Dr. Sandra M. Matheson is a life-long farmer, educator, filmmaker, author, speaker, and retired veterinarian. She lives and ranches in Bellingham, Washington where she runs a cow/calf operation and grass fed beef business. Sandra was a participant in the five-year Washington State University IFS Holistic Management Project. She also completed the intensive two-year training to become a Certified Educator and Accredited Consultant/Field Professional in Holistic Management. She is certified as a facilitator by Consensus Associates. Sandra been trained in personal development, leadership, consensus building, public speaking, facilitation, cross-cultural skills, rural community development, and the holistic approach to management of natural resources, people, and finances. She has worked throughout Washington and the United States presenting, teaching, and facilitating various aspects of agriculture, holistic management and consensus building. Currently she serves as the President of the Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management, Managing Change Northwest and Acting President of the North Cascade Meat Producer’s Cooperative. Sandra is a co-owner of Raincrow Film where she is a documentary filmmaker specializing in the areas of agriculture, sustainability, and social change. She recently co-authored a #1 Bestselling book “The Art and Science of Success” along with Mark Morris and many other bestselling authors. She is the mother of two grown daughters and is a grandmother of two.
Craig Madsen is co-owner of Healing Hooves, LLC. Healing Hooves is a successful vegetation management business using goats as a tool to help clients create their landscape goal. The goats are managed to target undesirable plants and to reduce fire risk for clients. Craig has used his goats on projects throughout Washington as well as northwest Oregon and northern Idaho. He was a Range Management Specialist with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service for 14 years, and has worked as an independent rancher and range consultant since leaving the agency to establish Healing Hooves. Craig was a participant in the five-year WSU Holistic Management project where he received training in Holistic Management and Consensus building. He went on to complete the 2 year program to become a Certified Educator in Holistic Management. He is currently certified as a Field Professional with the Savory Institute. Craig and his wife, Sue Lani, used his training in Holistic Management to make a smooth transition from working for the federal government to starting a successful vegetation management business. Over the years he has taught a number of courses on the principles of Holistic Management and consulted on various resource management issues. Craig and Sue Lani live near Edwall, WA with their assortment of pets, working border collies and herd of goats. Craig is active in his community as a volunteer firefighter, member of the Lions Club and an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Reardan.
Doug Warnock was raised on a ranch in eastern Oregon. Upon completion of a B.S. degree in agriculture from OSU, he helped in the management of the family ranch for several years. Doug accepted an assignment as Extension Educator and served in three Washington counties over a 35 year career with WSU. During the early years of his Extension career he completed an M.S. in animal Science from WSU. He currently operates a home-based business, which includes agricultural consulting, natural resource education and writing for agricultural publications. He is experienced in both beef cattle and sheep production. Doug is certified as an Accredited Consultant and Educator in Holistic Management and certified as a facilitator for seeking consensus between groups in conflict. He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science and the Society for Range Management. He was active in the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and served as president in 1995. He was recently admitted to the organization’s Hall of Fame. He is the co-author of several popular management guides, as wells as, five articles in professional journals and 20 WSU Extension publications. He and his wife Pasty Adams Warnock own a farm in southeast Washington.
Maurice Robinette, MS is a third generation cow-calf operator and a sustainability activist in Cheney, WA. He attended graduate school at the University of Idaho and worked for three years in Montana studying the social impacts of large scale construction force on small rural communities. He was also a participant in the five-year long Kellogg Foundation Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) initiative funded WSU Holistic Management project (1995-1999). He resumed ranching in 1981 and started using holistic management on the Lazy R in 1996. Using the techniques of holistic management, he has cut costs, improved productivity and made the ranch a happy and healthy place to raise a family. He wants to continue to learn and understand the interaction of economics, people and the environment. He is an educator in Holistic Management and a certified consensus facilitator. Maurice has been actively promoting sustainable agriculture practices in the northwest. He is married to Ellen and they have two grown daughters.
Dr. Donald D. Nelson is nationally recognized for his capacity building efforts in the areas of holistic decision-making, consensus building, conflict management, leadership development, sustainability and livestock ranch management. He is a faculty member in the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Animal Sciences where he is the Extension Beef Specialist. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources where he is a member of the Leadership Team. Don is a Certified Holistic Management Educator. He is also certified by the Franklin-Covey Leadership Center, the Sirolli Institute for Enterprise Facilitation and by Consensus Associates. Don was the Project Director for the 5-year statewide Kellogg Foundation funded ($1M+) Integrated Farming Systems/WSU Holistic Management Project, the Consensus Institute Project, Creating a Sustainable Future for Fish, Water and People Project, the Noxious Weed Control through Multi-Species Grazing Project and Beefing Up the Palouse: An Alternative to the Conservation Reserve Program Project. He was the Co-PI for the Riparian Grazing and Water Quality Risk Management Strategies Project. He also served as the Coordinator for the Washington Integrated Resource Management Strategic Ranch Management Program. Prior to coming to WSU, Don had 15+ years of industry and administrative experience in California, Texas and Colorado.
