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Profile

I am an international agriculture development and food security professional environmental specialist with more than ten years of experience in agriculture advising and community health projects. I bring nuanced knowledge of participatory action research and development functions. I am detail-oriented with a strong ability to provide administrative and organizational support for systematic implementation of technological developments in community health, agriculture, and environmental risk analysis. I am proficient at managing agricultural personnel activities and providing technological support.

Core Qualifications
  • SAS, basic R, and Microsoft office
  • Communication and presentation
  • Excellent collaborative skills   
  • Negotiation
  • CRM program management
  • Project management
  • Market penetration
Education and Training
Master of Science: Horticulture and Agronomy 2016 University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Master of Science: International Agriculture Development 2012 University of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA.
Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Management, minor in Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation. 2007 Makerere University, Kampala, Central, Uganda.
Work Experience
House Agricultural Consultants/Coco Ranch Agriculture Advisor and Farm Manager (California, USA) 03/2015 to 10/2017
  • Utilized the organization's tools and techniques to provide clients with effective technological support functions, to attain remarkable increase in agricultural productivity
  • Designed the content of the organization's advisory leaflets, press releases, and advertisements; communicating useful advices, and managing critical information to market the organization's advisory services
  • Promoted effective production techniques to ensure environment sustainability, and have a moderate approach towards technological developments
  • Monitored crop production to discover best methods of planting, cultivation, harvesting, and effects of various climatic conditions on crops.
  • Assessed and adjusted cultural practices, fertility, and other systems plans. Utilize soil tests and other methods to measure soil health
  • Prepared, reviewed and implemented environmental health related plans (e.g. Integrated Pest Management Plan)
  • Developed and delivered relevant educational programs in sustainable cropping system best management practices for cotton producers
  • Evaluated and reported on crop production techniques to discover methods of planting, cultivation, harvesting, to improve yields and quality.
  • Evaluated and reported on ways to improve soil and water characteristics to improve yield and quality.
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University Covenant Church (International Mission) Project Manager-Agriculture Specialist (Mbale and Tororo district, Uganda) 06/2014 to 07/2017
  • Assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with organization laws, regulations, and guidance for local community
  • Identified geographical areas of interest to the organization according to humanitarian needs and vulnerable population context.
  • Developed and maintained strong working relationships across all parts of the organization to facilitate timely and effective communication
  • Analyzed and reported the humanitarian needs and provide clear and detailed recommendations for interventions.
  • Assists in the development, implementation, improvement and management of the program
  • Developed appropriate targeting criteria and mechanisms to ensure the needs of identified vulnerable groups are met
  • Ensured technical guidance of programme implementation in multiple operational bases through regular field visits (40 to 60% of the time) and according to donors requirements and organization internal procedures and programme standards
  • Periodically reviewed project performance, resolved issues, and approved annual work plans
  • Ensured monitoring of food security and livelihood projects (field visit, regular programme monitoring, budget forecast, staff evaluation and planning, donors reports, monthly reports, etc.)
  • Ensured the preparation and writing of food security and livelihood proposals and donor reports (log frame, narrative, budget) together with the FSL team and in link with the support team
  • Evaluated project performance, status reports, financial monitoring and reporting regularly
  • Supported the organization and facilitation of training sessions for technical teams and assisted communities
  • Conducting needs assessment for the community, writing the community action plan based on determined needs for further development projects, including increased crop production, improved water quality, and increased food security
  • Maintained a network of contacts with International donors, NGO's, Government agencies, and others
  • Closely coordinated and collaborated with other technical departments (nutrition, water and sanitation) and support departments (log-admin, Human resources).

