Director of Education and Innovation Sharing
Elaine is the Director of Education and Innovation Sharing at Paicines Ranch, working to inspire and empower individuals in ways that move us toward a more regenerative agriculture. Along with her husband Kelly, she has been involved with sustainably managed vineyards, sheep and cattle ranches, and an organic vegetable farm, and has worked to translate the interconnectedness of soil health and human health to others in the community. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Elaine continued her education with a master’s degree in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. She worked with the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, a non-profit in Alamosa, Colorado to grow their community nutrition education programs while developing new avenues to support a local foods economy. In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center, Elaine was a co-investigator on a research team to develop measurement tools for a first-of-its-kind community based collaborative project aimed at assessing the affordability, accessibility and availability of healthy food options. Elaine also created and co-instructed a university course called Empowering People Through Food, which had students explore a holistic approach to proactive well-being in a rural agricultural community. More recently, through the Globetrotter Foundation she created the “Women in Ranching” program to provide connection and leadership among a growing resource of female land managers, and is a team member of the “Lead with Land” program to connect landowners working to preserve and effectively steward agricultural land. On occasion she will share her stories from the ‘Hollywood Years’ working as a photographer and location manager on movie sets in Los Angeles.