Our Board

Your Board of Directors

Your food and art co-op currently is governed by a six-person Board of Directors who are elected by the member-owners. According to our bylaws (Article III, Section 1), we must have “no less than five (5) and no more than twenty (20)” members. Board directorship is an excellent way to represent the member-owners and to participate in building a successful cooperative venture.

Each year at our May Annual Meeting, we elect board members. We seek people who have passion and are willing to donate their “time, treasure and talent” to get our co-op to the next stage.

Board directorship is an excellent way to participate in creating a successful cooperative venture. If you are interested in serving, or know someone who would benefit the co-op by serving, please download the application here.  Please return to President Pia Lopez (pialopez1958@gmail.com).

Expectations:  The term of office is three years. Attendance at the monthly board meeting is expected. We currently meet at 4:45pm on the second Wednesday of the month. Board members also are expected to serve on one committee: Finance, Marketing, Events or Volunteer Committee.

Our current board members are:

  • Corrie Grosse
    Corrie says she’d like to “help ensure this young co-op grows in membership, sales, and affordable food options.” To do this, she wants to focus on her area of expertise––the social dimensions of sustainability––to ensure that the Minnesota Street Market is a place where many different social groups feel welcome. She has lived two towns with flourishing food co-ops (Goleta/Isla Vista, California and Moscow, Idaho). Corrie wants to dedicate her energies to enhancing affordability of co-op items, particularly basic needs goods, and outreach to students, folks of low socio-economic status, and people of color.  As a new resident who plans to be in the community for the long term, she wants to learn more about regional sustainable agriculture and to meet people engaged in supporting good food, farmers, and a thriving local economy.
  • Lisa Lindgren
    Lisa was on the founding board from 2010 – 2012 and was its first treasurer. Her main interest in re-joining the board is because the competitive environment has changed with the additions of Kwik Trip and Fresh Thyme. She teaches marketing, as well and product and brand management, and believes she can help the board work on an updated marketing plan based on the realities in 2018.
  • Derik Weldon
    A physician, working as a neuroradiologist and medical director of the Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Sartell, Derik has lived in St. Joseph since 2015.   His first experience with co-ops and the value that they bring to their communities was in Iowa City, where we lived from 2003-2008.  The New Pioneer Co-op is an Iowa City treasure — from the garden plots it rents, to the locally grown food it sells and teaches people to cook, to the sense of community one feels when shopping there.  Derik is excited to help the Minnesota Street Market continue to grow as a treasure for the St. Joseph community: “We have such a close connection to the land in this part of the Minnesota.  As a member of the board, and drawing also on my medical and public health backgrounds, I am excited to show how our local food, grown/raised and cooked healthfully, can make a real difference in people’s lives. The long-term economic viability of the Minnesota Street Market is of concern to me, and I would like to devote some of my time while on the board to that area.” Derik brings a unique business perspective to the Market, and is particularly interested in collaborating with other local businesses in St. Joseph and the surrounding area.
  • Kathy Doyle
    Kathy has lived in the Collegeville and St. Joseph area all her life and has been a homeowner in St. Joseph since 2000.  She works as the bookkeeper at Forest Mushrooms, one of our co-op producers.  She became a member of the co-op about a year and a half ago, inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” about local foods.  She writes: “I joined just in time for the renovation and repainting last year, and thoroughly enjoyed the community spirit I discovered while volunteering for that project with other members. I am excited about the direction St. Joseph is heading, with lots of local business and activity downtown.  And I’m proud to be the source of one of Pia’s favorite slogans:  ‘Food tastes better when you know the person who grew it.’  It’s true!  And that’s why I want to contribute whatever I can to help the Market succeed and grow.”
  • Danee Voss (Student Member)
    She is just finishing her first year at CSB/SJU, majoring in Dietetics and minoring in Environmental Studies. Danee writes: “Next year, I’ll be living in one of the Eco Houses just off campus. My future interests, with my degree, are working with sustainable agriculture and co-ops like the Minnesota Street Market, to help foster healthier relationships between people and environment from which their food is grown.”
  • Brigid Mark (Student Member)
    She is an Environmental Studies and Biology double major at CSB/SJU. Brigid writes: “I am excited to participate in the local foods movement and get more involved in the St. Joseph community. I am a member of Minnesota 350, a climate justice organization, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby of St. Cloud and president of the Climate Action Club at the college.  I would love to help promote the local foods movement and am particularly interested in accessibility of food to underserved populations.  As a musician, I am also interested in the co-op’s promotion of local artists.  I believe the arts are what make us human and connect us to the important things in life.”
