Board of Directors and Officers
Peter Angilello – Library Media Specialist, Green Bay Area Public Schools
I have been a Library Media Specialist with Green Bay Area Public Schools for the past twelve years and previous to that, worked for the Brown County Library for fourteen years. I was involved in Green Bay's first food co-op both as a board member and president of the Evergreen Grocery Co-op for several years. I am excited to be a part of this community initiative to help reestablish our connection with our food sources and how they are grown.
With my grant-writing, networking and event planning skills, I hope to ensure that the New Leaf Market will be a vital urban community center that will stimulate a demand for healthy foods and sustainable growing. I am especially hopeful that New Leaf will serve diverse and low-income communities, both addressing food access disparities and increasing fresh and healthy choices in the food support system (i.e. food banks). We will need to be active partners with other businesses and organizations in the area to share both our mission and goals of helping to provide an economic livelihood for Northeast Wisconsin sustainable farmers and food businesses.
Karen Early (Vice-President) – Nutrition Education Program Coordinator with University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension in Brown County
I have been involved in the conception and development of New Leaf Market since its inception and currently serve chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee.
As a registered dietician and food advocate for my entire career, I have been passionate about sustainable eating, sustainable food systems and their benefits to the health of individuals and the environment. My work with U-W Extension has addressed food security, food systems, poverty awareness and nutrition education with a special interest in hunger and obesity. I conduct applied research to address community initiatives for improving food security in low-income populations through developing community partnerships and collaborations.
Heidi Fencl – Associate Professor of Physics, UW-Green Bay
I have been a member of a food buying club for over 15 years and have coordinated my current club for about 6 years. I have worked with different suppliers of organic and natural foods in this role and have also taken part in three different CSAs in the area. I am relatively well-read in nutrition as well as the merits of naturally-raised food. I also enjoy cooperative food markets and have a consumer's perspective on what makes the stores themselves attractive.
When my daughter was in pre-school, I heard a report about the wrong pesticide being used on oats in storage to make Cheerios. That began almost two decades for me of tracking down access to natural and organic foods for my family. I have enery, enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication to making it work and succeed in Green Bay and would value the opportunity to help New Leaf Market Co-op into its next stage.
Andrew Higgins – Sales Manager, Green Bay Drop Forge
I have over thirteen years of experience in sales, sales management & human resources/benefits management. I have been actively engaged in the greater Green Bay community in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles for many years. I also have a passion for food, especially fresh, local food, and for modeling a healthy and active lifestyle.
My sales management background will allow me to contribute in the areas of marketing and communication- branding the store, and continuing to build awareness of the New Leaf brand among the community. I believe that my extensive experience in human resources management will enable me to provide leadership with regard to key management hiring, employee on-boarding issues, and influencing the development of a purposeful and dynamic employee culture.
I also have a strong vested interest in the continued revitalization of the downtown area. I have a deep affection and appreciation for what smart and progressive downtown commerce can do to create a unique and meaningful culture and quality of life.
Carol Karls - Business & Community Development Manager, Wisconsin Public Service
I have been involved with New Leaf Market since its origin, past president and currently serve as Chair of the Finance Committee. Co-ops are new to me so I’ve had a large learning curve but I’m tremendously excited about the grass roots nature of this effort which in economic development terms we would call “community initiated development.” I have used a lot of my skills on this effort so far like project management, real estate development, and economic development but what’s been most critical for all us intensely involved up to this point is our total commitment to making this happen.
Like so many of us, I have a passion for food. I see New Leaf Market as the core component of a larger vision to rebuild our local food economy and a healthier food system. In the last few years we have experienced unprecedented dialogue on local food, food systems and food security. The result has been a wide array of new and unique initiatives that address improving how and what we eat. The timing for this couldn’t be better. When we bring our community together with their food-related initiatives under one roof there will be greater synergy and impact for the community.
I have over 20 years experience in economic development including commercial real estate development. My employment background covers not-for-profit, government, small business and large business endeavors, and I have experience assisting other start up for-profit and not-for-profit ventures. I am a UWGB grad with a degree in Urban Design.
Tyler Lenz – Cash Manager, Integrys Energy Group
As a member of the New Leaf Market board, I would bring my experience, values, and interests together in support of the organization's mission and goals. In my career, I have 7+ years' experience in corporate finance with Integrys Energy Group, Inc. that I believe will help New Leaf during its critical development phase. I have already actively participated as a member of New Leaf Market's Finance Committee and fully understand the organization's goals and objectives.
Living healthy has always been at the core of my life. As an active runner, I see the importance of daily nutrition and the difference that eating quality food can have. My family and I recently moved into a neighborhood adjacent to downtown Green Bay and are excited to have an outlet for healthy food within walking distance. It has been an exciting adventure to be part of this project thus far, and I hope to continue my involvement as a member of the board.
Crystal Osman (Secretary) –Downtown Green Bay, Inc. & Olde Main Street, Inc.
I am the Program Manager at Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Olde Main Street, Inc. I help coordinate many of our volunteer committees and some of the special projects like the East River Trail Connection. I am an active participate in issues related to sustainability and the environment in the community, a few of them include the Sustainable Green Bay Committee and Baird Creek Preservation Foundation. I am currently the Secretary for the Board of Directors for New Leaf Market Co-op. I am a UW-Green Bay graduate in Environmental Policy & Planning. Downtown Green Bay, Inc. is very supportive of this initiative and has been involved from the beginning by providing administrative support, file storage as well as been the fiscal receiver for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce grant, received in 2009 among others things. We know that the impact a grocery store and food hub will have on downtown revitalization will be key to continuing to advance downtown.
I also have a strong personal commitment to sustainability and the enhancement of the environment as a system and food issues are a key piece of the puzzle. I have been part of this initiative since the first meetings and am very excited about the progress thus far and the enthusiasm of everyone involved. I look forward to a food hub in Downtown Green Bay!
Marilyn Sagrillo (Treasurer) – Associate Professor of Accounting (Retired), UW-Green Bay
I am the recently retired, Director of the Cofrin School of Business and Chair of Business, Chair of Accounting and Associate Professor of Accounting at UW-Green Bay. Currently, Treasurer of the Interim Board of Directors for New Leaf Market Cooperative.
I have been interested in sustainability and locally raised foods since moving to northeast Wisconsin many years ago. My husband and I have five acres of land that allows us to grow most of our own vegetables and a lot of our own fruit. I also support locally grown organic foods by buying from a local organic farmer.
Lynn Walter (President) – Founding Director, UW-Green Bay Center for Food in Community and Culture
I am Founding Director of UWGB’s Center for Food in Community and Culture; Chair of the Food and Local Health Sub-Committee of Sustainable Green Bay; co-editor of Critical Food Issues: Problems and State of the Art Solutions. I grew up on a farm and worked my way through school as cook at the Green Lantern Co-op restaurant in Madison, WI.
My experience and passion for promoting healthy, local food will help sustain the time-consuming and complicated project of establishing New Leaf Market Cooperative and creating a thriving and vital community food hub. My vision for New Leaf Market Co-op is that it serve as a food hub for Northeast Wisconsin, connecting consumers, growers, and artisan producers to support health and wellness, prosperous local farm and food businesses, good jobs, equitable communities, and a thriving local food economy.