Travis SheetsChief of Party, Liberia
Travis is a Senior Fellow with the Sagamore Institute of Indianapolis, Indiana, working on African Initiatives and developing the Global Consortium Portfolio. He and his wife lived five years as a volunteer with Hope in the Harvest Missions International, in Liberia. There on the campus of the Liberia International Christian College, he built a three floor Agriculture Research Center (ARC). The Sheets wrote the agriculture curriculum for associate and bachelor degrees, built a demonstration farm of row crops, fruits, vegetables, and livestock. Travis served the college as the Chair of the Agriculture Department, and taught agriculture, business, math, and development courses. In addition to his work on the college, Travis worked in the interior (“bush”) of Liberia extending agriculture education and small business development techniques to the poorest of the poor.
His degree is in Parks and Recreation with a passion for horticulture and landscape design concepts that are innovative and unique. He has extensive experience in facilities design, building construction, and project management.
Travis has traveled to over twelve countries for agriculture development and building churches, orphanages, clinics, and homes. Travis has worked in local government for over 18 years serving as Clinton County Council member for 8 of those. During his tenure as Parks and Recreation Director, his team originated an eighty-nine acre Holiday light display, a zoo, aviary, and several festivals.
Travis is a member of the Moose, Rotary (a Paul Harris Fellow), Farm Bureau, and the Liberian Studies Association. He is a founding member of Hope in the Harvest Missions International, operating in Liberia. He finished his first Iron Man in 2011. He was named Clinton County Citizen of the Year in 2010. He was a 10-year 4-H member.
Travis enjoys outdoor work, designing outdoor spaces to live and rest, working with exotic animals, and making the world a better place.