Heifer’s Heart Name: Shon Rainford
Title: Director of Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm
Location: Rutland, Massachusetts
How long have you worked for Heifer? 3 ½ years
What attracted you to work for Heifer? I discovered Heifer while doing research for my previous job. Heifer’s development model and the concept of Passing on the Gift fascinated me. I began following Heifer’s career opportunities and the position with Overlook Farm seemed like a perfect fit.
What has been the most memorable experience you have had while working for Heifer? What really touches me is reading the letters of participants in our education programs, which show we are truly doing work that will make the world a better place.
My education includes: I have a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University with majors in Marketing and International Business. I also have a Master of Arts in History from the College of Charleston.
My hobbies include: My primary hobby is cycling. I commute to work by bike year-round, enjoy overnight bike camping trips and currently have my sights on a 24-hour race in July.
My family consists of: I am married to my wife, Rani Colbert, who works in the development department at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is also a tough roller derby girl. We have two daughters: Amelia, 6-years-old, who is fast becoming a Disney Princess and Olivia, 3-years-old, who is likely to become a rock climber and base jumper.
Something about me that you might not know: I have a diverse background including teaching English in Mexico, managing a scuba diving store as a Master Instructor, owning a retail store and working as vice president of operations at a historic plantation.
What is the best thing about working at Overlook Farm? Every person that works here is extremely passionate about his/her job. It makes my life pretty easy.