University of California Davis Graduate Student Researcher (Department of Plant Science) 03/2014 to 06/2016
Cocoyam Germplasm in Eastern Uganda: Community participation in varietal identification andcharacterization of Xanthosoma sagittifolium. L and Colocasia esculenta
  • Analyzed  data collected from the field using Principal Component Analysis
  • Upon completion, the thesis will be broken into article-length pieces for publication
  • Organized meetings with local communities to understand how cocoyams are used
  •  Administered questionnaires to community participants
  • Coded, organized and analyzed data using statistical analysis system
  • Report written  and submitted to Blum Center Grant for Developing Economies 2013-2014 Davis,
University of California Davis Davis, CA Innstructor for Japans Agriculture Training Program 07/2013 to 08/2013
  • Preparing lecture materials such as Powerpoints and literature
  •  Holding weekly office hours for 25 students
  • Grading weekly homework, mid-terms and final exams
  • Inviting prominent fruit and nut tree producers as guest speakers
  • Organizing field trips to visit orchards and packaging facilities
University of California Davis Teaching Assistant Introductory Biology BIS02A (Davis, Uganda) 09/2012 to 06/2016
  • Leading weekly introductory biology lab discussions with supplemental visual aids and PowerPoint presentations and giving feedback
  • Holding weekly office hours for 75 students
  • Proctoring and grading mid-terms and final exams, uploading grades on university website
  • Attending weekly TA-ship meeting with lead professor to discuss goals of the week, students concerns, and goals
  • Providing mentoring, advice and support to students on a personal level
Katende Harambe Rural-Urban Training Centre(KHRUTC) Program Manager/Coordinator (Kampala, Uganda) 05/2006 to 10/2008
  • Managing budgets and monitoring and evaluation processes, and ensuring adherence to center's policies and procedures during program planning and implementation
  • Coordinated with the Finance, Procurement Officers and other sectors of KHRUTC to ensure proper management of project fund
  • Concurrently managed multiple projects including define, coordinate and maintain project schedules, resources and delivery commitments for various field trials and financial applications Oversee the successful delivery of complex projects through all of the defined phases of the project lifecycle Monitor the quality and completion of deliverables and reports the status of defined projects
  • Served as the main contact for Livelihood activities in KHRUTC operations, and work closely with District and Sub-county production and livelihood departments in ensuring high quality standards in KHRUTC livelihood sector 
  • Ensured update-to-date records (disaggregated by gender/age/diversity) are maintained for all beneficiaries of KHRUTC.
  • Represented the project during coordination meetings with stakeholders such as local communities, local government officials, and donors
  • Organized and managed workshops, training's and meetings that were hosted as part of the project with relevant partners—beneficiary households, line ministries, CBOs, and NGO
  • Took lead in the preparation of relevant manuals/tool kits and training curriculums that can be used in training beneficiaries
  • Proactively managed cross-functional teams to assure efficient technical transfer of new products/processes to our clients
  • Supported the FSL Team to ensure that KHRUTC is implementing high quality Livelihood programming in accordance with national standards and best practice all across Uganda
  • Supported the strategic planning and implementation of project activities related to Food Security and Livelihood components of all projects
  • Provided management and consulting services to center's leadership on change management and internal business process improvement to increase the effectiveness of centers resilience efforts
  • Managing and resolving conflicts, grievances, confrontations, or disagreements among staff members in a constructive manner to minimize negative personal impact
  • Training: instructed rural farmers, university students, agriculture extension workers, NGO professionals in organic cultivation methods and theory, such as vegetable and animal husbandry, crop rotation, inter-cropping, soil fertility enhancement (composting), aquaculture, apiary, energy saving technology, and water harvesting 
  •  Analyzed project needs including project plans and delivery schedules, established project management strategies, and recommended the appropriate level of planning, scheduling, and control
  • Carried out effective analysis to understand soil type and locational environment, to offer the best advisory services to solve such geographical issues; designing and developing useful remedial measures to overcome such matter
