Gabe Brown

Regenerative Agriculture Pioneer & North Dakota Rancher 

Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on the regeneration of our resources.Gabe, along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate Brown’s Ranch, a diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota. The ranch consists of several thousand acres of native perennial rangeland along with perennial pastureland and cropland. Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image.

The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include a wide variety of cash crops, multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass finished beef and lamb. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides.

The Browns are part owners of a state inspected abattoir which allows them to direct market their products. They believe that healthy soil leads to clean air, clean water, healthy plants, animals, and people.

Gabe and Brown’s Ranch have received many forms of recognition for their work, including a Growing Green award from the Natural Resource Defense Council, an Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and a Zero-Till Producer of the Year Award, to name a few. Gabe has also been named one of the twenty-five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States.

Gabe recently authored the book, “Dirt to Soil, One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture.”

He is a partner, along with David Kleinschmidt, Shane New, Kathy Richburg, and Dr. Allen Williams, in Understanding Ag LLC. He is also an instructor for Soil Health Academy, which focuses on teaching others the power and importance of healthy functioning ecosystems.

Dr. David Montgomery

University of Washington Professor & Author

David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. An author of award-winning popular-science books, he has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs.

His books have been translated into ten languages.  He lives in Seattle with his wife, and co-author, Anne Biklé.  Their new book What Your Food Ate: How to Health Our Land and Reclaim Our Health will be published spring 2022.  Connect with them at www.dig2grow.com or follow him on Twitter (@dig2grow).

Jen Pierce

BSU Professor

Dr. David Montgomery is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 years experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During his tenure with the NRCS Ray served in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina.

Gabe received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. He served in the Peace Corps for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist.

After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Understanding Ag, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.

Joni Kindwall-Moore

CEO/Founder – Snacktivist

Joni grew up in rural Oregon in a family that valued the connection to the land and rural economic foundations. She lived in a community that was built on farming, timber, and fishing. She has always considered herself a passionate conservationist and naturalist. Joni was always interested in ecology, botany, economic botany, and ethnopharmacology and earned a degree in Botany from the University of Montana with a minor focus on organic chemistry and studio art. She spent her early career focused on research, nutraceuticals, and documenting the Ethnobotany of North America.

In 2005, Joni was inspired to enter the healthcare field where she could take a deeper dive into human pathophysiology, modern therapeutic practice, and the culture of healthcare. She earner her BSN-RN and went on to specialize in ICU, ER and diabetes education. It was there in the “trenches” of the US healthcare system that Joni felt compelled to do something that could fundamentally impact our food system. Joni saw firsthand how diet-related disease was causing so much pain and suffering. She also saw the next generation of children being born with an epidemic of food allergies. Joni and all three of her children suffer from food allergies and she had to get creative to find good quality foods to feed her family.

This experience is what led her to get deeply involved in the regenerative agriculture movement, soil revival and the need to bring back biodiversity to our nation’s grain-based food staples. She launched Snacktivist foods and developed a line of ancient grain-focused baking mixes and finished products for home and foodservice use. The goal of Snacktivist foods is to create delicious foods from regenerative ingredients that are allergy-friendly, soil, water, and carbon-focused, all while radically impacting human nutrition. Their baking mix line is just the beginning of a new way of looking at our grain-based staples.

Amy Mattias

Sun Valley Institute of Resilience – Director

Amy Mattias is the Program Director for the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience. She played a critical role in launching the Impact Idaho Fund and publishing two annual Locally Grown Guides. Under Mattias’ leadership, SVIR was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Rockefeller, Open IDEO, and SecondMuse prize competition for a 2050 Food Vision. 

Her commitment to regional food systems and regenerative agriculture is highlighted by her volunteerism with various organizations including board secretary for the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture, board chair for FARE Idaho’s Farm and Agriculture Committee, and executive committee member for the Upper Big Wood River Grange. Amy has worked for various farm and ag-adjacent enterprises in central Idaho including Lava Lake Lamb, Kraay’s Market & Garden, Idaho’s Bounty, and NourishMe.

Prior to moving to Idaho, Amy graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University in 2013, majoring in Sociology and Organizational Communications. Since then she has continued to expand her education with a professional courses series at Chico State’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems, a Permaculture Design Certification, and a course from John Hopkins focused on US Food System & Public Health. Amy is an avid gardener, wildcrafter and naturalist living in Gannett, Idaho, where she continues to deepen her roots and cultivate a better tomorrow. 

