Meet the Board
The following individuals make up your democratically elected Board of Directors. Read, in their words, why they have dedicated themselves to opening a community-owned grocery store in McHenry County.
Kim Brix (2014-2017)
As an individual with many food allergies she is driven to open a food store in McHenry county where she can find a wide selection of healthy, organic, and locally grown foods free of pesticides and all under one roof.
Kim Brix is a recently retired nurse of 30 years, mother of two and grandmother of one. Owner of a fused glass art studio and business, namely Glassworks by Kim, located in Marengo, Illinois. Ten years ago she was co founder of The Children's Center For Autism in Cary Illinois. She is passionate about eating healthy for living a long healthy life. As an individual with many food allergies she is driven to open a food store in McHenry county where she can find a wide selection of healthy, organic, and locally grown foods free of pesticides and all under one roof.
Scott Brix - President (2014-2017)
Scott has witnessed as a commercial food processing insider how big Ag, globalization and the drive for high profits have negatively affected the mainstream food supply. This led him to generate a grass roots effort to start a local food co-op.
Scott is trained in food science, engineering and biotechnology. He has spent his career working with industrial enzymes and other bioproducts, applying them to food and other applications globally. He is passionate about leaving our planet habitable for future generations by helping industry and other consumers reduce their environmental footprint. Scott has witnessed, as a food industry insider, how globalization and intense pressure to produce high profits have negatively affected our mainstream food supply, our health and our environment. This motivated him to generate a grass roots effort to start a local food co-op in McHenry County, Illinois. Since starting his own bioproducts business in 2013, Scott is engaged in work he truly enjoys and hopes to leverage his skills to make a positive difference by thinking globally and acting locally.
Doug Close - Treasurer (2014-2017)
“Communities need to take back control and invest in their local food systems (aka Food Sheds) by building organizations that focus on localization….. history has clearly demonstrated that cooperative models empower local communities, everyday people and build democratic processes.”
Born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Doug went on to graduate from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Communications. Doug currently resides in Huntley with his wife Kathie and two of their three boys, the other successfully graduating Northern Illinois University and now residing in Chicago. Doug currently enjoys a successful career as Vice President for cyberseurity solutions company. Prior to Doug’s career in the computer industry, Doug owned and operated a small business for thirteen years.
Doug came to learn the true importance of local resilience efforts during and after the global financial crisis of 2008. Doug continues to research global risk in the areas of economics, energy and the environment and advocates that localization is the best step to proactively address risks caused by our current unsustainable practices. Doug states that “we live in a world of increased complexity and centralization directly competing with local, sustainable and decentralized systems which elevates the risk to communities by forces outside their control. Communities need to take back control and invest in their local food systems (aka Food Sheds) by building organizations that focus on localization”. Doug believes a local food cooperative will be the spark for many more local initiatives. For the past five years, Doug has been promoting awareness for the Transition Town model that is widely successful around the globe, bringing communities together and building sustainable systems.
Doug is committed to ensuring the food cooperative store is a success and is inspired by the progress and community support to date. Doug also believes cooperation is the key component to a resilient future and history has clearly demonstrated that cooperative models empower local communities, everyday people and build democratic processes. Cooperatives also keep wealth in the communities well beyond just money to include a sense of place, empowerment, leadership, and charity.
Elizabeth Jiménez-Bure - Secretary (Interim Appointment)
Day Jobs: Artist and Elementary art teacher, Mom
Why I volunteered for the Board:
We live in a region with rich soil, and hundreds of farmers within a few miles of our doorsteps, yet the contents of most grocery carts have likely traveled further in the past year than the consumer purchasing the goods.
There is a healthier, more sustainable way, and now’s the time to make lasting, changes in our food systems.The food grown by local farmers supports our local economies, promotes greater variety with better flavor and nutrition, and nourishes rather than depletes the land. I’m no Saint, and I’m not giving up my coffee and chocolate anytime soon, but I’d like to find a balance that doesn’t weigh on my conscience.
I want to know the name of the farmers who grew most of the food I’m feeding my family. While farmers’ markets are great for many months of the year, we need a year round plan to support our farmers and improve the health of our community.
Enter: Foodshed, and so many coops like it. This is an incredibly positive movement that is sweeping the nation.
