The Wedge is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Seven Wedge owners, elected by the ownership, are on the board at any given time. They meet regularly and report on the state of the co-op at the Annual Meeting of the Wedge Co-op Ownership every autumn.
Marjorie Hegstrom is currently the Board President and in her third term (ends 2019). She brings extensive sustainable agriculture and leadership experience and is honored to serve the Wedge as we work to build a strong food system in partnership with 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. She’s currently enjoying truly local food as her backyard chickens provide fresh eggs daily.
Dale Wiehoff is in his third term (ends 2019) and has served on the Finance, Ownership Nominations and WedgeShare Committees. He is Vice President and chairs the Ownership Committee.
For the past 20 years, Dale has worked at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, where he was 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 1970’s 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, cooking dinner, drinking lots of strong coffee every morning while reading the newspaper, and keeping up with his kids’ and friend’s lives.
Mike Dooley is Secretary-Treasurer and is in his third term (ends in 2018). 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, serves on the board of directors of RS Eden, and was previously the Director of Accounting at St Joan of Arc parish. His interests include spending time with his children, attending their extracurricular activities, and traveling whenever possible.
Emily Anderson is serving her second term (ends 2018), and is a member of the Ownership Committee. Her cooperative business experience includes thirteen years in purchasing, sales and marketing for two worker-owned cooperatives and wholesale suppliers to retail grocery co-ops in Minnesota and the region. Since 1989, she has provided training and support for cooperative owners, managers, and boards of directors throughout the Midwest and locally, including the Cooperativa Mercado Central and Wirth Co-op Grocery. She served on the board of Shared Capital Cooperative (previously NCDF). Most recently, she worked with a team organized by Cooperative Development Services in St. Paul to support the launch of a new cooperative assistance program, C-TAP, of Minneapolis’ department of Community Planning and Economic Development.
Her past experience also includes eight years in nonprofit health care, environment and arts organizations. Her formal education was concentrated in studio arts, Spanish and Dakota languages, small business and nonprofit management, and American Indian Studies.
Tom Pierson is serving in his first term (ends 2019) and is a member of the Finance and WedgeShare Committees.
Tom began working with cooperative enterprises in 2000 after deciding to not pursue formal higher education. Tom has become a specialist in the issues of housing and worker cooperative development. Pierson serves as vice president on the board of Shared Capital Cooperative, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that lends nationally to cooperative businesses. He serves on the board of Riverton Community Housing, a Minneapolis non-profit developer of student housing cooperatives. He coordinates the public policy efforts of CooperationWorks!, a national association of cooperative economic developers. Tom was a founding organizer of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives from 2003-06.
As an independent consultant, Tom provides facilitation, historical research and technical assistance services to cooperatives across the country. He provides pro bono and sliding scale assistance to groups that advance racial equity, environmental sustainability, and serve low-income members. He volunteers for CoMinnesota and serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota on topics related to co-op law and economics. In his free time, Tom enjoys theatre, dance, chess, and unstructured play.
Jane Schommer is in her first term (ends 2017) and serves on the Finance Committee. Jane earned an M.S. in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2004, with particular interest in the medicinal properties of food. Her professional background includes ownership of a small business promoting a holistic approach to health, as well as a buying position for The Wedge Co-op’s Health and Body Care Department. She has also been involved in her community through service on her neighborhood association board of directors. Jane currently works as an Intellectual Property Paralegal for CPA Global, a software development and legal support organization. She has been a member-owner of the Wedge for nearly 20 years and is passionate about food, often introducing new discoveries to her family, friends and co-workers. Jane enjoys the outdoors and can be found walking local neighborhoods and lakes in warmer weather. Colder weather inspires her to experiment with baking, sharing the results with those around her.
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 (current first-year 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. Jack’s retired from the full-time world now, but in his most recent role he was a director of brand strategy at Carmichael Lynch, 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.