  • Supervised workers: work assignments, attendance monitoring, worker training, room and board management, and staff meetings
  • Led all communication planning and execution activities including the development of all organization-wide communications and delivery schedule
  • Managed stakeholder relationships: worked with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; provided knowledge about available products and services and provided quality products and service
  • Presented all project updates and plans to senior executive management
  • Promoted a participatory approach (engagement of affected population) and sustainable approach to Food Security and Livelihood in the KHRUTC programmes
  • Established and maintained effective collaboration with relevant stakeholders, private sector, Non Governmental and local governments
  • Managed daily e-mail inquiries and client requests: ensure the requests are promptly replied to, coordinated, and delivered with professionalism and accuracy
  • Represented KHRUTC in external meetings related to FSL, attend and engage in strategic discussions during the FSL national cluster meetings
Restless Development Sustainable Agriculture Advisor and community Health (Bulambuli and Sironko district, Uganda) 01/2004 to 05/2005
  •  Maintained relationships with regional and country program coordinators and managers to offer support as needed in agriculture program design, implementation, and learning
  • Provided technical leadership, coordination, and inputs to cross-theme initiatives, as well as work with relevant technical units to improve the quality of agriculture programs and support integration of agriculture into other sub-themes
  • Conducted monitoring and evaluation of organizational past and current projects (water sanitation, food security and school construction) and their impacts on the community
  • Collaborated with different stakeholders, including government, district, county and religious leaders, to ensure successful implementation of projects
  • Promoted organic farming in rural mountain communities, as an approach to biodiversity conservation, and environmental education in primary and secondary schools focusing on the role of biodiversity in the community
  • Introduction of marketing strategies for small-scale farmers
  • Networking with stakeholders in agriculture sector including the National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS), NGOs, and Local councils
  • Composed proposals and budgets for community projects (funded), organized field trip to successful farm projects for local farmers
  • Training trainers (TOT) to continue implementing organic farming methods
  • Organized final training certificate and community recognition ceremony
Jinja District Wildlife Division Program Coordinator (Jinja, Uganda) 03/1998 to 01/2004
  • Collaborated with beach management committee to enforce the use of recommended fishing gear.
  • Worked with local councils to rise awareness on the need to conserve threatened species both plant and animals.
  • Collection and conservation of threatened plant species, such as indigenous wild orchids and fruits
  • Gathering of oral histories regarding crop and plant consumption and propagation. Construction of medicinal plants arboretum, disseminating plant information through written reports and training to customers
  • Coordination of tree donations to community environmentalists, community agro-forestry trainings
  • Promotion of indigenous trees as keystone species in ecological management in the tropics
  • Promoted Lake Victoria and River Nile green cover, ecosystem restoration, solid waste management, good environmental management systems exhibition during the National and World Environment Day celebration, reduction and control of River Nile and Lake Victoria siltation by planting trees along river banks and on the flat topped and laterite capped hills that surround Lake Victoria
Certifications
  • Makerere University Environmental Management Speaker, Distinguished Speaker Award (2006-07)
  • Sustainable Integrated Agriculture - Katende Harambe Training Centre (2007) 
  • Training in Participatory Rural Appraisal VI Masaka Agroforestry Center (2006)
  • Certificate in Integrated Sustainable Organic Agriculture – Katende Harambe Training Centre (2006)
  • Training in Monitoring and Evaluation – Restless Development (2005)
  • Certificate in Integrated Sustainable Organic Agriculture– Kulika Charitable Trust (2004)
  • Certificate in Appropriate Technology – Restless Development (2004)
  • Certificate in Environmental Education – Restless Development (2004)
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Professional Summary