Kristen Richards

FBSciences – Technical Director

Kristen Richards grew up spending summers at her grandparent’s family orange groves, where she learned the inextricable connection between the health of the land and the food we eat. She began her professional career as a chemist working with polymers at BASF before transitioning into agriculture. For the past decade at FBSciences, she has transformed FBSciences’ product division, including building and managing a new lab and developing innovative methods and techniques for consistency and quality control with naturally derived technologies. She currently leads the FBSciences Product Development Team as Director R&D, Formulation and Production. Richards has published in journals, presented posters at chemistry, biostimulant, and sustainable agriculture conferences, and received a Women Chemist Committee Merck Research Award in 2010.


Jason Bradley

President – Carbon Asset Solutions

Jason stepped into the role of President – Carbon Asset Solutions in February 2022. Previously, he has had a non-linear career in technology, cattle ranching, and academia. This stems from roles as senior manufacturing and senior project management positions at Nortel, two decades as the Vice President of Operations at Red Deer River Ranches a 350 head cow/calf operation, and as an Agriculture Instructor, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, and the Director of Smart Ag at Olds College. 

The idea of innovation and co-creation, the practice of design thinking, and a predisposition for connecting people and ideas has led Jason into opportunities in agriculture production, applied research, ag tech innovation, and ecosystem development. A drive for understanding and demonstrating the practice of nature-based systems has brought him to develop a passion for understanding and implementing regenerative agriculture systems. 

Jason is currently working on his Master of Arts in Transformational Servant Leadership at Trinity Western University and is researching how collaboration, team leadership, and people development are integral to transformational servant leadership and its values and ethics. 

Steve Hubble 

City Of Boise – Climate Action Manager

The Climate Action Roadmap, which outlines how the city will achieve its climate goals, focuses on both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building our city’s resiliency to be able to adapt to climate impacts we expect to see. The plan details and focuses on seven priority areas:

  • Buildings and Energy
  • Transportation
  • Consumption and Waste
  • Food Systems
  • Natural Environment
  • Water
  • Innovation and Engagement

“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” said Steve Hubble, Climate Action Division Manager at the City of Boise. “We certainly recognize the challenges we face, but those same challenges also present opportunities for innovation. We will move in a smart, strategic and determined fashion. This is work we must undertake together as a community, from residents and businesses, community organizations, our utility partners, and the city government.”

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Ray Archuleta

World Renowned Soil Scientist

Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 years experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During his tenure with the NRCS Ray served in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina.

Ray received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. He served in the Peace Corps for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist.

After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Understanding Ag, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.

Brad McIntyre

McIntyre Pastures

Brad McIntyre is a 4th generation farmer from Caldwell, ID. He grew up on the family farm down in the Riverside community. He is married to Jill and they have 6 children. He is involved with the family farm where he works alongside his father Loren, and brother Ben. They have been practicing No-till for the past 11 years and using cover crops to aid soil health and nutrient-dense crops for the past 9 years.

For 5 years the family has been working hard to establish their new business (McIntyre Pastures) selling pastured beef, pork, and eggs. Brad serves on the School Board for the Marsing School District, involved heavily in his local church, and serves as a supervisor for the Owyhee Soil Conservation District. Brad is a proud Farmer!

Finian Makepeace

Co-Founder Kiss The Ground

Finian Makepeace is the co-founder of Kiss the Ground and a renowned presenter, media creator, and thought leader in the field of regenerative agriculture and soil health.

His dedication to Kiss the Ground’s mission of “inspiring participation in global regeneration, starting with soil”, has motivated him to develop training programs, workshops, and talks designed to empower people around the world to become confident advocates for this growing movement.



Lill Erickson

Founder of Western Sustainability Exchange

Lill Erickson founded Western Sustainability Exchange (WSE) in 1994 to protect the incomparable landscape and way of life of the Northern Rockies and to do so in ways that strengthen rural economies. Erickson has been WSE executive director since its inception.

Erickson’s expertise is in regenerative agriculture and market-based conservation strategies to achieve environmental protection and economic development goals. She specializes in strategies that incentivize agricultural businesses to convert to regenerative practices. In addition to fundraising and overall management of the organization, Erickson supervises the development and implementation of all WSE program initiatives.

In the late 1990s, Erickson served as an advisor to the Western Regional Team of the Natural Resource Committee of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, which crafted a strategy to promote sustainable development in the U.S.

Prior to forming WSE, Erickson was caretaker of a cattle ranch bordering Yellowstone National Park. She also worked as an organizer for conservation nonprofits in the West. For over 35 years, Erickson has organized citizen participation in conservation issues.

Erickson graduated cum laude from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and minors in environmental studies and biology.




Mark C. Trexler

Director of Climate Change

Dr. Mark C. Trexler has more than 30 years of energy, environmental, and climate change experience. He joined the World Resources Institute in 1988 to work on the first carbon offset project, and worked and published extensively on climate and land use change issues including as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mark founded Trexler Climate + Energy Services, the first specialized climate consultancy in the United States, in 1991. He later served as Director of Climate Risk for the global risk management firm of Det Norske Veritas until 2012. He has advised clients around the world on climate science and climate risk topics, and currently teaches Climate Change Mitigation at George Washington University. His areas of expertise include energy technologies, research and demonstration policy, climate change economics, emissions trading, corporate climate strategy, and climate change scenario planning. He has extensive experience as an expert witness on climate change and energy topics, and speaks 5 languages.

