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.
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 was followed by assignments with the IRS and a Big 10 accounting firm, and, in 1980 moving 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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, Loren’s living his goal of “just enjoying life” with his dog Tuffy – walking or fishing along the Missouri River.
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. He is an avid outdoorsman 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, Color Sorting, Order Fulfillment
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.
Mike Ferrara, Order Fulfillment, Fabrication, Jack-of-All Trades
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 brings 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.