Board of Directors
Southeast RSDP board & work group members at the 2013 end-of-year meeting.
Deborah Allan, Vice Chair - UMN rep w/Goodhue farm: Deborah is a University of Minnesota faculty member from the Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate. Her areas of research and teaching include effects of cropping systems and land management on soil quality and productivity, as well as plant nutrition. She also grows garlic and other garden produce and is reconstructing a prairie on her land in Zumbro Falls.
Robert (Bob) Cline, Treasurer - Rochester, MN: Bob has over 30 years experience in architecture and construction. He has been an active volunteer in the Rochester area and served on numerous boards in the fields of social service and community infrastructure. Currently Bob is President of the Board of Directors of Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center
Stacy Fritz - Chatfield, MN: Stacy is the Agriscience Instructor/FFA Advisor at Chatfield High School where she has taught for 5 years. She teaches classes in Biotechnology, Horticulture, Food Science, and offers a CIS Intro to Animal Science course for college credit at the U of MN. She enjoys gardening and fishing.
Wayne Martin - UMN rep: Wayne Martin is the Alternative
Livestock Systems Specialist at University of Minnesota Extension. He
serves as a Campus Rep on the ERC Board. He grew up on a farm in SE
Iowa, and spent two years in the Peace Corps, serving as an Extension
Educator in Ecuador. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the
University of Washington in Seattle, and a M.Ed. in Ag Education from
the University of MN.
Chris Meyer - Winona, MN: Chris and her husband Paul spent the last 6 years remodeling a 1965 rambler in the city limits of Winona to be a net-zero energy home, doing most of the work themselves and learning about energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. After a 30 year career writing software, she is now a certified Residential PV Site Assessor, and working on a MA in renewable energy policy. Chris holds a BS in Economics from Drake University, and a BFA from the University of MN, is also an Extension Master Gardener, on the board of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, the Winona County Parks and Advisory Committee and the City of Winona Citizens Environmental Quality Board.
Margo Stich, Secretary - Rochester, MN: Margo is a longtime resident of Rochester, Minnesota. She has served as the food and wine writer for Rochester Women Magazine since its beginnings in 2000. She is a strong advocate for "supporting local." In this area and others she volunteers with several nonprofit organizations.
Erin Meier, Executive Director - Kasson, MN: Erin lives south of Kasson on an acreage where she and her partner attempt to nurture their little patch of land with its gardens, kids and creatures. Erin comes to Minnesota by way of IL, NY, NJ, IA & KY. She holds an MS in Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University and has research interests in local food systems, consumer behavior and the external costs of agriculture. She is a geographer (BS, U of Illinois) with past experience as a cartographer and geographic information systems analyst.