Soil Cycle Board Members
Caitlyn's passion for composting was born out of environmental concerns regarding wasted food and has grown into a love for all things soil! Caitlyn, a self-proclaimed soil nerd, wants to make sustainable living more accessible to those who wish to lessen their personal environmental impacts. She has used her knowledge of living ecosystems to create a thriving flower farm, Blue Mountain Flowers, with her husband Rick. When she isn't getting her hands dirty, she is hiking around Montana, biking across Idaho, or creating art with friends.
Sam is the founder and CEO of Renewably. Leveraging the knowledge gained from his dual MS/MBA degree from UM, Sam established a consulting business to address a growing need for environmentally responsible business practices across Montana.
Alongside his work at Renewably, Sam also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Montana and contributes to local community efforts through volunteering (including with Soil Cycle!). Sam, accompanied by his faithful dog Bridger, also enjoys Montana's natural beauty on the trails, where he is currently training for a 100-mile ultramarathon.
Devin hails from the South. He grew up north of Atlanta where he obtained his B.S. at Young Harris College (a teeny school in north Georgia) and spent a couple of summers as a raft guide on the Nantahala River in North Carolina (or North Cackalacky, as he may refer to it). Devin moved to Missoula in the fall of 2020 for grad school at UM. Since then, he has gotten his M.S. in Environmental Studies, has started a position with Forward Montana focusing on youth civic engagement, and of course, he has fallen in love with Missoula. There’s few organizations out there that connect Devin’s love of cycling and his interest in waste reduction. Soil Cycle is a perfect fit.
Sierra has been peeved about landfilled, wasted food ever since she co-developed and implemented a Zero Waste Pledge Program for the City of Missoula in 2019. Bringing Missoulians together in the name of sustainable transportation and environmental education are two strategies that soothe her rage against waste, and she looks forward to channeling her energy into these positive avenues through her Soil Cycle board service. When not working as the Alumni Program Coordinator at Ecology Project International, Sierra is likely reading in the tub, baking a sourdough loaf, or squeezing her dog, Waffles.
Sarah grew up in CT, spending weekends at her Grandparents' orchard with her family, which she attributes to her love and interest in food system work. She pursued this passion at Saint Michale's College while working on the college farm and then followed this interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems to Missoula to complete an M.S. in Environmental Studies. She researched the inadvertent pesticide contamination of organic producers in Montana while at UM and spent time working at the PEAS Farm. Sarah currently works at Garden City Harvest as an educator and is excited to bring those skills and food system passions to Soil Cycle.
Dan joined Soil Cycle in March 2023 as a cyclist, and is known for his ability to cycle fast and efficiently! Dan works full-time as the Finance Director for Home ReSource, a Missoula based Community Sustainability Center. Prior to that, he was Corporate Treasurer and CFO of Watkins and Shepard Trucking, a Montana-based transportation company that distributed furniture, carpet and building materials across the United States and Canada. Dan is a graduate of Carroll College in Helena, MT with a degree in Accounting and Finance and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Montana since 1998. He is excited to help support an organization that’s focused on zero-waste, education and the pursuit of a more sustainable economy. Dan is a lifelong resident of Montana and enjoys the many outdoor activities our state has to offer. He and his partner Sarah have called Missoula home for more that twenty-five years where they’ve raised four daughters.