Staff Profiles

Kathy Hadley

Executive Director – Montana

Kathleen Hadley was named Executive Director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology in July 1997. Prior to that she served as associate director and development director for NCAT. She has more than 18 years of management experience with project, program and corporate responsibilities, including personnel, resource center, and computer services areas. Previously she was a business owner and partner in an energy and environmental consulting firm and worked for the Montana State Energy Office. In 1997 she was appointed to the Governor’s Electric Utility Industry Restructuring Advisory Committee for the state of Montana. She has a BS in Biology and MS in Biology from State University College at Buffalo.

Marcia Brown

Chief Operating Officer – Montana

Marcia Brown came to NCAT in 1998 after a long career working for Montana members of Congress both in Washington, D.C. and in Montana. At NCAT, Marcia has developed expertise in Human Resource management while also providing oversight of NCAT’s Information Technology Division, Resource Centers, Administrative Services, and property management. With employees in multiple locations across the country, Marcia has used her knowledge of federal law to develop policies and procedures that ensure compliance with state and federal labor laws. She has developed a new internal pay plan, increased the depth and breadth of benefits available to employees, and established strong payroll processing capabilities. She has also developed long-term recruitment and hiring practices that have increased the diversity of the organization. Marcia’s strength is designing policies and procedures that protect employees as well as organizations. Marcia is a member of the National Society for Human Resource Management and the Continental Divide Chapter of the Montana State Society for Human Resource Management. A Montana native, she attended the University of Montana majoring in political science and retains a strong interest in government and public policy.

Jeff Amerman

Chief Financial Officer – Montana

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from MT Tech of U of M. Jeff is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has 27 years professional experience with a number of diverse business entities. These include non-profit organizations, for profit utilities, limited liability corporations, public accounting & governmental units. Jeff was most recently Finance and Budget Director for the City & County of Butte Silver Bow.

Guy K. Ames

Horticulture Specialist – Arkansas

Guy K. Ames has a BA from Texas A&M, Commerce; MS in horticulture (fruit crops and pest control in fruit crops) from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Guy has operated Ames Orchard & Nursery, producing both fruit and fruit plants adapted to Ozark conditions, for 23 years. He has had two tenures with NCAT, once from 1989-2000 and again from 2010 to the present. He is the author, most recently, of Community Orchards.

Ann Baier

Program Specialist – California

Ann Baier is a UC Davis graduate with an MS in International Agriculture Development and Agronomy who has experience in providing training and education to minority and limited resource farmers. She is an inspector for the California Certified Organic Farmers and was the Executive Director of Roots and Wings, a non-profit that provides farm and garden-based education and training programs to young people.

Felicia Bell

Ag Specialist – Mississippi

Felicia Bell, Co-Owner of RD & S Farm, LLC along with her eldest son has been involved in agriculture all of her life. Ms. Bell was taught early in life the responsibilities of engaging and assisting your neighbor. Ms. Bell has taken her grandfather’s wealth of knowledge and coupled it with her science and research background. The result is innovative farm practices conducive to small farmers like herself. She proudly continues her grandfather’s legacy utilizing the components detailed below.
Ms. Bell’s business history includes Precious Little Angels Family Resource Center with two locations; S.J. Bell’s Plumbing & Repair Service, a family business; R.D. Burnett’s Baseball Park & Recreation Center, a family business; and of course RD&S Farm.
RD&S Farm is multi-faceted and features natural livestock production and certified organic produce. The Mobile Farm Animal Education Center features Animal Assisted Therapy, Sustainable Agriculture Classes including the newly formed “Sustaina-Tots.” Other elements include Sustainable Ag. & Sustainable Living Consultation and Installation, Barnyard Crew 4-H Club, Natural Farm Tours around the state and lastly Living Whole — Natural, Traditional, and Homeopathic Wellness rendered by Ms. Felicia Bell.
Ms. Bell’s passion is helping others. The diversity of community farm activities yields many new business associates and clients.
Her appointment as State Chairwoman of MS-NWIAA is a great opportunity to help many people at once by utilizing the ripple effect with the various programs, workshops, outreach, conference and tours that NWIAA-National Women in Agriculture Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK has to offer.
Ms. Bell believes that everyone deserves the option of healthy food. With the collective effort of small sustainable farmers across the country, this can become a reality while maintaining stability during the current economic hardship nationwide.

