BOARD OF DIRECTORS

]Leif Masrud
Leif is the Board President and is also a Mechanical Engineer.

Julie Seiber
Julie is the Vice-President of the Board. She was the SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program) Coordinator for Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health before she retired.

Megan Reinbold Wickmann
Megan is the Board Secretary and a global Engineering Leader at Cummins.

Tim Dykstal
Tim is the Board Treasurer and is also a retired Fiscal Compliance Coordinator for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.

Shonda M. Craft, Ph.D.
Shonda is the Interim Dean at St. Cloud State University and is also a Private Practice therapist.

James Dawolo
James is a special education teacher for Roseville Public Schools.

Catherine Downey
Catherine is the Operations Manager for Mississippi Market Natural Foods Coop

Stephanie Harr
Stephanie is the Legislative Aide for City Councilwoman Jane Prince and Saint Paul’s Ward 7.

Dung Mao, Ph.D.
Dung recently received his Ph.D. from the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota.

Andrew Novak
Andrew is a Water Resources Project Manager working for Capitol Region Watershed District.

Trudy Ohnsorg
Trudy is the Owner and Principal of Cincinnatus, Inc.

Srinivas Siddabathuni
Sri is a Senior IT Manager at Health Partners

Interested in joining our Board?

We are committed to having a highly functioning board to advance our mission. We are looking to grow our board of directors and will be reviewing new board member applications three times each year in February, June and October. If you are interested in applying, please contact the Urban Roots Board at urbanrootsboard@gmail.com for more information and an application form.

For more information to get involved, click HERE or Call us anytime at 651.228.7073.

STAFF

Saba Andualem, Cook Fresh Coordinator; ext. 24

Saba is a University of Minnesota Duluth graduate whose focus and experience has primarily been on food systems, including helping start a CSA farm in Duluth, which fostered cooking classes, weekly zines, lots of produce, and farm tours. After moving to the Twin Cities, she joined the Minneapolis Food Council, while working as the gardener at Common Roots café, followed by a farming and cooking stint in New Zealand.  She is thrilled to be a part of Urban Roots where she can combine cooking, community engagement and team building with youth! When not working, Saba enjoys being outside, riding her bike, playing music, hosting people, and spending time with friends and family.

Lori Arnold, Executive Director; ext. 10

Lori has nearly 20 years of experience working as a nonprofit leader and began work as the Executive Director at Urban Roots in 2016. She holds a B.A. degree in Management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN and a M.A. degree in Nonprofit Management from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, MN. Across the years, much of Lori’s work has focused on leading organizations whose missions were to enhance and improve the lives of youth and families. In her spare time, Lori especially enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and cooking.

Summer Badawi, Special Projects Manager; ext. 14

Summer is trained in public horticulture and organic crop production. Through working with youth and families in garden-based programs and interest in teaching others to grow food, she focused her career in the Twin Cities — first with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and currently with Urban Roots since 2012. Summer pursued her studies by completing a rigorous two-year public horticulture training program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, along with a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, she travels to gardens, parks and the wilderness in good company.

Sydney Davis, Market Garden Program Manager; ext. 14

Sydney fell in love with vegetable gardening as a child and has never looked back. She sees her work at Urban Roots as an opportunity to build soil, community, and resilience, and loves to connect with youth through gardening. She learned to grow veggies in New York and California, and has a particular passion for rare seed varieties and low-impact farming methods. As the Market Garden Program Manager, she oversees multiple production sites, a 40-member CSA, our fall farmer’s market, and wholesale accounts. Sydney is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education, and in her free time, she hangs with her pups at the dog park and admires her friends’ gardens

Jaclyne Jandro, Market Garden Education Coordinator; ext. 15

Jaclyne comes to Urban Roots in 2016 after ten years working with youth in the public schools of St. Paul, five seasons working on organic vegetable farms (including Open Hands Farm, Loon Organics, and Gardens of Eagan), and many years of outdoor education at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan. She is thrilled to have a position that combines all these experiences. Jaclyne was most recently a biology teacher at Twin Cities Academy and cross-country ski coach at Highland Park. She brings with her experience writing curriculum, a joy of working with the students of St. Paul, and a love of healthy food and the outdoors. Jaclyne spends her free time with her three energetic sons, riding her bike, or exploring the outdoors however possible.

Patsy Noble, Senior Program Director; ext. 11

A Saint Paul native, Patsy has a long history of work in community programs for food access, gardening, conservation and youth mentoring. She has initiated and implemented innovative programs at multiple for-profit and nonprofit businesses. She worked with Urban Roots for 10 years as the Program Manager, and returned in 2009 as support staff for grant and report writing, Interim Directorships, and as the Director of Special Projects. In her current role as Senior Program Director, she leads and oversees program direction, implementation, reporting and staffing, as well as community partnerships. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and has extensive experience working as a community liaison, with a focus on creating place in our communities. She enjoys all things outdoors, good fiction and cooking.

David Woods, Conservation Program Manager; ext. 16

Growing up, David had a passion for finding beauty in the blend of natural and urban environments. While obtaining his B.A. in Biology, Society and the Environment from the U of M, David helped share that passion with children visiting the Bell Museum of Natural History, working as an environmental educator. After graduating, David gained experience in the field as an Americorps member for the New Hampshire and Minnesota Conservation Corps. In his role as the Conservation Program Manager at Urban Roots (since 2013), he leads youth interns in conservation projects ranging from habitat restoration, rain garden and pollinator work and helps educate the community about our local parks. When not at Urban Roots, David enjoys playing music and biking around town.

 

SEASONAL STAFF:

India Orman, Market Garden Crew Lead
May Vang, Conservation Coordinator
Katherine Flacklam, Conservation Crew Lead
Alexus Kloetzke-Wilson, Cook Fresh Crew Lead
Imogene Silver, Cook Fresh Crew Lead