Dr. Sarah, our fearless leader, doesn’t see the world in black and white, she sees it in shades of turquoise and chartreuse. Her vision inspires and motivates us to think outside the box to create truly engaging and immersive products. It’s hard to meet Dr. Sarah and not be enthralled by her excitement about our company’s work. Watch one lesson on Pork Avenue Training Portal and you will feel the care Dr. Sarah has about the subject matter and the learner and the wellbeing of the animals. Besides online video appearances, Dr. Sarah lectures frequently in person on teamwork, leadership, communication, engagement, and motivation. One recent learner describes Dr. Sarah’s speaking style, “You drew us in and captivated us. We will be better facilitators because of you. ”Dr. Sarah has over 20 years of veterinary, production, and human development consulting experience. Her educational portfolio ranges from multimedia lessons and videos to a virtual gaming simulation to an on-farm course that teaches a task and gives learners the opportunity to teach the task to a variety of human behavioral styles. Dr. Sarah grew up on a pork and grain farm in Sigel, IL.
Random facts about Sarah:
“I love to can tomatoes. I feel like I’m channeling Great Grandma Mary.”
Sarah’s favorite form of relaxation is to organize people to play music. She runs two choirs for St. Philomena Church, the Folk Group and the Kid’s Choir.
Sarah met her future husband when she was 14 years old.
Sarah is now over 40 but she likes to mention this award on the website so people think she is under 40. Recent awards: 10 under 40 Zoetis’ “10 under 40″ award program is designed to recognize 10 veterinarians under the age of 40 who are making significant contributions to swine medicine.
Sarah loves to go on dates with her husband, spend time with her kids, canoe, relax with piano, reading, or writing, and enjoys yoga and crossfit.
Brent is responsible for administrative, financial, and operations management. He oversees strategic planning in addition to budgeting, financial management, contracts, human resources, procurement, compliance, real estate, facilities, information technology and risk management. In short, Brent Reese is the glue that holds everything together at AgCreate. He helps to keep everyone on schedule and on time, while throwing in a little humor at the same time. If you’re looking for Brent, he most likely is on excel at his computer or checking the mail for the tenth time that day.
If he was a superhero, he’d want to be Dr. Strange. Brent says, “I can identify with Dr. Strange’s journey from total arrogance to a place of coming to know what he didn’t know.”
In his spare time, Brent likes to spend time with his four children and five grandchildren. He enjoys cooking and eating!
If Brent were a cartoon character, he would most likely be Taz the Tasmanian Devil, largely because of his enormous appetite.
Carrie gets a special glint in her eye when she comes up with a new approach to learning. As a problem solver and “can do” person, she has a way of showing scientific material in a way that is visual, practical and smart. Carrie understands our software and our learners and always finds a way to exceed the learners’ expectations. As a specialist in the human-animal relationship, Carrie’s photography has been spotted in marketing materials as far away as Canada, Australia and China and as nearby as the local creamery!
Carrie is inspired by fresh ideas and perspectives, her children, a good book, fall weather, people with talents that she does not possess, a new coat of paint, those who give when they are in need.
If Carrie were a cartoon character, she would be Tinkerbell. “She is curious, adventurous and she takes risks. She fixes things and is an inventor. She has a male assistant. (I am woman, hear me roar!)”
“I dislike doing all things domestic…cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc…but I do them anyway. Every. Day. At least two times.”
Running, boating, camping, having a drink in a fancy glass, watching rehab addict.
When your boss says: “Can you make that pig talk?” your go-to guy is always Tim. Tim’s graphic design skills turn art into life and make things jump off the screen at you. Tim can take a pencil sketch, weave his magic and turn it into an animated cartoon that is exactly how you envisioned it….only better. It might be easier to make a list of what Tim can’t do. With 15 years of design experience, Tim’s resume includes expertise in web design, e-learning, logos, print and packaging design, booth design, videography, photoshop, interactive advertising, animation, 3-D modeling and more! We love Tim. Don’t try to take him. He is not for sale!
“My tongue is only 3/8 of an inch shy of tying the world record for width according to the 2011 Genesis Book of World Records the kids got at the library last week.”
If Tim were a superhero, he would be HeMan. “He and his batch of misfit friends gave me confidence that I would fit into the world.”
Tim is saddened when children are not loved . . . and when he runs out of beer.
