Each spring the Sigma Alpha and Alpha Gamma Rho Leadership Seminar Steering Committee seeks talented Sigma Alpha alumnae to serve as Facilitators for the following year's Leadership Seminars.
The Sigma Alpha facilitators for the 2018 Leadership Seminars are:
Mindy Grant de Herrera
Mindy graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural economics and master of business administration. She is an alumna the Upsilon Chapter. After raising a family for many years, she recently took a position as the learning and development manager at FARMMS, a small nonprofit organization. She facilitates monthly Farmer Learning Circles and coordinates educational events for beginnings farmers. Mindy also volunteers with the YWCA Racial Justice Committee, Cass County 4H, Growing Together Community Gardens, and is on the board for the Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation.
The Leadership Seminar is a chance to reconnect with her Sigma Alpha sisters and apply leadership facilitation to an adult audience.
Mandy graduated from Texas A&M University with her bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications and journalism and joined the Alpha Pi Chapter her sophomore year. She moved to West Texas almost 10 years ago to pursue her master’s degree in political science at Sul Ross State University. Mandy lives on a cattle ranch about 35 miles outside of Marfa, Texas with her husband and daughter, and is the city’s library director.
She’s excited to be a 2018 Leadership Seminar Facilitator and looking forward traveling, meeting Sigma Alpha sisters and hopefully imparting some leadership wisdom. She is also eager to see what chapters around the country are doing not only to promote leadership among their members, but advance agriculture and sisterhood as well.
Sigma Alpha has also been well represented over the last several years by Carmen Byce, who has served as the official curriculum writer for Leadership Seminars. In this role, Carmen provides support and guidance to the facilitators from both Sigma Alpha and Alpha Gamma Rho. She insures that the material presented is engaging, relevant and meets the learning objectives of the individual session, as well as the overall goals of the full program.
Carmen earned her Bachelor’s from the University of Georgia and is a proud alumna of the Alpha Omicron Chapter. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Program Evaluation and Non-Profit Management. She currently manages a portfolio of agricultural development projects in Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, and Afghanistan as a Program Coordinator at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University. Her past volunteer and work experience also includes assignments in Ethiopia, Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar. Carmen and her husband, SFC Greg Byce, own on a small farm in Franklin, TX that they share with four dogs, two cats, longhorn cow-calves, donkeys, dairy goats, and a small flock of laying hens.
Interested parties must complete the online Leadership Seminar Facilitator application. The application open date and submission deadline are TBD.
If you are interested in applying to be a 2019 Leadership Facilitator or learn more about the role, please contact Jessica Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Learn more about the 2018 Leadership Seminars.