With over 13 years of certified organic farming experience, from farm hand to farm management, to organic crop inspections & compliance work, I offer a unique background in the agricultural field. Although my background is primarily in agriculture, I'm willing to apply my many skills to new professional fields. I enjoy working both as part of a team or completing detailed tasks on my own. Constant curiosity about the systems of the natural world & regenerative agriculture inspire me to contribute my skills towards a greener, healthier Maui!

Skills
  • Extremely organized
  • Strong verbal communication
  • Interpersonal and written communication
  • Self-motivated
  • Project management
  • Report writing
Work History
07/2019 to 09/2020
Personal Assistant Unified Infinite Wisdom LLC Haiku, Hawaii
  • RespondEd to emails and other correspondence to facilitate communication and enhance business processes
  • Handled incoming mail, bills and invoices and completed appropriate actions
  • Managed various aspects of producing and facilitating large public events
  • Errand running
  • Organic farming and general labor work on 30 acres in upper Ha'iku.
10/2018 to 02/2020
Farm Hand Maui Greens Kula, Hawaii

Myself and one other employee were responsible for all weekly seeding, preparation of growing containers and media at this upcountry "living" lettuce farm whose accounts included Whole Foods and Costco.

01/2018 to 03/2020
S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Teacher Haiku Elementary School Haiku, HI

My duties the first school year involved preparing and teaching geotechnical, environmental engineering and math concepts to approximately 300 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at Haiku Elementary School. I was also responsible for organizing materials for hands on classroom experiments which facilitate a deeper understanding of the engineering concepts.

The second school year I taught small math focus groups to children in grades 1st-5th.

07/2017 to 06/2018
Farm Associate Hana Fresh Hana, HI

As an assistant to the Executive Director of this non-profit certified organic farm/community health center, my primary responsibilities included managing 8-10 trainees working on the farm as part of an agricultural exchange program as well as all aspects of organic vegetable production. My oversight included administrative duties such as keeping organic certification records, the writing of a farm food safety plan and implementation of organic & food safety principles. In addition, I completed a Cornell University sponsored Produce Safety Alliance Growers Training in October 2017. I initiated new projects such as bulk production of sunflower sprouts, the making of herbal teas from existing native plants on the farm as well as egg production from chicks to laying hens.

10/2009 to 07/2018
Compliance Specialist/ Inspector International Certification Services Medina/Haiku , ND/HI

My employment with ICS Intl. began as an independent contractor, performing organic crop inspections until January 2016 when I was hired as an employee specializing in crop compliance reviews in addition to inspections. Complete familiarity with & understanding of the National Organic Program, proficiency in Mac, MS Word, & Excel were just a few requirements of the position. After starting with Hana Fresh in July 2017, I became an independent contractor once again, performing crop inspections & compliance work in my spare time.

10/2009 to 05/2013
Farm Manager Hale Akua Garden Farm Huelo, HI

My responsibilities focused on teaching volunteers, (wwoof.org ), who stayed at the farm for 3-6 months, everything about organic farming from seed to sale. Daily tasks included creating work schedules for the volunteers consisting of seeding, planting, fertilizing, harvesting, sales & delivery of certified organic produce to local stores & restaurants. All employees & volunteers were required to participate in weekly Compassionate Communication classes.

05/2008 to 06/2009
Farm Hand O'o Farm Kula, HI

This unique farm is owned by two Lahaina restaurant partners who use produce from the farm to supply their restaurants. Truly a farm to table experience. Daily tasks included seeding, planting & harvesting of vegetables & fruits. I also led daily lunch tours explaining the basic principles of organic farming as well as assisting guests in the harvest of various vegetables & fruit for a lunch made on-site by a visiting chef.

06/2005 to 06/2007
Farm Hand Robb Farms Kamuela, HI
Daily tasks on this certified organic 20 acre farm included seeding, planting with tractors, weeding, harvesting & packaging of vegetables for sale to local markets & restaurants. Primary crops grown were lettuces, squash, melons, beets, broccoli, leeks & onions.
Education
1996
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
University Of Colorado At Boulder - Boulder, CO
2006
Bachelor of Science: Holistic Nutrition
Clayton College Of Natural Health - Birmingham, AL
2008
Organic Crop Inspection: Certificate of Completion
IOIA - Corvallis, Oregon
2017
Certificate of Completion: Food Safety Compliance
Produce Growers Alliance - Kaunakakai, Maui
Certifications

IOIA (INTERNATIONAL ORGANIC INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION)

NOP 100 Level Organic Livestock Standards Webinar, October 19 & 21, 2016


IOIA ( INTERNATIONAL ORGANIC INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION)

NOP 200 In/Out Balances & Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection Webinar, February 22 & March 1, 2017


IOIA ( INTERNATIONAL ORGANIC INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION)

NOP 200 Level Livestock Feed Audits: Grazing & Non-Grazing Season Webinar, December 3rd & 5th, 2018.

