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!

Ron Eichmeier
Board Treasurer

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


Articles of Incorporation

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

Megan Myers

Megan Myers

Occupation: Assistant Professor of Spanish at Iowa State

Board Member Since: 2018

Why I Serve:  On a broad scale, I’m drawn to Wheatsfield’s community focus and its educational platform. As a Mom, I especially appreciate the numerous events geared toward kids throughout the year and the welcoming and inclusive store culture.

Favorite Products: Agri-Cultured Cowboy Kimchi, Early Grey Shortbread, Pasta e Fagioli

Kevin Stow

Occupation: AVP, HR for the Iowa State University Foundation

Board Member Since: 2018

Why I Serve:  I hope to be a part of ensuring the sustainability of the co-op in a competitive market.

Favorite Products: Better Half dairy free coconut cream and almond milk creamer, fresh golden beets, frozen non-dairy ice cream selection, frozen waffle selection, among many other items.

Jeff Kushkowski

Occupation: Professor, University Library, Iowa State University

Board Member Since: 2019

Why I Serve: Wheatsfield’s success is due to the dedication of staff, volunteers, and members who support the store. I want to be a part of that continued success by serving as a Board Member to support Wheatsfield’s mission to provide local and sustainable food to the community.

Favorite Products: House-Made Blueberry & Maple Bratwurst, Kalona Sour Cream, Prairie Breeze Cheese, and more!

Casey Szymanski

Occupation: I’m passionate about supporting food and social justice in Iowa through my work as a food security program coordinator and community mediator.

Board Member Since: 2020 (previous 2015-2018, treasurer 2016-2018)

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

Favorite Products: It’s hard to choose favorites, but a few are local Milton Creamery cheese curds, Co-op made current cardamon bread, local produce, and anything from the juice/smoothie bar.