Meet our Board of Directors

Paul Dietmann
Bill Herman
Rick Klemme
Scott Laeser
Kriss Marion
Laura Mortimore
Erica Schmitz, Board Chair
LaVina Twohill, Treasurer
Bethanee Wright
Liz Gross
Megan Costello

Paul Dietmann

Emerging Markets Specialist, Badgerland Financial

Paul Dietmann is a Senior Lending Officer in the Mission Financing group at Compeer Financial, a member-owned rural lending cooperative and Farm Credit System serving Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Paul and his colleague, Sai Thao, are responsible for Compeer’s Emerging Markets Loan Program, which provides loans to farmers who market their products through local food systems.

Previously, Paul has worked with the State of Wisconsin; as a county agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension; as director of the Wisconsin Farm Center, which is the farmers’ assistance program in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); and as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2010.

Dietmann holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s Degree from UW-Madison.  He is co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.
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Bill Herman

Director of  Human Resources, Aprilaire, a Division of Research Products Corporation

Bill is the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Research Products Corporation, the manufacturer of Aprilaire indoor air quality products with over 600 employees.

Bill began with Arthur Andersen an international consulting and audit firm, followed by a move to Madison, WI for the opportunity to be the VP of HR for the Highsmith Company. His work at Highsmith went on to garner a high level of national attention and recognition receiving many awards, including the U.S. Health & Human Services Innovation in Health Prevention award.

Of particular note is Bill’s background in managing health care costs.  He has been at the forefront of employee health care initiatives and is continuing his efforts at Aprilaire.

Bill has been a keynote speaker and presenter at a number of conferences including the Governors’ Council on Health and the National Managed Care Conference, and Bill has testified on Capitol Hill for the Senate Committee on Health and Aging.
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Rick Klemme

Retired, UW-Extension

Rick Klemme currently works as the Executive Director of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP works on behalf of Cooperative Extension Services across the country). He is a retired Director of Cooperative Extension at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. He was a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the UW-Madison and director of the UW-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

Rick is married, and he and his wife (Cindy) have three grown children (Sarah, Ryan and Amy) and two grandchildren (Sam and Celia). He and Cindy live in Madison.
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Scott Laeser

Plowshares & Prairie Farm

Scott owns and manages Plowshares & Prairie Farm with his wife Chelsea in Argyle, Wisconsin. Their produce farm, now in its fifth season, is focused on growing a diverse array of vegetables for their community supported agriculture program and a local farmer’s market, while minimizing runoff and nutrient loss from fields through use of cover crops, grass waterways, and restored wetlands and prairies.

Off the farm, Scott has worked for Clean Wisconsin, a Madison based environmental non profit organization, since 2015 and is primarily focused on water quality issues pertaining to agriculture. Scott has worked on water quality and environmental issues for over ten years, including stints with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, and Trout Unlimited and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in Washington, DC.

He has a Bachelor’s in Biology from UW-Madison and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale. When not working on the farm or at Clean Wisconsin, he enjoys getting out in the woods hunting or hiking and paddling on Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers.
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Kriss Marion

Circle M Market Farm

Kriss Marion is a farmer, activist and proud politician in Lafayette County, WI. She hails from Pennsylvania and attended Northwestern University in IL to complete a journalism degree. Eleven years ago, her family moved to 20 acres in Wisconsin and started Circle M Market Farm, a certified organic CSA vegetable farm and bed and breakfast in rural Blanchardville, population 825. Kriss is committed to the concepts of connecting consumers to farms and city people to the country.

In pursuit of those goals, Kriss was a founder of the Soil Sisters Tour of women-owned sustainable farms in Southwest Wisconsin. She believes ag-tourism and the farm-to-table movement offer a lot of promise for rural redevelopment. To remove barriers to that success, she and a few farmer friends sued  the state of Wisconsin over their ban on selling home-baked goods and won this year.

Kriss is also the outgoing president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union South Central Chapter and a Lafayette County Board Supervisor. A fierce clean-water advocate, Kriss founded Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association, a producer-led watershed improvement initiative that is bringing together landowners and community groups to improve the Pecatonica River.
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Laura Mortimore

Orange Cat Community Farm

Laura Mortimore runs Orange Cat Community Farm in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. She grows 3 acres of certified organic vegetables, primarily marketed through a 150 member CSA. The farm has been in operation since 2010 and a member of FairShare CSA Coalition since 2011.  Laura is grateful to be spending her days bringing awesome food to her community, and her favorite job on the farm is digging giant sweet potatoes.
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Erica Schmitz, Board Chair

Land Use Planner, Town of Dunn

Erica Schmitz is a land conservation and planning professional specializing in farmland preservation. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies from Luther College and her MS in Urban and Regional Planning at UW-Madison.

Currently, she serves as Planning and Land Conservation Director for the Town of Dunn, home to 3 FairShare farms.  Dunn is a community of 5,000 on the shores of Lakes Waubesa and Kegonsa just outside Madison.  Using traditional and innovative land use planning tools, Erica has helped the community set a clear vision for its future while permanently protecting nearly 3,500 acres of prime farmland and natural areas.
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LaVina Twohill, Treasurer

Vermont Valley Community Farm LLC Member; AFT Local 243
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Bethanee Wright

Winterfell Acres Farm

Beth is the owner and operator of Winterfell Acres, a vegetable, flower, fruit and herb farm south of Madison in Brooklyn, WI. Before becoming a FairShare-endorsed farm in 2015 and joining the board of directors in 2016, she was an intern at FairShareCSA Coalition for two years. Beth graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Community and Environmental Sociology in 2013 while starting two businesses 4 months before her graduation ceremony: Winterfell Acres CSA and a CrossFit gym. Now she runs the farm full time and feeds around 100 CSA families per week during the peak growing season on 1.2 certified-organic acres. In addition, she also cares for a two-acre perennial, mixed-fruit orchard.

Beth and her husband, Travis, enjoy tending their 43 acres and newly-built passive, solar home as well as weightlifting, reading, yoga and playing with their two Great Pyrenees puppies in their free time.
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Liz Gross

Director of Campus Sonar

Liz is the founding Director of Campus Sonar, a specialized social listening agency that partners with colleges and universities. She’s previously served as the Market Insights Manager and Social Media Strategist at Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. Prior to joining Great Lakes, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Program Outreach Coordinator in University Housing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She has spoken about social media, marketing and higher education at dozens of conferences. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Education Advancement and Marketing, New Directions in Student Services, and the Direct Marketing Association Analytics Journal.

Liz received her Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education at Cardinal Stritch University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University.

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Megan Costello

Senior Advancement Communications Specialist, Morgridge Institute for Research

Megan has +10 years’ experience directing multi-channel communications to inspire and engage audiences. She is content strategist turned content marketer—in her current role at the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, Wisconsin, she manages integrated communications and directs fundraising campaigns to cultivate donors and inspire a culture of philanthropy.

Megan started in legislative affairs and cut her teeth as the Assistant Dean for Communications in the College of Letters & Science, the largest college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her graduate degree in Library & Information Studies and her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and English-Creative Writing from UW-Madison.

She lives in Madison, Wis., where she bikes, gardens, freelances resumes and spends too much time thinking about the asbestos covering her family’s bodacious 90-year​​-old bungalow.

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Join our Board of Directors

FairShare’s Board members share a passion for CSA and work to raise the bar on quality and accessibility of CSA shares in our region. Contact the Board by emailing board@csacoalition.org.

Find out more information on joining our Board or volunteering with FairShare.

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