Board of Directors
Back Row: Debbie Brown, Mia Taney, Heather Haynes, Roy Berger, Stephen Streng Front Row: Fun Fun Cheng, Sara Kujawski, Megan McGuire, and Hlee Vang
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.
Connect with Your Directors
It’s easy to learn more about your board and how the co-op is run. All member-owners are welcome to attend monthly board meetings. They are typically held on the last Tuesday evening of each month from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at our Selby-Dale store, unless otherwise noted.
If you are unable to attend a board meeting, you may stop by the customer service desk at any store location to review approved minutes from past meetings. If you have a suggestion, question, or concern you’d like to raise with the board, please send an email to email@example.com.
Mississippi Market’s 2016-2017 Board of Directors
Debbie Brown, Secretary
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.
Sara Kujawski, Vice President
Sara has a M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is a Human Resources Manager in the MN Judicial Branch (court system) where she focuses on performance coaching and workplace engagement. Sara believes in the values of cooperative organizations. She loves to cook and is currently learning to harvest seeds from local produce and garden. Sara sits on the board’s Executive Committee.
Megan has been a farmer, orchardist, watershed manager, and itinerant cyclist. She currently works as a biologist for the Army Corps of Engineers, designing ecosystem restoration projects and monitoring compliance with environmental laws and policy. Megan believes firmly in people’s ability to create just, sustainable, mutually beneficial institutions that will change the world– Mississippi Market is a perfect example. Megan brings prior experience serving on the board of a natural food coop, managing a local government unit, and growing food for market. Megan sits on the board’s Governance Committee.
Fun Fun Cheng
Fun Fun has a M.A. in Library & Information Science and has worked in libraries of all types and sizes. She has been an overseas English instructor, library supervisor, small business owner, and lifelong volunteer. She has also served on the leadership team of a homeschool educational co-op. Fun Fun has a strong belief that everyone should have access to healthy food and that the sharing of food is a powerful way to build community. Her volunteer work in the last few years has dealt with food access. In her spare time, she loves to cook and eat with family and friends. Fun Fun sits on the board’s Governance Committee.
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.
Mia Taney, President
Mia is a Strategic Planner and Business Process Improvement Consultant. She designs and leads strategic planning efforts for health care executives. In addition, she educates and coaches leaders, front line staff and teams in Lean, continuous improvement and problem solving. She received the 2011 Julie Belle White-Newman Leadership Award for Outstanding Research at St. Catherine University where she received a Master of Organizational Leadership degree. Her thesis research focused on strategic planning best practices for local, sustainable food businesses. Mia is passionate about sustainability, cooking, and gardening. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Metropolitan State University Alumni Board. Mia sits on the board’s Executive Committee.
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
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 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.