Board of Directors 2018 Candidates

It’s an exciting time at the Co-op and now’s your chance to get more involved.  We are seeking nominations for 5 open seats in the 2018 Board of Directors election, which will take place at the General Membership Meeting on May 20, 2018.

Voting will take place at the Spring General Membership Meeting on May 20, 2018. Absentee voting will take place in store and online May 15-19. One vote per membership.


Jessica Welch

Hello Co-Op Members!  My name is Jessica Welch and I have a great desire to represent the interests of the Co-op and service the will of the membership (You)!  By serving on the Board of Directors, I hope to make a positive impact in our community and am proud to belong to a Cooperative of like-minded people that help make our community a better place to live, work, and play. 

I have been a member of the Co-op for almost 4 years, a member of the Numbers Circle since May 2017, and I have also had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors since August 2017.   I have worked for the Canadian National Railroad for the last 11 years managing clerical employees which oversee all rail crews in the US, as well as working closely with the Federal Railroad Administration on rules and regulations.  I now manage the Service Delivery for all customers in the US and have been an active leader in our Sustainability program since 2011. I feel that my experience in managing multiple operations in the transportation industry would be an asset to the Board. 

If re-elected to the Board of Directors, I will continue to serve the membership by using my best judgement and business management skills to represent you and conduct myself with loyalty, integrity, and willingness to serve.  I look forward to meeting you all at the GMM in May!    

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Danny Werachowski

Hello!  My name is Danny Werachowski and I was elected by the Board of Directors to fill a vacancy in the fall of last year.  While on the Board, I have played active roles in the Beautiful Food, Communications, and We the People management circles, working with staff and members for the continued adherence to the mission of SPAC.  

I am a baker by morning and a farmer by evening, working at an artisan bakery as well as co-owning a cooperative farm in Custer.  I am also an active member of various other community organizations, and a proud resident of the north-side of Stevens Point.

If elected to the Board of Directors, I will work for the membership to establish broader economic accessibility to the coop, continued diversification of membership, and stronger community partnerships in order to guarantee the resilience of our own cooperative and those that help support us.  


Craig Buttke

Hello Co-op Members! My name is Craig Buttke and I would like the opportunity to serve you as a member of the Board of Directors. I think the co-op is an extremely valuable asset to our membership, the local food economy and the community.

I grew up in central Wisconsin and first became a member of the co-op in 1999 and worked for the co-op for a couple of years in the early 2000s. I've worked in the renewable energy industry since 2004 and currently am the COO of North Wind Renewable Energy Cooperative and serve on our board of directors as vice president. 

If elected to the BOD, I would do my best to represent the will of the membership, the financial health of the Co-op and help to increase the value of the Co-op to our community. 


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Cole Madden

Hello there, Stevens Point Co-op members! My name is Cole Madden and I am running for a seat on the Board of Directors. As a graduate of UWSP, a licensed teacher, and a small business owner, I believe I have the skills needed to assist the cooperative as we navigate into the future.

For the past three years I have lived in a cooperative household where I managed personalities and intentions to facilitate an environment for community and growth. During that time, I developed a passion for our local food economy, giving my time to area farms, and providing resources and food for others. Currently, I live and work (as a farmhand and baker) out of a farm in Milladore.

If elected to the Board of Directors, I will work to find solutions that will best benefit the community. Fostering the progression of cooperation and growth within ourselves and within our community will continue to be my main priorities.


Ish Odogba

Ismaila (Ish) Odogba is a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP).

 An herbal ethicist, he believes that for a healthy and joyous life, your food should be your medicine rather than your medicine being your food.  Simply put, eating beautiful (organic and natural) foods reduces the total toxic burden of the body. 

He has served on the Board of Directors (BOD) and looks to bring his expertise in aiding the Co-op to not only function effectively and efficiently, but also meet the needs of it's members and the wider community.


Andrew Ludwig

Hi! I’m Andrew Ludwig and I’m a working member at SPA Co-op. I have been involved in the Communications, We the People, and Beautiful Food circles as a minute-taker, as well as producing content for and coordinating the eNewsletter with Lyn Ciurro.

Since returning to Stevens Point last August, I have worked for UWSP Information Technology as temporary help managing student staff at the Service Desk, but will be starting a new position in the UWSP Office of the Registrar next week. I love to see young people becoming involved in their communities and will fight for their right to be heard and advocate for their leadership in those communities.

If elected to the BOD, I will fight for the young people who come to Stevens Point for an education, and strive to help them access healthy and ethically produced food from our area and beyond. I believe that community involvement helps students grow as individuals, and that increased student participation with SPA Co-op will benefit both the Co-op and the young people in our community.