Clipper City Co-op Board Members
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Meet Tony Fodden, serving as the Vice President of Clipper City Co-op Board of Directors.
My family moved from Milwaukee to Manitowoc in 1965. While I traveled extensively for school beginning in 8th grade, I’ve always felt at home here and established many close friendships and social connections. In 1978 I moved to Seattle to obtain my Masters in Architecture degree and quickly fell in to the professional workforce there. After 30 years I missed my friends, the Lake, deciduous trees, 4 seasons, and our prairie sky. In 2008 I returned to Manitowoc committed to actively participating in the community's growth and development. I started my own consulting business in Architectural project management and technical design. I have also been actively involved in local arts, city planning, historic preservation, parks and recreation, and the overall quality of life in Manitowoc. I am committed to seeing a cooperative grocery opening in Manitowoc.
Please allow me to introduce myself. My maiden name is Naomi Schultz. I was raised in Lake Mills, Wisconsin and Merrill,Wisconsin. My father and mother were educators in the Lutheran Schools of these small towns. Life growing up with five siblings was filled with love and compromise. I don’t know how my mother managed it all but I believe life was a little less complicated back then and there was more extended family support surrounding many people. We appreciated treats such as the 10 hamburger family pack for five dollars from CHIPS family restaurant in Merrill. I believe you also received some soggy fries with that. I also remember tending the family garden and eating a carrot that was dug out of the earth and washed with a garden hose.
Family get together's, swimming lessons and studying filled our days. My parents love of education rubbed off on me and my other siblings as we all went our own ways to separate colleges across the country..
I attended Doctor Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN where I received a bachelor's degree in elementary education. I then taught in elementary schools in Manitowoc, Bay City, Michigan and at St. John’s Lutheran School in Manitowoc. I enjoyed teaching grades one and two for eight years and preschool for 12 years at this excellent school. How many schools can say they have cows in their backyard? I have been married to Nathan Raddatz since 1994 and we are the proud parents of four children ranging from 21 -13. We have enjoyed traveling with our family to almost all of the states (except Hawaii and Alaska) When I return from visiting a big city I always appreciate Wisconsin and its open space and ease of travel. We have so much to be thankful for here. I believe that a Cooperative Grocery store will be a true benefit to our community and its local farmers. Having access to quality fresh food year round is a priceless commodity that will grow with us for generations to come.
Meet John Ellerman, serving as Treasurer, a Clipper City Co-op Board of Directors member. John grew up in Manitowoc and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968. John is a Viet Nam Veteran who used the GI Bill to get a BS degree in agricultural services and a MS in agricultural economics from Southern Illinois University and has added graduate coursework while in a PhD Program at Michigan State University. John has worked professionally as an Agricultural Economist for 40 years for three universities and has more than 12 years of international experience working with cooperative and marketing project/programs in several countries around the world. In addition to his work with Clipper CIty Co-op, John is now working as the general Manager of SLO Farmers Cooperative in NE Wisconsin.
Meet Pat Koppa, Board of Directors member of Clipper City Co-op.
Hi, I'm Pat Koppa though an awful lot of people call me Patti. And that's okay! I have many layers and many interests so it is perfect to have many names. If I have to pick the top two interests outside work related subjects I go straight to Girl Scouts and the Experimental Aircraft Association. I volunteer extensively with both organizations logging untold hours. Both organizations have made a huge impact on my life and I believe in giving back. By volunteering I continue to try new things. I find that I am never bored. I am looking forward to eventually catching up on my "must do" list and having more time to volunteer and work in my long neglected gardens.
Meet Ryan Sullivan, serving as one of the Board of Directors!
Ryan Sullivan is a husband, father, veteran and farmer. Ryan is a Senior Master Sergeant in the SD Air National Guard and a proud member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Ryan and Jackie were married in Oct 2006 and have three healthy beautiful children. Ryan is an enthusiastic new sustainable farmer that values local, nutrient dense slow food.
Meet Lori Hagenow, serving on the Board of Directors! I was born and grew up in Manitowoc and chose Manitowoc as the place to raise my family. I am the Administrative Executive and a Realtor for Aspire Real Estate Group LLC. I am very excited to be a part of the journey as the Clipper City Co-op develops and moves forward to become a vital part of our Manitowoc Community.
Meet Beth Steimle, serving as one of the Board of Directors. Born and raised in Manitowoc, I feel my biggest strength as a Board Member for Clipper City Co-op would be my life long involvement in nutrition and healthy living and educating others on the benefits. I am very active in the community, by contributing to and supporting programs and agencies that are helping to strengthen and better our community for all generations.
Meet Leann Swartz, serving as one of the Board of Directors! I live in Two Rivers and I believe in this movement. As a Board member I will bring an experience in retail, non-profit and financial organizations. I have sat on multiple boards and served on fund raising and growth committees. I will happily, eagerly spread the word about all the benefits Clipper City Co-op can bring to our community.
Meet Scott Retzak, serving on the Board of Directors! I am a retired US Navy Chief working in the field of business and sales. I speak three languages: English, Spanish & ASL. I newly moved to Manitowoc from San Diego and I own a downtown building which is in development. I believe that the Clipper City Co-op can play a big part in achieving a strong, vibrant downtown core and I want to help make that happen.