SARE Staff

Western SARE Staff

At Western SARE, we’re committed to serving all farmers and ranchers and their support organizations in the West. If you have questions, observations or concerns, we want to hear them. Please contact us.

For General Information:
Montana State University
(406) 994-4789
wsare@montana.edu

Clayton Marlow, Regional Coordinator

Clayton is the Regional Coordinator for the Western Region. He also conducts riparian and wildland fire research for the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, Bozeman, Montana. As Regional Coordinator, Clayton is responsible for the function and progress of the SARE program throughout the western states and Pacific Islands. His primary focus is planning, budget development, program review, and integration of the Research/Education effort with outcomes from the Professional Development Program. Interaction with the Western SARE Administrative Council, grant applicants, researchers, educators, and university and USDA administrators completes the Coordinator’s list of tasks.

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-2486
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Jim Freeburn, PDP Coordinator

Jim  is the Regional Training Coordinator (Professional Development Program Coordinator).  He is located in eastern Wyoming and works with all aspects of the PDP program.  He works on the PDP grants, Research to Grass Roots grants, State Grants, and Enhanced State grants.  Jim is available to answer questions about all grants in the PDP portfolio.  He also coordinates the grant review and notifies applicants whether their projects have been selected for funding. He works closely with the State Coordinators in the 17 states and protectorates in the Western Region.  He is available to teach grant writing seminars and present SARE or sustainable agriculture information to interested parties throughout the region.

4516 Highway 26/85
Torrington, WY 82240
(307) 532-2436
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Kristen Burr, Administrative Associate

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-4785
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Stacie Clary, Communications Manager/Consultant

Stacie works as the Communications Manager with the goal of ensuring the Western ag community knows about their eligibility for the different grants programs, as well as the educational resources provided by SARE. She interviews grantees to write stories, co-hosts the podcast, manages the website and digital communications, oversees the newsletter and other publications, promotes good educational materials created by grantees, handles media requests, attends conferences, and oversees video production.

Sacramento, CA
(916) 254-0831
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Steve Elliott, Communications Consultant

Avery, CA
(209) 795-7445
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Irene Grimberg, Deputy Regional Coordinator

Dr. Bruna Irene Grimberg is the Deputy Regional Coordinator of Western SARE. Bruna focuses on the programmatic aspects of Western SARE Research and Education (Chapter 1) grant programs and collaborates with the communication team. Her expertise is grounded in evaluation, science learning and outreach, and professional development in rural communities. Her contributions extend to the areas of online science instruction, culturally responsive teaching methods, need assessments, and public perception of scientific issues.

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-4789
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Sherry Heis, Accounting Associate III

Sherry supports Administrative Council members, staff, and Western SARE grantees with travel reimbursements, P-Card expenses, grant sub-awards, and general office support.

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-1660
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Jenna Meeks, Associate PDP Coordinator

Jenna grew up in southcentral Idaho on a fourth-generation commodity crop and cow/calf operation. She graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics and Soil and Crop Science from Colorado State University. Her Master’s degree is in Agronomy/Weed Science from University of Wyoming. Jenna currently lives in the thriving metropolis of Lingle, WY and has worked with Goshen County Weed and Pest since April 2016. As an Associate PDP Coordinator, she looks forward to developing relationships and traveling throughout the Western region to further the SARE mission.

4516 Hwy 26/85
Torrington, WY 82240
(970) 556-3533
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Allison Milodragovich, Project Manager

Allison focuses on the programmatic aspects of Western SARE Research and Education (Chapter 1) grant programs. Her expertise is grounded in soil science and sustainable food systems. Western SARE grant applicants should contact Allison if they have any questions pertaining to the online submission platform, and questions regarding the Farmer/Rancher or Graduate Student Grant Programs.

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-1660
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Sara Trojan, Associate PDP Coordinator

Sara is an Associate PDP Coordinator for Western SARE.  Sara resides in Casper, Wyoming and assists the PDP coordinator with programming, grant reviews, and outreach activities to help maintain a vibrant Western SARE program.  Aside from her duties with SARE, she is a consulting beef nutritionist and works closely with ranches and beef operations to enhance profitability and sustainability.  Sara and her family are also heavily involved in her family’s commercial cow/calf operation near Sheridan, WY. 

5181 Squaw Creek Road
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 752-9458
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Jen von Sehlen, Fiscal Manager

Jen serves as the Fiscal and Contract Manager. Jen has worked on a variety of Federal, State and private grants for over 15 years, the majority of this time spent in fiscal management.  For the Western SARE program, she is responsible for the general fiscal management of each active Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA (the SARE program’s Federal Sponsor). Western SARE grant applicants should contact Jen if they have any questions pertaining to proposal budget requirements.  Western SARE subrecipients will work with Jen to establish their grant (subaward agreement) with MSU, including any budget revisions. Throughout the life of a grant, the PI or PI’s institution will work with her on any amendments to their subaward agreement.  Subrecipients should direct all budget questions and invoices to Jen as well.

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-4786
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Jill West, Office Associate

Jill  serves as the Office Associate for  Professional Development Program.  She handles the University of Wyoming’s contracts and PDP’s travel and travel reimbursements.  She also participates in coordinating the Western SARE Professional Development Summer meeting as well as the Technical Review Panel meeting.  She handles office duties, procurement transactions, invoices, and requisitions.   

4516 Hwy 26/85
Torrington, WY 82240
(307) 532-2436
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