Oregon Aglink is staffed by a small, dedicated team focused on sharing ag’s story. In order to reduce spam, their email contacts are not typed out below, but each can be reached by using their first name, followed by @aglink.org.
Geoff Horning – Executive Director
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Geoff is the Executive Director of Oregon Aglink. Prior to joining the organization in 2006, he spent more than 10 years with the Oregon Association of Nurseries. While there, Geoff served as OAN’s Trade Show Manager, working with OAN publications and producing OAN’s Yard, Garden & Patio Show and Farwest Show.
Geoff grew up in the Southern Oregon community of Reedsport, and spent time on his family’s farm, Cersovski Farms, a Century Farm in Harrisburg. He credits that time with teaching him the importance of agriculture, the necessity of many different production methods and the importance of hard work. As a 1994 graduate of Linfield College, with a B.A. in Mass Communications, Horning decided to forge a career promoting Oregon’s natural resources.
He says the best part of working at Oregon Aglink is the opportunity to develop relationships with so many outstanding people. “It’s easy to come to work every day when you believe in a mission that is critical to so many people. But, more importantly, farmers and ranchers are down to earth people who really appreciate the work we do at the association level. We’re not looked at as just an empty suit, but a sincere part of their own enterprise. Through my work I’ve developed friendships that will last a lifetime. That’s pretty special.”
Outside of work, Geoff enjoys fly fishing for trout on any one of the many world famous rivers in the Pacific Northwest. His biggest passion, though, is spending time with his son, Andrew.
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Susan is the financial consultant and lead contractor responsible for handling our finances and record keeping. She brings over 25 years of wide-ranging experience in her field to Oregon Aglink, and has been with us since September of 2000.
A native of Vancouver, Washington, she left briefly to attend school at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. After graduation, she returned to Vancouver to establish her business and marry her long-term sweetheart of seven years.
In addition to her time spent with us, as well as other clients, she and her husband enjoy traveling, watching old movies, and messing with computers, which they freely acknowledge as their quasi-children.
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Growing up in Albany, Mallory spent high school summers playing basketball and driving a tractor raking grass straw on farms around the Mid-Willamette Valley for her dad’s straw business. After graduating from West Albany High School, she moved into the Mehling dormitory at the University of Portland where she studied Global Business, Spanish and Entrepreneurship. She jumped at every opportunity she could to travel around our country and the world with the University, making it to six states and four countries during her four years on the Bluff.
Shortly after graduating with a BA in Business Administration in 2010, she returned to Albany and learned the paperwork side of the family straw business. She helped coach the girls’ basketball team at her high school alma mater and spent lots of time with her family, most notably spoiling her niece.
After receiving her TESL/TESOL/TEFL certification, she seized an opportunity to teach English in the Sacred Valley in Peru and moved to South America for 8 months. She traveled around Peru, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia before returning to the United States. In addition to traveling, Mallory also loves baking, sewing and doing any number of outdoor activities including biking, hiking, camping or disc golfing. She is kind of obsessed with her Alaskan Klee Kai pup, Drex.
Mallory’s favorite part of working at Oregon Aglink is the connections she makes with farmers. She loves helping them share their stories and facilitate the conversations between urban and rural populations in hopes they can better understand one another.
Danielle Meyersick – Community Outreach Coordinator
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Danielle grew up in the small town of Banks, Oregon where she established her love of agriculture. She was an active member of 4-H and FFA for many years and worked on farms during the summer months. After graduating high school, Danielle decided to follow her passion and pursue a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU). During her time as an undergraduate at OSU, she was involved in several clubs and organizations including the Agricultural Executive Council, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Danielle is passionate about hands on learning and took every opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. She attended several agricultural industry tours throughout the state of Oregon as well as an Exploring World Agriculture tour to Italy. Danielle also interned at Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman, OR where she worked primarily on the calf ranch.
After graduation in 2014, Danielle decided to continue her education at OSU to challenge herself and further her knowledge of the agricultural industry. She chose to pursue a Master of Agriculture degree, which consisted of three areas of study in Animal Sciences, Rangeland Ecology and Management and Agricultural Education. Throughout the course of graduate school, Danielle realized that she wanted to find a career in educating youth about agriculture. This passion is what led her to the Community Outreach Coordinator position with Oregon Aglink.
In her free time, Danielle enjoys horseback riding, fishing and baking. She also loves spending time with her husband and their English Springer Spaniel, Emma.
Allison Cloo – Program Coordinator
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Allison has lived in Oregon her whole life: born in Klamath Falls, raised in Corvallis, educated in Portland and Eugene, with lots of visits to family throughout the rest of the state. She loved field trips, fairs, and any chance to be near livestock from an early age and always wished she was cool enough to earn an FFA jacket. She didn’t come back around to that early passion for animals until she had nearly finished a graduate degree in literary studies at the University of Oregon. Several projects on the history of how urban populations perceive and write about rural and agricultural spaces led Allison to put down the old books and look at the present need for dialogue between urban and rural communities.
After six years of teaching writing and argumentation at the University of Oregon, Allison is excited to use her skills for some problem-solving in the real world. Plus, sharing good articles on farming and visiting fairs is part of her career and not just a hobby anymore!
All of the experiences in Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene have connected her with the urban and non-farming audiences that Aglink is working to reach. Assisting with Adopt a Farmer, contributing to AgLink magazine, and helping folks in the Aglink membership develop their social media savvy are just a few of the tasks that make her very happy to be part of the team.
In her spare time, Allison enjoys reading, scary movies, volunteering at an alpaca farm, and dabbling in arts like linocut prints and painting.