Sandra Booth

Development and Communications Director – Montana

Sandra Booth has more than 30 years of development experience in non-profit organizations. Prior to joining NCAT, Sandra worked as the Vice President for The Ophelia Project. She has also done work for Easter Seals, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Glenwood School for Boys. Sandra holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Sandra joined NCAT in September 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.

Liz Broussard

Mississippi Food Justice Project Coordinator – Mississippi

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.

Emily Caponi

Montana State Energy Corps Coordinator – Montana

Emily oversees the development of energy Corps members and host sites through out the state of Montana, identifying program needs and maintaining grant requirements. Emily graduated from the University of Montana in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a Wilderness Studies focus. Emily has previously served as an Energy Corps member at NCAT helping to develop a comprehensive sustainability training program.

Linda Coffey

Program Specialist – Arkansas

Linda Coffey comes from a family farm in central Missouri, where they raised cattle, hogs, sheep and horses. She majored in Animal Science at the University of Missouri and enjoyed an internship at the United States Sheep Experiment Station near Dubois, Idaho; later completing a Master’s in Animal Science. Linda joined NCAT in August 2000, working primarily with the ATTRA project on sheep, goat, and multispecies grazing issues.

Andrew Coggins

Sustainable Agriculture Project Coordinator – Montana

Andrew came to NCAT in July of 2016. He has a diploma from Shuttleworth Agricultural College in Bedfordshire, UK. Prior to moving to the United States in 2014, he spent 25 years with Unilever, a global foods company. His last 10 years there included increasing involvement in biodiversity and agricultural sustainability work.

His primary duties and responsibilities at NCAT will include the SIFT farm, developing new agricultural projects, budget monitoring, and expanding NCAT’s outreach to surrounding states.

Andrew resides in Butte, Montana with his wife and three children.

Brian Coldiron

Accountant – Montana

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.

Dave Daugherty

Energy Engineer – Montana

After a stint in the Air Force working as a radar repairman and operator, Dave attended MSU and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Dave worked for The Montana Power Company as a Distribution Engineer, Communications Engineer, and later as an Energy Services Department Engineer. His last job was working as a field rep on Energy Star programs administered by NEEA. His interests include flying (private pilot), SCUBA diving, camping and other outdoor activities. Dave’s work at NCAT is focused mainly on energy conservation projects for NorthWestern Energy.

Rex Dufour

Manager – California Office – California

Rex Dufour’s background is in entomology and integrated pest management. His work experience includes managing sustainable development projects in Thailand and Laos. Mr. Dufour has worked as both project manager and program specialist for NCAT and heads NCAT’s California office. In addition to the ATTRA project, he is involved in several minority farmer outreach projects.

Justin Duncan

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist – Texas

Justin has a BS in Agronomy from Prairie View A&M University, an 1890 Land Grant Institution, and an MS in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University. He’s 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 crops and drought mitigation techniques. He formerly served as the Houston region director of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and has strong rapport with organic farmers in Eastern Texas.

Kevin Ellis

Poultry Specialist – Texas

Kevin holds a Bachelor’s in Poultry Science from Texas A&M University, and worked there as a research assistant specializing in nutrition and animal health. He was also a member of two national championship winning teams in collegiate poultry judging, including a first overall individual ranking, and won a proficiency award from the Future Farmers of America for raising poultry. Prior to joining NCAT, Kevin worked with Garden Harvests Farm, a Texas organic CSA. When not thinking about poultry, he likes to read and cook, and he collects music records.

John English

Webmaster – Montana

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.

Demetrius Fassas

Montana Local Foods Specialist – Montana

Demetrius graduated from Butler University with a degree in Biology and chemistry. Bound for mountain country, he moved to Montana to become a FoodCorps Service Member in Ennis. After brushing shoulders with NCAT through the Growing Leaders Youth Initiatives, Demetrius has returned as an employee to take over as the Montana Local Foods specialist.