Mark’s long-standing interest in personal knowledge management systems transitioned to a professional mission to build the Climate Web, a knowledge management solution for tackling climate change, in 2010. After seeing a presentation by the authors of Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, he realized that despite the virtual infinity of information relating to climate change and climate risk, almost none of that information gets to decision-makers as actionable knowledge. The Climate Web seeks to change this, making it possible to “get the right information to the right person at the right time.” You can learn more about the Climate Web at www.theclimateweb.com.



George Nelson

Digester Doc

George is an Idaho native who has devoted his life to the outdoors. He is a founding member and has served as an officer with the Idaho Deer Alliance for over nine years. Even as a youth, he engaged in environmental service as a member of the FFA and an avid outdoorsman.

During the past ten years, George has helped with replanting efforts following rampant wildfire burns, worked to raise funds for wildlife overpasses, and assisted with wildlife supplemental feeding programs.

George succeeded at combining his personal passion for environmental and wildlife sustainability with his career goals when he joined the Digester Doc team last year. At Digester Doc he has been a part of developing new waste to clean energy solutions in support of a sustainable energy future. George is instrumental in understanding industry needs and coordinating expert solutions.


Marvin Nash

Encore Green Environmental

Marvin is co-founder of Encore Green Environmental and founding board member of the
nonprofit Synergy For Ecological Solutions. He developed the patent-pending methodology,
Conservation By-Design™, which transforms industrial water for conservation, agriculture, and
the meeting of ESG goals.
With experiences in rodeo, agriculture, and the oilfield, Marvin brings a unique set of skills to
the problem of by-product water “disposal.” Marvin is a sought-after speaker for trade
conferences and is a frequent blogger.
Raised in Texas, Marvin was a professional rodeo clown and later took the clowning to schools
to serve kids with anti-drug and anti-bullying programs. He then worked in the oil industry,
where he encountered the challenges of produced/by-product water. Working with the
nonprofit Synergy for Ecological Solutions, Encore Green Environmental’s ag solution is the
linchpin to sustainability
Marvin lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming. You can follow him on LinkedIn:




Aaron T. Ratner

Principal of Cross River Infrastructure Partners

Aaron is the President of Cross River Infrastructure Partners, a platform of development companies deploying climate technologies into sustainable infrastructure projects across carbon, hydrogen, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy, with a focus on first/early commercial projects.

Aaron is also the ClimateTech Venture Partner with Vectr Ventures, a Hong Kong-based venture capital investment firm, where he focuses on advanced carbon utilization and transformation.

Aaron has over 20 years of domestic and international investment and advisory experience, including 10 years in Asia, focusing on project finance, climate technology, energy, agriculture and waste.


Damien Beauchamp

President of 8 Rivers Capital

Damian is the Chief Development Officer at 8 Rivers and manages all MENA relationships for the firm. Through his career he has developed an expertise in CCUS related project and technology development, for which he has granted patents. In 2020 he was a co-author of the US National Petroleum Council’s comprehensive report Meeting the Dual Challenge A Roadmap to At-Scale Deployment of CCUS, which was commissioned by Former US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

Damian has worked on UAE and KSA’s energy sector since 2016. Currently, he is directing the creation of a zero carbon fuels export strategy from MENA to the EU, and his previous work has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Nature Chemistry, and Chemical & Engineering News. Damian holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the Ohio State University during which time he was awarded the Future Leader in Chemistry award from a division of the American Chemical Society and the Clean Energy Business Plan Prize from the US DOE.



Kevin Kitz

KitzWorks – CEO

Kevin Kitz, P.E. provides innovative solutions in geothermal energy and process efficiency through KitzWorks LLC. Kevin has been a specialist in geothermal development for over 35 years creating new value and strategic opportunities. His work has encompassed the gamut of the geothermal power industry from the subsurface to the power plant, from design to construction to O&M, as well as PPA and EPC contract negotiation.

Recently KitzWorks has had a lead technical role on teams to commercialize (a) geothermal hybrid plants using solar thermal heat, (b) injecting solar thermal heat underground to create synthetic geothermal resources for seasonal storage of solar energy, (c) District Energy Systems comprising geothermal heat pumps, grid energy storage, and shifting time-of-use to decarbonize and lower the cost of power on the grid, (d) a new dry-cooled steam condenser for conventional power plants to reduce power generation water use. KitzWorks helps clients create commercial investment opportunities by re-purposing existing technology in new ways.


