Nominees for New Leaf Market Co-op Board
2016 Nominations for the New Leaf Market Co-op Board of Directors
Recommended by the Nominating Committee
The Annual New Leaf Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10 at UW Brown County Extension, 1150 Bellevue Street in Green Bay.
Registration starts at 5:30 and the meeting at 6:00pm. On the agenda is the Election of Directors. There are four director positions open this year.
The nominees for the 2016 New Leaf Market Cooperative Board of Directors election are:
Megan Olson Hunt
Recommended nominees were selected based on the following criteria:
- Skills necessary for a successful board
- Diversity of skills represented
- Skill coverage in the following key areas - people who have experience in co-ops, retail grocery management, local food vendors and distribution, store design, marketing, legal, fundraising, and financing
- Proven dedication and interest to the success of New Leaf Market Co-op through ongoing involvement with the co-op and/or organizations that will or have collaborated with the co-op
*The elected board directors will serve 3 years beginning with the first board meeting after the elections.
New Leaf Market Cooperative Nominee Background and Descriptions
John Arendt– After 23 years of experience in the retail and construction sectors in Northeastern Wisconsin, I decided to pursue my growing interest in sustainability and resource management by enrolling in the Master's program in Environmental Science and Policy offered through UW-Green Bay. Through this program I developed a better sense of what sustainability means for our region and the methods necessary to create positive change. Soon after graduation, I was hired to direct the Environmental Management and
Business Institute (EMBI) on the UW-Green Bay campus. EM Bi's mission is to promote sustainability in Northeastern Wisconsin.
My role at EMBI allows me to interact with community members, faculty, and students. Civer the past three years, I have actively pursued and won grant opportunities that have funded over 150 college internships with local for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental agencies. These internships have helped address issues of sustainability, food scarcity, and regional health, many of the same issues that New Leaf is trying to address. It is my intention to draw on my experience in management as well as my experience in sustainability to help move New Leaf Market from a much desired concept to reality.
Tracy Fluke – As a former municipal administrator, planner, zoning administrator and parks and recreation professional, I have been directly involved in new development and redevelopment in a community. My experience includes working with private and nonprofit developers to help them move thru the municipal process and successfully complete their project; I will bring this extensive experience to the Board.
Fitness and nutrition have been an important part of my life for many years and staying healthy has allowed my husband and me to complete some major bicycle rides. We have ridden our tandem bicycle across the country both directions the last two years and during our travels we visited many coop grocery stores; several in smaller communities. The development of a coop grocery store is a great way to encourage all residents to live healthier lives and provides a wonderful public gathering place.A coop grocery store in the Green Bay area is greatly needed and I would love to help make it happen
Katelyn Hanke - I have been involved in the conception and development of New Leaf Market since its inception. As a member, board member and manager of Evergreen Grocery Cooperative for many years, I am very aware of the social, economic, health and educational benefits provided to the community, food suppliers and shoppers. After its closing, I said that I would help to start a new co-op if I ever lived in a community without one. Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principles which bring value to every community in which they have a presence.
As a registered dietician food advocate and nutrition educator for my entire career, I have been passionate about sustainable eating, sustainable food systems and their benefits to the health of individuals and the environment. Now more than ever our health system needs an integrated approach. My current work with U-W Extension has addressed food security, food systems, poverty awareness and nutrition education with a special interest in hunger and obesity. I conduct applied research to address community initiatives for improving food security in low-income populations through developing community partnerships and collaborations of which New Leaf is a part.
Megan Olson Hunt - As an undergraduate, I shopped at my first co-op and farmers’ market in Winona, MN. I had always been interested in the environment/ecology and these fit in perfectly with my desire to decrease humans’ impact on the earth. In graduate school, I became a member of the co-op in Pittsburgh, PA and started other initiatives with the environment, sustainability and my health in mind: My husband and I built our own chicken coop and raised day-old chicks heritage breed hens, had a large raised bed garden and fruit trees, installed rain barrels on our house, composted, regularly picked up litter around our neighborhood, walked or bused almost everywhere we went, and I started a blog about “little things” people could do every day to help reduce their impact on the earth (up to 80 posts!).
Knowing I was beginning at UW-Green Bay in the fall of 2014, one of the first things I did was search for the city’s co-op (since this would clearly impact where we looked for a house!). In the process, I discovered the New Leaf Market initiative and couldn’t wait for it to become a reality. When the opportunity presented itself for me to become a board member, I was definitely excited - I see a co-op as a cornerstone of a community, aligning with my core beliefs of how humans should interact with each other and the earth. As a board member, I bring my passion for good, safe food and protecting the environment to the table. I look forward to contributing ideas and energy to the process of making New Leaf Market a reality.