Emily Anderson is Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Ownership Committee, serving her first term (ends 2015). She works as a development consultant with nonprofits and cooperatives. She has a B.A. from St. Olaf College, and has pursued further education in Spanish and Dakota languages, 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 and other expanding cooperatives. She has provided training and consultation for cooperative business owners, managers, and boards of directors throughout the Midwest. She has also worked in corporate and foundation relations, fundraising for or nonprofit organizations, including MacPhail Center for Music, Tree Trust, and Courage Center (now Courage Kenny Institute).
Emily enjoys reading, gardening, walking and time with family, including grandsons, Joey and Toby, and cat, Kuni.
Philip Bradley is in his third term (ends 2016) and serves on the Finance Committee. Now retired, he finds his former business marketing career very helpful in his role on the Board. 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 (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, and was previously 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.
Sara Gurwitch is in her first term (ends 2017), and serves on the Finance and WedgeShare Committees. She is a long-time public defender, working at Office of the Appellate Defender, where she is a Supervising Attorney and member of the management team. She has worked with a broad range of non-profit organizations, both as a staff person and volunteer, including The Children's Storefront, a private, tuition-free elementary school in Harlem, and The Advocates for Human Rights, in Minneapolis.
Sara received a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a J.D. from University of Minnesota. She is an avid cook, with a special focus on organic and local foods. Sara and her husband, Horacio, a photographer and filmmaker, live in Minneapolis with their son, a student at Whittier International Elementary School, where Sara is an active volunteer.
Marjorie Hegstrom is currently the Board President and in her second term (ends 2016). 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.
Jack remembers shopping (and occasionally cutting cheese) at the Wedge when it first opened on Franklin Avenue in 1974. He is now in his second tour of duty on the Board, having served from 2004 to 2008. Jack serves on the Ownership and WedgeShare Committee as he begins his new term (ends 2017).
Jack began his professional career as a journalist and has worked in the agency business in creative, strategy and management positions for more than 30 years. In his current daytime role he's a director of brand strategy at Carmichael Lynch and its sister agency Spong, a national advertising and public relations firm based in Minneapolis. Over the years he has served on boards or in advisory positions for the Fringe Festival, North Star Council and the Twin Cities Peace and Justice Coalition.
He enjoys playing and watching all sports, music, reading, the visual arts and, probably most of all, great meals and conversation with friends and family. Only a lack of talent prevented him from becoming a professional baseball player.
Dale Wiehoff serves on the Ownership Committee and is in his second term (ends 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.