- Jody Butterfield
- Tré Cates
- David Daly
- Bobby Gill
- Sarah Gleason
- Daniela Ibarra-Howell
- Chris Kerston
- Victoria Kindred Keziah
- Allan Savory
- Byron Shelton
- Abbey Smith
- Jim Snyder
- Paige Yungstrom
- Legacy Board Member
- Larry Lunt
Jody has worked over the last 30 years to communicate the story of Holistic Management, initially as a free-lance writer and then as a collaborator with husband Allan Savory on books, articles and papers, including the basic text still in use today-Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore our Environment (Third Edition, 2017). As Chief Curator she ensures that the content of Savory publications and curriculum stays true to Holistic Management principles, even as it expands to incorporate new countries, cultures, and contexts.
In 2009, Jody landed the opportunity to fulfill a decades’ long dream to bring Holistic Management to pastoral communities in Africa with a multi-year grant from the US Agency for International Development. Working with training professionals and the staff of the Africa Centre for Holistic Management (ACHM)—which Jody and Allan founded in 1992 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe—she developed methods and materials for introducing pastoral communities to Holistic Land & Livestock Management. ACHM has since trained over 100 community facilitators from Southern Africa who are proving increasingly successful at empowering communities to restore their land through Holistic Planned Grazing.
Jody was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a BA in Journalism and an MA in American Studies from the University of Utah following a year of classwork, writing and lecturing at the Polytechnic of Central London (U.K.). From 1975–1983 she worked as a freelance writer, editor and photographer, based in The Netherlands, Washington, DC, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she met Allan in 1979.
A native of Colorado with a passion for adventure and the outdoors, David brings a successful track record of organizational and financial management to the Savory Institute as the Manager of Operations and Accounting.
David grew up in the open spaces of northern Colorado and fell in love with the outdoors during countless road trips, hikes, and fishing/hunting outings with his family. Prior to his work at the Savory Institute, David studied finance at the University of Colorado and contributed to several successful ventures, from a Colorado based sports non-profit to a multi-national digital startup. A cornerstone of David’s career has been working with high impact organizations and providing them the financial and operational clarity to increase their reach. Most notably, during David’s tenure with USA Rugby the organization’s financials flourished and ushering in a new era of growth leading up to the 2016 Olympics.
An avid traveler and sports enthusiast, when David isn’t off touring the country or the world, he can most often be found at a local park, gym, or sporting event. A resident of Denver, Colorado David also volunteers his time mentoring and coaching the young people of the community with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Bobby is an accomplished Biological Resources Engineer who brings a long and successful track record in non-profit development, fundraising, and community building to the Savory Institute as Director of Corporate Development.
Bobby grew up in the Washington, DC area and for 7 years worked as a lead scientific reviewer for the US Food & Drug Administration. While designing clinical trials and evaluating the safety and effectiveness of cardiovascular devices, he developed a strong appreciation for analyzing scientific research and understanding the underlying mechanisms of biological systems. This ultimately led him to studying ancestral nutrition and regenerative agricultural systems, challenging the status quo and seeing how working with nature instead of against it optimizes life for all involved.
While at the FDA, he founded a non-profit to help raise funds for a rare genetic disorder afflicting a friend. When the organization gained momentum and needed his full attention, he left the FDA and spent the next few years running its marketing and operations, growing it to a point of $5+ Million in annual revenue. With his organization at a point of notoriety and self-sufficiency, he moved on to new challenges and joined the Savory Institute to truly put his critical scientific eye, experience growing a non-profit, and strong passion for regenerative agriculture to good use.
Never one to pass up an outdoor experience, Bobby was previously a skydiving instructor and an elite-level ultramarathon runner. He now lives in Denver, Colorado and spends his time rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, and doing anything that takes him the road less traveled.
Sarah is an award-winning, mission-based marketer who is passionate about developing strategic communication plans that engage audiences and motivate them to action. She has a proven track record in successful results-oriented business development, marketing, and fundraising.
