About Our Board

Menomonie Market Food Co-op’s owners elect the Board of Directors (BoD) at the Annual Owner Meeting held each fall. The co-op has nine directors who each serve a three-year term. There are open positions each year, and any co-op owner can be nominated to serve.

Policy Governance
Menomonie Market Food Co-op operates under a system called Policy Governance, developed by John Carver in the 1970s. In this system, the only employee that the Board of Directors (BoD) oversees is the General Manager (GM). The GM, in turn, oversees all other employees and the overall operation of the store. The main job of the BoD is to hire and monitor the GM, communicate the needs and desires of the ownership into a plan, and make sound financial decisions for the co-op.

To ensure the GM is operating according to the values of owners, the BoD creates policies that the GM is required to follow. The GM is responsible for two kinds of policies: Ends Policies, a vision of what the BoD sees as the ideal result of the co-op’s operation, and Executive Limitation Policies, a description of actions and conditions the BoD requires the GM to avoid in operating the co-op (e.g. unwarranted financial risks, poor working environment, etc.).

Director Commitment
Board members commit to confidentiality, attending regular and special meetings fully prepared, sharing ideas, acting in a professional manner, attending training sessions, taking on leadership, serving on committees, and avoiding conflicts of interest. Serving is voluntary; however, board members receive a monthly stipend in the amount of a $50 credit to shop at the co-op ($100 for the President) and receive the satisfaction of serving a growing organization that provides the community with quality products and education. Board members have a voice in shaping the future of the co-op while working with a group of people who share a commitment to a democratic process and a sustainable local economy.

Interested in becoming a board member? Click here to download our Board of Directors Packet to learn more about the application process.

About Our Board

Menomonie Market’s owners elect the Board of Directors (BOD) at the annual general ownership meeting held each fall. The co-op has 7 directors who each serve a 3-year term. There are open positions each year and any co-op member can be nominated to serve.

Policy Governance
Menomonie Market Food Co-op operates under a system called Policy Governance, developed by John Carver in the 1970s. In this system, the only employee that the Board of Directors (BoD) oversees is the General Manager (GM). The GM, in turn, oversees all other employees and the overall operation of the store. The main job of the BoD is to hire and monitor the GM, communicate the needs and desires of the ownership into a plan, and make sound financial decisions for the co-op.

To ensure the GM is operating according to the values of owners, the BoD creates policies that the GM is required to follow. The GM is responsible for two kinds of policies: Ends Policies, a vision of what the BoD sees as the ideal result of the co-op’s operation, and Executive Limitation Policies, a description of actions and conditions the BoD requires the GM to avoid in operating the co-op (e.g. unwarranted financial risks, poor working environment, etc.).

Director Commitment
Board members commit to confidentiality, attending regular and special meetings fully prepared, sharing ideas, acting in a professional manner, attending training sessions, taking on leadership, serving on committees, and avoiding conflicts of interest. Serving is voluntary; however, board members receive a monthly stipend in the amount of a $50 credit to shop at the co-op ($100 for the President) and receive the satisfaction of serving a growing organization that provides the community with quality products and education. Board members have a voice in shaping the future of the co-op while working with a group of people who share a commitment to a democratic process and a sustainable local economy.

Interested in becoming a board member? Click here to download our Board of Directors Packet to learn more about the application process.

Current Board of Directors

Current Board of Directors

Rick Remington

Board President
rick@board.mmfc.coop

After growing up in small-town Wisconsin, Rick studied Forestry/Environmental Communication at UW-Stevens Point and Conservation Biology at Western Kentucky University.  Over 20 years later, he has worked in land conservation throughout the Midwest, Maine, and Kentucky, moved back to Downsville, and now works for a non-profit conservation organization.

Mariann Holm

Board Vice President
mariann@board.mmfc.coop

Mariann, an organic crop and livestock inspector, has a passion for organic farming and cooperatives. She, her husband, and two sons live on a farm in Elk Mound where they custom raise organic dairy heifers, and she was previously a Farmer Ambassador Program Leader within the Organic Valley cooperative for several years.

Kyle Lehman

Board Secretary
kyle@board.mmfc.coop

After working in the creative industry for a decade, Kyle joined the board of the co-op during his time at Draft Design House, the design agency involved in the rebrand and capital campaign at the former Just Local Food Co-op. Since then, Kyle has continued his work as a freelance photographer with a focus on the music industry, and he cofounded Ivy.

Joseph Meicher

Board Treasurer
joey@board.mmfc.coop

Joseph’s background as a chef as well as his desire to set a positive example for his daughters and show them what it means to be involved in the community are what fueled his passion for furthering local food systems. He currently works as a Consumer Loan Underwriter at Royal Credit Union and has served as a co-op board member for several years.

Barb Button

Board Member
barb@board.mmfc.coop

Barb is a Wisconsin native who grew up in the country eating mostly wild game and garden produce. She is retired from UW-Stout where she managed the public website, conducted training, and participated in strategic planning and marketing. She has also worked in development and strategic planning for MMFC and other organizations.

