Breadroot Board of Directors 2020
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.
After serving three terms as President, a term as Vice President and a term as Board Treasurer. Now, I hope to work with the 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!
Pam Bonar (Secretary)
Dreely Tabor (Treasurer)
Jessica A. Ries (Vice President)
My name is Jessica Ries. I am blessed with a magnificent husband, 3 boys who light up my world, a beautiful husky who is an escape artist and an avid talker, as well as our newest addition, a gorgeous newfoundland puppy. As a family, we have been volunteering at food banks, missions, and homeless shelters for over a decade. It gives us all great joy to share those experiences together and meet new friends along the way.
Becoming a member of Breadroot Natural Foods Co-op has been one of the best decisions our family has made. We love being able to get real food while supporting (mostly) locally sourced farmers in our area. The openness and the friendly and vibrant atmosphere are unique to Breadroot and something we have not found anywhere else. That kind of environment is cultivated by all of us and it is something that I am very proud to be a part of.
It is an honor to be able to serve on the Board of Directors and continue our mission to lead our community to be better fed and healthier. I look forward to growing in health with you all.
I have spent my career in Commercial Food Service Operations managing restaurants and Public School nutrition programs. I married my beautiful bride, Leah, in 1994 and we moved around the Midwest following my career with Brinker International. Most of our vacations centered around coming to South Dakota (Leah was born in Winner), so when the opportunity arose, we moved to Rapid City. We have been here for 15 years now and consider Rapid City our Forever Home.
We have shopped at the Coop for years, but just recently became members. Through conversations with Board members, I felt that my work experiences might help me contribute to the Breadroot Coop’s continued growth and I am excited to be a part of this dynamic team.