Staff & Board

Staff

 

Bill McDorman

Executive Director

Bill McDorman is a seed saver, writer, and educator based in Cornville, Arizona. He is co-founder of The Down Home Project, Garden City Seeds, Seeds Trust, High Altitude Gardens, the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens, Seed School and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. He is author of the book Basic Seed Saving. Bill is the former executive director of Native Seeds/SEARCH.

 

Belle Starr

Deputy Director

Belle Starr has a background in media, public relations, community organizing and nonprofit management. She was co-producer of the seminal sustainability festival SolFest in Northern California for 7 years, and in the early 90s she produced and hosted the nationally syndicated environmental radio feature, the Environmental Action Report. Belle is the co-founder of Seed School.

 

John "JC" Caccia

Co-founder

John Caccia has a passion for gardening and seed saving as well as music, writing, whitewater rafting, geothermal hot springs, and beekeeping. He has a masters degree in Athletic Administration from Idaho State University. John is a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, manager of the Wood River Seed Library, and a longtime environmental activist and grassroots community organizer.

 

Lee-Ann Hill

Special Projects Coordinator

Lee-Ann holds a MA in Cultural Ecology from Prescott College where she studied traditional land management with an eye on food systems. After conducting research in New Mexico and working on organic farms in Costa Rica, Lee-Ann currently resides in southwest Colorado where she runs a CSA (community supported agriculture) program at Laughing Wolf farm integrating seed adaptation, water conservation, and landscape regeneration. Lee-Ann is also a graduate of RMSA's Seed School Teacher Training and Grain School programs. As Special Projects Coordinator, she produced the Mountain West Seed Summit and oversees the Seed Stewards program, Heritage Grain Trials and performs research for RMSA.

 

Stephen Thomas

Grants and Communications Associate

Stephen is a writer and community organizer with a passion for environmental ethics and conservation. Originally from the Southeast, he is a co-founder of Evolver Atlanta, a grassroots group dedicated to connecting people around sustainability and conscious living. Stephen enjoys lending his writing and communication skills to support nonprofit development, environmental activism, and transformational culture.

 

Julie St. John

Graphic Designer

Julie’s grassroots began in activism and have flowered into using her design and editing expertise to promote the visions of some of the finest environmental/conservation efforts in the West. She is passionate about protecting and restoring native landscapes and reinvigorating sustainable relationships between human and natural communities.

 

Board of Directors

 

Casey O'Leary

Casey O'Leary is owner of Earthly Delights Farm, an urban CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and seed farm in Boise, Idaho. She is also a founder of the Snake River Seed Cooperative, a bioregional seed company and seed library serving the Inter-mountain West. She manages the SCRC producer's cooperative, which includes 10 southern Idaho farmers who grow a variety of veggies, herbs, flowers, and native plants for retail sale. She holds a BAS in Horticulture and a BA in Spanish from Boise State University. Casey teaches Sustainable Urban Agriculture for the Horticulture department for the College of Western Idaho and serves on their Technical Advisory Committee.

 

Don Tipping

Don Tipping is a dynamic and inspiring instructor with 20 years of experience in organic and biodynamic farming, seed saving, permaculture, eco-forestry and enthusiastic on-farm education. Don is the owner of Siskiyou Seeds and Seven Seeds Farm, where he teaches the Seed Academy. He helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 300 share CSA, commercial seed growing, an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms. Don is also co-founder of the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a seed grower, marketing and distribution cooperative comprised of 10 western organic farms.

 

 

John "JC" Caccia

John Caccia has a passion for gardening and seed saving as well as music, writing, whitewater rafting, geothermal hot springs and beekeeping. He has a masters degree in Athletic Administration from Idaho State University. John is a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, manager of the Wood River Seed Library, and a longtime environmental activist and grassroots community organizer.

 

 

Kelley Weston

Kelley Weston is founder, partner and owner of Native Landscapes in Ketchum, Idaho established in 1988. Native Landscapes is a full service landscape contracting business specializing in the use of native plants. Weston has been a Landscape Architect since 2007. He was the founder of the Montana State Prison Vocational Horticulture Program and was a founding member of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Idaho’s Bounty. He has been a board member of the Western Watersheds Project since 1999. He is a sustainability educator, has a black belt in Aikido, and has been a Zen practitioner for over 20 years.

 

Nanna Meyer, PhD

Nanna Meyer is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the Department of Health Sciences. Her research specialty is in sport nutrition and exercise related to bone health and body composition in athletes. A committed food activist, Nanna also promotes food literacy, especially leveraging co-benefits of health and sustainability using creative educational approaches, which her graduate students deliver to the local community. She advises the UCCS leadership in matters of good food and healthy lifestyles on campus and works in her community to support a sustainable food system.

Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening seed and food security in our region.

Our mission is to assure a diverse and abundant supply of seeds for the Rocky Mountain West through networking, education and helping establish community-based models of seed stewardship.

 

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