2017-18 Board of Directors
Roya Damsaz, President
Roya is an application engineer working in the custom HVAC industry for the last two decades. Working in this field, she’s learned to be a creative thinker and a problem solver. She and her husband have been vegetarian for some years and are moving towards becoming vegan. They both consider this an ethical obligation towards mother earth and all beings. Living in north Minneapolis, she is determined to help improve the quality of life for her community by challenging the existing environmental, social, educational, and criminal justice inequalities.
In the last few years she has mentored at Familywise and Achieve Minneapolis. She is an adventurous cook and always looking for new ingredients and recipes. To her, gardening and cooking are means of bringing people together and building a united network of kindness. As Thich Nhat Hanh says “We are here to awaken the illusion of separateness.”
Teasha Reid, Vice President
Teasha has been a property owner on Glenwood Avenue in the Harrison Neighborhood for 19 years. She misses the neighborhood grocery store, “Skyline Grocery.” It was convenient with fresh meats, fresh vegetables, and affordable prices. Teasha’s passion is to work, support, and educate on behalf of Wirth Co-op Grocery, so that the Harrison neighborhood and surrounding communities can have a local grocery store again. Teasha has a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School, and has worked for over 10 years with children and families in need of behavioral modification. When she is not working or volunteering with the Co-op, she is teaching aqua zumba, senior strength classes, golfing, sewing, swimming, and eating healthy. Teasha has been with the Wirth Co-op board since the early years.
Kimberly is a Northside resident and small business owner. She is an advocate for North Minneapolis Public Schools, sitting on several site councils/committees in schools and at Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters. Kimberly is also a community activist and currently in her second term on the Board Directors for the Cleveland Neighborhood Association. She enjoys spending time with her husband of 18 years and their 2 teenage daughters.
Kimberly believes that Wirth Co-op will be a very valuable resource for her community not only by providing healthy food choices but also because it will be a focal point in the neighborhood. She is most excited about the opportunities that the store will provide through community outreach and several exciting events throughout the year. While for decades North Minneapolis has been referred to as a “food desert” she believes that Wirth Co-op, along with other new and upcoming restaurants and all the food and health-related educational opportunities, will change the narrative from inside our community.
John Flory, Treasurer
John is the Special Projects director for Latino Economic Development. Development projects have included Cooperativa Mercado Central , Mid-town Global Market and lead staff for client real estate projects. He has been a small business lender for LEDC for 14 years, including real estate lending. John is currently supporting development of Latino and Hmong agricultural cooperatives. He previously worked as a small business consultant and micro lender for Whittier CDC for 15 years; and seven years as a manager of small cooperative grocery stores. John has been a part of Wirth Co-op from the early years and his contributions were crucial to the development of this cooperation.
Billie Mae Bolden
Greetings, my name is Ms. Billie Mae Bolden I was born, and raised in North Minneapolis, MN. 55411. I am a Licensed Dental Assistant, and a Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter. I have always been concerned with the need for accessible, and affordable Healthy food, and beverages.
I believe that “If we build it; they will come!” Wirth is the answer to many Peoples Prayers; to end the food desert’ in our Neighborhoods, and Communities. Allowing us to think healthier, eat and drink healthier, and to change our mindset so we can become our Best. To enjoy good quality Lives & Life Styles.
I wanted to join the Board of Directors for the Co-op Grocery Store; because I wanted to be involved in the Benefits that it will offer. I am looking forward to accomplishing the educational aspects of enlightenment, to be able to offer viable Employment and Training that also gives dignity, empowerment as well as pride in our Community!
For the next three years; as I do my best to Listen, Serve, and help Create a “Family Friendly” atmosphere; I will make myself available to ensure the Success of our Wirth Cooperative Grocery Store!
The Best Is Yet To Come!
Thanks to all of our Members, and Future Patrons!
Pat was introduced to healthy foods as a child by his father and has been a regular shopper at Minneapolis coops since the 1970’s. He’s been a Realtor working within the city for the last 30 years and an active volunteer. Pat is a Past President and two time Treasurer of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors and is currently on the Board of the National Association of Realtors. He teaches homebuyer workshops for local non-profits and has served on multiple committees focusing on fair housing and property rights advocacy.
The member owner structure of coops and bringing healthy food and jobs to the community are goals Pat strongly believes in. In his spare time, Pat trains and teaches the Korean martial art of Tae kwon Do, and enjoys spending time with his family.