If you are lucky Danielle will knit you a beautiful pair of socks for your birthday while helping you market your product and design your website. Danielle, having a pink aura and being effervescent, loves all things bright and pretty and professional. Her goal is to make others shine or minimally warm their feet. Danielle bridges the gap between our creative team and our customers and builds relationships along the way while writing and publishing press releases! Danielle heads up transforming e-learning lessons into multiple foreign languages, which pretty much makes her a rock star.
She calls her two sons, “The Chums.” Danielle says, “I want them to be better people than I am so I have to try to be my best all the time.”
Danielle has the crunchiest knees on the planet. She can gross anybody out from across the room.
She aspires to be as smart and quick witted as Word Girl on PBS Kids.
Telling tales about the adventures of The Chums and knitting socks! “I can’t get enough good yarn.”
Dr. Charlie Francisco comes to AgCreate with a wealth of experience in the veterinary and agriculture industry. As Director of Sales and Business Development, he is excited to create a closer relationship between farms and our respected Pork Avenue Training Portal learners as well as dreaming of new projects that AgCreate can make with the clients we serve – all with the goal of improving overall animal health, husbandry, and creating lasting competencies with workers.
“Charlie comes to us with a wealth of veterinary, sales and farm support experience and we are thrilled to have him on board,” says company president and Creative Director, Sarah Probst Miller, DVM.
She adds, “Charlie will be a key part of further expanding our company’s mission which is to work to improve animal and human well-being on farm on a global basis by creating and distributing impactful learning experiences. We strive to create educational and marketing materials that reach the audience in a way that inspires action, dependability, and trust. We will be a key part of providing safe food to nourish people.”
Charlie adds, “Working with ag education has always been fulfilling. It’s exciting to read the research behind the training materials developed by AgCreate. Training is a way we veterinarians can impact health and ensure a culture of care.”
Charlie is modest. After 7 years on his guitar, he calls himself a beginner, but rumor has it, he is pretty darn good. But that’s Charlie. He’s a guy always willing to learn something new in a focused and sincere way. Besides bluegrass, Chalie and his wife enjoy spending time and caring for the two horses on our acerage.
Bill’s career in broadcasting began during his seven and a half years of active duty in the United States Air Force. His first day was April 1, 1981, to be exact. He was a photographer, reporter, editor, producer, and director for nightly newscasts, weekly public affairs show, and a monthly newsmagazine. Bill was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, five Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson awards, and five Air Force Media Contest awards. After serving his country, Bill continued his career in communications at an ABC, and later a CBS, affiliate as a photographer, reporter, and producer. His experience led to a two-year appointment as an Adjunct Professor in Video Production at Millikin University. Bill has continued his professional growth in broadcasting, fulfilling the roles of writer, designer, graphics artist, videographer, and editor for projects ranging from ad agency commercial work to training/informational projects and marketing videos and has worked extensively for the International Society of Arboriculture for the last 18 years.
Amanda McGiles attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, graduating with a degree in Agriculture Systems and Education with a specialization in Agriculture Communications and holds a minor in Horticulture. As a recent graduate, she is aware of the most current strategies and technologies being used to form partnerships.
Amanda’s days are filled with writing company announcements; meticulously reviewing copy, marketing materials, and multi-language training outputs on Pork Avenue Training Portal; and most notably, true marketing tasks, such as Search Engine Optimization, website analytics, and helping to build the marketing plans of our clients.
When she is off the clock, Amanda enjoys spending time in the garden and crafting.
Tim’s education in Music Performance prepared him well to be the maestro of this creative orchestra. Tim finds himself at the center of the action everyday at AgCreate. Internally, he is responsible for moving our projects ahead, one beat at a time. Beyond the office walls, he keeps all of our customers informed of project status and ensures customer satisfaction. Tim honed his customer service skills during his several years working for Apple, Inc.’s Technical Support and Training departments and at Best Buy as a Geek Squad Manager. He cut his teeth on project management straight out of college for a food and beverage company in Chicago. ß (See what we did there.)
Tim and his wife have “The Office” on perpetual repeat. In fact, it’s not uncommon for them to have coherent conversations comprised of approximately 50% “The Office” quotes.
Outside of work, you’ll find me playing drums, writing music, taking a walk with my wife, and the occasional video game. My most recent hobby is learning the ways of backyard BBQ – specifically smoking meat low-and-slow.