Meet your Co-op Staff

 

Jessy McShane, General Manager

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When she isn’t helping customers find EXACTLY what they need, she is volunteering with the Women of Today, fostering animals through Ruff Start Rescue, and chilling on her farm with her family!

 

 

 
 

 

 

Bri Keran, Assistant Manager

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Bri Keran was born and raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area. After graduating from Brainerd High School and Central Lakes College, she took a few years to travel and have some adventures. She has now landed back in her hometown and spends her free time acting in local theatre productions, reading pretty much any book she can get her hands on, and making her nephew creatures giggle.

 

 

 

 

Alyssa Sandhoff

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Born of the sands and sunshine of Arizona, Alyssa Sandhoff has lived a life you could call transient in nature, living in states such as Oregon, Michigan, and Colorado. Currently, she lives in Baxter, and has fallen in love with the land of the Great Lakes that her family originates from, where you can find her picking wild mushrooms, gathering Lake Superior Agates, drawing under the pines, and chowing down on organic food at your local food co-op. She plans to continue her education this fall at Central Lakes College, and then to Northwestern Health Sciences University, where she hopes to study Acupuncture.

 

Andrew Rich

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“I have been a proud member of the Crow Wing Food Co-Op since July of 2012. I’ve said this all the time before but I still think that there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the Crow Wing Food Co-Op!

“I love the products we sell, the principles we aspire to, and most of all our members! I’m so happy to be coming back on the staff and look forward to seeing you all in the store!”

 
 

Jessie Borkenhagen

IMG_1328 copyJessie was born and raised in the Brainerd area. Throughout the years she has dabbled in various realms of the food world. Her first jobs involved serving at area restaurants and coffee bars. She even opened her own little cafe! After her adventure of providing the community with a unique venue for food and entertainment, it was off to school for a year to learn the ins and outs of “Sustainable Food Production” through M State College in Fergus Falls. To fulfill requirements of this program she pursued an internship with The Farm on St. Mathias in Brainerd which has turned out to be her seasonal occupation for the past 4 years…and counting! She thoroughly enjoys the farm life and getting to the “root” of our food system. With a love for growing, providing, and of course, eating delicious and nutritious food, Jessie feels at home working at her home town Co-Op.

 

Jessica Woudsma

IMG_2001 2Jessica is a local to the Brainerd Lakes Area, but has also spent quite a few years adventuring elsewhere, both in and out of state. The last 10 years have been spent being involved in some mix of local, organic, and sustainable pursuits, be it coffee, clothing, or food from start to finish. When not working at the co-op, she is wandering the woods, taking too many photos of her cats, or learning how to do things she wants to know how to do!

 

 

 

Board of Directors

The Crow Wing Food Co-op is governed by a Board of Directors elected for a two-year term by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Member-owners, as well as the general public, is invited to attend the monthly board meetings to become better informed on the direction of the Co-op. Co-op board meetings are held every 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:00 PM at the Brainerd Public Library small meeting room. Call the Co-op at 218-828-4600 to confirm time and location. Hope to see you there!

 

Arlene Jones, President

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Arlene Jones owns and operates The Farm on St. Mathias with her husband, Bob and family. They grow produce for a CSA, institutional markets and local restaurants in high tunnels and row crops. They also host numerous fund raisers, weddings and an annual corn maze at The Farm. Together, they founded SPROUT MN, a nonprofit food hub located in Little Falls. This is her first term on the board of directors.

 

Joan Gunderman, Vice-President

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Sarah Hayden Shaw, Treasurer

Photo and bio coming soon!

 

Deanna Olson, Secretary

Photo and bio coming soon!

 

Andrea Fercho

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Although Andrea was born in California and spent time in New York and Missouri growing up, she enthusiastically claims Minnesota as home. A passion for quality food led her to shop local and frequent the Crow Wing Co-Op. Her love for food combined with the desire to “be the change” inspired Andrea to join AmeriCorps. She is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in a project focused on increasing access to healthy food for low income individuals and families. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys live music, cooking, practicing yoga, running and playing with her cat, Meowzer.

 

Leslie Hobson

My daughter and I created a challenge for ourselves a few summers ago—to try to live as locally as possible. After the farmer’s market season was over we began using the Co-op as our source for local items to supplement what we had preserved from the growing season. We continue to try to support our local farmers, local shop owners, and local services as best we can. It is a value we live by. By serving on the Co-op board I am living out one of my life values.

 

 

Interested in becoming a board member?
• Stop by the store at 720 Washington St, Brainerd, MN during regular business hours to pick up a board information packet, or
• Email the Crow Wing Food Co-op at cwfoodco-op@brainerd.net.