Board of Directors

The 2022 Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors election will be open for online voting from April 23 to May 23.

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, 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.

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. 


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: 2024


Melissa Weyland - Vice President

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: 2023


Molly Smiltneek- Secretary

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).

Has served since: 2019

Current term through: 2023


Vacant - Treasurer


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


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: 2024


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

Current term through: 2023


Heidi Supple

Heidi Supple, co-owner, CFO, and corporate counsel of Supple Restaurant Group, headquartered in Oshkosh.  Heidi brings extensive experience in business and food service as restauranteur, attorney, and employer.  She is a graduate of Marquette Law School and active in the Oshkosh community.

Has served since: 2021

Term through: 2024


Belynda Pinkston

Belynda Pinkston, Executive Director of Human Resources at the Oshkosh Area School District, has agreed to fill a vacant board position through elections in May 2022. Dr. Pinkston's dream for the Co-op is for it to become a vibrant, integral part of the Oshkosh community and a place where all members of the community feel welcomed and are viewed as a valued members of the Oshkosh Food Co-op. She believes cooperatives are important because they represent a partnership between a food cooperative and the community that it serves. It offers community members an opportunity to have access to fresh, healthy food choices for purchase. It also affords local food growers an opportunity to have a market for their harvest, and community members are actually vested owners in the success and viability of the food cooperative. 

Term through: 2022