Statement of Candidacy
Why do you want to serve on the Wheatsfield Board of Directors?
I am passionate about ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to experience the joy, creativity, and excitement for food that I do. Wheatsfield promotes an environment focused in knowledge, connection, development, and community. As a recent college graduate who moved to Ames, I quickly found comfort in the accessibility of the Co-op. As a recently returned resident, I am happy to see the growth and central community focus that Wheatsfield has developed into; and cannot wait to become part of the future of the Co-op.
Please describe any skills or experience (such as financial literacy, legal, strategic planning, communications, etc.) that you would bring to the Wheatsfield Board of Directors.
Through my professional background as a rehabilitation counselor I have a strong skillset based in communication that includes crisis management, de-escalation, policy implementation, interacting with diverse populations, group management, and classroom instruction.
Additionally, as a member of the Fourth Plan Forward Advisory Committee I have experience in strategic planning for affordable housing, grant moderation, and community engagement.
What are your hopes for the future of Wheatsfield and its role in the community?
My hopes are for Wheatsfield to become a community staple. For it to draw in people from different backgrounds. To encourage conversations about creating a better world through support of local growers and makers. To expand ideas around what future food production can look like for Ames and Iowa alike.
Please share anything about yourself including hobbies, passions, family members, etc.
After spending 6 years living in the PNW, I returned in 2020 to make Ames home. I love anything and everything related to food. I have an extensive cookbook collection, love craft beer and locally roasted coffee, and am an avid baker (who likes the challenge of veganzing whatever possible). I enjoy trail running and can often be found somewhere at McFarland Park or Ada Hayden. I may also have a very healthy addiction to Acai bowls.