Kay Pedretti has lived in Goodview and worked at Winona State University for 20 years. When she is not working with bacteria, molds, viruses, parasites, etc. in the Biology Department at WSU, she enjoys the outdoors, especially playing in the dirt. Kay and her husband are hiking every State Park in Minnesota as training for climbing almost every state high point. When not outdoors, Kay enjoys reading and catching up with her kids and other family members
Jenn Baechle has been an Owner of Bluff Country Co-op since 2011 when she returned from her Peace Corps Volunteer experience and started working at BCC. Currently she is serving as the Vice President of the Board. Jenn is trained as an English as a Second Language instructor, but has taken the last two years off to spend time with her daughter Magnolia and husband Dan. She enjoys baking, cross-stitching, reading, and is trying her hand at gardening.
I moved to Winona for College in 2011, and have never looked back. The Co-op has been a regular stop each time my family would come to visit, with my parents being regular shoppers back in the 80s, and I have wanted to make it a larger part of my life ever since. Joining the board seemed like the best way to make that happen and get involved. I currently work in finance, and when not working I spend my free-time cooking and crafting- mostly sewing and crochet- as well as spending time with my dog!
Dr. Ann Lichliter is on her 6th year of serving as a board member for the Bluff Country Co-op. She teaches at Western Technical College in the Human Services Associate program. Ann has a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in educational leadership. She has worked as a social worker for over 25 years with children and adults.As a social worker, she has witnessed the impact of food insecurity on communities. She joined the board to help ensure that everyone has access to healthy local foods. Ann enjoys painting, reading, kayaking, camping and traveling. She is married and has two cats.
Laura has been working at Bluff Country Co-op since 2017. She has been a cashier, the receiving coordinator, and is now the current meat buyer. Laura wanted to join the board to become more involved in the community and more engaged with the owners. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, woodburning, painting, and cooking.
A lifelong resident of Winona and long time Cro-op shopper and Owner, Josh believes in the benefit a robust and healthy local food system can bring to our community. In his free time he enjoys baking bread, playing guitar and spending time outside hiking and canoeing with his wife Jenny and dog Scout.
Aurea Osgood has served on the Bluff Country Co-op Board since 2011. Aurea has served as Board President, and currently serves in the role of Treasurer. Aurea is a Professor of Sociology at Winona State University, where she teaches courses about families, poverty, and research. Aurea is a regular volunteer at the local food shelf, and serves on the Boards of Engage Winona and WSU’s Alumni Society. Aurea enjoys reading, baking, and painting.
Jennifer Sanborn has been a member of Bluff Country Co-op for more than 14 years. She is a software engineer with an avid interest in good food and local agriculture. She enjoys curing meat, making pasta, baking, and entertaining. She volunteers with MYSL sharing her love of xc skiing in winter, and enjoys rowing and swimming.
Marie is passionate about food in general, and for local and sustainable products that have a bigger mission in mind. In the past several years, she has discovered the impact of healthy foods and the desire to support sustainable food systems.
Marie remembers the first time she came to the Coop in 2015 and felt at home immediately. She believes food brings people together and hopes to continue to share that, the coop is not just a place to buy healthy food, but where you know your dollars spent, are building a better future for our community and our planet.
In her free time, Marie enjoys trying new recipes, attempting to grow her own food, reading, and spending time staying active outdoors. She lives in Wabasha with her husband, Isaac and daughter, Olivia.
Rose moved to Winona in June of 2020 and was grateful to land a job at the Coop, not only for the wonderful food selection, but for the large variety of wellness items. She has worked in the natural beauty industry for twenty years, and loves to encourage customers to partake in a ritual of self care through aromatherapy and clean body products. She loves to spend her free time with her fiancé Taylor fixing up their home and garden. She also enjoys creating natural perfume blends, and knitting. Her favorite aspect of the coop is the wonderful sense of community it creates, especially as a newcomer to Bluff Country.