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2019 Speaker list

Amaha Sellassie is director of the Center for Applied Social Issues and an assistant professor of Sociology at Sinclair Community... 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
Bonnie Hudspeth is Member Programs Manager of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a secondary co-operative of more than 35... Read more
Brenda Latvala Pfahnl has worked at Shared Capital Cooperative since 2009. She serves as the Director of Programs & Senior... Read more
Brian Misenheimer is Senior Vice President at National Cooperative Bank and responsible for providing banking solutions for food cooperatives, independent... Read more
Since her first job sweeping the floor of the local health food store, Brittany Baird has dedicated her career to... Read more
Bruce Mayer is a Partner with Wegner CPAs in Madison, Wisconsin. He and his firm works with over 200 cooperatives... Read more
Carlos Coleman is an Agricultural Marketing Specialist in the Local Food Research and Development Division (formerly MSD) of the United... Read more
Chris Dilley has served as General Manager at PFC Natural Grocery & Deli in Kalamazoo, MI, for 15 years. In... Read more
Christy Wipperfurth is a Grants Management Specialist with the USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)... Read more
Dami Odetola is Vice President at National Cooperative Bank and responsible for providing banking solutions for food cooperatives, independent grocery... Read more
Daniel Woodman , affectionately (and appropriately) known as The Swami of Success, has a diverse marketing background. It started when... Read more
An attorney at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, David Swanson has been a partner in the corporate practice group since 1998,... Read more
Debbie Suassuna has over 20 years of location research and site analysis experience. She has broad experience having worked with... Read more
Derrick C. Dawson received a bachelor’s degree in English and Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University. He was also a broadcaster... Read more
Diana Schmidt joined Outpost Natural Foods in 2000 as part of the produce department team. Prior to the co-op, she... 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. Graduating from Carman-Ainsworth... Read more
Gerardo Espinoza has served as Executive Director of LEAF for ten years, spearheading the Fund’s move into retail food co-ops... Read more
Jacqueline Hannah served as the general manager of Common Ground Food Co-op (CGFC) in Urbana, IL from Fall 2006 through... Read more
Jade Barker is passionate about co-ops! She lived in co-op housing during college, and worked at a worker collective for... Read more
Janiqua Jackson began her career in the retail grocery industry as a teenager working at Costco. Over the past 20... Read more
JaRay Reese is a Kalamazoo native, born and raised on the North side of Kalamazoo. He is passionate about food... Read more
Jason Codner is co-founder and current President of Silverton Food Co-op in Silverton, Oregon, a rural small town of 10,000... Read more
Jerry Nash is co-founder, previous board president, and Outreach Coordinator for Prairie Food Co-op. Jeremy brings a wealth of experience... Read more
Joel has over 30 years’ experience in leadership training, team-building, and project stewardship. Joel calls himself a process improvement geek... Read more
Katie Novak’s interest in local food stems from years living in Colorado where her sister and brother-in-law opened SAME (SO... Read more
Kaye Kirsch began working with Prairie Roots Food Co-op as a volunteer in 2012 just before the launch of their... Read more
Kevin Edberg has worked with cooperatives in multiple sectors for over 20 years. In the 1990s, he saw the expansion... Read more
Kevin O’Donnell has had a long and esteemed career managing boutique hotels and country clubs around the U.S. He 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
Lela Klein is the Executive Director of Co-op Dayton, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting worker cooperatives that support blue... Read more
Tiger Balm was Lisa Malmarowski’s gateway to the natural products world. As a product buyer for a chain of local... 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
Maria Rehlander has been working in the architectural industry since 2001. She has the knowledge and experience to successfully execute... Read more
Megan Minnick has over 15 years’ experience in retail grocery co-operatives, with a focus in fresh produce. She has extensive... Read more
Mel Braverman has worked in the cooperative natural foods industry for over 35 years, the past 19 years through CDS... Read more
Melanie Shellito is the owner of Artezen LLC, an award-winning branding and design agency in Bloomington-Normal. She has been a... Read more
Nicole Klimek has been obsessed about local economic sustainability for as long as she can remember! When it came time... Read more
Olivia M. Rebanal is Director of Inclusive Food Systems at Capital Impact Partners (CIP), a CDFI that has deployed over... 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
Dr. Reginald G. Flynn grew up in Flint, Michigan and recently celebrated twenty years of service as a pastor, ten... Read more
R.L. Condra is Vice President of Advocacy and Government Programs for National Cooperative Bank. In this capacity, he is responsible... Read more
Raynardo Williams is operations manager at Seward Community Co-op, a 20,000-member food cooperative with two grocery stores and a café... Read more
Rich Larochelle is a founding director of the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and is currently the co-op’s Board Chair. He is... 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
Stuart Reid is the Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative, a non-profit foundation providing technical assistance, information and resources to... Read more

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