Board of Directors
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
Zachary Domeier - Rochester, MN: Zach is an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, pursuing a bachelor's degree in the health sciences with the hopes of one day becoming an emergency medicine physician. He volunteers as an emergency medical technician with Dodge Center Ambulance and works as a host at Chester's Kitchen and Bar in downtown Rochester. He will be traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark to study topics in sustainability in the summer of 2013.
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.
Trish Olson UMN rep w/Winona farm: Trish has many roles within the University of Minnesota Extension Service: Interim Capacity Area Leader for Family Development, Area Program Leader for Resource Management and Director of the Center for Personal and Family Financial Education. She also has a personal connection to the SE through her family farm in Winona County.
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.