Board of Directors

Pursuant our 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, with 1/3 of the seats up for election each year.  Off schedule vacancies are filled by appointment by the Board of Directors and those Directors serve until the next membership meeting, when they are then up for election.  Seats filled off-cycle may serve shorter terms.


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 organizations of all sizes – from start-ups to national brands – grow and prosper. A country kid who grew up less than a mile from her grandparents’ farm in Western Wisconsin, Brenda remembers vividly childhood summers spent weeding her parents’ vegetable garden and picking wild berries in the woods. She is a passionate believer in the power of community ownership. She serves as Board Chair for Verve, A Credit Union – one of Wisconsin’s largest credit unions. She is a past president of the American Marketing Association – Northeast Wisconsin Chapter (another start-up!). And, she is a speech coach for the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh’s Youth of the Year. Brenda and her husband, Alex, are also members of the Willy Street Co-op in Madison.

Has served since: 2013

Current term through: 2021


Sam Larson- Vice President

Sam earned her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado – Denver and moved to the Fox Valley in 2017.  She joined the faculty in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, where her scholarly interests focus on social equity, community resilience, program evaluation, and grant writing. Sam was especially inspired to move to the region as it provides greater opportunities to expand her urban farm. She grew up on a family farm in rural North Dakota and has reconnected with those roots over the past 10+ years. Along with her partner (who was raised on a dairy farm near St. Cloud, WI) Sam has found immense joy in planting a garden each spring, canning and filling her pantry every fall, throwing harvest parties, and brewing her own hard cider and beer. She has studied and personally experienced the emotional, physical, and social benefits of growing her own and supporting local food systems. Sam is looking forward to tapping her passions and professional skills to do so as a board member on a broader, community level.

Has served since: 2018

Current term through: April 2020



Melissa Weyland - Secretary

Melissa dairy farms with her parents and three siblings west of Neenah. From their start in 1990, the Weyland’s believed in farming in harmony with nature. By following biological farm practices, they focused on building soil health and fertility to nurture a robust, resilient farm ecosystem that isn't dependent on synthetic inputs to thrive. Melissa also works off-farm at CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley, the nation’s largest farmer-owned organic co-op. She is a Midwest Regional Pool Manager where oversees one-hundred farms throughout east Wisconsin. Melissa serves on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council, the NWTC Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee and is a Certified UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Melissa was recognized as one of the Fox Cities Future 15 Young Professionals of the year in 2019.

Has served since: 2017

Current term through: 2020


Peter Westort – Treasurer

Peter retired as an accounting and tax professor from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2015. He earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Oregon, an MBA from the University of Southern Maine, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He is also a CPA and was a Fulbright Scholar in Alexandria, Egypt for the 2011-2012 academic year. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have lived in Oshkosh since 2003. They have both been active in AFS (American Field Service), the high school student exchange program for more than 20 years having hosted 13 international exchange students. Peter is a board member of AFS-USA as well as the treasurer of the local area team. He has also been very active in the VITA program, an IRS sponsored program, where UWO student and local volunteers coordinate with the Oshkosh Area United Way to provide free tax return preparation services for low and moderate income taxpayers. Peter also serves on the Allocations Committee of the Oshkosh Area United Way. Peter believes that the Oshkosh area should have healthy, affordable, and sustainable food options from providers who are responsive to community needs.

Has served since: 2017

Current term through: 2022


Warren Bergmann

Warren Bergmann came to know and love co-ops in the '80s, as a volunteer/member/owner of the Outpost Natural Foods Co-op in Milwaukee (where he is still a member today). He is a semi-retired music teacher and school administrator who continues to be active as a music festival adjudicator, summer camp orchestra director, and substitute teacher. He volunteers at the social justice organization Fit Oshkosh, Inc. as a writer and proofreader. He is an active member of the Oshkosh Scrabble Club.
In June 2018 he and his wife, Terry Hope, switched from the standard American diet to eating only whole, plant-based foods, joining an ever-growing number of people world-wide who are preventing and reversing heart disease, diabetes, many cancers, and other debilitating diseases through nutrition. This nutritional emphasis in his life was an important factor leading him to a seat on the OFC Board. 
Warren believes in the co-op as a source of empowerment for its member/owners and its host community, a vending opportunity for local growers, a vital force in our our local economy, a place that advocates for and educates about truly healthy nutrition, and as a purposefully inclusive community hub.

