Meet Our Staff
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 Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) 40th Anniversary Leadership in Sustainability Award, 2014; the 2008 Lifetime Service Award from the Montana Organic Association; and the 1989 Sustainable Agriculture Award from the AERO.
Matthew Leardini, General Manager
Matthew grew up in Northern California and worked on dairy and beef ranches during high school. Both Matthew and his wife attended MSU-Bozeman, where he graduated with a BS in AgBusiness and she in Animal Science. While in college, he continued working on ranches in the Bozeman area.
Following college, he joined the Air Force and trained at the Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He launched his 7-year tenure in the Air Force with an assignment at Hanscom AFB, MA, as an Acquisition Officer working on space weather satellite and terrestrial weather sensor programs. While living in Massachusetts, Matthew earned his MBA from UMASS, then attended missile training at Vandenberg AFB, CA, and served as a missile operator at Malmstrom AFB.
Matthew and his wife left the service to return to Great Falls to raise a family. He reached back to his training in AgBusiness and spent six years in the conventional grain business, merchandising peas and lentils, and as an elevator manager, before coming to Timeless.
Enjoying hunting, fly-fishing, and skiing, Matthew takes his kids with him in the outdoors every possible chance. They also enjoy all kinds of ballgames and swimming together.
Ron Newmiller, Operations 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.
Jim Barngrover, Co-Founder, Manager of Grower Contracting and Crop Procurement
Timeless co-founder Jim Barngrover identifies new growers, provides management information, balances production with inventory needs, and stays in regular contact with the Timeless grower base.
Jim has nearly four decades of experience in organic gardening and farming and marketing locally grown products, and some not so locally grown. He has spent 21 years marketing Fair Trade and Organic Café Mam Coffee in Montana and elsewhere.
As part time lobbyist for AERO at the Montana legislature, Jim was instrumental in the passage of the Montana Organic Definition Act, 1995, and the establishment of a Weed Ecologist position at Montana State University in 1991. A founding board member of Helena Community Gardens, Jim focuses on the organization’s mission of developing gardens within walking distance of every neighborhood in Helena MT. There are currently 8 gardens under management.
Jim’s awards include the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) 40th Anniversary Leadership in Sustainability Award, 2014; the Montana Organic Association 2009 Lifetime of Service Award; and AERO’s Sustainable Agriculture Award, 1993.
Gail Nickel-Kailing, Marketing and Distribution Channel Manager
My first “real job” was as a food gift designer for a nationally-recognized gift catalog company. I wandered from my “food path” into technology where I spent many years working in marketing, product management, and corporate planning.
When I launched my own consulting business providing support for small and mid-sized food-related businesses, I discovered Timeless and knew I wanted to become part of the team. Fall of 2016 my husband and I moved to Montana and that dream came true.
Now we enjoy the beauty of Montana, the warmth of its residents, and lots of good food – including all the Timeless products. Lentil brownies, anyone?
Jennifer Niebaum, Bookkeeper
Jennifer grew up between the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, and the prairies of Central Montana. Both sides of her family are farmers, one branch settled in Canada and another homesteaded in Power Montana, where you can find three generations of her family heritage represented in the halls of the high school.
Lucky enough to spend some amazing years at home dedicated to raising four pretty awesome not-so-little people, Jennifer is currently pursuing an accounting degree working towards a CPA license.
Jennifer is Timeless’s newest office side kick and hopes to one day become one of the super heroes that propel the company forward, sharing her accounting knowledge and learning the organic food industry. She can most often be found behind a computer in the office making sure the numbers do what they are supposed to do, cracking jokes, and sharing her quirky perspective with her co-workers.
Jennifer also fills her time as a volunteer with the Great Falls Ski Patrol and can, in her off hours, be found outside pursuing the next adventure, exploring, picking up rocks, or chasing down her-not-so-little-people.
Jason Roberts, Processing, Warehouse, and Shipping
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. He is an avid outdoors man and enjoys marksmanship anytime of the year.
Our master on the Satake Color Sorter, Jason’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, is a creative thinker, and a very talented cartoonist.
Shawn Yeager, Processing, Warehouse, and Shipping
Shawn joined the Timeless staff in 2012, with numerous years in the grain handling industry. He is responsible for late shift processing, color sorting, bagging and order fulfillment.
An experienced rodeo-rider, Shawn learned early lessons – an accident at 7 left him with a broken wrist.
Shawn is a Montana native and comes from a family of hard workers. A quiet cowboy, he is father of a blended family of seven and likes to hunt in his spare time.
James Lewis, Processing, Warehouse, and Shipping
James (Jimbo) is just a simple misplaced southern boy. Growing up on his grandparent’s farm in north central Florida, also known as ‘Gator country; James has a back ground in farming watermelons, tobacco, and sugar cane, and a little livestock work.
New to the seed and grain industry, James has gained a little more perspective into the different venues of agriculture.
James relocated to Montana in order to fulfill his dream of bow hunting the West for all big game that is offered. After taking his first bull elk in 2003, James decided to make Big Sky Country home.
Married to his beautiful wife Heather, they stay busy on their family farm while also raising two boys and teaching them all they can about the Montana way of life.
Mikel Becktold, Processing, Warehouse, and Shipping
Mikel, who is new to Montana and to Timeless, had to go East to go West. Growing up with grandparents who are seed farmers in Oregon, Mikel learned how to process, handle, and bag seeds, and he brings those skills to Timeless.
Late summer 2016, he moved to live with his grandparents in Montana for two important reasons: to hunt and fish and to take advantage of job opportunities not available in Oregon. We’ll leave you to figure out the real reason he’s here.
A bow hunter in Oregon, Mikel is most proud of the big 3-point black tail buck he took a couple of years ago and he looks forward to bow hunting in Montana.
Hoping to go to culinary school to learn to cook, Mikel is expanding his knowledge of healthy foods and wants to incorporate lentils in his cooking. Having heard of the legendary Black Beluga Lentil® tacos, he’s looking forward to trying them.
Shauna Roberts, Retail Packaging
Heather Lewis, Retail Packaging