Luke Freeman

Horticultural Specialist – Arkansas

Luke Freeman has joined the Southeast regional office staff as a horticultural specialist. He will be assisting with sustainable and organic horticulture issues, high tunnels, cover crops, Armed to Farm projects, and more. Luke has a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture from the University of Missouri and is working on a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Arkansas. Before coming to NCAT, he worked for the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture as the horticulture program assistant under the direction of former NCAT staff member George Kuepper. He and his wife own a farm on which they raise laying hens, goats, vegetables, and cut flowers.

Margo Hale

Southeast Regional Office Director – Arkansas

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.

Karen Henningsen

Administrative Assistant, Receptionist – Montana

Karen joined NCAT in September 2008 after having worked at MSE as a receptionist and technical librarian.

Dale Horton

Sustainable Energy Program Manager – Montana

As an architect and energy consultant, Dale Horton’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’s of Architecture Degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and a Master’s of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. He currently manages a range of renewable energy and energy conservation projects relating to residences, multi-family housing, businesses, and agriculture.

Tammy Howard

Program Specialist – Montana

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.

Jody Krzan

Administrative Specialist – Montana

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.

Al Kurki

Program Specialist – Montana

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.

Marisa Larson

Technical Writer – Montana

Marisa obtained a BA in art from BYU-I and worked as a graphic designer for Butte’s local paper before following her dream of traveling the world. Lacking the funds to become a professional globetrotter, she decided to work as an English teacher in Japan for a year. One year became five. Marisa finally chose to come home to pursue a master’s in technical communication from Montana Tech with her (mis)adventures in Japan serving as fuel for her passion in communication and sustainable living. After she completed her degree, Marisa found a happy home as a technical writer at NCAT.

Carl Little

Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Communities Prog – Montana

Carl’s work at NCAT focuses on sustainable agriculture and helping revitalize rural communities. He grew up on a large grain 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.

Vicki Lynne

Energy Specialist – Montana

Vicki Lynne joined NCAT in 1999. Vicki focuses on farm energy projects at NCAT. She is a Professional Engineer with a B.S. in Engineering Science. She also enjoys raising Shetland sheep for wool.

Robert Maggiani

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist – Texas

Robert has a BBA and MS in Statistics, Accounting and Political Science from the University of Texas in Austin. He has a wealth of experience in agriculture from farming vegetables in Mexico to founding a farmworker cooperative in South Texas to serving as a Chief Marketing Specialist for the Texas Department of Agriculture, where he worked for almost 27 years. Robert has great experience with organic crop standards and certification as well as assisting farmers in developing new products and new markets. He speaks Spanish and has relationships with producers, organizations, retailers, wholesalers and other groups involved in Texas agriculture.

Mary Martin

NEAR Operator – Montana

Travis McAdam

Technical Writer – Montana

Prior to joining NCAT, Travis spent 13 years working for the Montana Human Rights Network. As the organization’s Research Director and Executive Director, Travis was a nationally-recognized expert on anti-democratic movements, and media outlets across the country featured his analysis. In addition to writing and research, Travis has extensive experience in public-policy advocacy, community organizing, and public relations. He has bachelor degrees in print journalism and sociology from the University of Montana.

Robyn Metzger

Project Assistant – Arkansas

Robyn Metzger attended Lyon College and has a B.A. in English. She joined NCAT in 2005 as an administrative support specialist; Robyn provides administrative and formatting support. Robyn also has a wide range of experience in desktop publishing.

Jodi Michlig

Accountant – Montana

Jodi Michlig is a graduate of Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a BS in Business Information Systems. She joined NCAT in 2002, after working for seven years with Northwestern Energy in various accounting positions.

Mike Morris

Southwest Regional Office Director – Texas

Mike Morris’s work at NCAT focuses on demonstrating local and sustainable food, water, and energy alternatives, in collaboration with grassroots groups, state and federal agencies, communities, utilities, and university researchers. His recent projects have included “Bringing New Farmers to the Table,” “Energy Training for Agriculture Professionals,” “Building Farm Energy Self-Sufficiency,” and “The Efficiency Plus Irrigation Pilot Project.” Mike currently directs NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas, and he previously led NCAT projects in Montana, California, and North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and has taught at many colleges and universities around the country.

