Our Board

JOIN US! Seeking a few great member-owners to serve on our 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.

Wanted: 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 4:30pm on the first 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:

  • Hosanna Fortmeyer
    A student and nutrition major at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Hosanna was elected May 2017 and brings a student perspective to the board. As a leader of the CSB/SJU Nutrition Club and organizing the club’s table at the St. Joseph Farmer’s Market, Hosanna has a passion for bringing greater food awareness to others. She has been a consistent weekly volunteer at the co-op since her sophomore year, and loves to come in and interact with shoppers! Or just come and shop for herself and browse the aisles. Some issues that Hosanna believes are important: Promotion of local products and produce, featuring of cultural ingredients, enlarging inventory, gauging interest in prepped ingredients and meals, sampling, highlighting products that are more cost-effective at the co-op, and having speakers, demonstrators, documentaries, and other events.
  • 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
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