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.
With a strong background managing manufacturing operations in the flour and grain industry, Ron keeps the Timeless plant productive and efficient.
Raised in Conrad MT, not far from the origins of Timeless Seeds, he and his wife now live in Great Falls, just a short drive from Ulm.
Lorie Marquis, Bookkeeper
Back to the future! Lorie has very special distinction among Timeless staff – years ago, she and her husband owned the building that the Timeless plant is in now. It was a seed cleaning and treating operation and in 2007 the building became the Timeless Seeds headquarters.
Widowed and a single mom with 4 kids (two boys and two girls) and a granddaughter, Lorie is always there for them, attending every ball game and dance recital. Two of her kids are still in school and working at Timeless gives Lorie the flexibility to be a “dance mom.”
In her spare time, Lorie is finishing up her Bachelors degree in accounting – just 2 semesters to go!
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 over four decades of experience in organic gardening and farming and marketing locally grown products, and some not so locally grown. He has spent 24 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, 1991, 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 9 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.
Joseph comes to Timeless with global experience in soil fertility and nutrient management, particularly in organic cropping systems, in East Africa and across the US.
Completing his Masters in plant sciences at MSU Bozeman, Joseph will work in tandem with Jim Barngrover to support Timeless growers, observe field and crop conditions, and make recommendations for planting, crop management, and harvesting.
Joseph and his family moved to the US in 2011 and now reside in Great Falls.
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?
Heather is one of Timeless’ Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals and holds a Certificate of Training in FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food.
As our Food Safety Coordinator, Heather makes sure that every bag of lentils, peas, chickpeas, and grain that leaves the plant is the very best – and safest – for our customers.
Married to James, they stay busy on their family farm while also raising two boys and teaching them all they can about the Montana way of life.
Jason is so local he can walk 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 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.
Shauna Roberts, Retail Packaging
Tara Leveque, Retail Packaging
Tara, born in Canada, splits her time between Montana and British Columbia; working here in Ulm during the school year and sharing a hunting business with her husband in Canada during summer break. Always one to keep busy, she ran a little red Java Hut trailer selling coffee for several years while summering with family in BC.
Timeless provides Tara with a job that lets her schedule work around her two boys and their school activities. In her spare time, after achieving one of those “milestone birthdays,” Tara started running half-marathons. “I love the exercise and outdoors,” she says.