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Amaha Sellassie is director of the Center for Applied Social Issues and an assistant professor of Sociology at Sinclair Community... Read more
Anne Reynolds is a member of Amber Neem consulting cooperative and is an active volunteer in her community. She retired... Read more
Ben Sandel is a consultant with Columinate and was the leader of Friendly City Food Co-op ( http://friendlycity.coop/ ) from... 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
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
Chris Dilley has served as General Manager at PFC Natural Grocery & Deli in Kalamazoo, MI, for 15 years. In... Read more
Chris Roland has spent the last 17 years working for food co-ops around the country including opening two start-ups. He... Read more
Courtney Berner joined the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives in 2011 and served as a cooperative development specialist until... Read more
Darnell Adams is a dynamic business consultant, who has over two decades of experience with non-profit, for profit and cooperative... 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 30 years of location research and site analysis experience. She has broad experience having worked with big... Read more
Don Moffitt provides co-ops with support on large capital projects: start-ups, new stores and expansions. His services include pro forma... Read more
Emily Thomas grew up an hour north of Denver and graduated from the University of Denver with a focus in... Read more
Erin Byrd is the board chair of Fertile Ground Food Cooperative. A multi stakeholder cooperative in the organizing phase in... Read more
Heather Lazickas had a dream - to live off the land, preserve the fruits of her prolific backyard garden to... 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 believes that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world! A life-long activist, Jade has... Read more
James Morrell is a consultant who specializes in fresh produce program development and who has been recognized for his dynamic... Read more
Jamila Medley is executive director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), a nonprofit and co-op of co-ops that exists... Read more
Janet Howard has been involved in cooperatives for over 30 years. She currently serves on the board of Fertile Ground... Read more
Jeanie Wells served as the GM for The Merc Co-op for more than a decade through several expansion projects and... Read more
Jennifer Wickman is an attorney, lobbyist and government affairs professional with extensive experience across all levels of state government. She... Read more
Joel Kopischke has over 30 years’ experience in leadership training, team-building, and project stewardship. Joel calls himself a process improvement... 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
Kenya Baker was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Dayton during her childhood. She has worked as a teacher... 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
LaDonna Sanders Redmond is an intercultural development consultant with Columinate. She was the former diversity and community engagement manager at... 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
Based in Minneapolis, Leslie Watson is member of the Columinate’s Board Leadership Development team. She spent ten years on the... 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
Megan Minnick has over 15 years’ experience in retail grocery co-operatives, with a focus in fresh produce. She has extensive... Read more
Melanie Shellito is an award-winning brand strategist with 25+ years of experience creating identities and marketing for many types of... 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
P.J. Hoffman has 46 years of experience in the grocery industry, starting at age seventeen stocking shelves at a local... 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
Steve Cooke has been the General Manager of Friendly City Food Co-op since August of 2010. Steve has a Bachelor... 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
Tim Sullivan’s expertise includes financial improvement, category management, labor, fresh food department merchandising and food production, inventory and expense control... Read more
Originally from Guerrero, Mexico, Yuridia “Yuri” Bahena has lived in Denver, Colorado since 2001, and currently works as a Program... Read more

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