Board of Directors

Board Function & Responsibility

In accordance with the cooperative principles, Mississippi Market is run by democratic member control. The Mississippi Market board of directors consists of seven to nine elected member-owners chosen by the membership who are legally responsible for the overall direction and performance of the co-op. The board carries out this responsibility by establishing broad policy guidelines and by monitoring the performance of the general manager.

The members of the co-op board of directors have the same duties as the directors of any business. Our unique identity as a cooperative also means that our board must act on behalf of our member-owners.

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Mississippi Market’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • Debbie Brown, Secretary and Finance Committee Member

    Debbie is a safety and health professional who has worked for industry and government for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in health sciences and passion for preventing illness and injury. Debbie believes that good food and exercise are critical for our health and is proud that Mississippi Market educates people about wholesome foods. Debbie loves good food, enjoys cuisines from around the world, and experiments in the kitchen figuring out ways to make something that’s quick, healthful and interesting over several days. Debbie sits on the board’s Finance Committee.

  • Heather Haynes, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair and Governance Committee Member

    Heather has a M.A. in Philanthropy & Development and has twenty years of experience with strategic planning, budgeting and financial planning, revenue management, marketing and communications, and program implementation. She currently works as the Senior Director of Development for Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, and SD. Her interests include urban and organic gardening, native habitat, and nutritionally-based healing.

  • Roy Berger

    Roy has a BS degree in Accounting and passed the CPA exam in 1983, though he is no longer a certificate holder. Roy served as the Financial Manager for Mississippi Market for sixteen years, and retired in February 2016. He has served as a director and treasurer of Shared Capital Cooperative (formerly the Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund), and represented Mississippi Market in the Selby Avenue Business Association (SABA). Before joining Mississippi Market, he worked in public and private accounting in St. Paul.

  • Stephen Streng, Treasurer and Finance Committee Member

    Stephen is the staff writer and proposal developer at the National Center for Food Protection and Defense. He brings to the board management and financial experience as well as expertise in food production and land use issues developed across a career in for-profit companies, nonprofits, and academia. Stephen sits on the board’s Finance Committee.

  • Hlee Vang

    Hlee is an attorney and currently works as an Assistant Public Defender with the Hennepin County Public Defenders Office. Hlee also has her own Law Office where she specializes in providing legal services to Businesses and Health care professionals. Hlee is focused on creating social justice and positive change through food, art, and law.

  • Camille Bryant

    Camille is a practicing attorney and holds a degree in chemical engineering. She brings a unique skill set from her work as an Assistant Public Defender and experience as an environmental and project engineer. She currently serves as the community outreach chairperson for the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. She is a long-time co-op shopper and is excited to contribute beyond her membership.

  • Katherine Colón

    Katherine has a B.A. in Communications and a Mini MBA in Marketing. She is currently a Vice President of Marketing in the healthcare industry, and has thirty years of combined marketing, product development, and communications experience in healthcare, education, and publishing. She is excited to have the opportunity to help impact the success of the market in its mission to influence the production, distribution and enjoyment of food.

  • Kate Armstrong

    Kate is an attorney and has 14 years of experience, including as a public health attorney and as a Guardian ad Litem Program Manager for Ramsey County. She has experience with nutritional policy and expertise in state and federal statutes and regulations governing food policy, and the legal issues facing local nutritional initiatives. Kate has a deep respect for the co-op and a passion for its mission of providing nutritious, locally-grown and -produced food at an affordable price.

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