Dr. Tammy Gray-Steele
Founder & CEO
Dr. Tammy Gray-Steele is the first American agricultural specialist, agripreneur, educator, and women and children advocate. Born and raised on a farm, she received her secondary education in the rustic and rural community of Wewoka, Oklahoma. Upon graduating high school, Dr. Steele left Oklahoma to pursue a dual educational and business career in New York City. Armed with the legal degree she obtained from New York University Law School, and the requisite legal business experience she acquired on Manhattan's Wall Street, she returned home to her family farm, and started to give back to the Oklahoma rural communities, in the process working full-time in the Oklahoma Corporate legal arena, and devoting time to study for a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Horticulture and Childcare Development Certifications.
She works directly with Executive Director Dr. Tammy Gray-Steele at the headquarters building located in Oklahoma City, Ok. She has been a part of the organization since she was 12 years old, and throughout the years she has learned many skills to assist in being a great leader. Some of these skills consist of organizational skills, multitasking, time management, communication, data record, event coordination, and discretion. She uses these skills during tasks such as: Assisting with workshops, communicating with legislative staff, scheduling meetings, coordinating online workshops, and multiple other responsibilities within the position. She also serves in the United States Army in the Oklahoma National Guard as a Logistics Specialist.
Darlene Gunther, M.S.
Darlene Gunther, M.S. as several years’ teaching experience, including successful development of the Biotechnology Program in the TN Metropolitan School System (MNPS, grades 9-12). She successfully initiated Industrial Hemp Research at TN State University (TSU) and instrumental in supporting the TN Dept. of Agriculture in advancing the production of hemp and support for hemp farmers in the state. She served as advisor and created the Tiger Women in Agriculture Student Chapter of the NWIAA at TSU. Among her many accolades are the successful USDA/NIFA Project Directors meeting in Nashville, TN (2017) and the annual Small Farms Expo (2016 and 2017). Ms. Gunther has successfully initiated new farmer’s workshops in various TN cities, viz. Nashville, Lafayette, Clarksville and Memphis locations. Her research interest is in sustainability with publications focused on photovoltaic materials. Ms. Gunther holds a M.S. in Physics and a M.S. in Materials Science from Fisk University and Vanderbilt University, respectively.
Amanda Edwards is a Tampa, Florida native and first-generation stateside born citizen who became the first in her family to attend university. Ms. Edwards is a devoted mother of two-year-old twins and serves as a senior student in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. In addition to her studies, Ms. Edwards is an avid Second Degree Black Belt Instructor, and Tae-Kwon-Do enthusiast. By utilizing her gifts collectively, Ms. Edwards strives to fulfill her God-given purpose to eliminate poverty in urban and rural communities by sowing seeds of enlightenment in the youths of society.