Why did you join the Dill Pickle? How have you participated as an owner?
i joined the DP the same week i moved to logan square which was may, 2014. i started volunteering in the store once a week; sometimes twice, and continued until the store moved to milwaukee avenue. i loved bagging and weighing produce!
Why do you wish to serve on DPFC Board of Directors?
decades ago, when i was a college student in madison, wisconsin, i was a volunteer at both a food co-op (whole earth) and a book co-op (the madison book cooperative). both have been defunct for years, but i continue to believe in the importance of alternatives to the business model that puts profit above all else. after volunteering for years at the DP, i figured the next best way i can support it is by joining the co-op board.
What perspectives, skills, experiences, or affiliations do you hope to bring to board leadership?
i worked in food service for over 30 years as a pastry chef and caterer. i have a wide knowledge of food and a strong desire to provide my local community with healthy, local food as well as a healthy environment for workers to live and work. i think i have strong communication and writing skills and being retired, can promise not to be too busy to attend board meetings and community events. i'm currently president of my condo board and can bring some experience with consensus building.
In light of our recent expansion, how might the co-op open its doors wider to prospective new owners and community members?
as much as i love the larger space we're in, i'd like to see a stronger link to the very busy sidewalk and street. we have lots of windows on milwaukee and i think we should make it easier to see inside. participating in local community events to let ourselves be known is also important.