Breadroot Board of Directors 2017

Lindsey Hays (President)

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)

My name is Dowell Caselli-Smith and this is my  first term as Vice President. Previously, I’ve held three terms as President of Breadroot’s Board. In the past I’ve also served as Board Treasurer. As My name is Dowell Caselli-Smith and this is my third term as President of Breadroot’s Board. However, for the past year I served as Board Treasurer. AsVice President I hope to work with the Finance Committee, the new Treasurer, and the General Manager to refine our monthly and quarterly reports to the full board and membership. I would also like to work with the Planning Committee to put complete a five year plan reflective of the memberships ideas of what we aspire to be five years from now. I would also like to see us expand on the assessment and responses we have in place for both Management and the Board with regards to our annual and long-term operational goals.President I hope to work with the Finance Committee, the new Treasurer, and the General Manager to refine our monthly and quarterly reports to the full board and membership. I would also like to work with the Planning Committee to put complete a five year plan reflective of the memberships ideas of what we aspire to be five years from now. I would also like to see us expand on the assessment and responses we have in place for both Management and the Board with regards to our annual and long-term operational goals.

Tom Berry (Treasurer)

Jeanne Berry

Karen Psiaki

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.

Jennifer Benning (Secretary)

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

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.