Tracy Mumma

Program Specialist – Montana

Tracy Mumma joined NCAT in 1999. She holds a BA in Political Science from Principia College and a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She and her family raise Katahdin sheep on a small farm powered by draft horses. Tracy administers news content for the ATTRA-National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website, produces the Weekly Harvest e-newsletter, and works as part of the editing and production team for NCAT’s sustainable agriculture publications.

Rich Myers

Editor – Montana

Richard Myers joined NCAT in 2010 as editor of the Publications Production Team. He provides editorial review for ATTRA and other NCAT publications. Myers holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Montana State University and a master’s degree in Rhetoric (teaching writing) from Eastern Washington University. He has worked as a reporter and editor in Montana newspapers for more than 20 years and has been an adjunct writing instructor at Carroll College in Helena for nearly that long. Myers is also a musician who has sung in symphony chorales and bluegrass bands and plays guitar and a mean clawhammer banjo.

Alyssa Ness

NEAR Specialist/Receptionist –

Alyssa is a graduate of Montana Te4ch of The University of Montana with a B.S. in Liberal Studies. She works in the NEAR office and also provides administrative support at Butte headquarters. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, doing the classic Montana recreation activities such as hiking, floating, and camping.

Jason Otten

Computer Specialist – Montana

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.

Melodie Pesanti

Admin. Assist. for NEAR – Montana

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.

Stacie Barry Peterson

Operations Director, Energy Services – Montana

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 also works as an environmental health specialist with the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department. Stacie holds a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Montana and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are in Environmental Engineering, with an emphasis in mine waste. Her dissertation research integrated environmental science, public health, environmental history, literature, technical communications, and anthropology. Her dissertation topic was the environment, health, and culture of the Butte Superfund site. In addition to being a master gardener with the Montana State University Extension program, Stacie is inordinately fond of literature, and deeply enjoys exploring the Montana wilderness.

Nina Prater

Sustainable Ag Specialist/Outreach Coordinator – Arkansas

Nina Prater received her B.A. in English and Environmental Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY in 2004. She lived and worked in a variety of locations after that, including Vermont, Colorado, and Alaska, before settling down on a farm in Arkansas in 2007. She received her M.S. in Soil Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2012, served as an Energy Corps member in 2013, then worked for the local conservation district for 2.5 years. She, her husband, and their two children live on Cedar Creek Farm, a sustainable livestock operation.

Andy Pressman

Program Specialist – New Hampshire

Andy has been with NCAT since 2007 as a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, working in the fields of organic crop production, season extension, local foods, urban agriculture, and farm energy. Andy has a MS degree in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University and has a background in small-scale intensive production systems, including Permaculture design, Grow-Biointensive, and SPIN-Farming. He has extensive experience in market farming and has worked on and managed diversified farms in Ohio, Vermont, Colorado, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Allen Puckett

Technical Writer/Program Specialist – MT

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.

Colleen Rabson

Accountant – Montana

Colleen Rabson has a B.A. in Accounting, minor Computer Science. She joined NCAT as an Accountant in 2008. Colleen has experience as a Tax Accountant, General Accountant and Nurse.

Debbie Rask

Publications Coordinator – Montana

Debbie Rask has been with NCAT since 1999. She has an Associates Degree in Computer Science. She is the Montana coordinator for production and distribution of ATTRA publications. She also coordinates travel for Montana staff.

Lee Rinehart

Sustainable Ag Specialist – Pennsylvania

Lee has been writing and educating on sustainable agriculture for over 15 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 BS in Animal Science and an MEd in agricultural education. He lives in Dallas, PA where he enjoys reading, writing, and sailing.