Susan Krahn

Board Member
susan@board.mmfc.coop

Susan, a registered dietitian nutritionist, worked at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department for 10 years with maternal and child nutrition programs, grant writing, project management, communications, and community coalitions in health promotion, food access, and food systems initiatives. She currently lives in Menomonie and works for a small business in Eau Claire creating nutrition education that is used by child nutrition programs.

Karlee Wallin

Board Member
karlee@board.mmfc.coop

Karlee’s love for co-ops stems from being raised in a small community where local suppliers thrived because of their support, and from being mentored by her dad, who dedicated nearly 50 years to working at co-ops. She and her husband planted their roots in the Chippewa Valley twelve years ago, and she now works as the Vice President of Small Business Lending at Royal Credit Union.

Sarah Paquette

Board Member
sarah@board.mmfc.coop

Sarah, a former Operations Officer for the Department of Defense and account manager at Stauffer, now co-owns New Columbia Acres Farmstead & Garden with her husband in Boyceville, Wisconsin. In her free time, Sarah enjoys coaching high school track and field, substitute teaching in her local school district, and volunteering as a mentor for current students of her alma mater Oregon State University.

Kathy Mitchell

Board Member
kathy@board.mmfc.coop

After receiving her PhD in anthropology from UW-Milwaukee and teaching in the area for several years, Kathy moved to the Chippewa Valley and held several positions at UWEC, including representation of students with disabilities, affirmative action officer, and assistant to the chancellor. During that time, she also served as chair of the city plan commission and president of the police and fire commission before retiring. She has since served as an Eau Claire City Council member.

Rick Remington
Board President
rick@board.mmfc.coop

After growing up in small town Wisconsin, Rick studied Forestry/Environmental Communication at UW-Stevens Point and Conservation Biology at Western Kentucky University.  Over 20 years later, he has worked in land conservation throughout the Midwest, Maine, and Kentucky, moved back to Downsville, and now works for a non-profit conservation organization.

Mariann Holm
Board Vice President
mariann@board.mmfc.coop

Mariann, an organic crop and livestock inspector, has a passion for organic farming and cooperatives. She, her husband, and two sons live on a farm in Elk Mound where they custom raise organic dairy heifers, and she was previously a Farmer Ambassador Program Leader within the Organic Valley cooperative for several years.

Kyle Lehman
Board Secretary
kyle@board.mmfc.coop

After working in the creative industry for a decade, Kyle joined the board of the co-op during his time at Draft Design House, the design agency involved in the rebrand and capital campaign at the former Just Local Food Co-op. Since then, Kyle has continued his work as a freelance photographer with a focus on the music industry, and he cofounded Ivy.

Joseph Meicher
Board Treasurer
joey@board.mmfc.coop

Joseph’s background as a chef as well as his desire to set a positive example for his daughters and show them what it means to be involved in the community are what fueled his passion for furthering local food systems. He currently works as a Consumer Loan Underwriter at Royal Credit Union and has served as a co-op board member for several years.

Barb Button
Board Member
barb@board.mmfc.coop

Barb is a Wisconsin native who grew up in the country eating mostly wild game and garden produce. She is retired from UW-Stout where she managed the public website, conducted training, and participated in strategic planning and marketing. She has also worked in development and strategic planning for MMFC and other organizations.

Susan Krahn
Board Member
susan@board.mmfc.coop

Susan, a registered dietitian nutritionist, worked at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department for 10 years with nutrition programs, grant writing, project management, communications, and leading community coalitions in health promotion, food access, and food systems initiatives. She currently lives in Menomonie and works for a small business in Eau Claire creating nutrition education materials.

Karlee Wallin
Board Member
karlee@board.mmfc.coop

Karlee’s love for co-ops stems from being raised in a small community where local suppliers thrived and from being mentored by her dad, who dedicated nearly 50 years to working at co-ops. She and her husband moved to the Chippewa Valley twelve years ago, and she now works as the Vice President of Small Business Lending at Royal Credit Union.

Sarah Paquette
Board Member
sarah@board.mmfc.coop

Sarah, a former Operations Officer for the Department of Defense and account manager at Stauffer, now co-owns New Columbia Acres Farmstead & Garden with her husband in Boyceville. In her free time, she enjoys coaching high school track and field, substitute teaching, and volunteering as a mentor for current students of her alma mater Oregon State University.

Kathy Mitchell
Board Member
kathy@board.mmfc.coop

After receiving her PhD in anthropology and for several years, Kathy moved to the Chippewa Valley and held several positions at UWEC. During that time, she also served as chair of the city plan commission and president of the police and fire commission before retiring. She has since served as an Eau Claire City Council member.

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814 Main Street E.
Menomonie, WI
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1117 S. Farwell Street
Eau Claire, WI
54701

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