Board Members

Tom Wickersham, President

Cedar Falls, IA
Program Director, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
Email Tom
319-830-3742

TERM ENDS: 2022

Tom is passionate about food co-ops. He was very involved with the Davis Food Co-op (Davis, CA), and through that involvement grew to appreciate the cooperative business model. Tom believes the co-op approach is human-centered and sustainable. He helped plan the first community meeting to launch the Cedar Falls Food Co-op in September 2012 and has been involved since.

 

Christine Sexton, Vice President

Cedar Falls, IA
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Self-Employed
Email Christine
319-830-3103

TERM ENDS: 2020

As a public health nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, Christine is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles and healthy communities. She volunteers for the co-op because she understands the importance of creating a sustainable local food system that will benefit eaters, producers, and our local economy. When she’s not working with clients or cooking with her family, Christine enjoys trail running, yoga, exploring new places, and getting outdoors.

 

 

 

Kate Richmond, Treasurer

Cedar Falls, IA
Sr. Manager of Strategic Workforce Planning, GrubHub
Email Kate

TERM ENDS 2020

Kate started with the co-op in 2018 as a passionate member-owner volunteering on the co-op’s finance committee. She comes from a family of community servants and leaders, and seeks ways to invest in the community and create avenues for collaboration. She believes that supporting our neighbors with our market dollars via the food co-op is a great way to ensure local economic growth and the health of our residents. Ingredient transparency in our food is an area she is passionate about as a mom to a son with a severe dairy allergy. She thrives on time spent with family and friends, and is a familiar face at Ananda Studio in Waterloo practicing yoga and Aya dance. 

 

Sally Rayzor, Secretary

Cedar Falls, IA
Coordinating Manager, Peekaboo Baby
Email Sally
319-859-4796

TERM ENDS: 2021

Sally was first introduced to co-ops when she moved to Iowa in 2013 and greatly appreciated the community that forms around a co-op grocery store. She has volunteered on the Operations Committee since 2017 and hopes that her knowledge of retail operations can help to build a successful business. Sally and her family like to take advantage of the many wonderful community events Cedar Falls has to offer. 

 

Catherine DeSoto, Board Member

Cedar Falls, IA
Professor, University of Northern Iowa
Email Catherine

TERM ENDS 2020

Cathy has been at UNI since 2001 where she teaches courses in biological psychology and co-directs a neuroendocrine assay lab. Some of her research is relevant to the importance of nutrients in the diet. In addition, she has served as union president, and before moving to Iowa, served as director of Mary’s House, a non-profit women’s homeless shelter in Carbondale, Il. She is the mother of four children, two cats and two dogs, and has also raised goats. She is a strong supporter of the co-op movement. 

Kate Gallagher Dunning, Chair, Site Committee

Waterloo, IA
Co-owner, Talk To Me Technologies
Email Kate
319-290-1198

TERM ENDS: 2021

Kate is a business owner and mother of four teenagers.  She makes room for poetry, any kind of house concert, cooking, designing, writing, meditation and yoga. Kate’s focus on the community is priority, in that the more we attract and retain those interested in locally sourced goods and businesses, the more thriving the community is. One of her favorite quotes about business is from Steve Jobs: “You need to know what you don’t want as much as you need to know what you do.”

 

Paige Everly, Chair, Operations Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
Associate Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, Grinnell College
Email Page
641-921-5676

TERM ENDS: 2021

Paige grew up in Cedar Falls and attended UNI. Most of her adult life, she has lived outside of the area, including a time in Iowa City, where she worked as a deli manager at New Pioneer Food Co-op. It was here that Paige caught the co-op fever, which she continued to cultivate through volunteerism in the various communities she lived. Paige is committed to bringing the co-op principles and sense of shared community to the city where she grew up and is excited to be back home.

 

Jodie Huegerich, Chair, Communications Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
Local Food Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa
Email Jodie 
319-230-3824

TERM ENDS: 2021

As a Registered Dietitian and the regional Local Food Coordinator working at UNI Jodie is passionate about healthy, local food, and a sustainable local food system. She has been a member since 2015 and volunteers for the Co-op because of the exciting benefits it will bring to the community. She is a mother of three boys and enjoys reading, walking her dog, yoga, and spending time with friends and family. 

 

Joy Thorson, Chair, Membership Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
Retired
Email Joy
319-230-5572

TERM ENDS: 2022

Joy became a member-owner and motivated volunteer for the Cedar Falls Food Co-op in the fall of 2015 because she wants to see a community-owned, healthy grocery store available in the Cedar Valley which will provide better food options and support local suppliers. She sees the Co-op as a perfect way to fulfill these needs and build even more community in Cedar Falls.