Has served since: 2019

Current term through: 2022


Tracy Vinz

To say that local food means a lot to Tracy is an understatement. She started helping local farmers when she was only five years old selling their produce at the Green Bay Farmers Market. She quickly learned where good food comes from. Fourteen years ago her and her husband Richard started Olden Produce, LLC now Olden Organics. It is a 100 acre, year round Certified Organic fresh produce farm located in the Town of Rosendale. They sell their produce and line of Veggie Creations at local farmers markets, privately owned local grocery stores, and other Wisconsin Food Co-ops. Tracy and Richard live on their farm with their four Australian Shepherds, Adelaide, Brizbane, Sydney and Leopold. Tracy also proudly serves as a member of the Oshkosh Farmers Market Board of Directors.

Has served since: 2019

Current term through: 2022


Susan Vette

 Longtime Oshkosh resident, graduate of Rose C. Swart Campus School, Oshkosh High School, UW Madison. Professional career as an advertising copywriter and account executive (Marshall Field & Co. Chicago,) Compton Advertising, (San Juan, PR,) Directions, Inc. (Neenah,) Geer Murray (Oshkosh;)self-employed marketing communications consultant as Write Ideas. Actively served on boards of Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra (president),) Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services (founder Men Who Cook); Grand Opera House Foundation (president and acting executive director;) Mercy Health Foundation (president;) Women’s Fund of the OACF (treasurer and current governance committee;) Affinity Health System (professional activities committee;) Evergreen (chair operations committee;) UW Oshkosh Foundation; Tempo Fox Valley and Tempo International; Service League (President;) Leisure Hour Art Club (President;) active volunteer mediator with WCRC; Co-vice chair Mercy Hospital capital campaign; Oshkosh Rotary club honoree Paul Harris; Oshkosh Chamber Alberta Kimball Award; Governor’s Award for the Arts. Emeritus member WF and Mercy Health Foundation boards.

Has served since: 2019

Current term through: 2021


Molly Smiltneek


Molly Smiltneek is a lawyer and a mom who cares deeply about her community.  At her core,  she is driven to address injustices so that people in the shadows have the opportunity to be empowered. She thrives on gathering and synthesizing information to discover meaningful solutions and actions. For that reason, she's often drawn to social justice work seeking systemic change, particularly immigration and immigrant rights. In her role as an immigration attorney and advocate, she works to empower the Fox Valley's immigrant community.  She regularly presents "Know Your Rights" talks to the immigrants in our area and also works to educate the entire community about US immigration policies and priorities and the challenges facing immigrants through community talks. 

In recent years, she has also worked toward systemic change related to poverty and food insecurity (heading up a local Little Free Pantry initiative) as well as education equity and literacy (brought to her attention due to her daughter’s struggles with dyslexia and our education system’s inability to teach her to read among other things).Out of college at UW-Madison, Molly worked at the Wisconsin Alumni Association in Advocacy and Outreach to advance the Wisconsin Idea and fight for state support of higher education.  There she learned the importance of engaging stakeholders and speaking a language they understood to encourage buy-in, action and success.Molly subsequently moved into the legal field, receiving her JD from Marquette. She has experience working in non-profits, corporate immigration law firms and large corporations. No matter the setting, her goal is to make policies, requirements and rules, that some may perceive as limitations, work for her clients.  

Has served since: 2019

Current term through: 2023


Newly Elected April 2020:

Jay Stoflet

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.

Has served since: 2020



Travis Driessen

Travis Driessen has a BA and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin Madison, a graduate certificate in GIS from Portland State University, and has extensive background in Urban and Regional Planning. He has previously worked for the University of Greenwich as a researcher of global water justice movements and has published several articles and book chapters on participatory democracy, social movements, and water governance. He recently moved back to the Fox Cities after an extended hiatus in Cochabamba and Portland and is starting a consulting firm to build regenerative systems. 

His current projects focus on building regenerative food and solar energy systems for the Fox Cities/Lake Winnebago Growing Region that work to address the challenges of climate change, mass extinction, and the global refugee crisis.

Has served since: 2020


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