Board of Directors and Officers
Peter Angilello – Library Media Specialist, Green Bay Area Public Schools (retired)
Having served on New Leaf Market Cooperative’s board for four years and co-chairing the Member Loan Campaign, I was also 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.
John Arendt - Associate Director, Environmental Management and Business Institute, UWGBAfter 23 years of experience in the retail and construction sectors in Northeastern Wisconsin, I decided to pursue my growing interest in sustainability and resource management by enrolling in the Master's program in Environmental Science and Policy offered through UW-Green Bay. Through this program I developed a better sense of what sustainability means for our region and the methods necessary to create positive change. Soon after graduation, I was hired to direct the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) on the UW-Green Bay campus. EMBi's mission is to promote sustainability in Northeastern Wisconsin.
My role at EMBI allows me to interact with community members, faculty, and students. Over the past three years, I have actively pursued and won grant opportunities that have funded over 150 college internships with local for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental agencies. These internships have helped address issues of sustainability, food scarcity, and regional health, many of the same issues that New Leaf is trying to address. It is my intention to draw on my experience in management as well as my experience in sustainability to help move New Leaf Market from a much desired concept to reality.
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. As a member, board member and manager of Evergreen Grocery Cooperative for many years, I am very aware of the social, economic, health and educational benefits provided to the community, food suppliers and shoppers. After its closing, I said that I would help to start a new co-op if I ever lived in a community without one. Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principles which bring value to every community in which they have a presence.
As a registered dietician food advocate and nutrition educator 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. Now more than ever our health system needs an integrated approach. My current 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 of which New Leaf is a part.
Tracy FluckeAs a former municipal administrator, planner, zoning administrator and parks and recreation professional, I have been directly involved in new development and redevelopment in a community. My experience includes working with private and nonprofit developers to help them move thru the municipal process and successfully complete their project; I will bring this extensive experience to the Board.
Fitness and nutrition have been an important part of my life for many years and staying healthy has allowed my husband and me to complete some major bicycle rides. We have ridden our tandem bicycle across the country both directions the last two years and during our travels we visited many coop grocery stores; several in smaller communities. The development of a coop grocery store is a great way to encourage all residents to live healthier lives and provides a wonderful public gathering place.A coop grocery store in the Green Bay area is greatly needed and I would love to help make it happen
Katelyn Hanke (Treasurer) - Manager of Financial Analysis for Mergers and Acquisitions, TeamHealth
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, School of Business in Madison with a double major in Finance, Banking and Investments and Risk Management and Insurance. I currently work for a company called TeamHealth and am the Manager of Financial Analysis for the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) team.
I am also pursuing my Masters in Human Nutrition through the University of Bridgeport. I've seen the positive influences of nutrition in my own life and I want to be able to help people make informed decisions about nutrition and their health. I love local, organic food and am thrilled to be a part of New Leaf Market! Outside of work, school and being on the New Leaf Market Board, I also love yoga, camping and traveling!
Megan Olson Hunt (Secretary) – Assistant Professor of Statistics, UW-Green Bay
As an undergraduate, I shopped at my first co-op and farmers’ market in Winona, MN. I had always been interested in the environment/ecology and these fit in perfectly with my desire to decrease humans’ impact on the earth. In graduate school, I became a member of the co-op in Pittsburgh, PA and started other initiatives with the environment, sustainability and my health in mind: My husband and I built our own chicken coop and raised day-old chicks heritage breed hens, had a large raised bed garden and fruit trees, installed rain barrels on our house, composted, regularly picked up litter around our neighborhood, walked or bused almost everywhere we went, and I started a blog about “little things” people could do every day to help reduce their impact on the earth (up to 80 posts!).