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Career Focus
 Looking for a full time position. Currently a Senior at Oregon State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Economics, and a minor in Leadership. Expected to graduate with my bachelor's degree June of 2019.
Key Skills
  • Strong Analytical Skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Education
Bachelor of Applied Economics: Agriculture Business Management 2019 Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
 
Oregon State University Minor in Leadership
Oregon State University GPA: 3.75

Associate of Arts 2016 Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon
 
Clackamas Community College GPA: 3.52
Played college baseball for two years
Work Experience
Three Tee's Golf Corvallis, Oregon Owner/Founder Online golf clothing company, selling different varieties of golf apparel that you can wear on and off the course.
State Farm Clackamas , Oregon Internship 06/2018 to 09/2018
Summer internship that consisted of many different jobs in the insurance industry key jobs included:
  • Billing/payments of current and new customers
  • Claims
  • Customer Service
Fine Family Farms Madras, Oregon Farm Manager 06/2010 to 09/2017
A family farm that I helped grow, water, and harvest a variety of different crops. Which include alfalfa, wheat, garlic, grass seed, and carrot seed. Key jobs included:
 
  • Planting and Harvesting Crops
  • Maintained Account Records 
  • Crew Supervisor
  • Equipment Manager
Northern California Flowers Clackamas, Oregon Wholesale Manager 06/2012 to 09/2016
A wholesale flower company who orders, receives, sorts, and delivers all the floral products for New Season Markets around the Portland area. Key jobs included:

  • Managed Flower Inventory
  • Warehouse Manager
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Summary
I have been a Farm Manager for
Cane Creek Cattle Company for the past three years. I also manage Dixie Grass which is a subsidiary of Cane Creek Cattle Company.  
Skills
  • Proficient in farm machinery maintenance and operation
  • Can operate new equipment with GPS systems
  • Can calculate application rates for chemical application


  • Can tag and tattoo cattle
  • Knowledgeable of maintaining the health of the heard
  • Can build fences
  • Can follow blueprints
Experience
05/2014 to Current
Farm Manager Cane Creek Cattle Company Bentonia, Ms. As the farm manager I am responsible for the general operation of all aspects of the farm operation. I operate and maintain the maintenance on all the farm equipment. I fabricate fencing on our properties. I work closely with Farm Services to make sure we comply with all the guidelines put forth by the farm grants we receive. I check our cattle daily and administer any medications needed. I keep our online records of our heard current and up to date to ensure accurate records. I also manage Dixie Grass which is the hay division of our business. I monitor the health of the grass and spray the grass as need to increase grass quality and production. I also take orders receive payment and schedule delivery and pick up of the hay. 
05/2013 to 05/2014
Warehouse Associate Flora Farm Supply Flora, Ms.
While working at Flora Farm Supply I filled orders for feed and agriculture seed product. I would pull the product and load on the customers truck. For large orders I would load on our truck and trailer and deliver to the farm for the customer. I also was responsible for maintaining a inventory log of the product on hand.  
Education and Training
2018
Associate of Science: Precision Agriculture Hinds Community College Raymond , Ms., US While at Hinds Community College I have studied precision agriculture which is the use of GPS systems to more accurately use agriculture techniques. I have also minored in beef cattle production which has enhance my knowledge in the cattle industry. GPS systems are also used in the cattle industry for monitoring herds and many other things. This degree has better prepared me for the technology that is evolving in the agriculture industry.
Associate of Science
Activities and Honors
I am currently a member of the Phi Thetta Cappa honors society.