Meet Our Staff

 

Dave in the FieldDavid 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.


 

Heather HadleyHeather Hadley, Office Manager

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  & mckenseyLeni Yeager, Operations Manager

One quarter Blackfeet Indian, and raised in the state’s Kootenai Forest near the Canadian border, Leni is literally a native Montana girl.

Since Leni came to us in 2008, she has come to wear many hats– Operations Manager, Safety Officer, compliance, customer service, executive assistant, and even tour guide–though her favorite one is her pink hard hat.

Leni is happiest working with people: farmers, staff, customers, and guests that come through the plant. Leni takes pride in her Native American heritage and is happy to let people know what her Native American name is, it is Emma Duski Napi Quawn, which interpreted means “Dog Face White Woman.”

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.


LorenLoren 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.

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Jason Roberts,  Color Sorting, Order Fulfillment

Jason is so local he walks to work in about 1 minute–making him the hands-down leader in low-carbon-footprint commuting. Jason was born and raised in Montana and has lived in Ulm most of his life. Jason is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys marksmanship anytime of the year.  Jason is our master on the Satake Color Sorter, so he’s the guy ultimately responsible for the beautiful product in every retail package that ends up on the store shelf.  Additionally, he happily helps with just about every task if the need arises.  He is always up for a good challenge and is a creative thinker. He is also a very talented cartoonist, which lightens our day.

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Mike Ferrara,  Order Fulfillment, Fabrication, Jack-of-All Trades

Muscle Michael Ferrara was born in South Boston, MA.  He may have left Boston but took his accent with him!  He has worked in print shops on both the east and west coasts. Mike and his wife Deann came to Montana to raise their three children in a healthy and much safer environment. Mike and his family raise most of their own food, and are always trying to think of more ways to give back to the earth.  The Ferrara homestead is only a mile down the road, and includes a garden, chickens, and goats.

Michael brought to Timeless his experience with large machinery, great organizational skills, a great sense of humor, and a willingness to learn and do whatever it takes to get the job done…………unless the Red Sox are in the World Series, of course.