FOUNDER and Educator
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where grocery stores were on every corner and access to healthy food was a given. As a child, it didn't occur to me that I should question where my food originated from, whether harmful chemicals were applied, or the manner in which the livestock were cared for. It certainly didn't occur to me that getting to know the actual farmers who provided my food would be in my best interest. I was a kid who grew up in the suburbs. Food security wasn't something we talked about around the dinner table. The weekly trip to the grocery store was all I knew. My younger years included frequent visits up north to visit family who lived on land and raised livestock. I knew then that I wanted to be able to have a farm and do the same when I was an adult. To learn more about my background, click here.
Farm Manager and Chef
I have been cooking professionally for over 10 years. Along with my husband Chris, I opened a diner in the Hill Country that focused on scratch made and locally sourced food. After having a wonderful opportunity to feed our friends and neighbors, Chris and I closed our diner to focus on feeding our favorite new customer, our daughter Sophia. Now I focuses my time on feeding and teaching children about cooking and eating from scratch.
Business Development Lead
I have always been connected to farm life. My grandfather's family cattle farm was at the center of my childhood - a peaceful place for our family to explore nature and gather over lovingly crafted homemade meals. After receiving two degrees in Marketing Management and Communication, I led an entire team of creative professionals in service of John Deere’s residential property care equipment marketing needs at GSD&M from 2006-2018. So I can tell you all about a utility vehicle’s independent rear-wheel suspension and a tractor’s rotary tiller implement with the best of them. My husband Brian and I welcomed our son Van in 2016, and 4 weeks later we bought our dream property in Dripping Springs, where we care for wildlife and enjoy spending as much outside time as possible with our munchkin. I am honored to be part of this amazing Hills of Milk and Honey team as they grow young farmers and provide one-of-a-kind farm experiences in the Hill Country.
IT Solutions Lead
My roots run deep within the world of technology. I received my bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems at the University of Texas at Austin, and then became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). I am an expert on big data projects, IT strategy consulting and program management. I've worked with household names including Google, eBay, and PayPal and have led multi-million dollar programs and large teams through hundreds of successful IT and web development projects. As current Chief of Staff at Cybernance, I run operations and product development as well as all major internal company projects to align and execute operations with strategic planning and initiatives. Previous to this role, I was Director of Customer Operations and responsible for customer operations and relations through mass deployments of the Cybernance Platform. While contributing to the cybersecurity initiatives at Cybernance, I am also sharing my expertise with Hills of Milk and Honey to launch initiatives that solve the struggle of the "to" in the farm-to-table movement. My heart beats a little faster when I can be a part of making a difference in the lives of others and I am thrilled to be a member of this team. The advocate in me also has made me a long-time supporter of the NICU for Texas Children’s Hospital helping ease families in their journey through the NICU. During my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my family marveling at the sounds of the chickens and goats while watching the sunset on my ranch in Dripping Springs.
Farm Volunteer Extraordinaire
As someone who has spent the past 20 years in Austin, I have a true passion for Central Texas. I grew up in Dallas, and moved to Austin after graduating from Texas Tech University. I live in Dripping Springs with my husband and our 2 young children. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, camping, playing outside with my kids, trying new restaurants and exploring the Hill Country. I look forward to getting my hands dirty working with the animals and in the garden while at Hills of Milk and Honey.