LYNN WALTER (PRESIDENT)
Lynn is the Founding Director of UWGB’s Center for Food in Community and Culture; Chair of the Food and Local Health Sub-Committee of Sustainable Green Bay; co-editor of Critical Food Issues: Problems and State of the Art Solutions. She grew up on a farm and worked her way through school as cook at the Green Lantern Co-op restaurant in Madison, WI.
"My experience and passion for promoting healthy, local food will help sustain the time-consuming and complicated project of developing New Leaf Foods as a thriving and vital community food hub and educational center connecting consumers, growers, and artisan producers to support health and wellness, prosperous local farm and food businesses, good jobs, equitable communities, and a thriving local food economy."
Meet our Board of Directors
Valerie is the faculty instructor of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and founding member of SLO Farmers Co-op.
EBIERE JULIET COLE
Ebiere Cole retired from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. When she retired, she was the Associate Director of the Institute for Learning Partnership. She holds a MS in Cross-cultural Counseling and a Bachelor’s in Social Change and Development and co-major in Social Services from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She currently serves on the YWCA Board and African Heritage Inc. Board of Directors and serves on the Curriculum Planning Committee for Leadership-Green Bay, co-chairing the Inclusive Leadership Day Program. She is also a project Co-coordinator for the Summit for Addressing Disproportionality and a facilitator for Beyond Diversity 1 training, for the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (DTAN), a program of the Department of Public Instruction.
Not pictured: Ebiere Cole, Dan Olson, Linda Gustke, Valerie Dantoin.
AMANDA BEAR CHU (SECRETARY)
Amanda is the sustainable farm manager of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture program of Northeast WI Technical College and also develops integrative production systems for organic farmers. She has farmed in rural and urban settings for over 8 years and has come to understand the vital component of community and culture to change norms and increase food security and create local economies based on local foods and services. With a focus on holistic work/life balance, she actively seeks new skills and cultivates strengths that allow her to support and expand the work of sustainability efforts locally, nationally and worldwide
KIM R. DIAZ (VICE-PRESIDENT)
Kim is a NEW Curative Rehabilitation Worker with the Brown County Community Support Program, Graduate of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning & Policy. She is a Leadership Green Bay Graduate and is interested in building a sustainable and equitable food systems that supports a resilient and healthy community and environment.
Daniel is owner of Norsk Farm in Lena, Wisconsin. Norsk Farm is a seventh generation grass-based farm specializing in quality grass-fed meat products for restaurants and quality-minded consumers.
"We believe that our animals should be able to live in the most natural environment possible and that those conditions will impact food quality in a positive way. Our animals intensively graze as much nutritious grass as possible to improve their health and the health of our family."
Karen is Nutrition Education Program Coordinator for University of Wisconsin Brown County Cooperative Extension.
"As a registered dietician and food advocate for my entire career, I have been passionate about sustainable eating, sustainable food systems and their benefits to the health of individuals and the environment. My work with U-W Extension has addressed food security, food systems, poverty awareness and nutrition education with a special interest in hunger and obesity. I conduct applied research to address community initiatives for improving food security in low-income populations through developing community partnerships and collaborations."
PAT ALBERS (TREASURER)
Pat is an accounting lecturer at UW-Green Bay in the Cofrin School of Business. She is a C.P.A with an MBA from UW-Oshkosh.
"My husband grew up growing vegetables to sell to local restaurants and grocery stores. His love of gardening has become a shared love of gardening and led to my training as a Master Gardener and my interest in promoting healthy food choices."
Linda is the Education Manager at Green Bay Botanical Garden. Since starting at the Garden in 2015, her interest in sustainable food systems and the healing power of food has exploded. Because of this, she became involved with New Leaf Foods in 2017 by assuming the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the 2018 Green Bay Garden Blitz. She now joins the New Leaf Foods Board of Directors and is excited to continue connecting the community to their role in the food system to help them make healthy choices for their family. Linda has Bachelor's of Science in Biology and Chemistry from St. Norbert College, a teaching certification in Broadfield Science from UW-Green Bay and is a certified Master Gardener.