Meet Our Staff
David Oien, Co-founder, CEO & General Manager
David is a third-generation Montana farmer whose Norwegian grandparents homesteaded in the early 1900s a few miles south of the current farm near Conrad.
Influenced by a childhood of riding tractors with his dad and watching the clouds float across the big sky, plus a college degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies focusing on Oriental, Native American, and Judeo-Christian religion, in 1976 he returned to the family farm in his own personal “back-to-the land movement.”
Building a passive solar house, rehabbing a 30s-era wind generator, and converting the farm to organic was the work of the 70s; promoting renewable energy and co-founding Timeless was the obsession of the 80s; and nurturing the business through its formative years was the passion of the 90s.
An avid supporter of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture for 30 years, David was a founding member of the Pondera Solar Alliance, AERO’s Sustainable Agriculture Task Force, two local organic farmers’ chapters, Montana Organic Certification Advisory Committee, and the Montana Organic Association. David received the 1989 Sustainable Agriculture Award from the Alternative Energy Resources Organization, and the 2008 Lifetime Service Award from the Montana Organic Association.
Sharon Eisenberg, CFO
Sharon grew up in upstate New York, the daughter of a doctor and a librarian. She graduated from the University of Chicago, and served a stint in VISTA developing senior citizen programs in Walthill, Nebraska. Earning her CPA certificate, which was followed by assignments with the IRS and a Big 10 accounting firm, and, in 1980 a move to Montana where she married David, and started her own CPA practice.
They’ve raised three smart and caring children who are pursuing their own dreams in urban environments. Sharon’s also “mother” to two dogs rescued from unsavory fates and a dozen or more cats, all of whom are also pursuing dreams of their own… more to eat and a warm lap. A life-long member of ACLU and various progressive political causes, for over 20 years Sharon has also been the organizer of various incarnations of local organic food buying clubs.
Sharon is the financial guru for Timeless, as well as office manager, the accounts payable and receivable person, and the one who deals with the mountains of paperwork having to do with being a small company in the organic food business. She operates from a desk, computer, and phone at the main office in Conrad. For fun she spends her time operating her internet used book business, through which she markets hard-to-find and unusual non-fiction books around the world.
Heather is our office staff, and is in charge of just about everything that includes sales orders, data entry, fielding customer questions and requests, and general office duties. She is very excited to be the newest addition to the Timeless Seeds family.
Heather comes to Timeless from Transystems of Great Falls, MT, the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development, and the University of Alaska where she provided office and administrative support. She has also been a tree planter, a heating duct installer, an auto insurance agent, and tech support for watershed management and transportation studies – among other things. Her experiences, skills, and enthusiasm will be put to good use at Timeless.
In 2011, Heather, her husband, Kevin, and their Alaska husky, Sanchez, moved to Montana from Juneau, Alaska. Their daughter, Alison, makes her home on the island of Guam where she works on conservation and environmental issues.
Heather and Kevin, after a lot of dreaming and planning, will break ground for their straw bale home in spring 2014. They chose to build their retirement home in Montana to be closer to their parents and enjoy a drier climate. Besides working on house plans, Heather enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, reading, and spends most evenings with her mother conquering the daily crossword. She is also very interested in recycling and looks forward to using upcycled and repurposed items in and around her new home.
Leni Yeager, Retail Packaging Production Manager, Safety Officer, In-house Biblical Scholar
One quarter Blackfeet Indian, and raised in the state’s Kootenai Forest near the Canadian border, Leni is literally a native Montana girl. She came to Timeless in 2008 after managing the packaging line at Quality Life Concepts, the local service provider for developmentally disabled adults who package our retail line.
Although she yearns to be a railroad engineer, Leni is as comfortable running our forklifts and stacking pallets as she is organizing paperwork or “talking lentils” to local customers. She oversees the packaging of our award winning Timeless Natural Food retail line. But, above all, she’s most remembered by visitors for her pink hardhat.
Leni experiences life as a moving stream and loves to spend spare time on the banks of the mighty Missouri River, which flows within a mile of the Timeless warehouse.
Loren Nichols, Production and Grain Handling
Loren is a local boy, born and raised just down the road from our current warehouse and production facility in Ulm. Loren must have food production in his veins because while he was growing up, he spent many hours along side his dad, who worked for a small, local flour mill. Before joining the Timeless crew, he was a production worker on the Pasta Montana packing line in nearby Great Falls, Montana.
When he’s not cheering up the Timeless crew with his big smile and positive attitude, he’s living his goal of “just enjoying life” with his dog Tuffy – walking or fishing along the Missouri River.