mariaMaria Bamonti, General Manager

Just Local Food’s first General Manager, Maria recently moved from Minneapolis to a small farm in Mondovi with the goal of working towards a self-sustainable lifestyle.  Maria believes in eating local, supporting small farmers, and involvement in a community that supports local growers, co-op organizations, and coalitions.

 

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Josh Frederick, Store Keeper

Josh “The Animal” Frederick was born on Milwaukee’s north side, in a small apartment overlooking “Milwaukee’s Best Ice” brewery.  He was nursed on the magical elixir as an infant, before rebelling and becoming a Coors man in high school.  Now he mostly dabbles in fruit juice and psychedelic mushrooms.

 

oliviaOlivia Gillingham, Store Keeper and BOD Assistant

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Jen Hebert, Produce Keeper

Jen is from Chippewa Falls.  In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new
destinations, gardening, hiking, working on craft projects, dancing, and
spending time with friends and family.  She enjoys working at the Co-op, and getting to know the diverse clientele.

 

DSC_0264Karin Kircher, HABA, Bakery, and Coffee Buyer

Born and raised in Eau Claire, Karin studied dietetics at UW-Stout.  She believes in small businesses and co-ops and has supported Just Local Food since its humble beginnings.  When Karin is not at the store, you can probably find her at an auction or estate sale.

 

suzannaSuzanna Knowlton, Operations Manager

“My six word memoir is five: ‘You don’t know my life.'”

 

 

 

elijahElijah Koller, Marketing Assistant & Produce Keeper

Elijah is from Eau Claire, loves meeting new people and trying new foods. Likes to talk cars, coffee, and cooking.

 

 

Cody Maciosek, Store Keeper

Favorite food: The hearts of his enemies. And cous-cous. Favorite part about working at JLF: Working with high quality food and high quality co-workers and customers. Fun fact: If fine whiskey were an ocean, he’d be the captain of the greatest ship to set sail.

 

 

Nik FishNik Novak, Meat Buyer

Aside from his duties as Store Keeper, Animal Parts Buyer, and Generalist Co-op Grunt, Nik is a teacher, a stonemason, a Serb, a writer-of-letters, an avid canoeist, and a curmudgeon of socialistic repute.  Also, he really likes meat.

 

Cindy Schlosser, Merchandising

Cindy has been active in co-ops for a long time as she loves to cook, bake, and eat vegetarian food.  She enjoys finding local and regional products for Just Local Food to carry.  She visits co-ops whenever she travels because she believes co-op communities are made up of the best people on the planet.

 

Heidi_2Heidi Sanders, Produce Manager

A native Eau Claire gal, Heidi studied Restaurant Management at UW-Stout and Horticulture at C.V.T.C.  Heidi is a strong believer in supporting small businesses and local farmers.  She loves to share her knowledge of growing, preparing and storing food, so feel free to pick her brain.  Heidi’s love of good food and passion for playing in the soil landed her at the doorstep of Just Local Food, and she knew she was home!

courtneyCourtney Solin, Store Keeper

Courtney’s love of dirt was instilled early on in her homelands of Utah and Iowa.  When she isn’t hiking, biking, camping, or goofing around with her son Denim, Courtney is advocating for co-ops and nutritious food that is grown sustainably, ethically, and humanely.  She believes in the limitless abilities of a strong and healthy community, and that the hokey pokey is what it’s all about.

 

laura sommerLaura Sommer, Store Keeper and Sampler of Delicious Food

Laura Sommer hails from Cleveland (in Ohio), by way of Flin Flon (née Slovakia).  Her favorite foods (to eat) are pork knuckles, Circus Peanuts, and Cheez doodles. When she isn’t working her day-job or creating delicious foods at home, Laura (affectionately known as “The Sample Queen”), comes off the bench to provide a variety of utility-woman tasks for this here little co-op.

 

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Amber Torpen, Store Keeper

Amber is passionate about food, preventative health, and fitness.  In her free time, she loves going to the farmer’s market, hiking, canoeing, and watching live music.

 

 

Reed White, Stocker

Favorite Food: gyros
Favorite part of working at JLF: The community!
Fun fact: I have a twin brother, but he doesn’t work at just local food

 

 

staff5-6-16Mark Wirz, Finance Manager

A relatively new transplant into the co-op and natural foods worlds, Mark brings us the gift of financial acumen. We aren’t sure where he comes from, exactly, but he does a bang-up job with our numbers and keeps all of us on course.

 

DSC_0152Jordan Wolfe, Merchandising Manager

One of the original founders of Just Local Food Co-op, Jordan has worked through and witnessed every stage of the co-op’s evolution. Jordan is passionate about good food and good eating. His steady style and developed palette are the back bone of the store’s wide array of delicious and high quality foods.