Administrative Council

The Administrative Council, often called the AC, is the governing body for the Southern SARE region. The AC appoints the host institution and coordinator, oversees the general budget, guides programming, and reviews and evaluates grant proposals. The term of membership on the AC is normally three years, with the opportunity to serve two terms.

The AC is composed of 23 members: 12 selected by the AC through an open nomination process serving 3-year terms (renewable for a second term), and 11 members who are appointed by our partner agencies. These agencies include 1890 Extension institutions, 1890 Research institutions, 1862 Extension institutions, 1862 Research institutions, State Departments of Agriculture, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, and a representative from the SARE National office. Of the 12 members selected from open nominations, seven are producers, three represent non-governmental organizations, one represents agribusiness, and one reflects quality of life issues for the AC.


Producer Members

Julia Asherman

Julia Asherman is owner/operator of Rag & Frass Farm, a diversified farming operation in Jeffersonville, GA growing a large and diverse selection of food and flowers. Asherman turned an old motel and neglected pasture into a diversified 3-acre farm complete with laying hens and family livestock. The farm utilizes mulches, cover crops, crop rotation, compost, no-till and limited tillage to achieve long-term sustainability.


Rag & Frass Farm
15176 US Hwy 80
Jeffersonville, GA 31044

Felicia Bell

Felicia Bell is owner/operator of RD&S Farm, LLC in Brandon, Mississippi. RD & S Farm is a diversified farming operation with fruit, nut, vegetable and lamb production. Felicia Bell offers educational materials, workshops and consultations on sustainable agriculture practices. Bell also serves as an agriculture specialist in NCAT's Gulf States Regional Office, offering technical assistance and outreach.


RD&S Farm, LLC
134 Mattie Burnett Cir.
Brandon, MS 39047

Dan Glenn

Dan Glenn is the managing director of Deep Grass Graziers, a commercial cow calf and registered seedstock operation focused on forage finished genetics, and also serves as director of his family’s 1200 acre row crop operation.  He is a partner in Sustainable Genetics, an international seedstock marketing business, and the managing director and founder of True South Seeds, a CBD hemp company located in Tennessee.  Dan serves on the national boards of the American Forage and Grassland Council, and the National Grazing Lands Coalition. He also serves as President of the Georgia Forage and Grass Land Council.


600 Meadowlark Road
Fitzgerald, GA 31750

Tashel Martin

Tashel Martin is a fourth generation farmer who runs an urban farming business that utilizes organic practices named Mama Isis Farm & Market in the city of New Orleans, LA. Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers (some that are edible) are grown on the urban farm and then sold wholesale directly to consumers and local businesses.  Nonetheless, added value items are created from the items that are grown such as teas, infusions, cough syrup, and other self care products. 


5631 Christian Lane
New Orleans, LA 70126

Tim Miller

Tim Miller owns and operates Millberg Farm, a certified organic farm utilizing dryland farming practices. Miller raises only heirloom crops with over 140 fruit trees. He specializes in alternative farming techniques, and is active in seed saving and growing of transplants. Miller runs one of the first and oldest CSAs in Texas.


737 Opal Lane
Kyle, TX 78640

Tenisio Seanima

Tenisio Seanima is the founder of Nature's Candy Farms, a metro-Atlanta farm delivering certified organic, non-GMO produce, eggs and other items. Seanima practices permaculture techniques on his farm. He sits on the City-Agriculture-Plan Steering Committee for the City of East Point and coaches property owners in sustainable gardening techniques via his consulting enterprise. Seanima served as a member of the National Young Farmers Coalition, and has a history with SARE, serving on an advisory committee and participating as a grant reviewer.


Nature's Candy Farms
795 Miller Run
Atlanta, GA 30349

Pauline Thiessen

Pauline Thiessen serves on the AC as a producer. She is the produce manager of Ozark Natural Foods, a co-op in Fayetteville, Ark. Pauline has worked at the co-op for over 10 years and is very active in supporting local food producers. She acts as the liaison between local farmers and Ozark Natural Foods.


Ozark Natural Foods Cooperative
157 CR 546
Berryville, AR 72616


NGO Representatives

Bonita Clemons

Bonita Clemons is the founder of Dianne's Call, a non-profit organization that connects families to fresh fruits and vegetables. The organization optimizes community health through education and access to healthy foods in underserved neighborhoods. Programs introduce and teach about sustainable farming and farm practices.


