husband, and their two children live ont their farm, a sustainable livestock operation.

Email:ninap@ncat.org

Home Office:Arkansas

Northeast Regional Office Director

Andy Pressman

Andy has been with NCAT since 2007, helping farmers in the fields of whole-farm planning, small-scale intensive farming systems, organic crop certification, urban agriculture, and community food systems. Andy has a MS degree in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University with an emphasis in agroecology and Permaculture design. He has extensive experience in market farming and in working with appropriately-scaled tools and equipment for the small farm. Andy and his family also operate Foggy Hill Farm, a small diversified farm and CSA located in Jaffrey, NH.

Email:andyp@ncat.org

Home Office:New Hampshire

Sustainable Ag Outreach Coordinator

Daniel Prial

Daniel joined NCAT in 2017 as a Community Foods Outreach Specialist for NCAT\’s Northeast Regional Office. Daniel has a bachelor\’s degree in Peace and Conflict Solutions and a master\’s degree in Environmental Studies. Prior to joining NCAT, he served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, worked for the National Park Service at the home of John Muir, in CA, and started his own consulting business for community-based projects in NH. Daniel works to build connections and projects for NCAT in the local food and sustainable agriculture movements in the Northeast.

Email:danielp@ncat.org

Home Office:New Hampshire

Technical Writer

Allen Puckett

Allen received his B.S. in professional and Technical Communications from Montana Tech in 2016 and an Associate of liberal Arts degree from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2013. Prior to coming to NCAT, Allen worked as a Digital Media Developer producing virtual reality content and a Social Media Manager. Allen researches low-income and energy issues, disseminates policies, procedures and technical information. He also prepares written reports and materials, develops and maintains specialized websites and assists in identifying new projects and funding sources.

Email:allenp@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Senior Accountant

Colleen Rabson

Colleen has a B.A. in accounting with a minor in computer science from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. She joined NCAT as an accountant in 2008, and is currently the senior accountant for NCAT. Colleen has prior experience in general accounting as well as tax accounting, and also worked as a nurse in Denver.

Email:colleenr@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Publications and Travel Coordinator

Debbie Rask

Debbie has been with NCAT since 1999. She has an associate’s degree in computer science. She coordinates the production and distribution of ATTRA publications to clients and staff. She also coordinates travel arrangements for staff.

Email:debbier@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Lee Rinehart

Lee has been writing and educating on sustainable agriculture for more than 19 years, focusing on livestock, pasture, and organic certification. He has worked as an organic certification educator, a cooperative extension agent, and a cattle ranch manager. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a Master of Education degree in agricultural education. He lives in Dallas, Pennsylvania, where he enjoys writing and sailing.

Email:leer@ncat.org

Home Office:Pennsylvania

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Omar Rodriguez

After receiving his degree in International Agriculture Development from UC Davis, Omar journeyed to South America where he worked with small farmers to encourage diversification, business development, alternative technologies and reforestation. In the two years since, he’s been managing several farmers’ workers in the Bay Area and working on an 80 acre permaculture farm in Montana. Omar will use his skills and knowledge to reach farmers within the Latino community. Omar is fluent in Spanish.

Email:omarr@ncat.org

Home Office:California

Agriculture and Natural Resource Economist

Jeff Schahczenski

Jeff has expertise in organic and sustainable agriculture public policy, marketing and economics, genetically modified crops, organic horticulture, renewable energy in agriculture, cooperative development, sustainable building, intercultural communications, and beekeeping. He has served as executive director of both the Big Hole River Foundation and Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. He has worked on regional sustainable agriculture projects; has been an adjunct instructor for the University of Montana, Western Montana College, and Montana Technological University; and served on several non-profit boards of directors. Jeff started one of the first CSA (community supported agriculture) farms in New Jersey, served in the Peace Corps in Belize, Central America, and worked on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Wisconsin. He holds master’s degrees in agricultural economics and political science from the University of Missouri – Columbia and the University of Florida.

Email:jeffs@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Livestock Specialist

Dave Scott

Dave is a livestock specialist who contributes practical “how-to” publications and videos for the sustainable farmer and rancher. Implementing adaptive practices to build soil health and lessen inputs are Dave’s chief interests. He has more than 35 years of experience with intensive multi-paddock grazing, first with dairy cows and most recently with sheep. He and his wife operate Montana Highland Lamb with 180 ewes and close to 300 lambs on 32 acres of irrigated pasture in southwest Montana. For the past five years, they have concentrated on increasing pasture soil health and controlling small-ruminant internal parasites through innovative grazing strategies.

Email:daves@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Information Technology Services Director

Mary Anne Skuletich

A member of the NCAT staff for over 20 years, Mary Anne Skuletich has extensive knowledge of computer hardware, software and networking topology and protocols; her duties include technical support, configuration implementation and management, network monitoring, LAN hardware and applications, performance analysis, investigating and recommending solutions for enhancing reliability and future growth needs. She administers all email, end-user support and training as well as database design and multimedia presentations.

Email:marys@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Graphic Artist

Amy Smith

Amy Smith joined NCAT in December 2005. She received a Fine Arts degree from Montana State University, with a concentration in Graphic Design. Before joining NCAT, she worked in the publishing and newspaper industry for eight years doing computer graphics and production work. At NCAT, Amy designs graphics for print projects and formats publications.

