Meet your Co-op Staff and Board of Directors
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.
Dr. Jenny Churchill is a management psychologist and advises her client companies to build and develop high-performing and healthy teams to meet their business goals. She is a native of Minnesota and has been visiting the Brainerd Lakes Area with her family since 1980. Dr. Jenny made Nisswa her permanent home in 2016 and is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting initiatives which contribute to the overall health of the area. She is personally committed to a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family. She strives to educate those around her on how food and nutrition impacts physical health, emotional and mental well-being. She is dedicated to serving on the board and supporting the employee growth and expansion of the Co-op!
Raya Newbold is a mother of 9 children ranging from newborn to college age. She has a Master’s in English, has taught at Bemidji State and is a technical/copywriter for Hunt Utilities Group. She is training in grant writing for Happy Dancing Turtle. She has served on the Boards of Happy Dancing Turtle, and The Brainerd Area Arts Alliance, and spent five years developing and running an organic clothing business. She recently earned her black belt in Karate, and loves doing Family History work and traveling. Her husband and her teach Sunday school together. This summer she lead her family in putting in a massive raised bed garden and orchard. She writes about it all.
Rachel grew up on an organic fruit and veggie farm in rural Minnesota. Rachel has worked in retail, including management positions, over the last decade. Rachel and her family live in Baxter. She appreciates low waste, environmentally friendly, and vegan options and how the Co-op provides the opportunity for healthier food options while having a multiplier effect on the local economy. What more could you ask for?!
Amanda is a lifelong Brainerd resident. She loves the area and has spent a lifetime working to strengthen the community through working, volunteering, and advocating for area non-profits. She enjoys time with her family and dogs, creating art, gardening, foraging, cooking, and home preserving. She is excited to help the Co-op move forward with the mission to sustain a healthy and thriving community.
Liana’s love for nature, animals, and the land led her to full-time farming. For the past 26 years she has owned and operated a 160-acre sustainable farm with black angus beef and chickens. Liana grows veggies, has worked with herbs, and has been learning about their healing properties for 30 years. She has worked in retail and the food industry, and has degrees in biology and nursing. Liana believes in supporting local businesses, crafters, farmers and investing in the all aspects of the local community. She’s a long-time Co-op member and brings a much-needed farmer perspective to the Crow Wing Food Co-op Board of Directors.
Laura moved with her family to the Brainerd Lakes Area in 2015 and has found community in such a beautiful part of Minnesota. Currently the Assistant Aquatics Director and Fund Development gal at the Brainerd Family YMCA, she has experience grant writing and managing nutrition programs. When she isn’t working or spending time with her family, Laura enjoys participating in the local theatre scene (directing or performing on stage), painting, meditation, and photography. Laura is passionate about healthy and sustainable living and very proud to serve on the Board of the Crow Wing Food Co-op!
Board of Directors
Jennifer Jacquot-DeVries, President
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.
Jami Nelson, Vice President
Jami Nelson is the Vice President 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!
Scott Antolak, Treasurer
Scott Antolak is a Brainerd Lakes Area native that graduated from BHS in 2003, and returned to the community in 2018 after accepting a Business Lending position with Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union. Scott has nearly a decade of commercial business lending knowledge, that allows him to work with small and large businesses to help them succeed. Prior to working as a lender, I received a Political Science degree from Saint John’s University and a Masters Degree in International Business from Saint Mary’s University. Scott is passionate in his support not only of Crow Wing Food Co-op, but also those individuals that provide quality food and goods within our community.
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.