Meet your Co-op Staff and Board of Directors
Ashley Sweet, Interim General Manager
Ashley Sweet joined the Co-op board in 2019 but started shopping at Crow Wing Food Co-Op a decade ago, after being diagnosed as auto-immune. With a deep passion for the outdoors and staying active, the healthy, alternative food choices she finds at the Co-Op are a must to keep her feeling good and keeping up with her active family. Be warned, Ash gets a little overly excited in sharing her non-traditional cooking style just to prove how good it actually is! Ash has worked in human services and enjoys playing an active part in serving the needs of our community on a holistic level. Ash took on the Interim General Manager role in June 2020 and is now helping to prepare the Co-op for big changes in the new store. Crow Wing Food Co-op staff and directors are excited to have Ash’s expertise and deep community knowledge at work for our Co-op!
Bri Keran, Assistant Manager
Bri Keran was born and raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area. After graduating from Brainerd High School and Central Lakes College, she took a few years to travel and have some adventures. She has now landed back in her hometown and spends her free time acting in local theatre productions, reading pretty much any book she can get her hands on, and making her nephew creatures giggle.
Andrew Rich has worked at Crow Wing Food Co-op since 2012. He volunteered at the Co-op for four months before being hired! Andrew loves working at the Co-op because he can be proud of the community focused principles of stewardship and solidarity that the Co-op strives to embody in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
Megg Denny-Shepard is from the Nisswa area and has been working part-time at Crow Wing Food Co-op for three years. She loves family time, gardening, good food, and dancing. When she’s not at the Co-op, Megg can usually be found teaching at her dance studio, Movement Garden.
Fallon Froemming has been back at Crow Wing Food Co-op since April 2019. Besides the great food, Fallon loves meeting local farmers, learning about different products, and hearing new ideas and recipes from customers.
Kelsey Dahlstrom is a homeschooling mom of eight who has been working at Crow Wing Food Co-op since November 2019.
Board of Directors
Theresa Woodward, President
Theresa Woodward has been passionate about food and gardening for her entire life! Her family has been a part of the Crow Wing Food Co-op since it’s early buying club days, before the inception of our current cooperative. She served as the General Manager in 2003 and 2004, and began actively volunteering with our board of directors again in 2017. Theresa chairs the CWFC Building and Renovation Committee and is the proud owner of CatTale’s Books & Gifts in downtown Brainerd, and spends her limited free time with family and friends, gardening, reading or rearranging her newly expanded bookstore!
An’drea Voigt, Vice President
An’drea (pronounced awn-DRAY-ah) moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area in April 2013. Her background is Advertising Communication and Design, and she also worked in the food and beverage industry for 15+ years. An’drea is the chair of CWFC’s HR Committee and currently owns and manages Absolutely Sunshine, which provides the Brainerd Lakes Area with massage and wellness services. An’drea has two daughters who are her world. An’drea and her daughters have several allergies, so they practice a healthy lifestyle and eat well as a way to manage them. Her family loves being part of the BLA and Crow Wing Food Co-op communities, and they enjoy healthy allergen-friendly foods from the co–op.
Jami Nelson, Secretary
Jami Nelson is the Secretary of the Crow Wing Food Co-Op’s board of directors. Jami co-chairs the CWFC Deli Committee and owns her own juicing and smoothie business—Just Juice, through which she creates juices and smoothies for sale at the co-op and other entities around the BLA. Jami has a deep desire to bring knowledge and understanding of healthy living and sustainable choices to the people of our community.
Amy Manselle, Treasurer
Amy Manselleis native to the Brainerd Lakes area and truly enjoys calling this place home. She has a background in early childhood education and currently work for 3 Cheers Hospitality as the Operations Manager. Amy co-chairs the CWFC Deli Committee and spends her down time with my husband and four kids, growing her faith, gardening, and cooking interesting new foods. Amy is passionate about healthy living, lifelong learning, stewardship, and impacting those she meets. She believes in supporting our local community and giving back through the gifts she has been given in ways that build relationships, encourage growth, and inspire wellbeing. Amy is proud to serve on the board at the Crow Wing Food Co-op!
Jennifer Jacquot-DeVries, Capital Campaign Chair
Jennifer Jacquot-DeVries is a self-employed fundraiser and grant writer. Jennifer and her family moved from Minneapolis to Brainerd in 2016 to get out of the city and enjoy a quieter life. Now that they are happily settled in the BLA, Jennifer joined the co-op board in 2018 because she believes that strong local food systems and local, organic growers are an essential part of resilient communities. Jennifer chairs the CWFC Finance and Fundraising Committee and is dedicated to the pursuit of more sustainable food systems that build soil, support farmers and rural communities, reduce waste, and protect our natural resources.
Sheila Boldt grew up in the Brainerd Lakes Area, graduated from Brainerd High School in 2007, and is still happy to call this place home. Sheila studied Natural Resource Management and Agronomy at CLC and the University of Minnesota at Crookston. Sheila currently works for The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District with duties that include native tree and plant sales coordination, watershed planning, water sampling, outreach and education, and so much more. In her own time, Sheila loves gardening, raising and preserving her own food, quilting, working on the log home she shares with her family, and raising her spitfire of a son. Sheila joined the Co-op board in 2019 because she is dedicated to local food systems and knows how important it is to supply the community with dairy free and other allergen-friendly foods that she and so many families rely on.