Board of Directors

About the Board 

Jodie Huegerich

President; Co-Chair of Communication / Membership Committee


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. 

Christine Sexton

Vice President; Chair of Advisory Council; Co-Chair of Site Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Self-Employed
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As a public health nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, Christine is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles and healthy communities. She volunteers for the co-op because she understands the importance of creating a sustainable local food system that will benefit eaters, producers, and our local economy. When she’s not working with clients or cooking with her family, Christine enjoys trail running, yoga, exploring new places, and getting outdoors.

Gina Brown

Treasurer; Co-Chair of Finance Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
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Gina grew up on a small dairy farm in NE Iowa before moving to Cedar Falls to receive her bachelor’s degree in accounting.  After graduation, she worked as an auditor and controller in property management in the Twin Cities.  Having a local food co-op is important to Gina because she is passionate about supporting local farmers.  Gina loves to attend musical theatre, container gardening, and taking care of her family and pets.  


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.”

Paige Everly

Board Member

Cedar Falls, IA
Associate Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, Grinnell College
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Paige grew up in Cedar Falls and attended UNI. For most of her adult life, she has lived outside of the area, including a time in Iowa City, where she worked as a deli manager at New Pioneer Food Co-op. It was here that Paige caught the co-op fever, which she continued to cultivate through volunteerism in the various communities she lived in. Paige is committed to bringing the co-op principles and a sense of shared community to the city where she grew up and is excited to be back home

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Lisa NelsonLisa Nelson

Co-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. 

Tom Wickersham

Co-Chair of Capital Campaign


Cedar Falls, IA
Program Director, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
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Tom is passionate about food co-ops. He was very involved with the Davis Food Co-op (Davis, CA), and through that involvement grew to appreciate the cooperative business model. Tom believes the co-op approach is human-centered and sustainable. He helped plan the first community meeting to launch the Cedar Falls Food Co-op in September 2012 and has been involved since.

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