Knowing I was beginning at UW-Green Bay in the fall of 2014, one of the first things I did was search for the city’s co-op (since this would clearly impact where we looked for a house!). In the process, I discovered the New Leaf Market initiative and couldn’t wait for it to become a reality. When the opportunity presented itself for me to become a board member, I was definitely excited - I see a co-op as a cornerstone of a community, aligning with my core beliefs of how humans should interact with each other and the earth. As a board member, I bring my passion for good, safe food and protecting the environment to the table. I look forward to contributing ideas and energy to the process of making New Leaf Market a reality.
James Lemsky – Senior VP Marketing, Operations Europe, Hain Celestial Group (retired)
With 30+ years in the natural and organic food industry, I bring worldwide experience in marketing consumer products to the natural foods industry. I have contacts in the industry for sourcing products through my former company, which was the lead company in establishing USDA organic regulations, and through my service on the National Board of the Natural Foods Association. I will also use my budgeting and marketing skills to help New Leaf become a thriving business.
My goal is to contribute to the mega trend movement toward healthy eating; and I am a firm believer in the value of good nutrition. I look forward to New Leaf Market co-op contributing to the health improvement of the citizens of greater Green Bay.
Lynn Walter (President) – PhD, 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 and 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.
Tom Dennee - Project Manager, NeighborWorks Green Bay 2001- 6/2012
Construction Manager, Integrated Community Services 1995-2001
Project Supervisor, Integrated Community Services 1985-1995
- Represent the owner in various types of construction projects.
- Primary responsibilities included: working with A & E firms, contractors and subcontractors; develop scope of project and specification writing; project bidding; construction inspection; responding to questions; approving payment requests; preparing change orders and punch lists; and project closeout and final approval.
- Identify, recommend and facilitate development of new projects for the owner.
- Manager for a team of inspectors and facilities management staff.
Marilyn Sagrillo, PhD, CPA – Received a PhD in Accounting in 1995 from UW-Madison. Taught at UW-Green Bay from 1978-1991, and 1995-2010. Retired from UW-Green Bay as Chair of Business Program, Chair of Accounting Program, and Director of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business in 2010. Courses taught included auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting and accounting information systems. Served on the board of directors of New Leaf Foods, Inc. from 2010 to the present. Served as treasurer of New Leaf Foods from 2010 to 2015. Served as board member and treasurer of New Leaf Market Cooperative, Inc. from 2010 to 2015.
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.
Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting Co-op
- Providing consultant services to more than 250 cooperative businesses in the United States.
- Primary specialty is management consulting for the planning and implementation of expansion/relocation projects.
- Additional consulting services include: Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Improved Business Performance, Financial Management, Financing/Fund-Raising, Negotiations, Board Training, Management Training & Support, Membership Development, Organizational Audits, and Community Organizing.
- Contract all cooperative consulting through CDS Consulting Co-op.
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 148 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of over $1.8 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.
Carol Karls - Manager – Business & Community Development, Wisconsin Public Service / WEC Energy Group
Carol was one of the 3 founding visionaries for New Leaf Market and New Leaf Foods and served on the Board for its first 5 years. She has her Bachelor’s in Urban Design and specializes in downtown redevelopment and economic development. Carol spent over 8 years as Vice President of Development for a small commercial developer doing mixed use projects in Wisconsin downtowns, both historical adaptive reuse and new commercial construction, and totaling over $28 million in projects. Carol’s economic development career spans all three sectors, public, private & not-for-profit. She is the Past President for the Wisconsin Economic Development Association and currently serves on their Board as Chair of the Communications Committee. Carol serves on numerous board and committee across northeastern Wisconsin.
Tyler Lenz - Finance Manager, WOW Logistics
Tyler is currently the finance manager at WOW Logistics in Appleton, WI where he manages the fast-growing trade finance program for this company. He has over a decade of experience in corporate finance and investment services including serving in an analytical role at Morgan Stanley, and a as cash manager at Integrys Energy Group (now WEC Energy Group). Tyler has a bachelors degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Lakeland College. He has been involved with New Leaf Market since 2012 in various capacities including a member of the finance committee and board of directors.