Breadroot Board of Directors 2017
A native of Western Washington, I grew up with a family in the grocery business and learned a lot about the for-profit grocery world. When I struck out on my own, I started shopping for groceries at my local co-op. I liked the idea of supporting a business with a mission not only to serve quality food but also to benefit its members and the environment. As a registered dietitian, I help my clients plan and prepare meals that support their health goals. A key ingredient to this process is a local shop with a great selection of healthful groceries and supportive staff. A thriving co-op is an incredible asset to a community, and I’m glad we have Breadroot here in Rapid City. My experience in elected positions on the executive board of a professional organization for dietitians taught me that a small group of dedicated volunteers can really make a difference.
Dowell Caselli-Smith (Vice President)
After serving three terms as President I now serve as Vice President. I also served a term as Board Treasurer. Now, as Vice President I hope to work with the new President, Finance Committee and the General Manager to continue refining our monthly and quarterly reports to the full board and member/owners. It is exciting to be a part of a vibrant board and thriving organization with a great future ahead. I hope my experiences heading up a small business loan fund, operating a few small business ventures over the years, and teaching about co-ops in my sociology courses will be of value to Breadroot. We are fortunate to have become affiliated with the National Cooperative Grocers Association and CDS Consulting Services. They have helped us a lot and have the resources and courses to move us forward in sustainable and meaningful ways. We as board members can and are experiencing growth along with our management, employees and our store. Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility for your investment in a vibrant and growing cooperative!
Karen Psiaki (pronounced “psyche”, the “p” is silent)
I moved to the Black Hills in 2006. I grew up in the New York City area. I have degrees from Princeton and NYU. I spent many years in Jersey City, which is just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan and ground zero. For a few years I was a food entrepreneur, importing a specialty product from Austria, and manufacturing a snack food of my own. It didn’t bring me money, but I learned a lot. In my paying jobs I was always in sales: X-ray equipment, computer software, tractors, mostly technical stuff. More recently advertising, both broadcast and print.
I love to cook. I love to open the cupboards and just invent. My first cookbooks were vegetarian, and I still have them – much tattered. They were pre-vegan, heavy on the cream, eggs, and cholesterol. I have a respect for people’s dietary preferences. I think that makes me different from the average “business person.”
I am learning the massive amount of work it takes to track the performance of the Co-op to provide effective leadership and oversight. Some areas of work for me to focus on might be membership and community engagement.
Integrity lives in a very personal way for me: doing what you know to do; doing what others would expect you to do. That includes a commitment to quality and to having things be complete. I would say I am passionate about inclusion, diversity, and getting communities to open up and work together in productive and unpredictable ways. I think that leads to the miracles.
My day job is writing articles and selling advertising for Black Hills Faces magazine.
I have been a Breadroot member since I moved to South Dakota in 2010 and I have served on the Board of Directors as the Secretary since July 2015. I came here to start a sustainable engineering program at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where I am also a newly-tenured professor of environmental engineering. As a researcher in contaminant transport in the indoor environment and outdoor environment and as a mother to an 11-year old, I am very knowledgeable and passionate about purchasing food and household products that are safe for my family and safe for the environment. As a consumer, I sincerely appreciate Breadroot’s commitment to providing safe, healthy, and affordable food and products. I am excited to share my knowledge and passion for the protection of human health, environmental health, and sustainable communities, as well as my experience in education and community outreach and management experience, with the Breadroot Co-op Family.
Kristi Langerak is a Registered Dietitian and Herbalist with more than 15 years experience in the food industry. She began her career studying natural foods and complimentary medicine in Boulder Colorado, eventually earning her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science at Colorado State College in Ft. Collins Colorado. Prior to earning her degree she worked in her family’s business maintaining the store with her mother who lead seminars teaching natural healing in Boulder Colorado and New Mexico. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences she traveled to Berkley California and worked for Wild Oats Market and Healthy Life Vitamins where she consulted to help build their supplement departments. She is owner of Vibrant Bodies Pathways to Health where she is committed to educating people on the use of whole and organic foods to better their health.
Tom Berry (Treasurer)
After a lifelong career in forestry management and marketing of forest products, I have retired. I grew up in Michigan and graduated with a forestry degree from Michigan State University. My work included forestry consulting through a regional food co-op based in Duluth, MN. Most of my working life was spent in marketing of manufactured forest products. I am currently involved with the Black Hills Area Boy Scouts Council, South Dakota Project Learning Tree as Board Chair (Environmental Education). I have served on the Board of Black Hills Habitat for Humanity as Treasurer. My wife, Jeanne, and I have five grown children between us with eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. We enjoy organic gardening, fishing, camping and travel.