Board of Directors

John Hutchins, Board Chair

Deputy General Counsel, American Academy of Neurology
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John has practiced law since 2007, working in-house and growing his professional career with the American Academy of Neurology, a professional association comprised of 30,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. John provides counsel to further the organization’s mission, minimize legal risk and costs, reduce litigation exposure, and ensure compliance. A lover of good food, John enjoys venturing out to new restaurants with friends and family. At home, he’s trying to learn the ropes from his wife Lindsey, an excellent cook. They enjoy each meal with their daughters, Mae and Georgie, and their 100lb Pyrenees-mix, Oliver.

Patti Hague, Board Treasurer

Independent Nonprofit Consultant
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Patti is currently a nonprofit consultant specializing in interim leadership, change management, and staffing analysis. Patti’s last full-time position was Operations Director for Hearth Connection (a supportive housing intermediary addressing long-term homelessness). She has also held leadership positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters, HealthPartners (Community Relations), and the American Red Cross. Prior to that she spent 8 years in the field of disability advocacy. Patti has served on the boards the Minnesota Council on Foundations, HealthPartners, Minnesota Environmental Fund and Philanthrofund Foundation. Patti lives with her spouse Barbara in Minneapolis where they have a large vegetable and flower garden. Besides gardening, she enjoys reading and traveling as well as spending time with her two adult daughters.

Alex Roberts, Board Secretary

Chef/Owner, Restaurant Alma/Brasa Rotisserie
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Alex is a James Beard Award winning Chef, Restaurateur, and is a long time supporter of Youth Farm through events and joined the board March 2015.

Kenneth Edwards

Research & Development Manager, Natural & Organic Dairy Brands, General Mills
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Kenny has been working professionally with food since 2000 in areas including food safety, manufacturing management, quality assurance, and new product development. Currently, he leads the team responsible for developing new recipes and packages for natural and organic dairy foods. He brings a passion for food and nutrition access and community engagement to the Youth Farm Board. Originally from New York, Kenny now lives in Minneapolis’ North Loop where he enjoys exploring Twin Cities and their outstanding restaurants with friends.

Alex Lange

Teacher, Whittier School
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Alex Lange works as a teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools. He began his education work through Minnesota Reading Corps and taught 4th grade at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School before his time at Whittier School in Minneapolis. He has worked with youth of all ages in educational and after school settings. He loves the excitement of food and community that can be found in community and school gardens.

Valeria La Rosa

Program Manager, Life Time Foundation
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Valeria La Rosa joined the Life Time Foundation team in October 2014. She previously did development work for Make-A-Wish Minnesota for over ten years. Passionate about promoting a healthy way of life, Val joined the Life Time Foundation, where she is responsible for establishing and maintaining school and partner relationships. She is dedicated to the mission of bringing fresh and real food to school children.

Genevieve Saldibar

Events Manager, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
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Genevieve has worked for Hyatt Hotels for almost 18 years in Food & Beverage Operations and Event Planning. An avid volunteer, she also head’s up her hotel’s Thrive Committee, Hyatt’s community service and corporate responsibility initiative. A few of Genevieve’s most favorite things are spending time with her husband and 3 children, cooking, eating and sunshine. As a south Texas native, she’s not a huge fan of Minnesota winters!

Shanna Woods

Youth Programs, Girl Scouts of St. Croix Valley
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Shanna has been a part of Youth Farm since she was 8 years old. She has been involved in every aspect of Youth Farm’s programming throughout the years and has a passion for Youth Development that is second to none. Now a leader at Girl Scouts of St. Croix Valley, she brings over 15 years of experience of Youth Farm Programming to the board.

Diane Fisher, CPA (inactive)

Retired Finance Profressional/Community Volunteer
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Diane recently retired after a 40 year career working with non-profit organizations. As an auditor she worked with large international organizations as well as small local groups providing technical assistance in meeting their financial reporting and management requirements. After leaving auditing, she served several non-profits as their Chief Financial Officer. Her volunteer experiences have included membership on non-profit boards, pro bono consulting on finance related matters, working at a local homeless shelter, reviewing the work of a micro finance program in Liberia, and building a Habitat for Humanity home in India. Diane is an avid reader and yoga enthusiast and she enjoys spending time with her husband and adult daughter.

Lucien Gonzalez, MD. MS, FAAP

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As a pediatrician, my primary responsibility, and the joy of my work, is envisioning and helping young people grow into the thriving future adults they can become. As an addiction medicine specialist, my young patients often face added challenges to achieving this. In addition, as much as caring for children in crisis is rewarding, it is wonderful to focus on prevention, including substance use, which often gets lost in our adult-focused world. Most of that is accomplished outside the office or hospital. To thrive, children, families, and communities need to be invested in. Youth Farm is just such an investment, and am proud to be of service on the board of directors.

Amy Campbell

Senior Marketing Manager, Lakewinds Co-op
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Amy’s background is in marketing and communications. She has worked at Lakewinds Food Co-op since 2013 as the Marketing Director, and prior to that, she worked for Target and General Mills. She bring a unique perspective, a combination of marketing and values-based experience that provides an important voice and perspective on the Board. Since 2017, she has assisted in the development of communications planning at Youth Farm.

Friends of the Youth Farm Board

Jorge Guzman, Chef
Lucia Watson, founder of Lucia’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Dale Riley, Monarch Bus Services, Inc.
Susan Doherty, Director, Effective Communities Project
Karen Lehman, Director, Fresh Taste Initiative, Chicago, IL
Eve Borenstein, BAM Law Office, LLC.
Maria McNamara, Youth Farm Parent
Beth Dooley, Independent Writing and Editing Professional
Autumn Huiras, Senior Employment Council, General Mills
Bob Amis, Former Board Chair