CONCURRENT SESSION SPEAKERS
Concurrent Session Speakers in Alphabetical Order by Last Name:
Paul is Director of Impact Market Development at Missoula Federal Credit Union, where he works to develop social impact lending programs, particularly in clean energy, sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, and inclusive economic development. Previously an environmental scientist, he holds a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia and a MS in Biological & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.
Hobbs has twenty years agricultural and rural development experience in the United States and South America and formerly served as executive director of Organic Seed Alliance, NewFarms and Nuestras Raices, all 501(c)(3) organizations. He is trained and skilled in the organizational aspects of setting up producer cooperatives and other member-driven organizations and businesses.
He is a founding member of the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, Colorado Farm and Art Market Cooperative, and the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers. Dan is a fifth generation Coloradan, holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies, and owns and operates a 30 acre organic seed and vegetable farm in Pueblo County Colorado.
Originally from Lewistown, Montana, Holland has always been passionate about art, design and entrepreneurship.
Through his college education at the University of Montana – Western, he expanded into graphic design and glassblowing. In subsequent years, he gained experience in the construction and welding fields, giving him the skills to physically create his artistic inspirations.
Kenyon provides leadership for Montana’s credit unions in: advocacy and government relations, compliance, outreach and development, education and training, communications and public relations, vendor relationships and fee-based services (there is never a dull moment!).
A left-coast girl, Tracie has spent her entire career working in the credit union movement in Washington State, Oregon, Utah, and Montana. When not advocating for the preservation of cooperative credit, Tracie enjoys spending time with her family…she is married to a credit union CEO (not at typo, they keep it “all in the family”) and has a teen-aged daughter, which really means that her most important jobs are chauffeur, guidance counselor, and fashion consultant (not necessarily in that order, it depends on the day, err, minute).
Ricardo is the Director of Economic Democracy at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Ricardo co-coordinates the Law Center’s education, research, advocacy, and advice for equity building, democratically controlled enterprises. Programs and projects include the Worker Coop Academy, Co-opLaw.org, policy advocacy at the regional and state level, building an integrated cooperative support ecosystem, and much more! He endeavors to co-create policies, structures, and institutions that empower communities to liberate themselves from systems of economic and social oppression.
He is currently on the board of the California Center for Cooperative Development and the Board President and Western Regional Representative of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. He’s also becoming a lawyer without going to law school as an apprentice through the California Law Office Study Program.
After a 21-year career as a long-haul truck driver, Paul Travitz followed his wife Glenda to her new job in the Bitterroot Valley for the 21st Judicial District. Paul has been the Executive Director of the Ravalli County Council on Aging since 2005. The Council on Aging offers a wide range of services to assist seniors to remain safe, healthy, and independent in their own homes.
The Council on Aging has been actively pursuing the development of a Senior Housing Cooperative on 12 acres that lies adjacent to its office complex. Paul enjoys all seasons in Montana, kayaking its rivers in the summer, playing ice hockey in the winter, and discovering Montana’s backroads year-round.