Board Members

Tom Wickersham, President

Cedar Falls, IA
Program Director, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
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Tom is passionate about food co-ops. He was very involved with the Davis Food Co-op (Davis, CA), and through that involvement grew to appreciate the cooperative business model. Tom believes the co-op approach is human-centered and sustainable. He helped plan the first community meeting to launch the Cedar Falls Food Co-op in September 2012 and has been involved since.

Terry Stewart, Vice President & Operations Chair

Waterloo, IA
Retired Military and Retired Federal Service (DOD)
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Terry was born and raised in Iowa. He and his partner Nita raise organic produce, plants and herbs from their greenhouse. Terry is working hard to establish the Co-op which will not only will provide us with local, healthy, nutritious organic food but also a community space where you can share and learn about food, family health, sustainability, etc.null


Kate Gallagher Dunning, Owner Investment Campaign Committee

Waterloo, IA
Co-owner, Talk To Me Technologies
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Kate is a business owner and mother of four teenagers.  She makes room for poetry, any kind of house concert, cooking, designing, writing, meditation and yoga. Kate’s focus on the community is priority, in that the more we attract and retain those interested in locally sourced goods and businesses, the more thriving the community is. One of her favorite quotes about business is from Steve Jobs: “You need to know what you don’t want as much as you need to know what you do.”

Sally Rayzor, Secretary & Communications Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
Coordinating Manager, Peekaboo Baby
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Sally was first introduced to co-ops when she moved to Iowa in 2013 and greatly appreciated the community that forms around a co-op grocery store. She has volunteered on the Operations Committee since 2017 and hopes that her knowledge of retail operations can help to build a successful business. Sally and her family like to take advantage of the many wonderful community events Cedar Falls has to offer. 

Joy Thorson, Membership Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
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Joy became a member-owner and motivated volunteer for the Cedar Falls Food Co-op in the fall of 2015 because she wants to see a community-owned, healthy grocery store available in the Cedar Valley which will provide better food options and support local suppliers. She sees the Co-op as a perfect way to fulfill these needs and build even more community in Cedar Falls.


Paige Everly, Membership Committee

Cedar Falls, IA
Associate Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, Grinnell College
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Paige grew up in Cedar Falls and attended UNI. Most of her adult life, she has lived outside of the area, including a time in Iowa City, where she worked as a deli manager at New Pioneer Food Co-op. It was here that Paige caught the co-op fever, which she continued to cultivate through volunteerism in the various communities she lived. Paige is committed to bringing the co-op principles and sense of shared community to the city where she grew up and is excited to be back home.


Christine Sexton, Board Member

Cedar Falls, IA
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Self-Employed
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As a public health nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, Christine is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles and healthy communities. She volunteers for the co-op because she understands the importance of creating a sustainable local food system that will benefit eaters, producers, and our local economy. When she’s not working with clients or cooking with her family, Christine enjoys trail running, yoga, exploring new places, and getting outdoors.