Brenda Haines - President
Brenda Haines is co-founder/co-owner of Blue Door Consulting, an Oshkosh-based marketing consulting firm she started with a business partner in 2002. Through her consulting practice, she helps B2B and B2C organizations of all sizes – from start-ups to national brands – grow and prosper. She has served on boards for Verve, A Credit Union, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, the Women's Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Oshkosh Rotary Club. Brenda joined the Board in 2013. She currently serves on the Membership Recruitment and Engagement Committee. Her current term extends through 2024.
Jessica King - Vice President
Jessica King is Vice President of Operations for Knowtion Health. Jessica brings nine years of operational experience managing a technology-enabled service business within the healthcare revenue cycle management industry. Prior to her current profession, Jessica was the sole shareholder of a private legal practice with emphasis on business reorganization, receiverships, and consumer bankruptcy protection. She has worked with Oshkosh area community members on various community boards and projects. Jessica also chairs the Governance Committee. She joined the Board in 2022. Her current term extends through 2025.
Heather Seraphine - Secretary
Heather Seraphine has lived in the Oshkosh area for the past 12 years. I grew up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and went to college in Pennsylvania. I later worked at a large law firm in Washington D.C. while teaching evening classes at a business college before relocating to Wisconsin. She has worked as an office manager for a small law firm and currently works as an account executive at a title company. Heather served as an Adjunct Board Member through the Leadership Oshkosh program in 2021-2022. She was elected to the board in 2022. She currently serves on the Facilities Committee. Her current term extends through 2023, as she fills the seat vacated by Molly Smiltneek.
Michael Hansen - Treasurer
Michael Hansen recently relocated to live in Oshkosh, having owned a home here since 2013. Michael has been involved in both business governance and leadership roles with large scale international commercial groups having multiple businesses in various sectors and I was based in Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman for the past 31 years. He brings specific retail sector with supply chain/fulfillment and marketing experience as well as general corporate governance, strategic business development and financial competencies. He was appointed to the role of Treasurer to support the Board through strategic financial guidance and tactical business commentary. He was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Heidi Supple.
The Rev. Dr. Chris Corbin grew up in Florida and graduated from Florida Southern College with his B.A., Yale Divinity School with his M.Div., and Vanderbilt University with his Ph.D. He currently serves as rector (senior pastor) of Trinity Episcopal Church in Oshkosh. Before Trinity, he served as Canon to the Ordinary, Communications Director, and Dean of the Niobrara School for Ministry for the Diocese of South Dakota. He is a founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine Earth & Altar and the author of the book The Evangelical Party and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Return to the Church of England from Routledge. Chris serves as Volunteer Coordinator for the Oshkosh Food Co-op and is a member of the Membership Recruitment and Engagement Committee. He was elected to the Board in 2022. His current term extends through 2025.
Belynda Pinkston has been an educator for more than 30 years. Originally from Orlando, Florida, she has lived in Oshkosh for nearly five years. Belynda currently works at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She believes in giving back to her community through engagement with community organizations such as the Oshkosh Food Co-op. Belynda was first appointed to the Board of Directors in 2021, filling a seat vacated by Ryan Rasmussen. She was elected to a three-year term in 2022. Belynda serves as Board Liaison to the Food Justice Committee. Her current term extends to 2025.
Jay has been a resident of the Oshkosh area for nearly 25 years, most of which has been spent living in the rural area between Oshkosh and Omro with his wife and two children. His professional background has primarily involved business and marketing management for a variety of B2C businesses, most recently Community First Credit Union. Over the past 25 years, he has served as a director on a variety of non-profit boards including Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Oshkosh Area United Way, Oshkosh Jaycees, Oshkosh Benevolent & Social Club and the Fox Valley Arts Alliance. Additionally, he has been intimately involved with or coordinated a number of area community fundraising projects over the years, including installation of LED lights on Oshkosh bridges and playground equipment at Christine Ann Center, as well as serving as the chair for a variety of annual non-profit fundraisers. Jay was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2020. Jay currently serves as Chair of the Membership Recruitment and Engagement Committee. His current term extends through 2023.
Susan Tatum is an Oshkosh native and a retired business executive, who brings a combination of extensive experience and operational and marketing wisdom combined with a deep understanding of the Oshkosh community. Her career with Marriott Management Services, now Sodexo, was in operations and marketing. Operationally, her responsibilities included not only food service, but pantries and C Stores. The volume of these assorted enterprises was approximately $300 M in 1990 dollars. After concluding her corporate career as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for North America, Susan started her own company, Vinca Marketing and Communications, in 2003, focusing on K-12 food service innovation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. With Second Harvest, she designed a commercial kitchen for a new facility and created a surplus generating catering program, production kitchen and a consumer product line. Susan is appointed to the seat vacated by Melissa Weyland, a seat eligible for re-election in 2023.
Susy Vette is a longtime Oshkosh resident, graduate of Rose C. Swart Campus School, Oshkosh High School, UW Madison. Her professional career includes work as advertising copywriter and account executive (Marshall Field & Co. Chicago,) Compton Advertising, (San Juan, PR,) Directions, Inc. (Neenah,) Geer Murray (Oshkosh) and as a self-employed marketing communications consultant as Write Ideas. She has served on a wide array of community boards, including thef Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Grand Opera House Foundation, Mercy Health Foundation, Women’s Fund of the OACF, Affinity Health System, Evergreen, UW Oshkosh Foundation, Tempo Fox Valley and Tempo International, Service League and Leisure Hour Art Club. She was first elected to fulfill a two-year term in 2019 and was re-elected in 2021. Her current term extends through 2024.
Communicating with the Board of Directors
Your Board of Directors welcomes member comments and feedback from all customers. You can always email us at [email protected]. If you wish to submit an official member comment, please include "Member Comment" in the subject line to ensure the email is read into the minutes of our meeting and the Board can do appropriate follow-up.
Additionally, member-owners are welcome to attend Board meetings. The Board typically meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Oshkosh Food Co-op Community Room. Check the Events calendar to confirm the date, time and location.
About Board Elections
Pursuant to our articles of incorporation and bylaws, the Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors consists of nine directors.
- Directors are elected at our annual membership meeting and serve terms of three years.
- One-third of the seats are up for election each year.
- Off-schedule vacancies are filled by appointment by the Board of Directors. Those Directors serve until the next membership meeting, when they are then up for election.
- Seats filled off-cycle may serve shorter terms.
Information about the 2023 Election is now available. Click to review the call for nominations, election timeline and process.