  • Grant Stromgren
    An active member 4 co-ops around Minnesota (Wedge, East Side, Good Earth, Minnesota Street Market), Grant has a lot of experience being an active member at co-ops, primarily focusing on technology. He was an employee of the Wedge Co-op IT Team for over 3 years and has assisted in the nationwide group Tech Support Co-op, which provides technical support, consulting, and management of Point-of-Sale and co-op management software. He is interested in sustainable and responsible stewardship. Keeping the local economy strong by seeking local providers of foods and services. He would like to assist the co-op in easing technical overhead by proposing new technologies and advising technical solutions. Additionally, he would like to assist the market in digital marketing, presence, and outreach. He is excited to be able to help guide the co-op, following the values and principles it shares with the community and local economy/producers and helping bring awareness to finding your food locally.
  • Elissa Brown
    Joined the St. Joseph community in January 2017 when she became the Sustainability Coordinator at the College of St. Benedict. Her introduction to the Minnesota Street Market was a few months earlier, when she picked up snacks while exploring St. Joe and the campus: “I left the co-op excited to potentially have such an inspirational, community-rooted resource within walking distance. Now, I’m excited to take a more active role in supporting the co-op to grow through its next phase by joining the board of directors.” Elissa has been a committed co-op member/owner/shopper in 5 different cities, at 7 different stores – ever since she started buying her own groceries. She also has worked as an organic vegetable farmer, as a farmers’ market meat seller, and as a volunteer in numerous local food system-related roles – currently as a board member of the Crow River Food Council (Wright County). For the co-op, she has volunteered by attending Board and Marketing Committee meetings and restocking shelves during the remodel.
  • Jim Degiovanni, Vice President
    A retired lawyer, Jim is now a small-scale farmer concentrating primarily on “hot weather” crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers, as well as Icelandic lamb raised on pasture during the growing months. Jim and his wife Mary started their farming activities more than 10 years ago and operate under the name Dancing Bears Farm. They sell lamb and produce at the St. Joseph Farmers Market and a couple of local restaurants as well as to the Minnesota Street Market. They use no chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers and practice sustainable methods such as crop rotation and biological diversity. Jim supports the cooperative’s efforts to offer locally grown chemical-free produce from small farms and is grateful for the impact of the store on the vitality of the original downtown Saint Joseph.
  • Terri Johnson, Treasurer
    Department coordinator for the Theater Department at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University for 36 years, Terri L. Johnson was a shopper at the historic 110-year-old Loso’s grocery store. One day, she wandered into the new Minnesota Street Market food and art co-op and decided that she wanted to volunteer. A resident of St. Joseph, she’d like to see a Main Street grocery and arts hub thrive in downtown St. Joseph.
  • Pia Lopez, President
    Pia Lopez moved to Central Minnesota in 1988. She was the Editorial Page Editor of the St. Cloud Times from 1993-98 and won awards on environmental writing, including the “Outstanding Conservation Editorial Award” from the Sierra Club North Star Chapter and the Frank Premack Award. In the last 20 years, she has written a lot on food, especially local food, agriculture and water issues — and long been a student of Minnesota’s cooperative movement. Pia loves the small business presence on the main street of St. Joseph.
  • John Merkle
    A professor of theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, John is a long-time members of several co-ops and has been a member of the Minnesota Street Market from its beginning. John has served on the board of the St. Joseph Farmers Market and is eager to help our co-op continue to grow.
  • Patricia Weishaar, Secretary
    Patricia Weishaar has lived and worked in central Minnesota for 25 years, and wants to support an amazing mix of good things around her: local music, local food, local artists, events and opportunities that strengthen good will and bring delight. When people gather for good things, good things multiply. The Minnesota Street Market is a people-gathering-place; let’s multiply the good!

Past board members are:

  • Judy Purman
  • Sue Alexander
  • Mark Bjorke
  • Andy Dirksen
  • Mary Ellenbecker Johnson
  • Rita DeZurik
  • Mary Niedenfuer
  • Jeff Engholm
  • Anna Mercedes
  • Lisa Lindgren
  • Ellie McCann
  • Jared Smith
  • Jami Trenam
  • Chris Bernard
  • Hope Klocker
  • Alex Chocholousek
  • Curtis Weinrich
  • Myra Schrup
  • Rhonda Goldstone
  • Geoffrey Tabakin
  • Marcia Allard
  • Kris Vonnegut
  • Alexandra Miller
  • Aimee K. Bannwarth
  • Hosanna Fortmeyer
Hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–7 pm · Sat 10 am–6 pm · Sun 11 am–6 pm
Location: 27 West Minnesota Street, St. Joseph, MN 56374 · Mailing Address: PO Box 397, St. Joseph, MN 56374
(320) 363-7733 · info@mnstreetmarket.com