Current Board of Directors
Dale Woodbeck, General Manager
Dale was a member of the Board from 2005-2010 before becoming the General Manager in May, 2010. He has been a Lakewinds owner since 1990. After a career that included seven years managing a multi-store retail operation, Dale started and operated a successful manufacturing business. Woodbeck served on the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners from 2006 through 2012. He currently is Board Chair at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. He is also a Board member at the Organic Processing Institute and an active member of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
Dale has an enduring commitment to the cooperative business model, and to providing the leadership necessary to keep Lakewinds a successful and responsive co-op.
John DePaolis (serving since 2013)
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Doug Engen (serving since 2008), Board President
Doug has experience as a senior manager and controller in international locations with a food processing company, has worked as a CPA at an auditing firm, and currently is retired and occasionally consults. He lives with his wife Deb in Minnetonka. His four children reside outside of Minnesota.
Caroline Hermes (serving since 2009)
Caroline has over 20 years of Project Management and Information Technologies experience. She has worked primarily in the manufacturing business. Caroline lives in Eden Prairie with her husband and two sons.
Fred Ladner (serving since 2009)
Fred is an attorney specializing in financial transactions, including negotiating and documenting various types of loans, acquisitions and real estate matters. Fred lives in Deephaven with his wife, Caden.
Stephanie Matz (serving since 2013)
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Brenda Pfahnl (serving since 2012)
Brenda has worked in the cooperative sector for the past seventeen years. She is the Program Manager for Sustainable Food Systems Finance with the Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund (NCDF), a national lender to cooperatives which is based in Minneapolis. Brenda also serves on the Board of the Organic Field School at Gardens of Eagan. She lives in Eden Prairie with her husband and two of her three children, while her eldest is completing his undergraduate studies in England.
Taiha Wagner (serving since 2010)
Taiha has been a nurse since 1989 and is in private practice in Eden Prairie. She works with her patients in reversing chronic illness and weight gain through nutrition and lifestyle medicine. She lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, Jim, and their three children.
Tracy Kochendorfer (serving since 2012)
Tracy is an attorney who works with banks to document and close loans to small businesses and nonprofit corporations. After many years working in larger law firms, she started a solo practice in 2005. Tracy has wide-ranging interests and is an avid volunteer. She and her husband, James live in Plymouth and spend a fair amount of time trying to keep up with their two teenagers.
What I love about Lakewinds: I love the friendly atmosphere and positive feelings I have when I visit the Lakewinds stores. Lakewinds is more than a place to buy food. It’s a learning center, community resource and gathering spot. People of all ages and walks of life can connect with food, products and each other in ways that support, improve and enhance their lives.
Tim Reese (serving since 2012)
Tim has been involved in developing sustainable local food systems professionally for the past twenty years as a CSA farmer, co-op employee, educator and organizer. Since 2002 he has been the supervisor of Gale Woods, an educational farm in Minnetrista operated by Three Rivers Park District. He, and his wife Melinda, and two elementary school age children have been members of Lakewinds since moving to the area from South Minneapolis ten years ago. In his spare time, Tim plays fiddle and enjoys biking and cross-country skiing.
What I love about Lakewinds: I love Lakewinds because my purchases support my values and beliefs—call it positive consumerism. It’s also great to shop with my family in a place where we feel a sense of community and belonging.