Administrative Council

The Administrative Council, working with Western SARE Regional Coordinator and staff in Montana, Wyoming, and California, sets guidelines, develops calls for proposals, and establishes project priorities. The council tries to ensure that funded projects have the appropriate balance and diversity that can represent the region’s wide-ranging geography and subject matter.

Julie Maitland, Chair
WASDA Representative
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Anna Merriman, Chair-Elect
Farmer/Rancher Representative
4M Farms
Malta, Montana

Kent Wasson, Past – Chair
Farmer/Rancher Representative
Peaks & Prairies
Whitewater, Montana

Steve Balling
Agri-business Representative
retired, Del Monte Foods
Walnut Creek, California

Kaley Chapin 
Non-profit Representative
Cattlemen’s Association
Elko, Nevada

Kelly Crane
Western Extension Directors Representative
University of Wyoming Extension
Laramie, Wyoming

Jim Farrar
At-large Representative
Western IPM Center
Davis, California

Dean Fish
Farmer/Rancher Representative
Anchor F Cattle Company 
Nogales, Arizona

Michelle Galimba
Farmer/Rancher Representative
Kuahiwi Ranch Natural Beef
Naalehu, Hawaii

Vance Owens
National Program Leader
USDA-NIFA Representative
Kansas City, Missouri

Peg Perreault
EPA Representative
EPA Region 8
Denver, Colorado

Milan Shipka
Land Grant Institution Representative
Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska

Brenda Simpson 
NRCS Representative
NRCS
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Brian Wong
Farmer/Rancher Representative
BKW Farms
Marana, Arizona

Hailey Wilmer 
USDA-ARS Representative
USDA-ARS
Ft. Collins, Colorado

Bryce Wrigley
Agri-business Representative
Alaska Flour Company/Wrigley Farms
Delta Junction, Alaska