Get To Know Our Team

Recognizing people as our greatest asset and their commitment and effort as the engine of our success.

Keith Eppers, General Manager

Keith first joined Trout Lake Farm in 2013 as the Operations Manager. He assumed the General Manager position in 2019 and has responsibility for all aspects of the Trout Lake Farm Supply Chain. Keith has over 20 years of professional leadership experience and has been in some aspect of food manufacturing for the last 14 years. Keith is continually focused on Employee Safety, Product Quality, and Delivering Product On-Time, while maintaining a high level of efficiency. He enjoys working with all the different team members throughout the organization and always has a team first mentality. While not at work, Keith likes to be outside with family, competing in various endurance sports and activities, exploring the mountains, and cooking.

aWhiteAllison White, Sales Manager

Allie, who joined the Trout Lake Farm team in 1997, personally oversees all aspects of Sales & Customer Service for Trout Lake Farm while also directly managing several customer accounts. Since joining the Trout Lake Farm sales department, Allie has been blessed to see Trout Lake Farm through many seasons and changes over the years and knows that the best is still yet to come. Allie works tirelessly with all Trout Lake Farm departments to ensure that our customers are receiving the best possible service & products. Allie believes in a very hands on approach and can be witnessed with her fingers in just about everything, from crop and harvest planning to production scheduling and product quality evaluation.  She loves to get out in the fields, especially when hosting visits, to commune with nature and capture a few shots of the hard work in progress. When asked what she loves most about her job, Allie said #1, her customer relationships, so many of whom she considers personal friends after 20 + years. #2, providing the highest quality products that help people to stay healthy! In her personal time, Allie enjoys getting out for a hike, gardening, home improvement, traveling (as many of you know, she loves Hawaii), hosting dinner parties and spending time with her family & friends.

Sasha Trowbridge, Sales Representative

Sasha was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska. She grew up on a small hobby farm where her family raised animals and grew an organic garden. She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a double major from the College of Business in Marketing and Information Technology. During her time in Wisconsin she had the opportunity to be an IT Product Manager and outside Sales Rep in the building industry. She returned to Alaska in 2015 and worked in tourism sales with the Alaska Railroad as an account executive. Sasha moved to Eastern Washington in 2017 and came on board with Trout Lake Farm in spring of 2018. She loves building relationships with customers, strategizing and delivering premium products to meet their needs. In her spare time, she enjoys, hiking, fishing, camping, shooting sports, running, baking and spending time with family and friends.

Denise Vogel, Sales Representative

I am a transplant from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I was raised in Scio where I was surrounded by rivers, farmland and loggers. I was introduced to hard work at a young age, working the summers for a nearby farm, weeding, spraying and moving irrigation lines in Peppermint fields. After working for a large food processor in the Salem area for 12 years, my family moved to the Hermiston area. An opportunity to move to the Columbia Basin in 2004 brought me to Quincy, working in the frozen food industry as an inventory supervisor.  I enjoy being outdoors regardless of the season. My fiancé and I have six rescue dogs of all ages and breeds. We enjoy helping local rescue groups placing dogs in their forever homes by assisting with transport. I fill any free time with cycling, hiking, fishing, yardwork, baking and reading.

teamDanielleDanielle Hawkins, West Farm Manager

Danielle has been an integral part of the farm since her arrival in 2009.  She is responsible for all farm operations including preparing ground, planting, cultivating, all the way through harvest to root washing and bin drying.  Danielle has been a leading force in the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Trout Lake Farm is proud to be an industry leader in food safety standards.  She has created an entirely new farm documentation system and standard operating procedures and has set the highest standards for safety on the farm.  The safety of her employees is her number one priority.  Danielle’s favorite part of her job: “…when I am out in the field on early morning rounds and see everyone working hard in the weeding crew, the tractors moving through the fields, the sun rising against Mt. Adams, and the day going according to planned, it’s one of the most satisfying feelings.”  She is a strong promoter of organic, sustainable agriculture and does everything she can to promote the health of the soil and environment around her.  When she is not working; hiking with her pup, gardening, camping, fly fishing, sewing, and cross country skiing are just a few of the things which keep her busy.

