Board of Directors

/Board of Directors
Board of Directors2018-07-20T11:04:11+00:00

The Board of Directors ensures the needs to member-owners are being met. The directors work as a team to set policy, hire and evaluate the General Manager, maintain the fiduciary responsibility of the Co-op and represent the membership as it creates the vision that guides the Co-op into the future. Each director serves a three year term, with three seats up for election every fall.

Stefan Gailans
Board President

Occupation: Research & Field Crops Director, Practical Farmers of Iowa

Board Member Since: 2011

Committees: member of Education & Outreach Committee and General Manager Evaluation Committee

Why I Serve: I serve to give back to one of my favorite places in Ames. A place that provides sound and responsibly-sourced food options and a sense of community for local residents.

Favorite Products: bulk items (peanut butter!) and sugar-free bread options

Gina McAndrews
Board Vice President

Occupation: Realtor / Teacher

Board Member Since: 2006

Why I Serve: I believe in the Wheatsfield mission! Serving on the board provides me the opportunity to give back to our community, contribute to building a stronger and more vibrant co-op, and allows me an additional way to help support efforts to expand the viability and sustainability of our food systems.

Favorite Products: The quality and freshness of produce and meat, local ice cream and the variety and quality of bulk items!

Casey Szymanski
Board Treasurer

Occupation:  I’m passionate about supporting food justice in Iowa through my work as a program coordinator with ISUEO Local Foods Program.

Board Member Since: 2016

Committees: Chair of the Finance Committee

Why I Serve: I’m honored to have been elected to the Wheatsfield board so I can further advocate for and support our Co-op’s integral role in continuing to make nutritious food accessible, uplift community-driven ideas, and support a more just, vibrant, local economy.

Favorite Products: It’s hard to choose favorites, but a few are local Milton Creamery cheese curds, bulk teas and herbs, and basically anything that comes out of the new Deli hot bar and juice/smoothie bar.

Call for Board Candidates

Learn more about our upcoming election. 

Read and complete the application packet:
• Pick up an application at the registers, or
• Download an application here.

Submit application to Linda Johnson, General Manager, via email or in person, by August 27, 11:59pm.


Board Meeting

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Liz Kolbe
Board Secretary

Occupation: Horticulture Coordinator, Practical Farmers of Iowa

Board Member Since: 2014

Committees: Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee

Why I Serve: I believe cooperatives like Wheatsfield are vital to economical and community development around local food and agricultural systems. We are lucky to have such a great resource (for food and information!) in Ames.

Favorite Products: Rosmann Family Farms popcorn, Lee’s Greens greens, Kalona SuperNatural sour cream, Jeni’s Ice Cream

Matt Liebman

Occupation: Professor of Agronomy and H.A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University

Board Member Since: 2009

Committees: General Manager Review Committee, past Vice-President, past President

Why I Serve: Serving on the board of directors is one way I can support the Ames community. It’s also a great way to learn more about what’s happening in Ames.

Favorite Products: Greek Gods yogurt, Bamboo Mountain green tea, rooibos chai

Penny Brown Huber

Occupation: President & CEO, Iowa Choice Harvest

Board Member Since: 2017 (also served 2006-2012)

Committees: Finance Committee

Why I Serve: To help build a strong and vibrant business that will serve customers for many years to come.

Favorite Products: Deli Co-op Made Products, Local Eggs, Rudi’s 5 Grain Bread

Merry Rankin

Occupation: Sustainability Director at Iowa State University and Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Ames

Board Member Since: 2015

Committees: Education and Outreach Committee

Why I Serve: A sustainable community and a sustainable future are grounded in connection to food and healthy and viable food systems.  Wheatsfield fulfills such a vital component in providing and ensuring this connection to the Ames community.  To be a part of assisting and further engaging and empowering this connection through serving on the board, is an honor.

Favorite Products: Northwestern smoothie, spinach artichoke dip from the deli, organic lollipops and the baguette bread from the bakery… to name a few.

Robin Clabaugh

Occupation: Real Estate Closer, Century 21

Board Member Since: 2017

Committees: Finance Committee

Why I Serve: I wanted to learn more about Wheatsfield & what it means to be a co-op. I like to know I am buying local & natural products & it made sense to me to want to learn more about that process & be involved in it. I like learning about alternative healing practices & Wheatsfield is a great resource for me to buy natural & local products to try. I’m excited to learn & grow while I serve on the board!

Favorite Products: Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia, Kevita Mojita Lime Mint Coconut, Fresh Veggies, Fresh Eggs, Raw honey…too many to list them all!!

Ron Eichmeier

Occupation: Regional Vice President – Farm Credit Services of America

Board Member Since: 2017

Why I Serve: I grew up on a farm and have worked in the ag sector all my life. My passion is agriculture, and strengthening the connection between those that produce the product and those that consume it.

Favorite Products: Brown Cow Yogurt, freshly ground pork sausage, and summer fruit selections

Upcoming Events

  1. $5 Dinner

    October 23 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Trick-or-Treat at the Co-op!

    October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Double Deal Tuesday

    October 30