2011-2013 Board of Directors
Andrew Mozena currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Retail Banking at Premier Bank of Dubuque, Ia.He has worked for the financial institution for the past 14 years and is lifelong resident of Dubuque. Mr. Mozena’s current responsibilities include oversight of the branch banking network as well as mortgage banking and marketing activities. Mr. Mozena received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and holds a degree from the Graduate School of Banking.
In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Dubuque Food Co-op since inception in 2011 Mr. Mozena also currently serves on the board of the Grand Opera House, Tri-State Credit Grantors and the United Way Budget Services Committee.Mr. Mozena is also on the organizational committees of both Oktoberfest and the Irish Hooley, both local festivals committed to raising funds for area charities.
Mary Moody lives on a 30-acre farm south of Dubuque that has large organic gardens, a small dairy herd, a flock of laying hens, a couple of lambs, and an apiary. She has grown organic vegetables for farmers' market, CSA, and direct sale from her farm.
During 2010-11, she and her husband and their three children were invited to Decorah, IA to assist in the expansion of the Pepperfield Project, a non-profit organization founded to promote educational, agricultural projects such as schoolyard and community gardens, kitchen garden classes, andfarm to table programs.
Karla is retired from Loras College, Dubuque, IA, after teaching as an adjunct professor in the English Department for 32 years.For those 32 years, she also was the Director of the Loras Publications Center, where she was a purchasing agent for the college and managed an office of up to 5 full-time employees and 12 student workers.
Her community service includes 8 years as a Girl Scout leader, 3 years as Director of Girl Scout day camp, 10 years on the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, 30 years involvement in the arts (plays, musicals, art exhibits), over 35 years as a member of the Catholic Worker Community, where she helped open two houses of hospitality (homeless shelters) and she is currently in her third term on the Dubuque City Council.
Karla has been on the board of directors of the Dubuque Food Co-op since its inception in October of 2011.
Will has worked on environmental issues in Iowa and Wisconsin since graduating from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 2002 with degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies. While working on water issues for Clean Wisconsin in Madison, WI, he also obtained a MS in Water Resources Management from UW-Madison.
He has most recently worked for the City of Dubuque as a grant writer and coordinator of federal ARRA (Stimulus) grants and for the Iowa Policy Project where he wrote reports on agriculture, water quality and renewable energy. He also is a freelance writer for local publications and sits on the Board of Directors of the Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority.Will has been involved in the Dubuque Food Co-op since discussions first began in 2009.
Tom is a Public Defender II in the Dubuque, Iowa Office of the State Public Defender System. He has been an attorney for over 30 years, and was an Assistant County Attorney and in Private Practice of Law prior to joining the Public Defender in 1997.
Tom has always been involved in the community, including a board member for The Heritage Trail, a board member for the Dubuque Soccer Alliance, a Board member of the Dubuque Soccer Club, as well as Co-Chair of the Dubuque Republican Party. He has been active at the Grand Opera House and other theater groups in the community as an actor, singer, set designer and builder, and volunteer. He is a member of the Big Band Express, and sins with the a cappella group Just Voices. He was a soccer official for ten years, with certifications from USSF, AYSO, Iowa High School Athletic Association, Iowa Girls Athletic Association, and NISOA (college level).
Tom is also an avid runner, competing in races from 5K through marathon. He also is an avid bicyclist and mountain biker, and enjoys kayaking and canoeing. Tom has been an avid organic gardener since age 10, when he planted his first garden. His father wanted to use fertilizers and insecticides, but Tom persisted that he didn’t want them, and won that battle. He has shopped for organic foods as much as possible.
Jamie Easley has been involved in organic gardening, farmers markets, and local foods since her days in New Orleans before moving to Dubuque 7 years ago. Jamie grew up in West Palm Beach, FL, spent 10 years as a zoo keeper after college, and met her husband Dale while working in New Orleans.
Since coming to Dubuque with Dale and their two young daughters, she has grown and sold organic produce at at the Dubuque Farmers' Market, served on the board of the Winter Farmers' Market, and is currently working in a different type of zoo, teaching 6th grade science at Roosevelt Middle School. Jamie dreams of seeing Dubuque become a model of a self-sustaining economy where folks buy and sell from each other, keeping hard-earned dollars circulating locally. She has lived in other parts of the world but is quite happy right here, loving the seasons and community.
Suzanne is a vice president for Academic Partnerships, a company that partners with public universities in online learning. She has 22 years of higher education experience and has held many roles, with an intense emphasis in market development and customer experience.
Her passion is local, heirloom, and organic food, and building sustainable environmental and social networks to support food production both in her own backyard and in her larger community. She previously owned a small organic farm, and is now an urban farmer at her 1876 home in Dubuque. Suzanne recently joined the DFC board, and her role is to increase awareness about the coop from a marketing perspective.