teamPhilPhil Hintz, East Farm Manager

Born and raised on a farm, Phil has a lifetime of agricultural experience. He was recruited in spring 1998 to manage Trout Lake Farm East. Managing the East Farm was Phil’s first experience with organic herbal agriculture. The greatest motivation in this position was the new and different challenges to overcome to successfully grow and harvest such a variety of herbs. Unlike conventional commodity type agricultural crops there continues to be plenty of room for innovation in the organic herbal farming industry. This keeps the job exciting and interesting. With new research crops being trialed at the East Farm, the future promises to keep Trout Lake Farm and Nutrilite as leaders in the industry. Phil is proud to be a part of that leadership.  Phil enjoys weight training, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Heather Folks-Lambert, Quality Assurance Manager

Heather is responsible for Quality Assurance functions at Trout Lake Farm, LLC. She brings over 22 years of quality leadership experience in the food industry and a strong background in food safety and sanitation. In her current position, Heather supports Operations with a team based, first time quality ethic focused on streamlining quality processes and making Trout Lake Farm products second to none in food safety, quality and regulatory compliance. Heather is a past AHPA Trustee and is active within her community. She is a native of Washington State and enjoys spending time with her two daughters.

Mario Contreras, Operations Manager

Mario’s team is responsible for the Cleaning, Milling, Heat Treatment, and Packaging of our products. Mario has been working in Manufacturing since 2003. He has extensive experience in manufacturing technologies related to Extraction, Concentration, Drying, Milling and Heat Treatment. Mario has had in depth training and experience in High Performing Work Systems (HPWS). He has leveraged his knowledge in this field to build the people systems at Amway’s Nutrilite Botanical Concentrate Plant in Quincy, WA and is implementing these same learnings at Trout Lake Farm. His favorite part of his job is coaching and mentoring others. Mario believes “Our people are our greatest strength. If you take the time to invest in them, you will be amazed in what they can accomplish.” Mario has had the pleasure to participate in multiple manufacturing plant startups. He is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified and has used these tools to drive dramatic improvements in productivity and quality outputs at multiple facilities. Mario’s knowledge in HPWS and Lean Manufacturing provides the team with a competitive advantage in driving the best out of people by empowering them to deliver best in class results. During his free time, Mario enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, reading, and playing golf.

Franklin Johnson, Ag Research Specialist

Innovative & science-focused farms want someone who knows agribusiness. As a member of our team, I strive to be trustworthy and straight forward. My life has been an ongoing experience working with plants, which has led to a career applying plant science, physiology, and biology in an agribusiness way. I can communicate technical information to a broad range of audiences, from lay people to scientists and engineers, to executive leadership. At Trout Lake Farm, I strive to be a specialist who takes pride in science-based research, while delivering beneficial outcomes for human health and wellness.

My work involves plant and agricultural innovation, academic research, and working with the Trout Lake Farm crew throughout the season. My 20 years’ of experience includes private sector business, government and international trade, and ground work with farmers in foreign countries. I have an extensive knowledge base in soil science, entomology, statistical analysis, and data science. Outside of work, I like spending time with family and friends, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and, of course, gardening.

teamDarwinDarwin Hintz, Technology Manager

Darwin has over 20 years of experience in implementing innovative practices and technology in the growing, harvesting and post-harvest operations with various agriculture crops.  One of Darwin’s proud accomplishments was promoting and incorporating the first use of RTK GPS technology in Nutrilite Global Agribusiness Operations’ farms, showing cost savings and benefits. He also introduced and worked with teams to develop Nutrilite’s IGS (Implement Guidance System) concept, which is the latest in Precision Mechanized Equipment Technology. This saves in weeding costs and benefits the botanical purity in our products. Darwin is passionate about solving technical and mechanical issues. Darwin loves a challenge and he works tirelessly toward new, innovative solutions.  He has been involved in farming since he was a boy and loves the challenges and joys of the farming life. He also loves music and is the drummer in his Church’s worship band. He is married and has five grown boys.