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Chair: Terri Dallas

is the vice president of communications for Cooperative Resources International (CRI), Shawano, WI. CRI is a holding cooperative comprised of three subsidiaries: Genex Cooperative, Inc., Shawano, WI; AgSource Cooperative Services, Verona, WI and MOFA Global, Verona, WI.  As Vice President of Communications, Dallas oversees membership, advertising, promotion, and public relations for the cooperative. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dallas serves on the boards of Cooperative Network, Wisconsin Ag Education Workforce Development Council and Farm Technology Days. She has served on numerous cooperative committees, is a 4-H leader and past board member of Kids in the Kountry, a cooperative day care center.

Vice Chair: Jeff Doorenbos is a vice president and relationship manager with CoBank, Minneapolis, works with agricultural cooperatives across North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Doorenbos earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business from Southwest Minnesota State University.

He started his career working for the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives. He left the Bank to manage a farm supply cooperative – Hwy Ag Services in Le Center Minnesota for 3 years. In 2003, he returned to CoBank holding various positions and currently is a relationship manager working with the middle market, dairy, grain and farm supply, poultry and finance companies in the Minneapolis portfolio.

Secretary/Treasurer: Rosemary Mahoney is a consultant on international and domestic business development projects.

She has served as chief executive officer of CoopMetrics, a developer of analytic and comparative financial analysis tools for cooperatives and independent businesses.

She was a founding partner of MainStreet Cooperative Group, LLC., director of New Venture Development for Cooperative Solutions, LLC., executive director of Cooperative Development Services (CDS) and Regional Director for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance.

Rosemary serves on the boards of directors of Thanexus, Inc. and NCB Capitol Impact. Rosemary formerly served on the boards of directors of NCB (formerly known as the National Cooperative Bank), Cooperative Development Institute, National Cooperative Business Association, National Cooperative Grocers Association and CooperationWorks!

Margaret Bau has been a Cooperative Development Specialist with USDA Rural Development since 1998.  She developed over 30 co-ops across her home state of Wisconsin in industries as diverse as long term care, food hubs, conventional and local food groceries, kitchen incubators, arts marketing and galleries, forest management, logging, transportation, disability services, nonprofit shared services, and employment among people with mental illness.

Margaret developed an interest in cooperatives while organizing a rural women’s income generating project as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica from 1988-1992.  Margaret earned a masters degree in economic & community development from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in 1996 and a bachelors degree in psychology from Carroll College in 1987.

From 2002-2004 she participated in the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program (now Leadership Wisconsin).  In her quest to examine how other cultures implement co-op development strategies, she traveled to northern Italy in 2003, to Argentina in the spring of 2006, to Mondragon (northern Spain) in 2008, and to Quebec in the fall of 2006, 2010, and 2011.  In 2006 she was recognized for “outstanding contribution to cooperative education and training” by the Association of Cooperative Educators.  Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund awarded Margaret the Cooperative Service Award in 2009 in “recognition for her tireless efforts” towards co-op development.

Lori Capouch, Mandan, ND, is the director of the Rural Electric and Telecommunications Development Center, a cooperative development center supported by North Dakota’s electric and telecommunications cooperatives and hosted by the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives. Capouch’s work includes providing technical assistance for emerging and expanding rural businesses and cooperatives across the state of North Dakota. Capouch also serves as administrative agent to the Rural Development Finance Corporation and to the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education for their Agricultural Research Fund, a grant program for commodity-based research.  Prior to working for the Center, she served as executive director of the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission, a state-funded grant program focusing on the high-risk stage of the development process.

Capouch is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. She serves on the Dakotas America board of directors; as secretary on the CooperationWorks! board of directors; and, as a reviewer for the Community Impact Grant Program sponsored by the Bush Foundation and administered by the North Dakota Consensus Council. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in business management from the University of Mary.

Allie Mentzer, Iowa City, IA, is the advocacy specialist for National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.

In her role as advocacy specialist, Mentzer provides information, program support and educational materials to NCGA staff, co-ops and target consumers on complex issues relevant to the natural and organic food co-op sector, including topics related to sustainable food systems, fair treatment of people, and a healthy environment. Her responsibilities also include working with a member advisory committee to maintain a set of advocacy guidelines, and administering NCGA’s sponsorship program.

Prior to this position, Mentzer was Marketing and Member Services Manager at Linden Hills Co-op in Minneapolis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history, with a specialization in agricultural history, from the University of Virginia.

Sheryl Meshke is the Co-CEO for Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) in New Ulm, Minn. Prior to this position, Meshke served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Planning. Meshke is a past president of the Cooperative Communicators Association and Minnesota FFA Foundation. Her professional awards include being a four-time winner of the National Milk Producers Federation Dairy Communicator of the Year award, and the Michael Graznak Award which recognizes an outstanding young communicator. Meshke is a member of the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Honorary American and Minnesota FFA degrees. She is also a proud recipient of the Blue Earth County 4-H Alumni Award and the Minnesota Agri-Women Outstanding Agricultural Mentor Award.

Meshke received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism and a minor in animal science from South Dakota State University. She also holds a Master of Business Communication degree from the University of St. Thomas. She and her husband Blake have two sons, Derek and Brent. The family operates a diversified crop and livestock farm near Lake Crystal, Minn., and was named the Blue Earth County Farm Family of the Year. Blake and Sheryl serve as 4-H leaders and are active in their school, community and church.

Anne Reynolds is the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Cooperatives. She works with groups on new cooperative projects, particularly in the housing area. In addition, Reynolds has participated in research and cooperative development projects in the areas of member satisfaction and loyalty, education for emerging leaders, value-added agriculture, and rural housing. She also is responsible for the Center’s Internet-based services, and serves as coordinator for the Midwest Cooperative Education, Research and Extension Consortium.
Reynolds provides leadership for the Cooperative Education Alliance, a partnership of regional cooperative organizations that offers training and educational programming. She has led numerous workshops on board leadership, roles and responsibilities, and strategic planning.

In addition to The Cooperative Foundation board, Reynolds serves as a director for the Wisconsin Federated Youth Foundation and the Senior Cooperative Foundation. She is a past president of the Association of Cooperative Educators.

Before joining the Center for Cooperatives, Anne worked at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Dan Stoltz is president and chief executive officer of Spire Credit Union in Falcon Heights, MN. Stoltz is a certified public account and holds a master of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas.  He currently serves on the boards of the University of Northwestern — St. Paul, Presbyterian Senior Homes, Minnesota Credit Union Services Corporation, Minnesota Credit Union Network, Cooperative Network and Alloya Corporate. He has served on the Lino Lakes and Circle Pines City Council.

Brenda Forman is the chief administrative officer the South Dakota Association of Cooperatives, representing farm supply, marketing, rural electric and telephone cooperatives. Her responsibilities include developing and maintaining good working relationships with local, state and national organizations; and lobbying issues at the state and national levels.

She is actively involved in the Council on Agriculture Research Extension and Teaching; Pierre Kiwanis; South Dakota Highway Users;South Dakota Certified Crop Advisory Program; South Dakota Ag Unity (coalition of 23 agricultural organizations); South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership; South Dakota State University; South Dakota Value Added Development Center; the National Conference of State Cooperative Councils; Sunday school; and 4-H. Forman graduated from South Dakota State University with degrees in animal science and agronomy.