Our Team

 

Our Story

Good Shepherd Ranch is located on the western slope of Colorado, is a 960-acre site that spans both Montrose and San Miguel counties, and is less than one mile west of the intersection of the Ouray County line.

This region contains private agriculturally zoned land surrounded by multiple forest areas. The Uncompaghre National Forest is to the north and west and the San Juan Mountain Range to the south.

We are a small fourth-generation, family and veteran-owned summer sheep grazing operation, well established in the local community for over 72 years. Our acreage is primarily open pasture with several clusters of aspen and ponderosa pine trees.

Our Story

Good Shepherd Ranch is located on the western slope of Colorado, is a 960-acre site that spans both Montrose and San Miguel counties, and is less than one mile west of the intersection of the Ouray County line.

This region contains private agriculturally zoned land surrounded by multiple forest areas. The Uncompaghre National Forest is to the north and west and the San Juan Mountain Range to the south.

We are a small fourth-generation, family and veteran-owned summer sheep grazing operation, well established in the local community for over 72 years. Our acreage is primarily open pasture with several clusters of aspen and ponderosa pine trees.

Our Core Team

Wendy Z. Fenner, P.E.

Wendy Z. Fenner, P.E.

President & CEO

Ms. Fenner is the Project Lead overseeing the development of the 960-acre site.

Ms. Fenner is a professional engineer in three states (Arizona, Colorado, and Utah) and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She has over 25 years of experience working with local governments and community stakeholders on engineering infrastructure and development projects at the county, state and federal levels.

Full Bio

As a Program Manager for Clark County, Nevada, she simultaneously oversaw the design and construction of 40 different park, trail and wetlands area projects with a combined construction value of $360 million in Federal Financial Assistance Agreements, all during the most robust growth period in Las Vegas history.

Ms. Fenner worked closely with many utility companies in the past and is currently involved with the local Clean Energy Committee (CEC), jointly hosted by members of the Ridgway Ouray Community Council (ROCC),

EcoAction Partners and SMPA. She serves on a specially appointed advisory committee, Zero Energy Building for the Ridgway Area (ZEBRA), to adopt net-zero building codes.

She has lived in the project research area for the past eight years and has developed a strong network within the surrounding rural mountain tri-county region.

Angela L Zahniser

Angela L Zahniser

Chief Financial Officer

Angela Zahniser, daughter of Kenneth Zahniser, one of the three legacy landowners of Good Shepherd Ranch, serves as the Comptroller of Good Shepherd Ranch, LLC.

Angela is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) based in Montrose, CO. Angela received her CPA in December of 2003.

She is IRS-registered and has 20 years of business accounting and tax preparation experience under her belt.

Through the years Angela has completed all specified levels of continuing education in order to maintain her active CPA license in order to stay current with the latest in tax legislation, policy and procedures.

Paul W Grady

Paul W Grady

Chief Communications Officer

Paul Grady, son-in-law of Richard Evans, one of the three legacy landowners of Good Shepherd Ranch, serves as the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) and Secretary for Good Shepherd Ranch, LLC.

Currently living in the East Tennessee Valley, Paul is a “renaissance man” with multiple credentials and much experience in many realms of life.

He holds both a D. Th. and a M. Th. degree in addition to a BS degree in Biblical Studies.

Full Bio

He is a Certified Police Chaplain and has eleven years of service in law enforcement, beginning his career in 2012 as a deputy sheriff patrolman and currently serves as an investigator.

Paul is a TN state certified and licensed instructor in several specialized aspects of law enforcement and is an instructor for the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center and is charged with frequent teaching experiences across the state every year.

Not only is Paul an excellent teacher he is also a trained counselor with one-on-one scenarios, couples, small groups, and crisis management.

Paul has also found success in the political world, having successfully run three political campaigns at the state level for a friend and fellow officeholder, winning decisively all three times and serves as the executive assistant to his state representative in his district and helps to research and write legislation.

Paul is also an established author, publishing his first book in 2014. Paul has much entrepreneurial business experience, as well. Joining with three other business associates, Paul created an LLC and was CFO of a coffee company in Knoxville, TN, circa 2008-2011.

Prior to this, he was an experienced and licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Paul brings to the table a wealth of applied experience and wisdom, intuition, negotiation and analyst skills in business venture, vision-casting, and working with people.

He is excited about the potential he sees in prudent development of the property across all 960 acres of Good Shepherd Ranch.

