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Staff

Interns

Board Members


Staff

CARRIE SEDLAK

Executive Director – carrie@csacoalition.org

Carrie adores eating fresh, local & organic produce throughout the year via CSA. She has been involved in food systems in a variety of ways, from working on statewide farm-to-school initiatives at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems to working as a farmhand at Crossroads Community Farm to teaching sustainable agriculture to undergrads in Thailand. She is loving applying her Masters degrees in Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to her daily work at Fairshare.

ERIKA JONES

Organizational Consultant – erika@csacoalition.org

A self-proclaimed foodie, Erika joined her first CSA in 2006 while living in Berkeley, Calif. She returned to her native Wisconsin to pursue her interests in sustainable agriculture and food policy while completing her Master’s degree through the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW Madison. She is a committed advocate for creating a sustainable and just local food system and is excited to be part of this movement in her role with FairShare. Her other passions include cooking, eating, food preservation and craft beer.

 

CLAIRE STRADER

Small-Scale and Organic Produce Educator – claire@csacoalition.org

ClaireStraderClaire has worked in the Madison food system as a certified organic vegetable farmer, retail produce buyer, and home gardener since 1993.  Her most recent experience was as the Farm Director for Community GroundWorks and Troy Community Farm where she worked for 12 years growing organic vegetables for 150 CSA members, farmers market, and local grocery stores on a 5-acre urban farm. She is especially interested in working with small-scale producers to build productive and sustainable farm businesses that are the foundation of the local food system. Claire’s position is shared between FairShare and UW Extension Dane County.

JOHANNA DOREN

Development and Communications Coordinator – johanna@csacoalition.org

Johanna is a hardcore local food lover and hopes to engage others in the CSA movement through FairShare’s mission. She was recently involved in creating a Food Waste and Recovery Guide for the City of Madison and Dane County and connecting the Madison community with food recovery efforts through various other avenues. Previously she was a Communications Intern at FairShare and REAP Food Group, and an Apprentice at Troy Farm. She is constantly looking for ways to get involved with the Madison food communities, reduce food waste, and eat locally and deliciously.


Interns

LIBBY SCHNEPF

Partner Shares Intern – partnershares@csacoalition.org

Libby is a sophomore at UW-Madison studying Community and Environmental Sociology with a certificate in bread appreciation and consummation. She is currently a co-director of the South Madison branch Slow Food UW, where she facilitates a class regarding food justice and food security in the Madison area and beyond.  Libby is excited to see what an economy focused on locally produced and accessible fresh food, like Partner Shares, can cultivate for communities.

 

LINDSEY BUDDE

Partner Shares Intern – partnershares@csacoalition.org

Lindsey is a sophomore at UW-Madison and is very excited to learn more about the local food movement! She is currently studying Biological Systems Engineering, which focuses on sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. She has been interested in sustainability and the environment for most of her life, but recently became interested in healthy, local, and accessible food once she started living in Madison. She hopes to learn more about Madison’s food system as a Partner Shares Intern, and expand on that knowledge as she continues her studies in agriculture engineering.

CAITIN HARTNETT

Grower Program Intern – chartnett@ameritech.net

Caitin has interned with FairShare since the summer of 2017, working with Claire on research projects shared between FairShare and UW Extension Dane County. As a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Caitin is exploring her options in the Madison job market, with aspirations to incorporate her strong belief in localism and local food economies. She enjoys running half marathons, exploring Madison eateries, and converting friends and family to using metal straws.

 

Intern Alumni


Board

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 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. Megan 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.

Sara Giacalone

Development Program Manager for the College of Letters & Science, UW Foundation

Sara is responsible for managing a multifaceted VIP stewardship program at the UW Foundation and works closely with the Associate Vice President on fundraising initiatives to support L&S programs and priorities. Previously, Sara worked in non-profit association management at SmithBucklin in Chicago, IL where she specialized in operations management, member recruitment and marketing.  Sara lives in Madison, Wis., where she spends her free time developing new recipes and cooking for family and friends.

Liz Gross

CEO of Campus Sonar

Liz is the CEO 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.

 

Bill Herman

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

Now retired, Bill was 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. 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.

 

Rick Klemme

Retired, UW-Extension

Rick 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.

 

 

Briana Krantz

New Business Marketing Strategist, Nelnet

Bri has around a decade of experience working to understand audiences and how to create content that resonates with them. She leads a team of marketing professionals, together spending their days analyzing data and creating strategic plans to responsibly use that data to connect with audiences and drive business decisions.

Since her undergraduate degree in English-Scientific and Technical Writing, she built upon those skills as they’ve morphed into working in the world of marketing, where she has continued seeking education in marketing strategy, data management, and executive leadership.

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.

Kriss Marion

Circle M Market Farm

Kriss Marion is a farmer, activist and proud politician in Lafayette County, WI. She runs Circle M Market Farm, a certified organic CSA vegetable farm and bed and breakfast in rural Blanchardville, population 825. 

Kriss was a founder of the Soil Sisters Tour of women-owned sustainable farms in Southwest Wisconsin. She is also the outgoing president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union South Central Chapter and a Lafayette County Board Supervisor, as well as the founder of Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association.

 

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.

Bethanee Wright

Winterfell Acres

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. Now she runs Winterfell Acres 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.

 

LaVina Twohill, Treasurer

AFT Local 243

 

 

 

 


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