Sheri Glowinski

What has been your experience or relationship with FarmFED Co-op to date?

I have discussed the goals of the FarmFED Co-op with Dave Bishop during a trip to PrairiErth Farm with my IWU Environmental Justice students and have become a Founding Owner of the Co-op.
 

What kind of relevant expertise and background do you have to offer as a potential board member?

I have a BA in Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and a PhD in biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. I am currently the Director of a $4.7 million scholarship grant that serves underrepresented Central IL STEM students attending IWU, ISU, and Heartland CC. I am also adjunct STEM faculty at IWU and Heartland CC where I, currently, teach Environmental Justice and Contemporary Biology, respectively. My broader experience over the past 20+ years includes accounting, program development, implementation and evaluation, grant management, biological conservation, teaching in higher education, and serving as a substitute teacher in underserved public schools. 
 

Have you ever served on a board of directors before, or worked under the supervision of a board of directors? If so, in what capacity?

 

I served as VP and President on the Spring Valley Academy (CA) PTA BOD and am slated to be voted in as Secretary for the IL Prairie chapter of Wild Ones (a native plant society). Further, in a previous professional position as a Director of Programs at an educational non-profit, I frequently worked as a member of Board of Director special committees. 
 

How able are you to attend monthly meetings in person (in Mt. Pulaski), and how much time do you foresee having to commit to serving on the board?

 

I live in Normal, IL and could commit to meeting in person in Mt. Pulaski twice a month. I can commit to up to 20 hours per month to serving on the BoD.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the ownership about yourself that you feel is important or relevant to serving on the board?

 

I grew up in a low-income household for most of my childhood and, unfortunately, remember well eating the cafeteria food available to me. As a parent and adult who has lived all over the U.S., I have seen that food options for children in public schools haven’t improved much, especially for schools in economically poorer areas. Further, the irony of communities in Central IL (and beyond) being surrounded by industrial cornfields but not truly edible and accessible healthy food does not escape me. Working toward food justice is one way I hope to make a difference in this world and am excited at the opportunity to do so by potentially serving as a Board Member.