In the past two months, Deep Springs has welcomed two new staff members to the Valley. Janice Hunter arrived in late January to assume management of the cattle ranch and Adam Nyborg DS’97 arrived in February to assume management of the farm operations. Everyone in the college community is pleased to have them here and they have both settled well into their roles as winter has given way to spring.
Janice is not only a California native, she was born and raised in the Owens Valley on the family ranch that extends back three generations. Hunter Mountain, on the edge of Death Valley is a family namesake. Janice holds a B.S. in Agricultural Science from Cal State University, Chico. In addition to her years of experience on the family ranch, Janice has worked as a teacher in the Lone Pine School system and spent a dozen years as a rangeland monitoring consultant for numerous state and federal agencies as well as private individuals. Most recently, She spent the last four years managing the beef cattle ranch at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. After a review of nearly 30 applicants, Janice was selected as the sixteenth ranch manager at Deep Springs since WWII, and the first woman to hold the job. She relates that she’s happy to be back working with desert cattle!
Adam is joined by his wife Jill Brewer and their daughters Wenonah and Montana; the entire family having moved all the way from the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. Adam received his B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. While there, he served as construction coordinator & volunteer at Yale Habitat for Humanity. Adam has worked as an interpretive naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and an Outward Bound instructor. For three years he worked at the White Mountain School of New Hampshire as the Farm & Forest Coordinator and a teacher of chemistry and environmental science. Jill and Adam have made themselves right at home in the community and they have inspired staff and students alike with their devotion to getting around campus by bicycle.