Beth Robinette is the fourth generation on the family ranch. She graduated from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University where she earned a self-designed degree entitled “Empowering Family Farms: Profiting from Sustainability.” She recently completed her MBA program in Sustainable Systems at Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a certificate in Sustainable Food and Agriculture. Beth was raised with Holistic Management and is an active partner on the ranch. She is very involved in promoting holistic and sustainable agriculture practices. She is well versed in holistic decision making and holistic financial planning. She is married to Matt and is a step mother and guardian of two young children.
Tip Hudson has worked for Washington State University Extension as a regional rangeland and livestock management specialist since 2003; he previously served two years as the Executive Director for the Washington Cattlemen’s Association. At WSU, his outreach efforts have focused on sustainable rangeland grazing, ecosystem monitoring, protecting or improving riparian function and watershed health through smarter grazing practices, and animal husbandry for new or small-scale farmers.
Tip is a Certified Professional in Range Management (CPRM) and a certified consultant in Land EKG, a proprietary rangeland monitoring system. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and a Masters of Natural Resources, both from the University of Idaho. Tip is a native of the Arkansas Ozarks; his career path was heavily influenced by growing up on a 5th generation 600-acre ranch with timber, cattle, and more wildlife than livestock.
Today, convinced that range- and pasture-based livestock production is the most sustainable form of agriculture and that our culture has a responsibility to pursue means of food production that sustain natural plant communities and soils which also produce many less tangible ecosystem goods and services, he works to help meat & fiber producers improve their ability to achieve the triple bottom line: economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
Dick Wedin and his family live on a small irrigated farm near Ellensburg, WA. Besides raising registered Suffolk sheep and Asian Pears, Dick has thirty years of experience with the Department of Natural Resources in natural resource management. He has a B.S. degree in agricultural economics from Oregon State University and a M.S. degree in Organization Development from Central Washington University. Dick was a participant in the four-year Washington State University (WSU) IFS Holistic Management Project and a graduate of the WSU/Consensus Associates’ 2001-2002 Consensus Institute. He is a certified family mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center for Kittitas and Yakima Counties; and is involved in several community organizations including the county 4-H program, the Ellensburg Education Foundation, Ellensburg School Board, and the Kittitas County Sheep Producers Association.
Chad Kruger is the Director of the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR). In that capacity, he oversees CSANR research and extension efforts ranging from organic farming to climate change to small farms. Since 2004 he has led CSANR’s award winning Climate Friendly FarmingTM Project which focuses on evaluating the carbon footprint of agriculture, developing greenhouse gas mitigation technology, climate change impact assessment, and developing renewable fuels and products from biomass.
He received a B.A. in Philosophy and History (1997) and an Academic Certificate in Ecointensive Agriculture Technologies (1998) from Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, and he completed an M.S. (2003) in Land Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was an Au Sable Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was a member of the 2007/2008 Washington State Climate Action Team, co-chairing the Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup. He was a member of the 2010 Washington State Climate Change Working Lands Technical Advisory Group and a member of the Washington State Energy Strategy Technical Experts Panel. He is currently a technical advisor to the Northwest Regional Biocarbon Initiative and a WSU Earth, Ecosystem and Society Fellow. Honors and Awards: WSU CAHNRS Interdisciplinary Team Award (2011); USDA NIFA Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models (2009); WSU Extension Big Cat Award (2007) Areas of interest: agriculture and climate change, agricultural energy, water, organic waste treatment
Melinda is life-long Washingtonian who’s great-great grandparents worked in the fishing and lumber industries on Puget Sound. She grew up working in her family’s retail business in Bremerton, Washington. Melinda first learned about Holistic Management and the consensus process in the early 1990s. She saw an article in the Seattle Times
about Jeff Goebel’s work with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. It so impressed her that she cut it out and saved it. After seeing another article about WSU’s Kellogg Foundation–funded Holistic Management project, she contacted the project. She was invited to attend the statewide meetings and was hooked. Melinda was co-founder and executive director of Puget Sound Farm Trust and later started the only combined scooter dealership and art gallery in Seattle with her partner Alex. Melinda grows her own vegetables in Seattle and raised grass-fed chickens and rabbits in the city until houses were built on her borrowed “pasture.” Melinda supports PNCHM’s fundraising and organizational development. Melinda has a degree in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature from the University of Washington, which gives her a very-long-term perspective on managing land. She also has certificates in Fundraising Management and Web Technology Solutions from the University of Washington. Melinda is a member of the Northwest Development Officers Association and adheres to the ethical guidelines of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Wheat Farmer, Community Activist
Film maker and Writer John Mitchell
was raised in a small logging community in rural northwest Washington State. He has always been active in the outdoors and is moved deeply by nature and is sensitive to the impacts that society has on its wild-lands. He has also a keen interest in people and cultures and has traveled throughout the world documenting his experiences through film and word. John believes in the art of filmmaking–done right, it may capture the essence of a land or person or animal in a very powerful and revealing way. Documentary filmmaking is not only a documentation of a subject–it is a creative collaboration of hearts and minds that builds trust, understanding and insight. His work has always revolved around exploration and story. His early interest in history, both natural and social history, lead him to the studies of zoology, anthropology and archaeology. He has a bachelors degree in archaeology and has worked as a field archaeologist in the U.S and Europe. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe as both student and tourist. John has worked in the film industry since his first gig as Best Boy on a local feature film in 2007. Since then he has produced and directed numerous short and feature documentaries.