Our Mission

AntFarm supports young people, families, adults, and communities develop health and happiness through the discovery of hope. AntFarm provides community and occupation based teaching using indoor and outdoor classrooms of experiences supporting spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical development and well-being. Our focus is to instill integrity, respect, excellence, compassion, stewardship and hope.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Melinda Rusaw


Melinda has lived in the Sandy-Gresham area nearly all of her life. Her family moved to Sandy in the early 1940s. She's been married for 45 years, has a son and daughter and seven delightful grandchildren.

Surrounded by four generations of teachers, she is very interested in relational learning in the classroom and out. She has worked as a middle school Montessori guide at Portland's St. Francis Academy, as individual tutor and continues her own study of music and creative story-cake baking. She plays the djembe in a local quartet, The Simon-Rusaw Conspiracy, as well as in a women's worship band. Melinda is a writer of stories and novels and speaks at women's retreats and gatherings. She says Antfarm's passion for community service and commitment to making a safe meeting place for instruction and celebration is a dream come true for her —one that she hopes will become a priority to her hometown.
Board of Directors

Jay McRostie


Jay McRostie is a partner with Young Twedt McRostie LLP, Attorneys at Law, in Gresham, Oregon. His law practice emphasizes representation of closely held businesses and their owners, including business planning, family succession planning, estate planning, commercial and residential real estate transactions. He also represents a number of nonprofit organizations. He has recently served on the board of directors for the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, and is an advisor to The Wallace Medical Concern, the Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Festival Association and Gresham’s Center for the Arts Foundation. He is an instructor and advisor for the Gresham Small Business Development Center as well as an instructor on business and law subjects at Mt. Hood Community College. Prior to law school, his work experience included service as a fire chief, paramedic and fireman in both Oregon and Washington, as a journalist with U.S. Air Force, and as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. His hobbies include sailboat racing and sport aviation and he lives in Sandy.
Board of Directors

Madeleine Eno


Madeleine Eno, MA, is a writer, editor and coach who helps entrepreneurs and business owners create and deliver clear, compelling and unique written messages. Formerly a fundraising writer for a Boston-area nonprofit and a magazine editor/publisher, she’s lived in the Sandy area since 2003 with her husband. She has also worked as a freelance writer in the outdoor recreation industry, ESL teacher, writing instructor and yoga teacher. She was a longtime Trauma Intervention Program volunteer with Portland Fire and Portland Police, served as president of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and was member of the board of the Northwest Reiki Gathering. When she first wandered into AntFarm five years ago, she knew this was exactly the thing her community most needed and she knew she was home.
Board of Directors

Kim Wheeler


Kim Wheeler has lived and worked in Sandy since 1983. With 5 children and 2 grandchildren Kim appreciates the youth in the community and is dedicated to guiding and supporting them. She began as a volunteer with AntFarm in December of 2010, when AntFarm was a vacant building and a big vision. Kim is a realtor at John L Scott Realty in Sandy, attends Sandy Baptist Church, and is a member of East Metro Association of Realtors. She loves camping, gardening and the beach. Her family’s homestead is in Boring, Oregon, where they raise beef cattle and enjoy the country simplicity.