Meet the Board!

Why are you on the WE board?

I want to be a part of the co-op moving forward into the future, see this store continue to thrive and grow to better suit the needs of this growing community.

What is your background?

Environmental non-profit sector, conservation groups, education, job training, and fundraising. I now own and operate my own farm business where I manage a diversity of products and a diversity of people.

Goals for the future:

Keep the co-op financially healthy, larger space, more accessible, and be a pillar of food security for the town of River Falls.

Lindsay Baris

Why do you love the Coop?

The co-op is an important part of the community, a place to support our neighbors who may provide products to the store, a place to learn about health & alternative economic models, and it's a welcoming place where I can find what I need for my family.

What are some of your favorite products?

Crystal Ball, Castle Rock, and Organic Valley & bulk section

What are some of your favorite products?

Crystal Ball, Castle Rock, and Organic Valley & bulk section

Why are you on the WE board?

I want to be a part of the co-op moving forward into the future, see this store continue to thrive and grow to better suit the needs of this growing community.

What is your background?

Environmental non-profit sector, conservation groups, education, job training, and fundraising. I now own and operate my own farm business where I manage a diversity of products and a diversity of people.

Goals for the future:

Keep the co-op financially healthy, larger space, more accessible, and be a pillar of food security for the town of River Falls.

Prescott Bergh

Why do you love the Coop?

I can get foods from local, sustainable and organic farmers there. No other store in our area offers this!

 

Favorite items: 

Organic Valley dairy products, produced by our local organic dairy farmers. One Love Double Fermented Rye Bread!

What are some of your favorite products?

Crystal Ball, Castle Rock, and Organic Valley & bulk section

Why are you on the WE board?

I want to be a part of the co-op moving forward into the future, see this store continue to thrive and grow to better suit the needs of this growing community.

What is your background?

Environmental non-profit sector, conservation groups, education, job training, and fundraising. I now own and operate my own farm business where I manage a diversity of products and a diversity of people.

Goals for the future:

Keep the co-op financially healthy, larger space, more accessible, and be a pillar of food security for the town of River Falls.

Robin Boles - President

Why do you love the Coop? 

I love the co-op because it has helped to shape my community and my life in River Falls and it carries most of the products that I eat. 

 

Favorite items: 

Bulk Garlic Stuffed Green Olives

CoYo Coconut Yogurt

Purple sweet potatoes

Why are you on the WE board? 

I enjoy being involved in the community and leveraging my skills and background to help community organizations. 

What is your background? 

I have experience in retail merchandising, personnel and project management, and non-profit organization management. 

 

Goals for the future: 

Increase membership and connection between members & our community, support the co-op’s long term vision.

Emily Page - Secretary

Why do you love the Coop? 

I love the community that comes with shopping at the coop & I love shopping at a small store with so many curated options that are local and healthy!

 

Favorite Items: Salad Girl Ginger Dressing, Kevita Lime Mint Coconut Probiotic drink, Sweet Beet focaccia 

Favorite Items: Misty Fjord Maple Smoked Salmon, Water Street Hummus, Moon Over Madagascar Tea, Theracumin (curcumin supplement)

 

Why are you on the WE board?

I am on the board to do my part to make WE Market & RF as a whole, even better.  I am all about connecting and expanding the good for WE Market & our wonderful community! 

What is your background?

I teach yoga & mindfulness (including therapeutic yoga), environmental education, healthy living & fitness.  I have also been a science teacher and museum, aquarium, zoo & spiritual educator. 

Goals for the future:

I strive to expand the health (and happiness!) of RF & surrounding area physically, emotionally, mentally, socially & environmentally.

Tonya Schmitt - Vice President

Why do you love the Coop?

WE Market is more than a store.  It's an active community concerned about some of my favorite things. Healthy living in all its many facets:  local & pesticide-free food, connection with nature, helping the environment, fitness for mind, body & spirit, community connection & support.

Why are you on the WE board?

I’m on the WE Board to support the current GM.

 

What is your background?

I have a background in retail and merchandising.

 

Goals for the future:

To increase sales and eventually move into a new building.

Baard Webster

Why do you love the Coop?

I love the co-op because it carries fresh, wholesome food and supports local farmers which, in turn, creates a stronger local economy

 

Favorite Products:

Grand Reserve Balsamic Vinegar by Napa Valley, the local tortilla chips produced by the farm out in western MN, the milk and 1/2 & 1/2 in glass jars

 I have over 15 years management/business experience filling roles like; Production Manager, Project Manager and Senior Project manager. These roles have allowed me to gain experience managing people and making well informed financial decisions. I see our co-op taking a lead role in driving sustainable practices in our grocery market. Continued and ever increasing support for local farmers and food sources while driving positive impact to the local economy. I see expansion in our community outreach programs, ranging from educational classes and in store events to partnerships with local businesses and increasing our impact through programs like Round Up.

Mark Lundgren - Treasurer

I am a lifelong resident of River Fall, I am married to Valerie Lundgren and have two wonderful children Parker 15, and Ella 13. I am a Senior Project Manager for Chandler Inc. based in Afton, MN. I enjoy fishing, golfing and snowboarding as well as wood working and photography when I have the time. I am passionate about our small businesses on main.

Why are you on the WE board?

I LOVE WE Market Coop! I want to be a part of the process that keeps our LOCAL store going!

 

What is your background?

I was a Health Care Administrator for 35 years, served on state/national boards relating to this. Former RFAH & RF Chamber board member.

 

Goals for the future:

Carefully planned expansion into a larger space to accommodate even more products and people!

Glenda Zielski

Why do you love the Coop? 

I think it’s Amazing and Wonderful that over 2000 0wners are a part of our great store. I shop here often, right on Main street in our beautiful city!

 

Favorite Products:  

EVERYTHING! Especially bulk, Wallaby Greek Yogurt, Purple Sweet Potatoes, produce, soaps, ground meats.

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