Our Staff

Meet our team! AITC-SK is made up of a team of dynamic individuals who are passionate about connecting students with food and agriculture. Our organization is built on a culture of innovation, collaboration, and kindness. Each team member brings a fresh perspective to AITC-SK and plays an important role in providing hands-on and memorable learning experiences for students. 

Sara Shymko

Sara Shymko
Executive Director

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Sara Shymko

"My roots are woven in my love of agriculture and I am grateful that my “job” is really just an extension of my passion. I want all kids to have these meaningful experiences with food so they can understand, appreciate and respect agriculture and its importance locally and globally." Sara is a passionate leader who gets energized by new ideas. She was raised on a mixed farm near Jasmin, Saskatchewan and still returns to the farm to help out as often as possible. Sara is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics. Before joining AITC-SK, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work in Uganda and Australia. Sara is the proud mother of two lovely, high spirited daughters, Alexandra & Jordyn, and is delighted they share her love of gardening and football!

Susan Jorgensen

Susan Jorgensen
Programs Manager

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Susan Jorgensen

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Susan found her connection to agriculture through a love of cooking, gardening and science. Susan completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in Food Science. She is constantly inspired by student’s ‘Aha! Moments’ in the classroom as well as the passion and commitment of the AITC team. Outside of the office, Susan enjoys digging in the soil and experimenting in the kitchen. Susan is the proud mom of three incredible boys.

Brit MacDonald

Brit MacDonald
National Program Director, Little Green Thumbs

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Brit MacDonald

Brit knows our world needs informed, engaged and collaborative leaders working towards healthy communities - and that gardens are an ideal place to grow such leaders! She has worked with diverse communities, including students, youth, adults and residents of the correction system, in the areas of food security, sustainable agriculture, advocacy, and skills development. With a community development background and a range of project and program management experience, her approach to community development is rooted in mobilizing skills, improving networks, thinking differently about problems, and using community assets in new ways. Brit is passionate about communicating the relationships between food, environment, agriculture and health, and is thrilled with the country’s growing recognition that food and farming practices lie at the heart of our most engaging educational opportunities. Brit feels fortunate to live surrounded by the beauty of the prairie and South Saskatchewan River valley and can often be found exploring natural areas across the province.

Leah Hermanson

Leah Hermanson
Fund Development Manager

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Leah Hermanson

Leah has always had a love of agriculture which was fostered from a young age on her family’s Seed Farm in Kamsack, SK. She has a Bachelor of Science (Crop Science) and a Master of Science (Weed Biology) from the University of Saskatchewan. Leah and her husband live in Lumsden, SK with their lively, loving and wonderful daughters, Clara, Elyse and Miriam. Leah enjoys gardening, running, hiking, cooking and helping out on the farm.

Chandra Gusikoski

Chandra Gusikoski
Communications Coordinator

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Chandra Gusikoski

Chandra was raised on a grain farm outside of Cudworth, SK. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a Marketing Degree through the College of Commerce. Chandra currently lives in Viscount with her husband where they keep busy with community involvement and volunteering. For fun Chandra enjoys golfing, camping, hunting, fishing, and sports such as slow-pitch, hockey and volleyball. “Having grown up on a farm I take for granted the knowledge and experiences I had being part of the production that gets our crops to your plates. I am excited to grow this initiative and share that knowledge with the province.”

Shauna Hill

Shauna Hill
Finance Officer

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Shauna Hill

Nicknamed the 'Energizer Bunny' by her previous staff, Shauna embodies getting things done and keeping the paperwork flowing. She ran her own accounting and project management firm in the BC Peace Country until trying early retirement. Too much of a go-getter to sit still for long, she now assists Agriculture in the Classroom with a mission close to her heart, teaching kids that food comes from the earth, not the grocery store. As a serial volunteer, Shauna has served on several boards as well as having managed a community garden. In the summer she enjoys her own garden and going on long road trips. Winter is devoted to home renos and quilting.

Paige Pister

Paige Pister
Program Coordinator

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Paige Pister

Paige grew up on a farm in Rhein Saskatchewan – she has loved being involved and helping out on the farm. After working in England as an Au Pair, Paige obtained an Agriculture Degree with an Environmental Science Major from the University of Saskatchewan. She enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, travelling and spending time with her family and friends. This year she has started farming 80 acres near her family farm in Rhein. "My job truly combines two of my passions – agriculture and engaging with children. I love seeing a student’s face light up when they learn something new."

Greg Torwalt

Greg Torwalt
Program Coordinator, Little Green Thumbs

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Greg Torwalt

Greg grew up in rural Saskatchewan, and now lives in Saskatoon with his wife and two dogs. As a young kid, he spent a lot of time helping his dad on the family farm near LeRoy, and gardening with his parents and grandparents. Greg loves to be outdoors and finds that he recharges best while soaking up the sun! Greg completed two degrees at the University of Saskatchewan (Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts) before he taught Grade 5 homeroom for three years. He is excited to combine his appreciation for nature and healthy food with his passion for hands-on learning while he supports teachers as the Little Green Thumbs Program Coordinator. Outside of the office, Greg enjoys playing tennis, doing yoga, reading, writing, painting, hiking, and playing the piano & guitar.

Lindsey Rudd

Lindsey Rudd
Sustainability Program Coordinator

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Lindsey Rudd

Lindsey was born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and moved to Saskatoon for secondary education. She completed her undergrad in Renewable Resource Management and her masters in Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. Before becoming the Sustainability Program Coordinator at AITC, she worked as a Crop Technician at the University of Saskatchewan and as an Environmental Scientist at a private consulting company. Having always been interested in nature and engaging with others, her role at AITC has combined these passions. For fun, Lindsey enjoys spending time with friends and family, cross country skiing, hiking and going on adventures with her dog Pepper.

Emma Mollenbeck

Emma Mollenbeck
Program Coordinator

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Emma Mollenbeck

Emma grew up in rural Saskatchewan, and currently lives on an acreage near St. Gregor, with her husband and their two dogs. As a kid, she was introduced to the agriculture industry through her dad and grandpa. Her and her sisters would often visit with their dad and Grandpa at the grain elevator or, they would play around their grandparent’s garden (stealing the peas was common). Her mom’s green thumb is something Emma is striving for- with help of course! She often has a song stuck in her head and a smile on her face. Emma has always had a passion for learning and connecting with others. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Education, Emma loves working with people and learning from them. She looks forward to finding ways to support teachers and create engaging learning opportunities for students! Outside of work, Emma enjoys being at the family cabin, sitting by the campfire, quadding, snowmobiling, singing, and playing her guitar, photography, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

Dena Lamb

Dena Lamb
Resource Administrator

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Dena Lamb

Dena spent her summers growing up on her grandparents’ farm, planting potatoes, cutting grass and feeding the cattle. Often her large, close-knit family would get together and plan intricate and delicious meals. Having everyone sitting around the table talking over good food solidified the fact that food can bring people together and can connect them in way that is very special. This led to her majoring in Food and Bioproduct Science at the University of Saskatchewan and receiving her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Working as the Resource Administrator allows for her to help supply teachers with the tools to help students make those same connections she was able to make. Outside of work Dena spends a lot of time with family, listening to music, playing sports (touch football and curling), Ukrainian dancing, and training on different types of aerial apparatuses. Photo Credit: Tonya Wanner Photography