Email:amys@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Energy Corps Program Director

Lonni Starcevich

Lonni Starcevich achieved her Bachelors of Science degree in Professional and Technical Communications from Montana Tech. She has experience in a variety of fields including technical writing/editing, public relations, marketing, project management, production and coordination. Lonni is a Montana native and enjoys the outdoors. She is passionate about her community and excited to be part of such an innovative team!

Email:lonnis@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

LIHEAP Clearinghouse Project Director

Erin Steuer

Erin oversees training and technical assistance activities for LIHEAP grantees including states, tribes, and territories. She joined NCAT after working for the State of Montana as the energy and community services specialist monitoring LIHEAP, Weatherization, the Community Services Block Grant, and Emergency Solutions Block Grant. Since 2005, Erin has worked in the non-profit/public sector where she has led efforts in project development, fundraising, strategic planning, outreach, and program evaluation. She has a master’s degree in anthropology with an emphasis in cultural heritage resource management and public health. Erin and her family live on a small farm in the Bitterroot Valley.

Email:erins@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Acct/HR Clerk

Christina Stewart

Christina is currently double majoring in Accounting-HR (AAS) and Business Info Systems-Management (AAS) at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. She has thirteen years of retail Management experience, ten years experience in the fitness industry, and fourteen years experience in the medical field. She is assisting HR in creating job descriptions, reviewing policy and procedure, and revising forms.

Email:christinas@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Director of Human Resources

Kriss Sullivan

Kriss has been working in the human resources field since 2004, with most of her experience coming from the non-profit sector. As NCAT’s HR director, her duties include planning, developing, organizing, and evaluating human resource functions and performance. She administers robust benefits and compensation policies and develops staffing strategies, recruitment, and new-hire initiation. Kriss received her professional HR certification, SHRM-CP, in 2018 from the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). She is president of the local SHRM chapter and has also served on its board for more than 10 years. She is a graduate of Montana Tech and holds a bachelor’s degree in business and information technology.

Email:krisss@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Publications Director

Cathlene Svejkovsky

Cathy Svejkovsky joined the NCAT team in 1990. She has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of publication development, including writing, research, formatting, and presentation. She currently oversees NCAT’s publications department. She holds a B.S. in Technical Writing from Montana Tech.

Email:cathys@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Staff Accountant

Pam Turk-Bell

Pam Turk-Bell joined NCAT in 2008. She holds a BA in Business & Information Technology from Montana Tech and has experience in accounting and auditing in the Butte community.

Email:pamt@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

John Wallace

John studied agricultural economics at Colorado State University, where he focused on using environmental resources responsibly and sustainably. John worked and lived on a small farm in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, growing organic fruit and vegetables before making his way to Montana. John manages the Small-scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) demonstration farm at NCAT’s headquarters in Butte. He is passionate about connecting the community to locally grown food and developing low-cost-input solutions for small-scale, highly diversified farmers. According to John, “The unique challenges of growing food in Butte’s climate, coupled with the community’s need for fresh, healthy foods, make the job especially rewarding.”

Email:johnw@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Regional Director, Gulf States Region

Rock Woods

Rockiell D. Woods is the Regional Director for the new Jackson, Mississippi office. Rock is from Shaw, Mississippi. He graduated from Alcorn State University in 1999, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agribusiness Management and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Economics in 2013. Before coming to NCAT Rock was employed by the Alcorn State University Extension Program for eight years as the Regional Extension Coordinator (Delta Region).

Email:rockw@ncat.org

Home Office:Mississippi

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Asha Tillman

Asha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Mississippi Valley State University and a master’s degree in animal science from Tuskegee University. She specialized in the study of small ruminants, silvopasture, and agroforestry. At NCAT, Asha will assist farmers and ranchers with technical advice on environmentally-sound agriculture practices. She is also the Coordinator for the Mississippi Food Systems Fellowship program, working with NCAT partners in the Mississippi Food Systems efforts. Asha is a native of Mississippi, and in her free time enjoys fishing and exploring new cultures.

Email:ashat@ncat.org

Home Office:Mississippi

Energy Programs Assistant

Victorian Tilley

Victorian assists the NCAT Energy Programs Director with community outreach, partner development, and day-to-day project work within the Energy Services department. She also assists in coordinating the Energy Corps program and its members, who address community needs by promoting sustainable-energy education and consumption.

Victorian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion from Mississippi State University. She has spent time as an employee on a vegetable and flower farm, helped coordinate youth educational gardens, and most recently served at NCAT as Farm Energy Educator in the AmeriCorps program. She resides in Butte, Montana, and enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, gardening, and exploring the beautiful country in Montana.

Email:victoriant@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana

Administrative Assistant

Carli Johnson

Carli performs a wide range of administrative functions, including assisting telephone and front-desk clients and visitors and assisting with staff travel arrangements and publication distribution. She also assists with the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) program.

Before coming to NCAT, Carli worked at NorthWestern Energy in Butte, Montana, assisting customers with billing and energy assistance questions, updating customer accounts, and coordinating service orders. She also worked at DA Davidson financial services, assisting financial advisors with sales, among other administrative functions.

Email:carlij@ncat.org

Home Office:Montana