Lizzy Klinker

Lizzy Klinker joins Context with a background as legislative assistant and policy assistant for the Utah State Senate and Office of the Governor of Montana, respectively.  Her responsibilities included advising on policy issues regarding the Department of Agriculture as well as advising on bills pertaining to Agriculture and Natural Resources.  Lizzy hold a BA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho and currently resides in Utah.

Caio Abreu

Caio Abreu brings his experience from the agricultural equipment industry, where he worked as a business technology analyst for three years, to The Context Network. Throughout his career, Caio has focused on leveraging data analytics to develop effective dashboards and tools that highlight key performance indicators and identify areas for improvement. Caio is based in Jundiaí, Brazil.

Stacy Rouse

Stacy Rouse joins Context with a rich career in HR and a strong focus on recruiting and talent management and retention. Prior to joining Context Stacy worked as Director of Recruiting at Salesforce in addition to over a decade of experience in various Talent Acquisition / HR roles for Elevance Health.  Stacy holds a BA in Sociology / Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University (Boiler Up!) and currently resides just outside Indianapolis, Indiana.

Nadiia Trone

Nadiia is an executive strategist and management consultant with 15+ years of leadership in positions including CFO, COO, Chief Controller and more across the agricultural and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. Nadiia has been at the forefront of innovative organizational change and overseen mergers and acquisitions for businesses driving up to $400M in annual revenue. As a consultant, Nadiia supported the development of a $150M expansion strategy for a major agricultural business, ultimately boosting revenue by operational transformation and go-to-market strategy. Furthermore, as a consultant for a pharmaceutical client, Nadiia increased revenue by 3.5X over 18 months through strategic planning and execution. Nadiia’s international background and expertise in finance and project management have established her as an accomplished executive with proven results.

Vic Smith

Vic is a strong strategist with high impact experience from several major agrichemical and life sciences companies. He has extensive commercial management experience with a solid scientific base. His experience base spans commercialization of new biotechnology-based products across the continuum to generic agrochemicals. He has technical, operations, sales, and marketing management senior level experience both on a global and North American basis.

Vic’s focus and previous experience includes:

  • Business and commercial strategy
  • Retail distribution
  • Green and sustainable solutions
  • Logistics/supply chain operation in North America
  • Product/system commercialization

Brittany Fowers

Brittany Fowers started with The Context Network working as an independent consultant on projects and is now working within the administration / operations support team.

Emily Pfaffenbach

Emily joins The Context Network with experience in the agriculture equipment sector, specialty crop implements, customer service, and various management practices bringing a unique perspective to the team. Growing up in Southern Indiana, she was immersed in agriculture-based development programs such as 4-H and FFA from a very young age. While attending Purdue University for her undergrad she majored in Agribusiness Marketing, Communications, and a secondary degree in Entrepreneurship. She was heavily involved with various College of Agriculture leadership committees, including serving on Purdue’s National Agri-Marketing Association team, and Purdue Ag Week. Emily will be residing in Raleigh, NC.

Kristen Ward, Ph.D.

Kristen joins The Context Network with more than 15 years of innovation, strategy, brand marketing and operations experience across multiple industries. Kristen is an experienced agricultural and resource economist adept at conducting complex research analyses, translating insights into tactical and strategic recommendations.

She spent 7+ years working with commercial farmers, irrigation districts and agencies in California to achieve water quality and environmental standards where her primary research focused on developing an integrated economic-engineering mathematical programming model of California’s water supply scenarios under various environmental and natural resource policies. Kristen brings an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for identifying impactful solutions within agriculture with a focus on increasing productivity and environmental sustainability.

Chad Robertson

Chad joins The Context Network with previous experience as a grain merchant for Columbia Grain International. During his time as a merchant, Chad gained experience managing and trading grain inventories, coordinating logistics, researching market opportunities, and creating global and local supply/demand reports. Prior to this, Chad attended the University of Idaho where he was exposed to corporate financial analysis, capital allocation, investment analysis, economic research, and commodity pricing and risk management. Chad was born and raised in Idaho, where agriculture is the backbone of many communities. Because of this, Chad is passionate about helping these communities and The Context Network’s clients advance agriculture efficiently and sustainably.