The Pleasant Surprise: The people I’ve met through foodshed are a remarkably talented, creative, optimistic, and thoughtful group. I didn’t join foodshed to meet life-long friends, but that’s what’s happened.
My Goal: I’d like to help other people see the positive changes we can make when we join together with a common goal. What seems overwhelming as an individual is not just possible, but joyful when we unite and work together.
Marcia Johnson (2016-2018)
Program Director/Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Committed to “saving the planet”, organic locally grown food, opening a co-op in McHenry County!!
Has lived in Woodstock for 28 yrs.
Marcia began paying attention to what she eats a few years ago when one of her two daughters realized that she was gluten intolerant. That had been the cause of so many years of stomach pains and then gradually other health issues. Marcia started figuring out what a gluten-free diet looked like which led her to reading about food and developing different eating habits. She discovered the writing of Michael Pollen and after reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma and many other similar books, she began to make the connections between food, the environment, climate change and the need for all of us to make major changes in our lifestyles. When her son bought a sandwich shop in Boulder, Colorado, he and his business partner decided to make it a “zero waste” business and Marcia got educated about the huge impact of food waste on the environment so she began to compost.
During this time, one of Marcia’s daughters was going to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where there is a fabulous Co-op. That led her to seek out Co-ops wherever she traveled and she began thinking about how great it would be if there were such a place near Woodstock in McHenry County, Illinois. The more Marcia became committed to eating well and eating organic food, the more she thought about this.
Also, during this time Marcia began to think about the possibility of retirement. She had served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church (ELCA) for over 20 years and worked at the national office for almost 14 years but did not have a plan after she retired. She began to have conversations with colleagues about how to figure out what to do in retirement. Someone said to her, “you should pay attention to what you are reading! That may lead you to something you would love to do.” Marcia said, “Sometimes you simply don’t see what is right in front of you. How amazing!” She mentioned this to her partner and a couple of other friends and then to Scott and Kim Brix. They all continued talking until the day that Scott said, “I have some time right now, so let’s invite a few people to a meeting and see what happens.” Marcia is very excited that we followed our dream and here we are a few months later. “We aren’t just talking. Now we are making it happen!”
Richard Passavant - Vice President (2016-2018)
Richard is a 20yr resident of Illinois who has always believed in "keeping it local", whether that be shopping, dining, entertainment, or involvement.
RichardPassavant.jpegRichard and his wife, Carrie, moved to Crystal Lake in 1999 because of their desire to raise their daughter, Alaina, in a small and safe community with great schools.
Richard has always preferred to "shop local" whenever possible - patronizing many local businesses especially local restaurants and eateries and is excited about making the coop a reality to allow more people to shop local with healthier alternatives.
In addition to the co-op board Richard has been involved in the community by coaching sports, presiding as president of the property owners association on Crystal Lake, and being elected to the Crystal Lake Park District board with the goal of fostering community growth and exposing recreation access to the entire breadth of Crystal Lake residents.
Currently Richard works for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, a global business telecommunications equipment manufacturer and is responsible for the North America Business Partner Program and it’s network of distributors and resellers.
William Petsche (2016-2019)
Will has spent the majority of his life living in McHenry County (Crystal Lake, Marengo, Wonder Lake, and now Huntley) and is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Will is licensed in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Will is a partner at Roth Melei Law and works in their civil litigation department. In his free time, Will has been involved in many community organizations such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters, the McHenry County Bar Association, and coaching for the Marengo High School Wrestling program. Will has family in Iowa and grew up appreciating the efforts and benefits of local farmers. As he has gotten older he has also come to recognize the importance of healthy food choices and minimizing our impact on the environment. Will found the Food Shed Co-op while researching locally grown food options and immediately became an owner. When the opportunity presented itself to become more involved with the cooperative and contribute to the community Will jumped at the chance and is excited to add his efforts to an already impressively motivated and successful Board.
Caron Wenzel (2016-2019)
Caron Wenzel brings 35 years of involvement with food coops and working in and with Nature. She is married to Steve Wenzel. They have two grown adult sons, Greg and Jeff Wenzel and two grandchildren, Rupert and Harrison.
Caron is an environmental educator and consultant who is owner of Blazing Star Inc, a native seed and soil amendment company founded in 1990. She and her husband Steve have worked on conservation and green issues for over 25 years. Caron has also been an enthusiastic supporter of food co-ops since college.