Here are this year’s board nominees. Voting will begin April 22.
Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart
I am an enrolled citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, a small businesswoman entrepreneur, and the Executive Chef of Etiquette Catering Company a unique artisan catering company located in downtown Rapid City. I am a 6th generation entrepreneur proud to be a part of the Tanka Bar family.
I believe strongly in the value of food cooperatives to provide healthy, high-quality food, products and resources to a community and am excited to be running for a seat on the Breadroot Board of Directors. I have significant experience working as an investment banker, organizational consultant, nonprofit executive director, and small business owner.
Josey Wales Eagle Bull
I am born and raised in South Dakota, growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation. After high school I immediately went to the work force in Rapid City to provide for my family. I enjoyed working in South Dakota, however I had ambitions to be a wild land firefighter. I attended a fire academy in San Diego and did well enough to join the Golden Eagle Hotshots Fire Agency for their 2014 season.
I grew up on a natural healing center near Hermosa in the Black Hills. In 2010 I volunteered at Breadroot and later became one of the few paid workers. I was assistant manager when I left Breadroot to be a farm intern at Battle Creek Gardens. I later worked at Community Action Partnership as the Food Independence Coordinator managing a $300,000 grant.
I along with my bride of 51 years have resided in South Dakota our entire lives. I have a ranch/farm background and currently serve as manager of the Voight Scatterwood Reserve that is part of my Grandfather’s Homestead. My professional career has been in the State of South Dakota as a public school teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, University Adjunct and Assistant Professor at SDSU.
I love fitness, music, and teaching. I coach youth lacrosse here in Rapid City. Part of being a good teacher is listening to criticisms and needs. My goal is to represent employees in board meetings. Breadroot is the first Co-op I’ve been exposed to, and I’d love to help it grow. Separate from the Co-op, I’m trying to start giving back to the community that has treated me so well.
I am a Procurement Analyst at Ellsworth Air Force Base. I have been experienced with procurement, management and customer service. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration in Management from Nova Southeastern University. I am a certified life Coach assisting people make better life choices and help them make progress in their lives in order to attain greater fulfillment.
As a wellness coach, healthy, high quality food is my suggested first line of defense to a healthier life. This is why I am passionate about what the Coop has to offer the community. My experience as an executive coach and business consultant could be helpful in moving the mission forward.
Hello fellow cooperators! My roots to Breadroot run deep, I have been a member since Breadroot opened in 2001 at the Columbus Street location. I volunteered at Breadroot for 12 years, doing everything from moving the store three times, placing orders, running the till, opening and closing the store, helping write the mission statement, as well as serving on the board for many years.
My name is Susan Fedell. I am a longtime resident of Rapid City, although I lived in several other states as a child, college student, and young adult. I recently retired from Youth and Family Services, Inc. where I served as the CEO for 30+ years. Because we had excellent board members, committed staff, and visionary courage, we grew to serve 14,000 disadvantaged youth and their families in western SD.
I became interested in healthy eating and living as a young adult, getting involved work- wise in 1986 in Great Falls, MT, where I managed a health food store specializing in bulk food purchasing and bread making. In 1996 I moved to a friend’s newly purchased 80 acre market farm and spent the next 15 months in the transition process to organic and starting an on-farm store.
I am a member and weekly shopper at the Breadroot Co-Op. I see the BRCO as a staple in our community bringing local growers and producers products to our community as well as providing goods from all over the world to support our members well-being and individual health choices! Having lived extensively overseas and in the U.S, I am a culturally aware world traveler that gets along easily with people from all walks of life.
I was born and spent the early years of my childhood in the Black Hills. When I was 12, my mother and I moved to New Mexico. During our time there, we were members of the local food co-op. After graduating from Portales High School, I moved back to the Black Hills and am now raising my family in the area I’ve always loved.
Howdy! My name’s Lucas and I’m from Cleveland, Ohio! I just recently moved to Rapid City this winter from Austin, Texas. I love anything to do with the outdoors, hiking, running, swimming, rock and ice climbing, etc. I work as a Project Manager at the military surplus store in the old Prairie Market building right across the street.