Breadroot Board of Directors 2017
DOWELL CASELLI-SMITH (President)
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. As 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)
Jennifer Benning (Secretary)
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.