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.

Read Board Candidate Statements here!

Liz Kolbe
Board President

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

Becky Mattan Pratt
Board Vice President

Occupation: Founder and President of management consulting company, Mattan Pratt Consulting, L.L.C.

Board Member Since: 2021

Why I Serve: Wheatsfield’s mission, vision and values align with my passions around sustainability, accessibility to healthy, delicious food and supporting organizations in addressing the needs of their communities. Wheatsfield board service allows me to explore these passions and support the co-op’s continued success using my background in banking.

Favorite Products: Local salad greens, cured olives with herbs, bakery fresh breads and Picket Fence Creamery chocolate milk.

Rachel Dakarian
Board Secretary

Occupation: Research Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Board Member Since: 2021 (former director & past president 2012-2017)

Why I Serve: I server on the board to support our co-op during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The benefits of the 2014 expansion project are more apparent now than ever before. I am invested in the continued success of Wheatsfield and believe we must look ahead to prepare our store for future challenges. The board works to ensure that Wheatsfield will be a thriving community resource for many years to come.

Favorite Products: Lemon bars and fresh-baked bread from our bakery, local tomatoes, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and I can’t resist when Armenian Lentil Soup is on the hot bar!

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Board Meeting

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Stefan Gailans

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

Board Member Since: 2011 (former president 2018-2020)

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

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!

Sarah S. Davis

Occupation: Associate Teaching Professor, Dept. of English, Iowa State University

Board Member Since: 2020

Why I Serve: The Co-op is a hub of our community. Being an active member-owner and board member is a great way to invest in strengthening our community bonds and building a future guided by cooperative principles.

Favorite Products: Co-op Made Italian sausage, Grace’s Sunflower Cookies, and Co-op Bakery Ciabatta buns.

Cal Rebhuhn

Occupation: Software Quality Assurance at Ortho2

Board Member Since: 2021

Why I Serve: Sustainable and ethical food production has always been near and dear to me. In serving I wish to contribute to our coop’s continued success, and the preservation of our shared environment.

Favorite Products: Our produce section! The variety and quality of fruit and veggies is always impressive

Emilie Ruehs

Occupation: Rehabilitation Counselor, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Board Member Since: 2021

Why I Serve: I believe everyone should have accessibility to high quality, local goods and foods and Wheatsfield already serves as a central hub for progression and inclusivity within the Ames community.

Favorite Products: Wheatsfield Mediterranean Hummus, Wildbrine Spicy Kimchi Sriracha,  Field Roast Veggie Burgers, & Chao Tomato Cayenne Cheese.

Derek Franklin
Student Board Member


Board Member Since: 2021

Why I Serve:

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