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer

Ag Tech Director for iGreens

Mr. Dwyer received his botany degree from Southern Illinois University in 1974. Botany has become his tool to make positive transformations across the globe in poverty alleviation, food security, gender equality, micro-enterprise promotion and the production of plant-based medicines.

Full Bio

Don has been engaged in the promotion and development of greenhouse production in 10 countries including: the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Dubai, the U.A.E., Venezuela and Bermuda.

He directly participated in the establishment of 60 acres of greenhouses for the production of containerized tree seedlings, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, roses, foliage plants, a plant derived pharmaceutical – Taxol – and the semi-synthesized patented drug Intaxel (Paclitaxel), as well as numerous medicinal plants.

Additionally, Don provided technical advice for the commercialization of made-in-USA greenhouse infrastructure to 40+ clients/projects.

Don served both the private sector and public entities including many U.S. universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) program development, the USG National Guard Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) programs, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Maria Pascual, MSc

Maria Pascual, MSc

Business Architect for iGreens

Ms. Pascual combines education degrees in economics, environmental law and food & nutrition and has a professional career of almost 30 years devoted to foster economic and social initiatives internationally from both the private and the public sector.

Full Bio

She has been instrumental in envisioning, designing and facilitating the creation of novel endeavors that address development challenges, with emphasis in rural economies and the sectors of agriculture, forestry, wildlife and sustainable tourism.

The supply chain program for indigenous farmers in Guatemala, Afghanistan’s new 200+ employee land governmental agency (ARAZI), the award-winning Legal Atlas online platform advocating for smarter laws at a global scale, of which she is a Founding Partner, are some examples of her footprint.

She has been part of the generation of a profitable and scalable iGreens business model and will support its customization to the specificities of the GSR site, the local labor force and the commodities market.

Angela Lozano Tovar

Angela Lozano Tovar

Technical Director of the Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground, LLC is a leading environmental biotechnology company in agro-industrial applications, wastewater bioremediation and a wide range of advanced microbial solutions and treatment programs for agriculture across the globe.

Full Bio

The company has implemented important application protocols and treatment programs for many recognized companies and large-scale projects in the United States.

Ms. Lozano is an Applied Microbiologist with 15 years of field experience, specializing in soil remediation that breaks down, transforms, and removes contaminants and impairments of quality from soil and water.

Specifically, Ms. Lozano focuses on creating groundbreaking formulations of microorganism consortiums which work in unison to substantially increase crop production and yields on any kind of plant.

She gave presentations on soil bioremediation at the International Congress of Biotechnology, Global and Sustainable Businesses.

Ms. Lozano has also taught “Environmental Biotechnology – Soil Bioremediation” to the Master’s Degree Program in Environmental Engineering students at the Universidad de Santander in Colombia, cited as the number one university in South America in scientific articles published by the academic community.

Dr. Joshua Craver

Dr. Joshua Craver

Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

Dr. Craver’s research focuses on enhancing the production of vegetable and floriculture crops in controlled environments.

Full Bio

  Specifically, his research aims to evaluate whole-plant physiological and morphological responses to the environment and then utilize this information to 1) optimize the timing and extent of production inputs; 2) improve the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources; and 3) increase the productivity and quality of crops produced in controlled environments.

Much of his research focuses on plant photobiology and lighting optimization for both greenhouse (supplemental lighting) and indoor (sole-source lighting) applications using light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

By enhancing our fundamental understanding of how plants respond to the environment, he hopes to provide practical applications and solutions for the growing CEA industry.

Another area of research Dr. Craver is passionate about is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The objective of this research is to further our understanding of how we learn and to find new and exciting ways to engage and assist in student development.

He sees great value in the implementation of experiential learning opportunities within the high-tech field of CEA.

With the utilization of highly controlled environments and complex systems for the indoor production of horticultural crops, there is great potential for the development of effective hands-on teaching and outreach methods.

There is currently a need for more research regarding SoTL in the plant sciences, and he plans to incorporate GSR/iGreens research within his program for the benefit of the both the students in the classroom as well as the advancement of the discipline.

 

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What We Do

Sustainable Farming solutions

We use geothermal, solar and hydroelectricity energy systems to farm sustainably.

Advanced automated systems

We use an advanced irrigation system to reliably treat our water while growing our crops.

climate-smart commodities

Whether it’s leafy greens or fortified saplings we’re working towards the future.

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