Meet your Food Shed 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 (2014-2020)
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.
Scott Brix - Vice-President/Treasurer (2014-2020)
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.
Elizabeth Jiménez-Bure - Secretary (2020-2022)
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.
Rusty Foszcz - President (2018-2021)
Because he LOVES to eat, Rusty Foszcz is interested in getting local food from the fields to the table quickly and organically. What’s important is to do this in a cost-effective way that makes prices competitive with larger chain grocery stores. McHenry County is rich with local farmers raising foods without pesticides – safe, organic, and delicious. Restaurants like Duke’s Ale House in Crystal Lake are already serving these foods – Rusty believes we need to offer them to everyone in a Food Shed Coop grocery store!
Foszcz is a retired Information Technology consultant that taught Computer Information Systems classes at McHenry County College for many years. During that time he also worked extensively with several non-profit organizations in McHenry County. He noticed that most (if any) had access to quality technical support. After a leave of absence at MCC, he decided to open his own network consulting firm that catered exclusively to non-profit organizations – offering them consistent, quality, and most importantly, affordable technical and network support. Charging clients on a sliding-scale (depending on their budget size) gave the NPOs access to valuable technical expertise at a price the organization could easily afford.
After training and mentoring a younger consultant to take over his business, he retired in December, 2016. He now spends his time volunteering with non-profits both in active and board member roles.
Kyle Duthorn (2020-2020)
We expect to get Kyle’s BIO soon. Until that time, suffice to say that Kyle believes in local, healthy foods – and wants to do what’s right for God and humanity!
Martie Gorman (2018-2021)
When Martie Gorman retired after 35 years of full time teaching, she had the time and opportunity to have fun volunteering for causes and organizations that serve our community or preserve our environment. This led her to become an ESL tutor in conjunction with MCC, a volunteer for animal assisted programs at Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, and as a board member for the McHenry County Conservation Foundation.
After she became an owner with FOOD shed, volunteering at events allowed her to meet many like-minded residents who feel local and sustainably sourced food is important and necessary. When the chance came to be more centrally involved with the Food Shed, she gladly focused her energies to help open the first community owned grocery store in McHenry County!
William Petsche (2020-2022)
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.
John was born and raised in Crystal Lake when McHenry county was a connected, rural network of family farms providing diverse, local food choices. During a career working in the DC area, California and internationally, he has experienced a broad range of ideals and approaches to producing and selling healthy food. Since recently returning home to help his parents, John lives in an 1890s farm house in rural Woodstock.
John brings 35 years of work with construction, design and diverse public procurement programs to the Food shed effort. John is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Architecture and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. In his free time, John volunteers at Hooved Animal Humane Society and enjoys family, experimenting with growing techniques in his garden and playing guitar. John found the Food Shed Co-op while attending a talk by Mr. Don Wilkins on regenerative agriculture at Soulful Prairie and immediately became an owner. As Board Member serving on the Finance and Store Operations committees, John is directing his infrastructure and business experience to shaping the ideal physical space to meet YOUR vision of OUR Store.
Caron Wenzel (2020-2022)
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.
Meet your Food Shed Staff and Consultants
These people are the backbone of the co-op! Without their dedication and energy things wouldn’t get done! Here are the Food Shed Co-op staff members.
Emily Duthorn – Volunteer Coordinator
Emily Duthorn’s involvement with the Food Shed Co-op is rooted in a passion for the environment and support of local farmers and food artisans who respect the land and their animals, as well as honor their customers wishes for transparency and healthy ingredients.
Learning about the negative environmental impacts of Big Ag and CAFOs, plastic packaging, and the carbon footprint from food transportation, made her more conscious about the choices she made when she shopped for groceries. She felt it was important to “vote with her fork” to influence a more sustainable food industry and support the local economy.
When she learned about the Food Shed Co-op, she knew that becoming an owner was a step in the right direction to help ensure truly sustainable food options and support local farms and businesses. It’s been wonderful to meet other people in the community who share the same values. As Volunteer Coordinator, she hopes to encourage Food Shed owners to actively participate in sharing our vision and getting the community support we need to get our doors open! When we all work together we will be the change we want to see!
Lisa Moeller – Marketing Communications Manager
Lisa's background in marketing and graphic design spans over 20 years. She is a self starter with a knack for communicating both visually and verbally.
Supporting her local community and living a healthy lifestyle is what drew her to the Food Shed Coop. Participating not just as an owner, but as an advocate for food education and alternative product choices, she is passionate about supporting local providers and the impact we can have on our community. Food cooperatives provide transparency in the food we eat and the products we use, which is important to her.
In her free time she hikes, shares her golden retriever as a therapy dog with Alliance for Therapy Dogs International and likes spontaneous day trips to quaint small towns that surround her.
Natalie Ziemba –Community Relations Manager
Natalie Ziemba is our new Community Relations Manager; her role will primarily involve events coordination and outreach. Natalie moved to the area recently, taking up residence in Woodstock.
She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Teaching and taught high school English for 10 years in Chicago. She currently works in product and marketing management for a global company.
Natalie is enthusiastic about her new role and brings years of experience volunteering with several organizations throughout Chicagoland. We're excited to have her on board.
Michaela Notman – Marketing Intern
Michaela promises to get her BIO together as quickly as possible – but for the meantime one should know that Michaela is a Marketing student at McHenry County College. She just finished exams for the Fall, 2019 semester and is currently trying to get the gray out of her hair that final exams left behind.
Doug Close - Consultant
“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. Doug currently enjoys a successful career as an SVP for a national cybersecurity 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 seven 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.