Core Team

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-12-21-57-pmArlene Jones – arlene@sproutmn.com, 612-695-2721

General Manager, Sprout
34 year leader in cultural diversity. Is a Resilient Region Champion, Board: UofM Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Food Co-op Board, sustaining member of the Crossing Arts Alliance and Northland Arboretum, completed a Bush Fellowship tied to eco dev. TedX speaker.
Role: connect to  Amish community.

 

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-12-22-17-pmJessie Borkenhagen – jessie@sproutmn.com, 218-851-6691

Daily Operations Manager, Sprout
Millennial lifelong resident, restaurant owner at age 21, works with at-risk youth, founding member of Sprout food hub, daughter of farmer resident artist & elected official, trusted by growers. Certified in food safety handling. Respected among grower community and dedicated to the region.
Role: connect to grower residents.

 

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-12-23-16-pmMatt Annand – theoffice@3cheersmn.com218-824-6444

Co-owner and Executive Chef, Three Cheers Hospitality
Chef 25 years, works with over 15 chefs from region. Co-manages 3 restaurants/catering. Supports non-profit fundraising dinners. Utilizing local food truck, offered chef demonstrations in 10 low-income food desert communities. Long respect history w/ non-profit and social justice agencies.
Role: connect to culinary artists.

 

James Ruiz – james.ruiz.90@gmail.com phone: 320-232-5293

Title: Manager, Napa Auto Parts, local artist

Born in Ventura, Calif., parents from Mexico (Michoacan and Queretaro), moved to Long Prairie when he was 5 years old. James manages NAPA in Long Prairie and is a volunteer firefighter. He studied multimedia and animation for two years. His hobbies included painting, drawing, and sculpting.

Role: connect to Latino residents. Agua Gorda growers and Latino community artists.

 

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-12-24-09-pmEva Wilson – Eva.Wilson@llojibwe.org218-252-3373

Title: Chairperson of the Cass Lake Local Indian Council, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Lifelong resident of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO). Board member of the Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota, Red Cross Volunteer, and a member of LLBO Tribal Emergency Response Committee. Longstanding advocate of elders and artists. Eva has served as a well-known art activist for the last 8 years.
Role: connect to LLBO artists and growers.

 

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-12-25-04-pmDawn Espe – despe@regionfive.org, 218-894-3233

 Regional Development Planner, R5DC
 Regional Planner with Region Five Development Commission (a regional unit of gov) for 2 years. Serve on Five Wings Art Council Board    of Directors. Manages multiple foundation grants, State & Federal grants (EDA, USDA).  Masters Degree in Education from UofM Duluth.   
Role: project coordination of leadership teams, grant reporting.

 

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-12-25-26-pmCheryal Hills – chills@regionfive.org218-270-0188

Executive Director, Region Five Development Commission & the North Central Economic Development Association
25 yrs in com/eco development, provides oversight over $3M dollars in project, levy & grant ann. income. Oversees staff who deliver professional planning & project mgmt services including energy, broadband, business lending, transportation & more. Cheryal serves on several local, state and national boards.  
Role: project & fiscal administration.

 

Lisa Baker –  lisa@sproutmn.com, phone:

Marketing Director, Sprout

Lisa began her certified organic farm, Bakers’ Acres, in 2012.  During the winters, she also works with Sprout, the Sustainable Farming Association, Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, and the Minnesota Street Market food and art co-op. Lisa has a Master’s degree in Human Development with an emphasis on servant leadership and using ethnography for branding and marketing. She has 10 years experience in Fortune 500 companies External Relations, Corporate Communications, and Product Marketing.

Role: marketing, Core Team member.

 

Natalie Keane – natalie@sproutmn.com phone: 712-899-2268

Title: Facilities Utilization Director, Sprout

Natalie works to bridge the gap in resources and markets for food entrepreneurs by connecting them with Sprout’s shared-use licensed kitchen. Natalie’s passion for local food system development allowed her to engage with local food systems including work with the St. Joseph Farmers’ Market and Minnesota Street Market Food Co-op. Natalie also conducts outreach for the Initiative Foundation’s  AmeriCorps VISTA Cohort, and continues to affirm the program’s meaningful public sector experience and professional development opportunities in Central MN.

 Role: connect to Somali residents. Marketing, storytelling