1420 Brennen Road
Columbia, S.C. 29260

Patrick Lillard

Patrick Lillard serves as a Southern SARE NGO representative on the Administrative Council. He is the vice president for the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (, and has been involved with sustainable agriculture, conservation, and education in a variety of positions for the past 15 years. He worked on dairies and large acreage grain farms in Australia and New Zealand, and managed a diversified farm in Waco. He earned a B.A. in English, M.S. in Horticulture, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Education. He is also working with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as a communications specialist.


1407 Angelina Circle
College Station, TX 77840

Julius Tillery

Julius Tillery serves on the Administrative Council as an NGO representative. He works for The Conservation Fund as a farm resources coordinator for the organization's Resourceful Communities program and business developer for the National Capital Investment Fund. His work focuses on helping under-served farmers connect to market outlets and resources to improve farm production. Julius has served on the NC A&T Cooperative Extension Small Farmer of the Year committee and is on the advisory board for the Town of Garysburg. Julius is a 5th generation family farmer, growing and selling collards and various green salad varieties at the Garysburg Farmers Market.


4324 Pin Oak Drive
Durham, NC 27707


Quality of Life Representative




Sandi Kronick

Sandi Kronick is a co-founder and CEO of Happy Dirt (formally Eastern Carolina Organics), whose mission is to cultivate a sustainable food system by providing a viable production and distribution network to customers and farmers.  Prior to launching ECO in 2004, Kronick has worked for many years building sustainable business relationships between organic growers and buyers, starting off in the sustainable food scene as the Local Food Coordinator for a 700-member cooperative in Ohio and later working as Sustainable Foods Consultant to restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 2010, Kronick received a “40 Under 40” regional business leadership award and traveled to Chile on behalf of the Chilean Trade Commission to speak to farmers about the U.S. organic marketplace.


Happy Dirt
2210 East Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27703


1890 Extension

Raymon Shange

Raymon Shange is Assistant Dean for Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension and Director of the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center. He is also associate professor of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences.


209 Morrison Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36083


1862 Extension

Bob Scott

Bob Scott is Senior Associate Vice President for Extension at the University of Arkansas.


2301 South University Avenue
University of Arkansas
Little Rock, AR 72204-4940


1890 Research

Ralph Noble

Ralph Noble is the dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Science and Technology at Fort Valley State University. In this role, he guides the college’s global leadership in key areas such as plant science and small ruminants and the expansion of academic programming and research in cutting-edge fields such as genome decoding, biotechnology, bioinformatics, renewable energy production, and sustainability. 


1005 State University Dr.
Fort Valley, GA 31030


1862 Research

Nathan Slaton

Nathan Slaton is associate VP and Director of Soil Testing at Bumpers College Crops, Soil and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas.


1371 West Altheimer Drive
DTAS 217
Fayetteville, AR 72704



Annie Donoghue

Annie Donoghue is a research leader for the Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, USDA-ARS, at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas and is acting Research Leader for the Dale Bumpers Small Farm Research Unit in Booneville, AR. Her research has focused on developing alternatives to antibiotic use in poultry and developing strategies to reduce or eliminate pathogen contamination.


USDA-ARS Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit
University of Arkansas
O-303 Poultry Science Center
Fayetteville, AR 72701



Terrance Rudolph


State Conservationist
355 East Hancock Ave.
Stop Number 200
Athens, GA 30601



Susan Park

Susan Park is regional ag advisor for Region 4, which covers Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida.


US EPA, Region 4
Office of the Regional Administrator, 14th Floor
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303


USDA Forest Service-Agroforestry

Annie Hermansen-Baez


Science Delivery/Program Coordinator
USDA Forest Service
Southern Research Station
236 Mowry Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32611-0806




Kirsty Borrelli 


University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742-6715
Phone: 301.405.9912

Vance Owens


National Program Leader
Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
Kansas City, MO

US Geological Survey


State Departments of Agriculture

Joe Hatton


West Virginia Department of Agriculture
270 Mylan Park Lane, Box 13
Morgantown, WV 26501