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IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES:
03.28     VOTING BEGINS 
04.26     VOTING ENDS
04.27     WINNERS ANNOUNCED 

OTHER INFO: 
VOTING IS OPEN EXCLUSIVELY TO MEMBER-OWNERS, WITH THE OPTION TO VOTE ONLINE OR IN-STORE. ONLINE VOTING LINKS WILL BE SENT TO YOUR  EMAIL, OR YOU CAN REQUEST A BALLOT FROM A CASHIER DURING THE ELECTION.

Empower Your Co-op's Future: Cast Your Vote in the Board of Directors Election!

Breadroot is a cooperative, meaning we’re owned by members and run by a Board of Directors. As a cooperative, every individual who chooses to become a Member-Owner has a stake in our success. Our cooperative is run by a dedicated Board of Directors, elected by our membership, who work to ensure that Breadroot reflects the values and priorities of our

community. Each year, we hold a Board Election for Member-Owners to elect representatives. We encourage all Member-Owners to cast their vote between March 28th and April 26th. For every vote we receive, Breadroot will donate $1 to Feeding South Dakota (as a little extra encouragement to participate)! 

Breadroot is a cooperative, meaning we’re owned by members and run by a Board of Directors. As a cooperative, every individual who chooses to become a Member-Owner has a stake in our success. Our cooperative is run by a dedicated Board of Directors, elected by our membership, who work to ensure that Breadroot reflects the values and priorities of our community. Each year, we hold a Board Election for Member-Owners to elect representatives. We encourage all Member-Owners to cast their vote between March 28th and April 26th. For every vote we receive, Breadroot will donate $1 to Feeding South Dakota (as a little extra encouragement to participate)! 

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES:
03.28     VOTING BEGINS 
04.26     VOTING ENDS
04.27     WINNERS ANNOUNCED 

OTHER INFO: 
VOTING IS OPEN EXCLUSIVELY TO MEMBER-OWNERS, WITH THE OPTION TO VOTE ONLINE OR IN-STORE. ONLINE VOTING LINKS WILL BE SENT TO YOUR  EMAIL, OR YOU CAN REQUEST A BALLOT FROM A CASHIER DURING THE ELECTION.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEES

          I am a North Dakota native who committed the cardinal sin of moving to the “other” Dakota, and I have shamelessly loved every minute of it! I work as a public relations consultant for a civil engineering firm, and I am currently finishing up a master’s degree in Community Development through Kansas State University. My husband and I spend much of our free time romping around in the woods with our two rescue dogs. I love the Black Hills and all the activities they have to offer – hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing in particular! I also enjoy working on projects around our home, cooking, and reading. This summer, I am also planting a garden for the first time, so I hope to be able to enjoy some hyper-local vegetables soon!

          Along with a background in public relations, fundraising, and event planning, I had the pleasure to serve as the Market Day Manager for BisMarket, a weekly seasonal farmers and makers market in Bismarck (ND), for its 2020 season. This position introduced me to the world of local foods and created a passion for hyper-local anything. My favorite local food in the Black Hills is wild raspberries (Pro-tip: add them to your campfire s’mores!).

          My current coursework in Community Development has furthered and expanded my knowledge and passion for local foods, which has ignited a desire to be involved in creating better food systems in my own community. My degree coursework emphasizes the connection between livability issues such as land use/zoning, food systems, walkability, and recreation with injustice and inequity, while looking at how proper democracy and representation can reshape communities. I have learned that sustainable change starts at the bottom, not the top, and places like Breadroot are where ideas catalyze into movements that better our community.

          I am interested in joining the Board of Directors because I am passionate about local food and healthy living, and I want to see Breadroot have a long-lasting legacy in our community. I see myself living in Rapid City for years to come, and I want to be part of building a community that future generations can thrive in. While my career currently lies in the private sector, much of my previous job history was spent in the public and non-profit sectors. I have a deep appreciation for non-profits and community-centered organizations because I have first-hand experience of the difference they can make in communities. There are a lot of reasons to love Rapid City, but there is also potential to create a more equitable, inclusive, and thriving community. Local foods are only part of the puzzle, but it is certainly a great place to start.

          Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, and I hope our paths cross again soon!

