“I love that Roots is a powerful catalyst for youth. Our kids gain courage, realize a bigger world is available to them and discover new ways they can contribute to it.”
Sue is Executive Director of Roots for the Home Team. The longtime dietitian and nutritionist for Kowalski’s Markets provides our creative vision for helping youth change the food landscape, while giving them new tools and opportunities to dream bigger. With a self-proclaimed “stir-the-pot DNA,” Sue continually looks for new ways and new people to enrich the Roots experience. (Learn how you can help by visiting these pages: Become a Partner, Buy Our Salads and Donate.)
“Roots is the only organization I’ve encountered that allows youth to reach their potential by putting them on the biggest of stages—university and professional stadiums. The experience is unique and transformational.”
Brian is one of our career development gurus. He’s dedicated his career to cultivating and developing managers and leaders most recently as the National Director of Programs and Talent Development at New Sector Alliance and as a management consultant for Spotlight Consulting. He also designed leadership development programs for the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Amy Klobuchar. También es fluido en español.
“It’s so inspiring to see the kids’ pride at serving something they’ve created. The confidence they gain from that experience is clear.”
Angie brings communications expertise and a discerning knowledge of sports concessions to Roots. She’s been a public relations veteran for 20+ years, currently serving as Director of Communications at Minnesota Public Radio. In her spare time, Angie can be found with her family running, biking and attending Twins and Lynx games, looking for healthy food options.
“I became involved because Roots takes a unique approach to youth development, and combines my personal passions of food and sports. I also think it’s important for Asian youth to see Asians on boards as role models.”
Mason is our youth expert. He’s served youth across the United States in the areas of individual leadership, and racial and cultural understanding. Mason currently works with Twin Cities teens as Achievement and Integration Coordinator at East Metro Integration District 6067, as Youth Engagement Specialist for the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative, and as a wrestling coach at Johnson High School in St. Paul.
“From the kids’ passion around creating recipes to growing the produce to selling the product, you can see the pride and accountability the program builds in them.”
Nick is another one of our career development gurus. As Talent Acquisitions Manager of College Relations at Land O’Lakes, he knows what companies look for in top job candidates and shares that knowledge with Roots participants. Having grown up on a hobby farm, Nick has a passion for agriculture and equitable food systems, so Roots was a natural fit for him.
“I love the unique role Roots plays in connecting the fresh, healthy produce these youth are growing in their gardens with customers who appreciate delicious salads made from the work of their hands.”
Megan is our community outreach expert. She’s spent the past 30 years devoted to improving the health of communities — through medicine, sustainable agriculture and energy, food policy, transportation and youth development. She was a founding co-chair of Homegrown Minneapolis, a city/community partnership to create a more healthy and sustainable local food system, support local farmers and farmers’ markets, and increase the growing, processing and distributing of fresh healthy produce and foods in the city and surrounding region.
“Roots promotes healthy eating and provides a wonderful platform for multicultural youth to dream big.”
Cory is our connection to major league sports. You may not recognize his face, but surely you recognize his voice. He’s a play-by-play broadcaster and analyst for the Minnesota Twins baseball team. The Chicago native was named 2015 Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He’s been an announcer since his college days at Syracuse University, where he kept Orange fans in the know on football, basketball and lacrosse.
“The educator in me appreciates that Roots partnered with the University of Minnesota to gather input from participants, and now we’re using that data to inform and strengthen the program.”
Dana is our education and curriculum specialist. She’s been a teacher, literacy coach, education consultant, and worked with both gifted and remediation programs. In her current job as Mom to two young kids, she brings a maternalistic passion to helping us nurture Roots participants into concerned, contributing citizens.