Hometown: Villa Park, Illinois
Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors?
I believe that having a food cooperative in our community will strengthen our local economy in a very real and permanent way. My husband and I plan to retire here someday, and that will only be possible if local retail business is thriving. In addition, I love food! Especially fresh, healthy, local food. Having the co-op will be like having farmer’s market season all year and I look forward to that.
What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director?
I have an extensive business background, mostly procurement in a manufacturing environment. Being successful in this field requires good organization and communication skills, but most important is the ability to build and maintain excellent working relationships. I am confident that I can build strong, capable teams to move the Prairie Food Co-op mission forward. I have been an active volunteer for the Prairie Food Co-op since March, 2013 and it has been an amazing year. I participated in several training sessions, and went on a field trip to Common Ground Food Cooperative in Urbana. As Events Coordinator, I organized our first major community event, the Harvest Festival. This event was held last September and co-hosted by the Lombard Historical Society. We planned for 200 people, but over 800 turned out. We expect Harvest Fest 2014 to be an even bigger success, and planning is already underway. There are several other major fundraising events this year, and I have recruited volunteer team leaders for each. The Events committee is growing by leaps and bounds. I also serve on the interim board of directors, which is very rewarding work.
What else would you like Prairie Food owners to know about you?
Owners, thank you for taking a leap of faith and joining us in this effort. We absolutely cannot do this without your ongoing support. I am “all in” when it comes to the Prairie Food Co-op. I have latched on to this dream and will do everything in my power to make sure we succeed.