Sarah grew up in Colorado, learning to ski, cycle, run, river raft and backpack the mountains of her colorful home state. She competed as a Division I swimmer in college and began her career in Washington, DC working for congress and an environmental non-profit. It was only a matter of time before the bountiful opportunities and life work-balance of Colorado brought Sarah back home. As part of the Marketing Department of Whole Foods Market, she successfully increased year over year sales through strategic marketing, event planning & public relations while coordinating over $100,000 in charitable giving to local non-profits. She passionately implemented innovative story-telling to promote local farmers, ranchers and producers in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Her work at the Savory Institute is the perfect combination of her skills in marketing and communications and her passion for agriculture, land management, socio-economic concerns and environmental issues. When she’s not out trying to change the world, Sarah is spending time with her husband, 2 dogs, cat, and small flock of chickens.
A native Argentinean, born and raised in Buenos Aires, Daniela is an agronomist by profession and holds a MS in Natural Resource Management and Economics. With over 25 years of international experience in ranching, Holistic Management, and collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, Daniela co founded with Allan Savory and other colleagues the Savory Institute in 2009, and became its CEO in 2011. Since then she has led her team in the design and implementation of a revolutionary entrepreneurial, self-sustaining global impact strategy for large-scale restoration of grasslands through Holistic Management to tackle global food and water security, and climate change issues.
She has served as an advisor to sustainability initiatives such as UN Global Compact, UN Rio+20 informal-informals, Solidaridad’s Farmers Support Program (FSP), Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), Sustainable Food Lab, Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), and others.
She holds executive degrees in Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from University Notre Dame.
Before her involvement with the Savory Institute, Daniela co-founded Del Cerro LLC, a land management and consulting firm and served as its Director for seventeen years. During that time she co managed the family’s 9,000-acre ranch in western Colorado, increasing its productivity by 300%. In the off-season she and her husband led educational ranch tours around the world.
All along she worked closely with Allan Savory, teaching and consulting in many continents, having completed training in Holistic Management with Savory himself in 1996, when she became a certified educator.
Earlier in her career she served as a Resource Policy Analyst for the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture, the Under-secretariat Environmental Policy, and the National Commission for Desertification in Patagonia (CONADEPA); and served as a consultant to the Inter American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), and the UN on agricultural and land restoration policies.
An advocate of entrepreneurial approaches to tackle global problems, she is a co-founder and member of Holistic Holdings International Inc. and Grasslands LLC.
An avid traveler, Daniela enjoys exploring with her family the world’s cultures and countryside. Additionally she loves to follow her two daughters in their horse jumping, ballet, and gymnastics performances.
Chris Kerston ranched full time for nearly 15 yrs before joining the Savory Institute. With a longstanding passion for regenerative agricultural and better food distribution systems, Chris has dedicated his life to helping connect ranchers with consumers in ways that create synergistic value for both sides. With formal training and instinctive talent, Chris utilizes media in concert with traditional marketing techniques to help ranchers share their stories and build long lasting relationships with partners based upon common goals.
For 6 years Chris co-managed a 2,000 acre diversified farm based on holistic grazing and permaculture in the Sacramento Valley. The farm is comprised of old growth olive orchards, heirloom stonefruits and citrus groves, and also raises grassfed cattle, sheep, goats, and pasture-raised chickens for both meat and eggs. Through creative positioning, the farm quickly attracted national notoriety and the attention from public figures such as Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan. Chris has also been recognized as a leader in the emerging agri-tourism market and he facilitated a partnership with a European-based hospitality company and the farm he managed. The resulting farmstays provided urban dwellers a recreational, but also educational, outlet to see first-hand how food could be produced in abundance outside the realm of conventional industrial systems.
Chris has become a recognized public speaker championing for stronger connections between grower and eater and providing training to help build those connections. He has been on the forefront of the collaborative process with state and federal regulators, advocating for the recognition of alternative agricultural models as well as the consumers' right to access healthy local foods. Chris is also very enthusiastic about developing opportunities for young ranchers. Fostering creative solutions to removing barriers of available land and capital will ultimately help cultivate the next generation of holistic land stewards.
Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe.
In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers on four continents to develop sustainable solutions.
He served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and became the leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979 as a result of his opposition, he immigrated to the United States, where he continued to work with land managers through his consulting business. The growth of that business, a desire to assist many more people and the need for furthering his work led him to continue its development in the nonprofit world. In 1992 Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2009Savory, Butterfield, and a group of colleagues co-founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado to serve the world through an international network of entrepreneurial innovators and leaders committed to serving their regions with the highest standards of Holistic Management training and implementation support. The Africa Centre became the first of the Savory Institute’s locally led and managed “hubs.”
