Meet Our Team

Staff & Board

Erin Maidlow

Executive Director

Erin MaidlowErin Maidlow graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Natural Resources and a minor in Geology, where she focused on sustainable agriculture and soils. As an internship project, she worked with a community garden at the Boys & Girls Club in Muncie, Indiana. There, she taught youth about soil, growing food, and provided them with produce baskets to take home to their families. That project was what sparked a passion for school garden work and providing hands-on education to youth. In 2013, Erin accepted an AmeriCorps volunteer position as the “Think Local Horticulturalist” at Phoenix Charter School in Roseburg, which is what brought her to the Umpqua Valley. It was through that position that she began working with farmers throughout the region and grew produce for the school meal program and farmers’ market. In March of 2020, the opportunity arose to take on a role at Thriving Waters and continue its mission in a new direction by incorporating gardening. This has blossomed into Umpqua Valley Farm to School, where Erin is proud to support her community. She is also the Farm to School and School Garden Procurement and Education Coordinator for Douglas County.

Erin is a busy mama to three children who are often seen at gardens and farms with her, as she sees the importance of teaching them where their food comes from and to play in the dirt. They share a love of gardening, even if that may just be digging and throwing soil at each other. She also loves hiking, swimming, paddling, and exploring hidden gems of the Umpqua Valley and beyond.

Bobbi Wilson

Education Coordinator

Bobbi Wilson is the Education Coordinator at Umpqua Valley Farm to School. She has experience across various sectors of the food system, including farm policy, hunger relief, farmers’ markets, food waste reduction, and organic vegetable production. Prior to joining UVF2S, Bobbi worked at Rogue Farm Corps where she coordinated a hands-on training program for beginning farmers. In 2022 she started Uphill Farm with her mom and sister, where they grow a variety of fresh vegetables using regenerative, no-till, and dry-farming practices. She is passionate about teaching young people about healthy food and farming, including four nieces and nephews who live on the farm.

Clover Wier

School Garden Instructor

Clover Wier graduated from University of Oregon with degrees in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies and later a masters in Education.  She has always believed in finding ways to help students learn outside of the classroom.  From rock climbing assistant with the Outdoor Program at University of Oregon to student tour guide in Australia and New Zealand for four U.S. winters,  she has explored experiential learning for decades.  She was a secondary science and math teacher for nearly two decades.  While teaching science at Fremont Middle School she built a school garden and promoted many out of the classroom experiences for students, including chaperoning Roseburg students on a trip to Costa Rica and fostering many local partnerships that gave students varied hands-on experiences.  They were able to learn at Saving Grace, Wildlife Safari, or from experts at Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Her students also worked with Master Gardeners, UCVEG, Umpqua Watersheds Americorps volunteers,  parent volunteers and Blue Zones mentors (now Thrive Umpqua.) Through these partnerships she was able to expand the school garden and create an atmosphere to help the school become Blue Zones certified.

In 2019 she took a break from teaching many students to homeschool her elementary daughter. Together they have continued to explore the many ways to learn from home. During her free time she loves hiking and paddle boarding, she also enjoys volunteering with her son’s high school robotics team at Roseburg High. She is excited to work with the students and staff at Fir Grove Elementary in the coming year.

Sarah Davey

School Garden Instructor

My name is Sarah Davey and I am honored to be a part of the Umpqua Valley Farm to School team. I live in Eugene, OR with my partner and two dogs. At home, I am constantly cooking, fermenting, reading about cooking and fermenting, eating or shopping at local markets. I have always been interested in the natural world, supporting local farmers and businesses and dream of my own small farm one day. I have bounced around from working in child education to working in breweries. Each path has taught me how much respect and passion I have for the work of sustainability, agriculture and teaching. I believe everyone deserves access to nutritious food and I am excited to make help make that happen.


Heather Keller

Phoenix Farm Manager

Heather Keller brings her passion for food production to Phoenix and loves engaging with staff and students about the importance of sustainable and local food systems. She hopes to create a model system by which schools across the state can emulate to bring farms and schools closer together.

When she’s not working she’s at home enjoying time with her two Special Needs kiddos and menagerie of animals. A trained herbalist she likes to spend time in her own garden growing the herbs for her teas, balms and tinctures.

Dakota Carter

Paw Patch Garden Coordinator

Dakota Carter is the Garden Coordinator at Glide Elementary School Paw Patch. Dakota is passionate about working with youth and has two kids of her own who can often be seen in the garden with her. She brings life experiences to the garden and creates a community-centered environment by welcoming volunteers.

Dakota creates impactful, fun programs during Garden Recess which is unique to Glide.

Lucy Valadez

Board President

My name is Lucy Valadez and along with my husband and 5 children, I own Valadez Organic Produce. We have been Certified Organic for 6 years now and feel strongly about producing the healthiest produce possible. We have been doing farmers markets and wholesaling for just as long. I won’t say that I have been farming my whole life, farming was never something I was remotely interested in until I met my husband 10 yrs ago.  Now, it’s our way of life. We love being able to provide local, organic produce to our community. We learn new things everyday and watching my kids grow up teaching their peers about what it takes to make our food grow is the icing on the cake. 

Sarah Cline Pytalski

Board Treasurer

Sarah Cline Pytalski

Sarah Pytalski has more than a decade of experience in rural community advocacy with a background in research and writing, project management, evaluation and strategic communications. She works at The Ford Family Foundation, where she supports rural research and evaluation, policy advocacy and communications. Sarah returned to the Umpqua Valley after 7 years in Washington, DC — first working for the National Congress of American Indians, then for Burness. She has a Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University.

Angelee Kenyon

Board Secretary

Angelee Kenyon is a 5th grade teacher at Fullerton IV Elementary School and an advocate for youth. She received her bachelor of science in liberal studies from Eastern Oregon University, focusing on anthropology, sociology, her masters in teaching from Willamette University, and combines her passion for social justice with her love for children and learning every day. Growing up in a very rural community near the coast, Angelee understands the importance of supporting local agrarian communities and of  youth in lower economic areas having access to better nutrition. That is what makes her excited to serve on the Board of Directors for UVF2S!

Charles Yoder

Board Member at Large

Charles Yoder, Dietary Manager at Family Development Center, is helping families thrive through healthy eating! Join Charles as he creates nutritious meal plans and educates youth on the importance of balanced diets. Making a positive impact together! 

Charles joins the board with a passion for teaching kids how to grow, prepare, and eat healthy meals. As a member of the Food Systems Committee, Charles has demonstrated a passion for local foods and youth. He is excited to join the UVF2S Board and deepen relationships within the community and our food chain. 

Reina Pike

Board Member at Large

Tiana Oaks

Board Member at Large