Director of Domestic Marketing, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
Jessie Hunter joined the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council and American Pulse Association January 2015. She is Registered Dietitian by training with a Master’s in Public Health- Nutrition. Her interest in food and nutrition lead her to continue her studies in the School of Food Science at the University of Idaho. In her current role as Director of Domestic Marketing, Jessie works to promote all the many wonderful reasons for eating pulse crops to consumers, chefs, school nutrition professionals, and nutrition professionals. In her spare time, Jessie loves dancing, gardening, and camping and biking with her 2 kids.
2016 was a special year for the pulse industry because the United Nations designated it International Year of Pulses! Find out more at www.pulsepledge.com
Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor, LaCrosse High School
Lisa Baker has been the Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor at LaCrosse High School for the past six years. During this time she has coached the national winning FFA Marketing Plan team and this October will have a meats evaluation team competing at nationals in addition to many FFA teams that have placed at the state level. She is a 2005 graduate from WSU (Go Cougs!) and currently lives in Pomeroy with her husband JD and their two boys, Jack and Ladd.
Meez Consulting and Hospitality
Jeff Rathbun discovered his love of food at an early age, milking cows and tending to livestock at his mother’s family farm in Montana, and learning to make breads, freezer jams and sausage with his grandmother in Moscow, Idaho. His childhood memories were centered around food, and hospitality was a way of life in the Rathbun family. All who entered the family home were welcomed and fed.
When he began dishwashing at Biscuitroot Park restaurant during his freshman year of high school, he never imagined that his life would take him on a bit of an unconventional course, apprenticing and working with chefs throughout the Pacific Northwest. With almost 30 years of hands-on experience, Jeff has opened 23 restaurants, many from concept to design to menu creation, including Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Space Needle and Foundry Kitchen + Cocktails in Pullman. Returning to his Palouse roots in 2016, Jeff started Meez Consulting and Hospitality, mentoring local restaurant talent and carrying on the family tradition of creating a sense of community through food.
Former WSU Coug and NFL Player
Jack “The Throwin Samoan” Thompson played quarterback for the Cougs from 1975-78, where he set numerous WSU, PAC-10, and NCAA passing records. He is one of only two players to have his number (14) retired by the football program. Thompson went 3rd overall in the 1979 NFL draft to the Cincinnati Bengals and later played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thompson has always stayed loyal to the Washington State University and the Cougar Nation, and often considers Pullman his second home. He now resides in Seattle, working as a Business Development Partner at Cherry Creek Mortgage.
Corporate Chef, METER Group, Inc.
Tom graduated top of class from the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute of Tampa’s culinary program in 2009 and obtained a degree in Baking and Pastry in 2010. He has worked primarily in fine dining to upscale casual restaurants in FL and now is the corporate chef for METER Group, Inc. in Pullman, WA where he is in charge of their food and beverage program cooking daily breakfast, lunch, and catering events. Tom was a junior member of the Board of Directors Tampa Bay Culinary Association and Chef and Child program and is a member of the American Culinary Federation’s national chapter and has won multiple medals in both team and individual competitions.
Anchor/Executive Producer/Reporter, KLEW- TV
Sarah Jacobsen is from Lewiston, Idaho where she currently works at KLEW- TV as an Anchor/Executive Producer/Reporter and Fill in Weatherwoman.
She graduated from the University of Idaho in August 2015, studying Broadcasting and Digital Media in the College of Journalism and Mass Media with a minor in Business and Economics. During her time at UI she reported and produced for Inside the Vandals, a student-run sports program. She was also a host and reporter for “Mostly Moscow News” and interned for Idaho Public Radio.
Sarah was also heavily involved in her sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma where she served on the executive board all four years. She also served as President of the University of Idaho’s Panhellenic Association, the largest women’s organization on campus. On top of that, she was also University of Idaho’s Homecoming Queen in 2014.
Sponsor of the 2017 Legendary Lentil Cook-off