          Hi! Hej! Olá!

          I’m Kristie. I’m new to Rapid City. My husband grew up here and we decided to move back from Portland Oregon last year. The Black Hills are magical and I’m so happy with our decision. I grew up in Boston, MA, went to school in Stockholm Sweden, and was nomadic for a long time. I am so happy to set roots here! One of the first things I did when we were deciding where to move was seek out a local grocery co-op – Breadroot. Bingo!

          Professionally I work in regulatory compliance in biopharma developing mental health treatments that address the unmet needs of patients, primarily in clinical-stage psychedelics. I’m also a Chaotic Good Rogue (+charisma), IYKYK. If anyone plays Dungeons and Dragons (v 3.5), reach out!

      Born and raised in Rapid City, I have a deep commitment to my community. After obtaining my bachelor’s from Black Hills State University, I am now pursuing a master’s degree in Community Development at South Dakota State University. During some of my undergrad years, I worked at Breadroot, where I developed a strong appreciation for cooperative principles and a community-centered workplace. As a committed member of Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op, I seek to join the board to continue contributing to its growth and connection with the community.

        Since departing from Breadroot after embarking on my new career, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to continue contributing to the co-op through my current work. During this time, I have been able to contribute data on local and national market conditions to the co-op in order to provide the foundation for evidence-based decision-making as we overcome new challenges. In addition to my professional skills and experience, I also hope to use my insight as a former staff member to improve member engagement.I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to continue contributing to Breadroot’s continued success and positive impact on our community!

        As a wellness coach, I believe in being a part of my community and supporting organizations like Breadroot that offer a much needed resource. I refer my clients to good quality food as their first line of defense for good health and believe in the mission of this organization.I am an ideas person and strategic thinker. I look forward to continuing to offer my experience, insights, and energy towards moving the mission forward. It has been a privilege to be a part of the board these last 2 years! I have enjoyed working with the other board members and management to create vision and make the decisions needed for continued growth and impact on our community.

        As we continue to set ourselves up for a greater impact, we need a strong board to lead the way, and I believe my skills and understanding knowledge of health and wellness, leadership development and teamwork are necessary qualities of an active board member. If re-elected I will continue to give 100% to support the vision of Breadroot, together we can positively impact our growing community!

          My name is Jamin Andreas Hübner and I currently serve as a professor of economics for the University of the People, a Research Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Economics for LCC International University, and a property manager and home renovator here in Rapid City.I previously served as a Director of Institutional Effectiveness in higher education and an economics instructor at Western Dakota Tech. I grew up on a farm in Southeastern South Dakota and moved to Rapid City in 2010 to fall further in love with my partner Jessica, who is a licensed therapist in town. Both of us enjoy hiking, reading, coffee and tea, and playing with our two rescue dogs Shosta and Zoay. I also play table tennis with a club in town and play drums for several jazz/funk bands. 

         I’m passionate about cooperatives, effective organizations, and ethical living. I’ve enjoyed serving on the Board for the past several years and on the bylaws committee to prepare Breadroot for the next chapter.

         Jan and I have lived in South Dakota our entire lives. I have a ranch/farm background and currently serve as manager of the Voight Scatterwood Reserve that is part of my Grandfather’s Homestead. My professional career has been in the State of South Dakota as a public school teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, University Adjunct and Assistant Professor at SDSU. I have board experience at the local, state, national, and international level. I provided leadership training in consensus building and strategic initiative design at the non-profit and for-profit world. I worked with the Gates Foundation to define and assess effective leadership in the design of a Leadership Assessment Center. For the past 20 years our family has been involved with Breadroot Co-op. I would continue to be engaged in the growth of Breadroot in service to the community.

CO-OP BYLAWS REVISION

Ensure your values are reflected in every decision at the co-op.

The Bylaws Committee has been working on a full revision of Breadroot’s bylaws. Our committee hosted two public forums this year to seek input from our members. On March 26, 2024, the Board of Directors unanimously resolved to recommend that the members approve the new articles and bylaws on this year’s voting ballot. Along with the proposed bylaws revision, the Board of Directors are also proposing revisions to our Articles of Incorporation. 

PAST BYLAWS FORUMS: 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD
SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND