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Board of Directors

Board meetings are held the third Monday of every other month, and are open to all Member-Owners to attend (virtually).

View the minutes from our previous Board meetings.

For questions related to Board matters, please contact Twyla at president@breadroot.com

Twyla Stanifer

Board President

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 offering my experience, insights, and energy towards moving the mission forward.

Rachel Lindvall

Vice President

Diving deeper into board membership at Breadroot Natural Foods Co -op seems like part of a natural progression for me. My belief is that I have an obligation to serve our local and global communities. Joining the board will positively utilize my training, experience and interest in the world around me. My early upbringing in NYC as the daughter of a small businessman afforded me a very direct insight into the challenges and rewards of running a retail storefront. Leaving NY to attend college in Madison, Wisconsin provided me with my first exposure to the concept and reality of belonging to a food coop. Back then, members all had a work requirement at the Coop. This hands-on membership provided a venue for talking about food and what it meant to us as part of our present and future. So many years later, food is still central to the policies and discussion of everything in terms of health, nutrition, environment, culture, justice and equity. Since those college days, I’ve worked in the intersection of small scale agriculture, community and economic development and environmental sustainability. I’ve been a university educator, community extension specialist and a program coordinator. I’ve enjoyed in-depth opportunities to learn from reading, research and interaction with people in a wide variety of situations. I relish talking with people about their experiences and how it shapes their viewpoints. In June 2022, I retired from my position with SDSU. Although I still maintain interest and activity in some of my former commitments, retirement has allowed me to select and prioritize how to best allocate my time. On a personal level, my husband Mark and I have been married for 41 years. We have 2 wonderful sons who grew up in Valentine, NE. and now live on opposite sides of the country in Los Angeles, CA. and Atlanta, GA. Mark and I moved to the Rapid City area in 2019 with our dog Sparky. We enjoy the amazing outdoor activities available to us at home in the Black Hills. We hike, ski, boat, ride bikes, bird watch, and generally explore together. We also love to travel to destinations near and far. (Ask me about Antarctica!) I’m also a gardener, forager, swimmer and fiber arts enthusiast.

Jamin Hübner

Board Treasurer

Hey everyone! My name is Jamin Hübner and I currently serve as a professor of economics for the University of the People, a Research Fellow for LCC International University, and an Airbnb host for tourists in the Black Hills. 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. We also have a passion for ethical living, community flourishing, and social justice by direct democracy, inclusion, cooperation, and decentralized power. I look forward to working on your team to build further momentum at Breadroot!

Curt Voight

Board Secretary

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 the Breadroot COOP. I would continue to be engaged in the growth of Breadroot in service to the community.

Tiffany Knight

Hello fellow cooperators! My roots to Breadroot run deep, I have been a member since Breadroot opened in 2001 at the Columbus Street location. I volunteered at Breadroot for 12 years, doing everything from moving the store three times, placing orders, running the till, opening and closing the store, helping write the mission statement, as well as serving on the board for many years. The co-op is a magical place for me, I love and appreciate the community that continues to grow and I look forward to being able to keep the growth in the direction of making healthy food affordable to everyone, growing our connections with local producers, educating the public, and strengthening our community. I’m in Breadroot at least 2 to 3 times a week, if you see me, please introduce yourself and feel free to ask me any questions, about how I can best represent you. This is our store, Breadroot is member owned, I look forward to representing you!

Dowell Caselli-Smith

After serving three terms as President, a term as Vice President and two terms as Board Treasurer, I now hope to work with the President, Finance Committee and the General Manager to continue refining our monthly and quarterly reports to the full board and member/owners. It is exciting to be a part of a vibrant board and thriving organization with a great future ahead. I hope my experiences heading up a small business loan fund, operating a few small business ventures, and teaching about co-ops in my sociology courses will be of value to Breadroot. We are fortunate to have become affiliated with the National Cooperative Grocers Association and CDS Consulting Services. They have helped us a lot and have the resources and courses to move us forward in sustainable and meaningful ways. We as board members can and are experiencing growth along with our management, employees and our store. Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility for your investment in a growing cooperative!

Jessica Ries

I am interested in serving on the board because I have been passionate about food justice, sustainability, and food security for over two decades and Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op plays a vital role in those fields for our membership and community. Breadroot provides its membership and community healthy foods and goods in a welcoming space for all of us. I am immensely interested in making sure the board operates with the voice of the membership at its heart. The power of any co-op is in its membership and to me there is no better way to represent the people than to serve on the board of directors. An integral part of serving on the board is listening, debating, executing proposed ideas, and dedicating the time required to do a thorough in-depth job. The board position also means that we keep the budget and finances of our Co-op in line with our mission and values. I feel that my knowledge base, skill set and personality are well-suited to communicating with our community, our membership and reaching sound decisions with board members and management.

Laurie Hawes

I moved to the Black Hills area from the east coast in 2020. I own my own meeting planning company. With all my travels, Rapid City is where my husband and I decided we wanted to put down roots. I have worked with cooperatives, primarily electric and telephone, since 2004 . The cooperative model of business is exciting to me; those who use the commodity govern and control it. With that goal in mind, the business is truly accountable to its members. For over 20 years, Breadroot has done a great job in establishing themselves in the community and helping the less fortunate. With so many people moving into the Rapid City area, my goal is to promote the co-op to people that may not really understand why a co-op is such a good business practice. I would also like to bring together the co-ops in the Rapid City area so they can promote one another. Together we are stronger.