Savory’s book, Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision-Making (Island Press, 1999), describes his effort to find workable solutions ordinary people could implement to overcome many of the problems besetting communities and businesses today.
In 2003, Allan Savory received Australia’s International Banksia Award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” and in 2010 Savory (and the Africa Centre) received the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Challenge award for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.” A TED talk Savory gave in 2013 has received over 3.4 million views and in 2014 was voted one of the 50 most intriguing TED talks of all time. The Savory Institute is one of 11 finalists in the Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25 million initiative for the successful commercialization of ways of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and keeping them out with no countervailing impacts.
Byron is the Senior Program Director for the Savory Institute. His role involves providing training in Holistic Management for the worldwide network of Savory Institute Hubs and Accredited Professionals. He also provides farm and ranch management consulting for Savory Institute. Byron is a Savory Institute Master Field Professional.
Byron is the founder and managing member of a private consulting firm providing facilitation and training in whole farm planning using Holistic Management™ decision-making, financial planning, ecosystem processes management, planned grazing, ecological monitoring, land planning, policy analysis and development processes, and low stress animal handling in agricultural, natural resource, business, family, and community settings. He has worked with large and small beef and dairy operations as well as with a wide range of other livestock and crop enterprises across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Mideast.
Byron is the founder and managing member of a private land management company producing and marketing 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, land-improving, beyond-organic beef. He has managed organic and non-organic ranches and farms in Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia. Grass-based enterprises managed include cattle, veal, bison, sheep, hog, broiler, layer, and turkey. Other enterprises managed include orchard, market garden, draft show horse, hay, guest ranch, horse, and adventure youth/family camp enterprises.
Byron served as a founding Board Member of the Central Colorado Food Shed Alliance, Faculty Innovator Coordinator in Instructional Technology for Colorado Mountain College, Adjunct Instructor of Agriculture/Natural Resource Economics at Colorado Mountain College, Career/job Skills Instructor for the Colorado Correctional Alternative Program, President and Board Member of the Colorado Branch of Holistic Management, Independent Construction Contractor, Camp/Guest Ranch Director, and as a High School Vocational Agriculture Instructor and FFA and Young Farmer Advisor in Colorado.
Byron has an A.A.S. Degree in Outdoor Education from Colorado Mountain College, a B.S. Degree in Vocational Agriculture Education from Colorado State University, and a M.E. Degree in Instructional Technology from Lesley University.
Abbey serves as the Savory Global Network Coordinator. She is also owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with her husband, Spencer. The Jefferson Center is an organic cattle ranch and Savory Network Hub in Fort Bidwell, California.
She spent two months in South Africa living with families on holistically managed cattle farms after graduating magna cum laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in animal science and a focus in communications and ethnic studies. She attended graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno where she received a master’s degree in interactive journalism. At UNR, she wrote a business plan for an online business to connect consumers and producers of local food. Through the competition, Abbey met her former employer of nine years and was recruited into the online/digital business world. During the last nine years she rose to a position of leadership within the company, Swift Communications, and was involved in many new ventures. She loves to work in in fast-paced, team environments working on projects in emerging markets. Before graduate school, she served as the director of a non-profit organization for natural resource conservation called The River Center in Modoc County, California. This position taught her how to manage a budget and bring groups of people together, often times with conflicting viewpoints, in order to find common ground.
She grew up on a commercial cattle ranch in Indian Valley, in Plumas County, California. Her loving, large, loud family has lived in the valley for seven generations. Family is a source of joy to her. Her goal in life is to build a beautiful world for her daughter, Maezy, which is why she and Spencer are working to advance Holistic Management.
Living in the rural community of Surprise Valley, California and being involved in a global organization is a dream come true. Abbey serves on the Surprise Valley Education Foundation board and is involved in local food groupsShe enjoys doing yoga, throwing kettlebells around, gardening, riding horses and hiking with her daughter. Her happiest moments are on the ranch with her family. She loves running and runs alone, except when in Africa.