Board of Directors

About the Board 

November 2023 – October 2024

Jodie Huegerich


Cedar Falls, IA
Local Food Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa
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As a Registered Dietitian and the regional Local Food Coordinator working at UNI, Jodie is passionate about healthy, local food and a sustainable local food system. She has been a member since 2015 and volunteers for the Co-op because of the exciting benefits it will bring to the community. She is a mother of three boys and enjoys reading, walking her dog, yoga, and spending time with friends and family. 


Lisa Nelson

Vice President, Chair Communications/Membership Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
Fiber Artist
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Lisa has been an Iowan her whole life, moving to Cedar Falls to attend college and choosing to stay in the Cedar Valley. A trained educator, her experience working with families and students from all walks of life heightened her awareness of the value of strong community connections, and she sees the co-op as one important piece in that. She works as a fiber artist and enjoys spending time with family, horseback riding, and being a life-long learner. 


Theresa Westbrock

Secretary, Operations Committee

Waverly,  IA
Market Farm
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TERM ENDS: 2024,  Appointed


Theresa and her family have a small market farm outside of Waverly. Before moving to the Cedar Valley, Theresa was president of the board of directors of her food co-op in New Mexico. She sees food co-ops as an integral part of a robust local food network and looks forward to bringing her co-op experiences and her passion for local diversified food systems to the Rooted Carrot board.



Mallory  Devries

Board Member

Charles City, IA
Owner/Operator Woodside Acres
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Mallory is a local farmer and freelance web designer and works for Healthy Harvest of North Iowa as their Marketing Specialist. She is certified through ISU’s Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems Programs. Mallory is excited about the co-op because she is passionate about local and sustainable food systems. Mallory enjoys reading, cooking (and eating!) and weightlifting. She lives in Charles City with her husband and two young children.


Kate Gallagher Dunning

Co-Chair of Site Committee

Waterloo, IA
Co-owner, Talk To Me Technologies
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Kate is a business owner and mother of four teenagers.  She makes room for poetry, any kind of house concert, cooking, designing, writing, meditation, and yoga. Kate’s focus on the community is a priority in that the more we attract and retain those interested in locally sourced goods and businesses, the more thriving the community is. One of her favorite quotes about business is from Steve Jobs: “You need to know what you don’t want as much as you need to know what you do.”


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Nick Phillis

Board Member

Cedar Falls, IA
Assembler, John Deere
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Nick was raised in a small town in northeast Iowa, where he learned the value of community. After a three-year stint in the Navy, he moved with his family to Cedar Falls to attend UNI and has been here ever since. He is excited to work on the board to foster relationships and help drive the message to the community in the hopes to make this project a reality. When not working, Nick enjoys mountain bike riding, trying to keep up with his landscaping and garden, cooking, and traveling with his wife, Michelle. 


Ben Scholl

Board Member

Cedar Falls, IA
Program Coordinator, Hawkeye Community College
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Ben is a proud Michigander and has been an advocate for public service and community-driven initiatives for many years. He has resided in Cedar Falls since 2019 and has become a regular at the local Cedar Falls Farmers Market throughout the summer and fall months. His desire is that his love for the community will extend beyond his frequent market visits, as he hopes to make Cedar Falls a better place through the development of a permanent food co-op to support our local business and the needs of the people of the Cedar Valley. He is married and the proud father of two girls. He hopes to have a positive impact in the Cedar Valley and beyond.


David Schachterle

Community Relations Committee Co-Chair

Cedar Falls, IA
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Dave and his wife Linda started their own business, Signsn& Designs, in Iowa Falls and later moved the business to Cedar Falls. They sold and retired in 2022. We are active in the community’s arts and theater and Main Street projects. Linda and I have two daughters who live in St Paul, MN, and Portland, OR.