Board of Directors
Shonda M. Craft, Ph.D., LMFT, Associate Dean, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, Metropolitan University
Timothy Dykstal, Fiscal Compliance Coordinator, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Dung Mao, Doctoral student, the Department of Family Social Science, UMN
Leif Masrud, (President) Education and Planning Consulting
Trudy Ohnsorg, (Treasurer) Sr. Consultant, Cincinnatus
Janet M. Phipps, Sr. Project Manager, Agribank
Jocelyn Pickreign, Simpson Housing Services, Literacy Mentoring Program Coordinator
Megan Reinbold, (Secretary) MBA, Service Engineer, Cummins Power Generation
Julianne Seiber, MS, RD, LN (Vice President) Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health (retired)
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 email@example.com for more information and an application form.
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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, Market Garden Program 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. As the Market Garden Program Manager, she oversees multiple organic production sites, a 30-member urban CSA, farmers market stands, value-added production and a year-round youth garden crew. 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.
Ashley Grell, MN GreenCorps Member; ext. 25
Ashley is a graduate of St. Catherine University (2013) with a degree in biology. Her study abroad in Germany, where she focused on environmental studies, inspired her return to the Twin Cities to implement many of the same green living practices. Her role as a GreenCorp Member at Urban Roots will build on her work with the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory where she engaged in community education on a wide variety of topics, including natural history and global conservation. Her experiences with other non-profits also focused on education, outreach, training and building volunteer relationships. Ashley’s goals are a perfect fit for Urban Roots -learning more about local conservation issues and practices and about different approaches to restoring and preserving natural areas, while expanding her experience to include youth education and outreach. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys exploring new areas of the Twin Cities-favorites include downtown St. Paul and Northeast Minneapolis, and branching out to greater Minnesota to explore new hiking trails and smaller towns.
Jaclyne Jandro, Market Garden Program 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.
Wayne Lund, Accounting Manager; ext. 13
Wayne has over 40 years of experience in accounting and financial operations in both the business and nonprofit sectors. At Urban Roots since 2012, Wayne handles the bookkeeping, accounting and financial reporting. Wayne finds joy in accurate numbers and making sure the numbers match up. He enjoys quality foods, cooking, his family, and numerous community volunteer activities.
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.
May Vang, Conservation Coordinator (seasonal)
May has worked as a seasonal field supervisor for the Conservation Program since 2014. She assists the Program Manager, leads the youth intern crews, and conducts field and classroom education sessions. May works with the Belwin Nature Center during the academic year, and loves traveling and outdoor activities.
Jessica Timerman, Market Garden Program Assistant (Macalester College Intern — Bonner Scholar)