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:

Katelyn Hanke

Megan Olson Hunt

Tracy Flucke

John Arendt

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
  • Experience
  • 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.

Annual New Leaf Market Membership Meeting

Annual Member-Owner Meeting Announced

Hello New Leaf Market Member-Owners!

We are excited to invite you to the Annual Member-Owner Meeting that will be held on

Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at UW-Extension (1150 Bellevue St.), Green Bay. Join us from 5:30-6:00 p.m. for a social gathering with light refreshments to get to know fellow co-op member-owners. The official meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m.

 The agenda will be as follows:

1. Welcome/Introduction of board of directors

2. Review & approval of minutes

3. Determination of quorum & proof of due notice of meeting

4. Reports from officers and committees:

i. Report on progress

ii. Report with discussion on financials and member equity

iii. Report from Membership & Marketing Committee

iv. Report from Finance Committee

v. Report from Site Selection Committee

5. Old Business

6. New Business

i. Introduction of nominees for board of directors

ii. Election of directors

7. Question & Answer Period

8. Announcement of board of directors

9. Closing comments & adjournment

This meeting will be a great place to meet your fellow co-op members and the board of directors, to sign up for volunteer opportunities, to hear the latest news on the status of the food cooperative and most importantly - share your thoughts! We hope you will join us! As member-owners you will have the opportunity to elect board members for three open positions. Info will be available shortly on nominations and the election, watch for details!

We are also inviting member food vendors who would like to have a table to sell their food products at the meeting to get in touch with us if you are interested. It will be based on a first come-first served basis. Please contact us for more information and questions, or to sign up.

Finally, if you have friends, family, colleagues or neighbors who want to be part of this exciting initiative - they can join the night of the meeting too! We will have volunteers and current board members on hand to assist.

New Leaf Winter Farmers Market Presented by Bellin Health

Join us for the 6th Annual New Leaf Winter Farmers Market Presented by Bellin Health! New Leaf Market, Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Bellin Health support the event which will kick off its 2015-2016 season on December 12th.

  • Free to Attend!
  • Vendors: Over 80 vendors including local meats, cheeses, bakery, vegetables,canned items, coffee, handcrafted art pieces and various local restaurants.
  • Parking: Free parking in the Main Street Ramp with sky-walk to the KI Center.
  • New Leaf Market: New Leaf Market is working to open a cooperative grocery store. 
  • Dates: Select Saturdays (below) from 8 a.m. - Noon at the KI Convention Center (333 Main St.) in Exhibit Hall C.
  • EBT: EBT will be available on site for select vendors.

 Save these dates from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the KI:

-Dec. 12: Special extended Holiday Market with 30 additional holiday craft vendors. Free visits with Santa from 10 a.m. - Noon. 
-Dec. 19
-Jan. 2: 
-Jan. 16: 
-Jan. 23: 
-Feb. 6: 
-Feb. 13:

Would you like to volunteer for the New Leaf booth at one or more of the New Leaf Winter Farmers Market Saturdays? We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

The market is at capacity with vendor registrations.  If you would like to be put on waiting list, sign up here.  Nonprofit organizations can download application here.

Update to Members

Hello New Leaf Co-op Members,

Financing New Leaf Market Co-op means continuing to grow our membership, to share our resources and to work very hard to realize our vision of a healthy community food hub owned by all of us. It also means finding a site where a professional market analysis projects profitability and cash flow attractive enough to secure external funds.

With the help of several downtown Green Bay business advocates, New Leaf Market Co-op volunteers looked for five years for that site in downtown Green Bay, where we saw a need and wanted to fill it. Because we were not able to secure a feasible site during a reasonable time period, at the end of 2014 we announced that we would expand our search area to include sites outside of downtown Green Bay, while also continuing to search in downtown.

At the same time, we commissioned another market study, which identified a De Pere site as a good one, because it had an existing building on a main thoroughfare with ample parking. Despite this, we still simultaneously explored another downtown Green Bay site with a potential developer; but it became clear that the timeline was too distant. As a result, in July of this year, we shifted our primary efforts to a De Pere site, all the while continuing to be alert to downtown Green Bay locations.

Our thinking is that it is better to open a full-service, community member-owned grocery store featuring healthy, local food and sponsoring programs to improve healthy food access sooner, rather than to wait even longer for another site to become available in downtown Green Bay.

Because the De Pere site aligns well with the market study and business plan, our plan is to develop a successful business there, then potentially open a second store in downtown Green Bay in the future.  We believe that downtown Green Bay is a great place to live and work and want to be a part of making it grow. Therefore, we continue to partner with the New Leaf Winter Farmers Market presented by Bellin Health in downtown Green Bay. Additionally, our non-profit organization, New Leaf Foods, is sponsoring the Green Bay Garden Blitz and promoting community-supported agriculture (CSAs), as well as many other programs that support healthy food education and access, especially for families with modest means. The non-profit will have an office and community meeting/classroom in the store, giving a permanent home to continue to expand its healthy food access programs in the Green Bay area.

Your dedication, ideas and support are critical to opening a cooperative grocery store in our community, one that works for everyone who wants and needs it and that helps support local farmers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, donating your time as a volunteer, recruiting others to be co-op members, and running for the board, where you can put relevant expertise to work in order to help us secure a site and make the co-op a reality!

New Leaf Market Board of Directors:

Peter Angilello, Library Media Specialist, Green Bay Area Public Schools (retired)
Karen Early, UW-Cooperative Extension
Katelyn Hanke, Manager of Financial Analysis for Mergers and Acquisitions, TeamHealth
Megan Olson-Hunt, Assistant Professor of Statistics, UWGB 
Lynn Walter, Founding Director, UWGB Bay Center for Food in Community and Culture
Jim Lemsky, SR VP Europe (Retired) Hain Celestial Group

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