Emily Anderson is serving her first term (ends 2015) and is a member of the Finance Committee. She works as a development consultant with nonprofits and cooperatives. As a volunteer, she is a math tutor for English Language Learners. She has a B.A. from St. Olaf College, and has pursued further education in Spanish and Dakota language, small business and nonprofit management at the University of St. Thomas, and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Her cooperative business experience includes thirteen years in purchasing, sales and marketing for Cheese Rustlers and Roots and Fruits Cooperative Produce, both worker-owned cooperatives and wholesale suppliers to retail grocery co-ops in Minnesota and the surrounding region. Working for Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund (NCDF) Emily established development services for consumer-owned groceries, providing training and consultation for promotion for owners, managers, and boards of directors.
Emily enjoys reading, gardening, walking and time with family, including grandsons, Joey and Toby, and cats Neko and Kuni.
Philip Bradley is Vice-President of the Board and beginning his third term (ends 2016). Now retired, he finds his former business marketing career very helpful in his role as chair of the Membership Committee, which focuses on identifying and responding to members' needs. He has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.L.S. from the University of Minnesota.
Philip's enthusiasm for good food brought him to the Wedge, but over the last few years he has become interested in helping new and small food co-ops grow. He and board members from other Twin Cities food co-ops helped start the Minnesota Food Co-op Board group, whose mission is fellowship, mentoring, and education for board members from all 42 Minnesota food co-ops.
Philip and his wife Jan enjoy being with their extended family and grandchildren. At home, they are often involved in house renovation or gardening projects.
Mike Dooley is Secretary-Treasurer and is in his second term, which ends in 2015. Mike has extensive experience in the food service industry and worked as a Certified Public Accountant for several years. He is a native Minneapolitan and graduated from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota with a B.S.B. in Accounting. Mike brings his extensive experience in the financial and business management sectors to the Wedge and believes that the Wedge Co-op will continue its success by adhering to the co-op principles which guide its business model.
Mike resides in the Kingfield neighborhood with his family and spends most of his time in and around south Minneapolis. In addition to serving on the Wedge board, he owns The Craftsman Restaurant, is the Director of Accounting at St. Joan of Arc parish, and serves on the board of directors of RS Eden. His interests include spending time with his children, attending their extracurricular activities, and traveling whenever possible.
Marjorie Hegstrom is in her second term, serves on the Membership and Nominations Committees, and is the former WedgeShare Chair (2012 and 2013). She is honored to use her extensive sustainable agriculture experience to build a stronger and more just food system through the Wedge and our long history of supporting our community of farmers and eaters.
Marjorie created her own major in Sustainable Agriculture (B.A. 1999, Kenyon College) combining her farm-family background with her commitment to environmental issues. She earned an M.S. in Horticulture from the University of MN in 2004, working with local farmers to study the impacts of sustainable farming practices on strawberry production. Her professional background includes positions in commercial farming, farm/agricultural education, farm marketing and outreach and farmers markets. Marjorie is currently an independent consultant working for various food and agriculture projects in the Twin Cities.
Marjorie enjoys all things food - including gardening, farmers market shopping, cooking and eating - as well as camping, biking and snowshoeing.
Matt Stowell is serving his first term (ends 2014) and is a member of the Finance Committee. Matt has a B.S.B. in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from the University of Minnesota. Matt is a CPA for CliftonLarsonAllen, where he performs audit and tax services for CLA's Nonprofit Group, serving primarily foundations, higher education, associations, and social service organizations.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys biking, reading, and cooking. Matt is particularly interested in reading about global politics and economics, as well as advocating for environmental and social justice, as it is fundamental to our future well being. Matt also enjoys cooking with his wife Christal, with a fondness for Indian and Thai cuisine - the spicier the better!
Dale Wiehoff is in his second term, and has served on the Finance and Membership Committees. His current term ends in 2016.
For the past 20 years, Dale has worked at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, where he is in charge of Communications and IT. He has served on many cooperative and nonprofit boards, including a cooperative dental clinic, the Connorsville Co-op Grocery, the Progressive Technology Project, Peace Coffee and the Working Families Organization. He also served as founding Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild Foundation.
Dale has a strong commitment to the development of social capital and supporting family farm agriculture. In the 1970s he was the owner-operator of a 240-acre farm in Western Wisconsin, milking cows, raising sheep and keeping bees. His special interests include gardening, beekeeping, and cooking dinner, drinking lots of strong Peace Coffee every morning while reading the newspaper, and keeping up with his kids' lives.
Sarah Wovcha is currently the President of the Wedge Board of Directors and in her third term (ending 2014). Sarah holds a B.A. from Macalester College, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she studied the impact of agriculture on global environmental health. For Sarah, service for the Wedge satisfies an intense interest in and commitment to sustainable food policy. Sarah's great grandmother from the Iron Range helped establish the first food co-op in Minnesota at the turn of the century.
In addition to her work for the Wedge, Sarah is the Executive Director of Children's Dental Services, a non-profit serving low-income children and families across Minnesota. In her spare time she works on her own organic food production: in her back yard garden with husband Jeff and kids Eli, Oliver and Frances.