Southern SARE Staff
Jeff Jordan, SSARE Program Director
Jeff Jordan is the director of Southern SARE and is also a professor in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia’s Griffin campus. As the SSARE director, Jeff oversees the entire program, but is especially involved in coordinating the Research and Education Grants, the Sustainable Community Innovation Grants and the Large Systems Grants. He develops the budgets for the overall program, represents the Southern region at the national level and coordinates the activities of the Administrative Council and the SSARE staff. Since coming to the Griffin campus in 1982 after completing his PhD at Michigan State University, Jeff has worked in the areas of agricultural marketing, water policy, sustainable agriculture, education and poverty.
John Mayne, PhD, SSARE Assistant Director
John Mayne is the assistant director of the Southern SARE Program and has been with the program since 1996. He has been involved with sustainable agriculture for 30 years and has conducted research in Central America, led month-long wildlands field courses in Latin America for the Smithsonian Institution and raised hogs near Tallahassee, Florida. John holds a PhD in forest resources (tropical agroforestry) from the University of Florida and masters degrees in forest hydrology and soil science from the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. John oversees the Producer Grant, On-Farm Research Grant, and Graduate Student Grant programs.
Kevin Cook, Data Management Specialist II
Kevin Cook is the Data Management Specialist for the Southern SARE office. He oversees grant management and online reporting. Kevin interacts daily with Southern SARE project investigator groups ranging from research faculty and graduate students to farmers and sustainable community organizations across the Southeast to provide one-on-one instructions for online reports.
Toni DeWitt is the SARE PDP Program Assistant, located at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Poteau, OK. Contact Toni for questions related to the Southern SARE Professional Development Program.
Amanda Hollar, Accounting Technician
Amanda Hollar serves as Southern SARE's accounting technician. She manages forms, processes SSARE travel, processes sponsorship and exhibitor invoices, and handles office mailings and purchase orders. She supports the Associate Accountant where needed.
Lee Meyer, 1862 Land-Grant Liaison
Lee Meyer is the 1862 land-grant liaison for Southern SARE. Lee is an Extension professor with the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky. His research and Extension areas include agricultural and livestock marketing, sustainable agriculture, farm transitions and beginning farmer programs, direct marketing and grass-based beef production. Lee received his B.S. at St. Joseph College, and his M.S. and PhD degrees at Purdue University. Contact Lee for questions related to SARE and sustainable agriculture within 1862 land-grant institutions across the Southern region.
Candace Pollock, Public Relations Coordinator
Candace Pollock joined Southern SARE in January 2011, after spending 10 years at Ohio State University as a technical editor and news writer for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. As public relations coordinator for Southern SARE, Candace maintains the website, develops publications, writes press releases, attends conferences on behalf of the organization, and works with Southern SARE administration and national SARE staff to promote the organization and sustainable agriculture, among other communications duties.
David Redhage, PDP Coordinator
David Redhage, the agricultural economist for the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Oklahoma, is the program coordinator for Southern SARE Professional Development Program. The Professional Development Program provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for Cooperative Extension System and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and other agricultural educators who work directly with farmers and ranchers. David's responsibilities include coordinating the annual grant process, reviewing and approving final grant reports, and reporting twice a year to the Southern Region SARE Administrative Council. David also oversees the state ag coordinators and their model state programs in the implementation of sustainable agriculture efforts within each Southern SARE state.
Jami Sealey, Associate Accountant
Jami Sealey provides accounting support for the management of the program with project investigators, accountants in the various universities, and the Kerr Center. She is responsible for the daily accounting operations of the award management for the SSARE Chapter I and Chapter III budgets. Her duties include reconciliation of project budgets, checking and reviewing the contract budgets and allowable expenditures, assisting project investigators for new grants, budgets and invoicing, budget modifications, check requests for payments, and no cost extensions. She prepares check requests for payments for 20 active Internal Accounts and 445 active subcontracts, including On-Farm, Producer, Research & Education, Professional Development Program, Graduate Student, and Sustainable Community Innovation grants; State Plans; Model State Assistants; and Model State Enhancements. Her duties also include preparing hourly, salaried, and monthly payrolls, preparing employee personnel reports, budget amendments, journal vouchers, e-Tickets, hiring new employees, and the terminating employee paperwork. She is responsible for SSARE's funds; five active Chapter I budgets and five active Chapter III budgets estimating a total of $20 million.
Sandra Young, Administrative Associate II
Sandra Young provides a variety of administrative support functions, including but not limited to: Coordinating all accommodations for Administrative Council meetings and Technical Review Committee meetings; preparing and submitting annual Cooperative Agreements to the USDA for budgeting for approved projects; working on the SARE Professional Development Program; overseeing the on-line proposal system for six programs; answering inquiries from various applicants; and tracking each proposal, ensuring they follow UGA and USDA requirements from the time they are awarded until all budget requirements are met and the subcontract has been signed and received.