Thea Rittenhouse

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist – California

Thea Rittenhouse works as a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist in our California Office. Thea has an MS in Community Development/Sustainable agriculture from UC Davis. Her BS is from Western Illinois University in Biology with a Studio Art Minor. Her most recent position was as Program Director of the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network. She is the Owner and Operator of Gauchito Hill Farm in Capay Valley not far from Davis. It is a certified Organic Farm with orchard and vegetable row crops with over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetable.

Thomas Schroeder

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist – TX

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Philosophy from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University in General Agriculture. I have over ten years of experience working as a Head Chef and Team Leader in various restaurant and grocery store settings. I have spent the last three years working for family owned certified organic vegetable farmers in Central Texas.

Dave Scott

Livestock Specialist – Montana

Dave graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Animal Science, Dairy Production. With his wife, he owned and operated a fifty cow dairy for 21 years, milking Guernsey and Jersey cows. The last ten years have found him running a sheep enterprise, consisting of 230 ewes on 30 acres of intensely grazed pasture. His duties at NCAT include helping small livestock producers meet their production and marketing goals through oral presentations and written publications.

Michele Shea

Accounting Specialist – Montana

Michele has lived and worked in Butte for nearly 20 years. Before joining NCAT, Michele worked in the private and public sector arenas. Michele and her husband, Tim, have three children. They enjoy volunteering, outdoor activities and following local sports teams.

Mary Anne Skuletich

Technical Supervisor – Montana

A member of the NCAT staff for over 14 years, Mary Anne Skuletich has extensive knowledge of computer hardware, software and networking topology and protocols; including DOS, Novell, Xenix, Windows, Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems. Ms. Skuletich has held the position of NCAT’s Network Administrator for the past eight years, encompassing 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 E-mail, RAS Systems, TCP/IP and Dialup networking, telecommunications, and end-user support and training as well as database design and multimedia presentations.

Amy Smith

Publication Designer – Montana

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.

Lonni Starcevich

Administrative Assistant – Montana

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!

Kriss Sullivan

Human Resource Specialist – Montana

Kriss has over eleven years of HR experience, most being in the non-profit sector. Kriss is also the current president of the local chapter of Society of Human Resource Managers. She has also served on its board for over 10 years. She is a graduate of Montana Tech and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Information Technology.

Rose Sullivan

Library Specialist – Montana

Rose Sullivan began work at NCAT as a Library Assistant in 1978. Following the big lay-off in the early ’80s, she was appointed “Director of the Resource Center.” She retired in 1992, flunked retirement, so came back to the library on a part-time basis in 1997.

Cathlene Svejkovsky

Publications Director – Montana

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.

Pam Turk-Bell

Staff Accountant – Montana

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.

Sherry Vogel

Program Specialist – Montana

Sheryl Vogel came to NCAT in 1997 after working for the Mine Waste Technology Program at Montana Tech of the University of Montana where she developed a center for electronic research of mine waste information at Montana Tech Library. Prior to that she was project coordinator of a 4-year ecophysiology project at the University of Florida. She manages NCAT’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse databases and maintains the LIHEAP Clearinghouse website. Ms. Vogel holds a BA in Botany and a MS in Forestry from the University of Montana.

John Wallace

Urban Farmer – Montana

John studied Agricultural Economics at Colorado State University where he gained a passion for growing food locally and sustainably. John worked and lived on a a small farm in Steamboat, Colorado growing organic fruit and vegetables for Hilton Gulch Herbs before making his way to Montana.

Diane Warthen

Web Developer – Montana

Diane is a native Californian. She earned her B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been working in the I.T. world in one capacity or another for sixteen years with a break during that time to have a family. Most recently she has been running a web development business for graphic designers, small businesses, non-profits, artisans and start-ups. Her skills include website development and design, email marketing as well as customer support issues.

Pamela Williams

Program Specialist – California

Pamela Williams joined NCAT in 2008 as an Agriculture Intern and now works as a Research Assistant. She speaks fluent Spanish. Pamela graduated the Universidad de Chile in 2003 with a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine. In 2007 Pamela received a Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis. She has experience as a Lab Technician and a Scientific Aid.

Rock Woods

Regional Director, Gulf States Region – Mississippi

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).