Bryan Lawley

President of EGT Solar
Bryan, a Southern Idaho native, received Business and Finance degrees from Idaho State University while also playing golf for the Bengals. EGT Solar is Bryan’s second business venture after the successful sale of a prior business to transition into his passion for the green energy industry. He founded EGT Solar with a mission to be Idaho’s top solar provider and help Idahoans have a better choice for their energy needs.

Bryan is committed to giving back to Idaho’s local communities and has taken part in many charities and community organizations. His passion for business and the solar industry has helped excel EGT Solar in the local industry as a leader in renewable energy solutions.



Chantel Greene

Vice-Chairwoman of the Executive Committee of the Nez Perce Tribe, (NPTEC)

Recently served a three (3) year term, as the elected Vice-Chairwoman of the Executive Committee of the Nez Perce Tribe, (NPTEC). Was selected to serve on the Idaho Governor Little’s COVID-19 Financial Cares Committee, ensures transparency and accountability in use of federal funds to fight the Coronavirus. Was selected to give written and oral testimony in Washington, DC, to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. Advocacy and testimony provided to the Idaho State Senate, Human Resource Subcommittee, and Natural Resource Subcommittee for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People leading to passage of Resolution HCR033. Previously the Human Resource Chairman, and Climate Change and Energy Subcommittee Chairman, (Nez Perce Tribe).

Previous delegations appointed to Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Community Health Aide Program (CHAP), State and Tribal Governments Working Group (STGWG), Inter-tribal Agriculture Council, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians (ATNI). Previous work in healthcare, human resources, and stem mentoring programs. Education she holds a Masters of Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts, Indigenous American Indian Studies with emphasis in Environmental Justice from Haskell Indian Nations University, and Associate of Science, Health, Sport, and Exercise Science degree also from Haskell Indian Nations University. She is now the Nez Perce Tribes Department of Natural Resources Planner.

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Jodi Peterson

Executive Director at Interfaith Sanctuary

Jodi has been working with the homeless community of Boise for more than 14 years. In her role as Executive Director of Interfaith Sanctuary, she has fashioned events to fundraise for the cause, created visual pieces to help educate the Boise Community on the challenges faced by the homeless, and stood in the trenches of the tent-city Cooper Court. From lessons learned, Interfaith Sanctuary does not just provide shelter for the
homeless, they also provide second chances with new programs designed to move people up and out! You won’t believe the hoops that Jodi had to jump through to help a homeless man secure his birth certificate and photo ID after 14 years of living on the streets with no identity. Jodi was selected as a TedXBoise speaker at their 2017 event to share the crazy steps that had to be taken to give a man his identity back. You can view her talk at

Peterson was featured as one of the “Two Hundred Women who will change the way you see the world”.  200 Women is a book and exhibition founded on original interviews and accompanying photographic portraits. This landmark project is the realization of an epic global journey to find two hundred women with diverse backgrounds and to ask
them what really matters to them. www.twohundredwomen.com.

Each year the Idaho Business Review recognizes women who are making a difference in Idaho.  Peterson was selected as one of the 50 nominees for this year’s award event. Jodi was also selected as the Keynote speaker for The Andrus Centers Young Leadership Conference held at BSU in February 2019.


Brenda Willson

Behavioral Health Director, Advocate and Educator at Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital

Brenda Willson is the Director of Business Development and Educational Outreach for Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital, Idaho’s newest inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facility for ages 12 and up.  As a native Idahoan and Boise State University graduate, Brenda brings decades of knowledge and experience in what makes her state unique, including the needs and challenges Idaho faces.

Willson has years of experience collaborating with individuals who share a common goal in affecting change and making a difference at both local and global levels. Brenda’s ability to empower, inspire and ignite the spark in others has been instrumental in the advocacy of positive behavioral health perception and education.  Her innovative ideas and partnerships have brought forth many exciting opportunities to lead the way in the sustainability of behavioral healthcare management, services and messaging.  

Brenda has worked with Idaho’s at-risk youth and adults in substance and mental health education programs, Project Kids Quest for the state’s foster children and connected families with educational and workplace opportunities at local community housing facilities. 

Among her many accomplishments, Brenda is the founder of the multi-state networking group PINE- Partners In Networking Excellence, serves as Co-Chair on the Region 4 Behavioral Health Board, and holds the Healthcare Sector Representative spot for the Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition.  Brenda is an active contributor to first responder behavioral health outreach as well as with our active military, veterans and LGBQAI+ community.  She has participated in numerous programs including the Ride for 22, Mental Wellness Indigo Art Festival and the Mandela Washington Fellows Program for African Leaders in the medical and public policy arena.

Brenda continues to create authentic relationships within the behavioral healthcare field to serve our communities with the highest level of care and outcomes.