URBAN ROOTS STAFF

Saba Andualem, Cook Fresh Program Manager; ext. 24

Saba is a University of Minnesota Duluth graduate whose focus and experience has been food systems, including helping start a CSA farm in Duluth, that fostered cooking classes, weekly zines, 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.

Summer Badawi, Marketing & Events Director; ext. 17

Summer has contributed a wide range of experiences to Urban Roots since 2012.  As the Market Garden Program Manager for five years, Summer transformed the program capacity, urban farm sites and dynamic partnerships to reach more young people, grow more food and increase Urban Roots presence in the community. Through intensive project planning, event management and creative marketing experiences in the organization, she has transitioned of the role of Marketing & Events Director.  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.

Skyler Hawkins, Market Garden Program Manager; ext. 14

Skyler’s fascination with food production was sparked as a teenager while living with subsistence farmers on the southern island of New Zealand. His passion for taking under-utilized, vacant land and transforming it into productive, community-centered spaces allows his passion for design and community engagement to blend with his eight years of farming experience. He has worked on CSA’s, with market gardens, and mission-driven and permaculture farms from Spain and Scotland to Duluth -and now St. Paul! Skyler believes people tell each other the best stories when they’re growing, cooking and eating food together!

Jaclyne Jandro, Education Manager; ext. 15

Jaclyne joined 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 of 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,  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, Executive Director; ext. 11

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 has worked with Urban Roots for over 20 years as a Program Manager, in Special Projects, and in multiple Interim Directorships.  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.

David Woods, Conservation Program Director; 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 5 years as the Conservation Program Manager at Urban Roots, he lead youth interns in conservation projects ranging from habitat restoration, rain garden and pollinator work to engaging the community in our local parks. When not at Urban Roots, David enjoys playing music and biking around town.

May Vang, Seasonal Conservation Program Coordinator

May has worked with Urban Roots for 6 summers leading youth interns in habitat restoration projects in the Conservation Program.  During the academic year, she works as an Environmental Educator at Belwin Conservancy.

Marcos Giossi, Seasonal Market Garden Program Coordinator

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

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

Dan Grundtner
Dan works with Flat Earth Brewery and is an active volunteer with Toastmasters

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

Dan King
Dan is a Product Developer at Xcel Energy

Ann Love
Ann was a Senior Creative Manager from Target Corp. before retiring

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

Pleasant Radford
Pleasant is an evaluator with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention

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.