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Conference presenter list 2018

Ben Alexander is Thrive’s Director of Development. Alexander, the founder and former Executive Director of FreeWheels for Kids, a nonprofit... Read more
Ben Sandel is a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op and was the leader of Friendly City Food Co-op ( http://friendlycity.coop/... Read more
Bill Gessner is a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op, with over 30 years of experience assisting over 250 co-op expansion... Read more
Brenda Latvala Pfahnl. Brenda has worked at Shared Capital Cooperative since 2009. She serves as the Director of Programs &... Read more
Brian Misenheimer is Senior Vice President at National Cooperative Bank and responsible for providing banking solutions for food cooperatives, independent... Read more
Bruce Mayer is a Partner with Wegner CPAs in Madison, isconsin. He and his firm works with over 200 cooperatives... Read more
Dedicated to a life of teaching and learning, Carly is holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology and comes... Read more
Courtney Berner became the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives in January 2018. Prior to this... Read more
Daniel Woodman , affectionately (and appropriately) known as The Swami of Success, has a diverse marketing background. It started when... Read more
Darnell Adams is a dynamic business consultant who is passionate about accessibility and equity within the local food system. She... Read more
An attorney at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, David Swanson has been a partner in the corporate practice group since 1998,... Read more
Dr. David Procter (Ph.D., University of Nebraska) is a professor of communication studies and director of Kansas State University’s Center... Read more
Debbie Suassuna has over 20 years of location research and site analysis experience. She has broad experience having worked with... Read more
Diana joined Outpost Natural Foods in 2000 as part of the produce department team. Prior to the co-op, she was... Read more
Don Moffitt is a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op, specializing in organizational readiness for expansion and financial feasibility. His career... Read more
Edgar Clarke was born and raised in Flint Michigan, a place commonly known as “The Vehicle City”, due to the... Read more
Jacqueline Hannah. Jacqueline served as the general manager of Common Ground Food Co-op (CGFC) in Urbana, IL from Fall 2006... Read more
Jade Barker is passionate about co-ops! She lived in student-owned co-op housing during college, and worked at a worker collective... Read more
Janice Brown became executive director of the Montana Cooperative Development Center in July 2015. She supervises three staff and a... Read more
Jen Vest has served as a Board Director for Chicago Market, a Community Co-op, for two years and is co-chair... Read more
Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice and 2016 inductee into the U.S... Read more
Joel Kopischke is a member of the CBLD Team, CDS Consulting Co-op, and has over 20 years experience in process... Read more
Josh Ray has spent 15 years helping businesses solve problems that keep them from realizing their full potential, maximizing sales,... Read more
Karen Zimbelman is National Co+op Grocers’ Senior Director for Membership and Cooperative Relations. She has worked as part of NCG,... Read more
Kathleen Casey has served as Board President for the start-up co-op Ambler Food Co-op in Ambler, Pennsylvania, and has been... Read more
Although I have worked as a software engineer the past 20 years, the "job" I am most passionate and proud... Read more
Katie’s interest in local food stems from years living in Colorado when her sister and brother-in-law recruited her to assist... Read more
Keith Wicks. Keith is a forty-year veteran of store design and retail planning for SuperValu, Certco, Fairway Foods, Loblaw, Retail... Read more
Kim Arnone is a principal at Cutting Edge Capital , which specializes in developing community capital raising strategies for social... Read more
Lacey Reichwald is a small-town, small business owner with big ideas and a huge appetite for great experiences. She is... Read more
Lee Herman is Vice-President of the Board, IT lead and Webmaster for Chicago Market Cooperative. He became passionate about co-ops... Read more
Leila Wolfrum is the General Manager of Durham Co-op Market, a 10,000 sq. ft. full-service grocery and cafe that opened... Read more
Tiger Balm was Lisa’s gateway to the natural products world. As a product buyer for a chain of local pharmacies,... Read more
Lori Capouch is a development professional who leads rural people through the grassroots development process, empowering them to create the... Read more
Lorne Bell is Director of Outreach & Communications for the Assabet Village Co-op Market, a stage-2 startup in Maynard, Mass... Read more
Maggie represents the Coop Fund of New England in southeastern New England. She previously served as the executive director of... Read more
Malik Kenyatta Yakini is co-founder and the executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). DBCFSN operates... Read more
Marcia Pfeifer is the president of Dakota Worldwide, a market analysis and customer research firm in Minneapolis Minnesota. She began... Read more
Megan Minnick. Megan has over 15 years experience in retail grocery co-operatives, with a focus in fresh produce. She has... Read more
Mel has worked in the cooperative natural foods industry for 35 years, the past 19 years through CDS Consulting Co-op... Read more
Melanie Reid has been involved with natural food co-ops since 1996. Prior to joining CDS Consulting Co-op in 2012, she... Read more
Melanie Shellito. Melanie is the owner of Artezen LLC, an award-winning branding and design agency in Bloomington-Normal. She has been... Read more
Michael Pennington has worked in cooperative grocery for over six years. In 2016 he was hired as the first General... Read more
Mike Benzin. Mike has served as a board member and Treasurer of the East Aurora Co-op since 2011, shortly after... Read more
Nathan Hixson. Nathan is the Loan and Investment Manager at Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF). LEAF is a community loan... Read more
Nicole Klimek has always loved co-ops going back to when she was a child shopping with her mom at Valley... Read more
Olivia M Rebanal is Director of Loan Programs at Capital Impact Partners (CIP), a CDFI that has deployed over $2... Read more
Pam Mehnert is general manager of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative in Milwaukee, WI and has worked for the co-op over... Read more
Patricia Cumbie is a co-op education, marketing planning and storytelling consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op. She is also the co-author... Read more
Raynardo Williams, is the Operations Manager with Seward Community Co-op in Minneapolis, MN. In his role, he oversees three business... Read more
Roux is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Executive Chef, and President of the Rogers Park Food Co-op. Having started his first company... Read more
A Western New York native, Sheila is a nurse practitioner and former naval officer who lived on the West Coast... Read more
Siobain Mitchell was one of the first people recruited to work on establishing a food co-op in Maynard. She became... Read more
Sohnie Black joined the F4DC staff in 2012 as a community organizer. A native of Winston-Salem, she has lived in... Read more
Stuart Reid is the Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative, a non-profit foundation providing technical assistance, information and resources to... Read more
Tom is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Assabet Village Co-op Market and he has been... Read more
Wynston Estis , CDS Co-op Consulting and RCC Interim General Manager has been a cooperator since 1992 when she began... Read more

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