Board of Directors
June Wiaz, President
June is now beginning her seventh year on New Leaf’s Board, having worked mostly in the areas of owner communications and community outreach on behalf of the Co-op. June’s professional career includes years in the environmental field but she made a switch some years ago and now principally works as a clinical dietitian with dialysis patients and developmentally disabled adults. June is also passionate about disease prevention through diet. In that regard, work on the New Leaf Market Co-op board is very satisfying. June enjoys biking, gardening, hiking, kayaking, cooking, reading and FaceTiming with her daughters in their spare moments. Oh, and being on the Board of New Leaf Market Co-op! She's honored once again to be serving in that capacity.
Dave Watson, Vice President
Passionate about small business and its possibilities to better meet the needs of a community, Dave Watson is now enjoying his third term as a Board member at New Leaf Market Co-op. He has a degree from East Carolina University and sold a profitable business in North Carolina to move to Florida in 1980. He has worked for small business, Homestead Imprinted Sportswear, since 1983. “New Leaf feels like home to me and stands out as something we share that is unique to Tallahassee.
Wendy Morgan, Secretary
My grandmother (1891-1983) influenced my life-long interest in diet and nutrition. As a child, I tagged along with her and my mother to one of the first health food grocery stores in Florida, called “Foods For Life,” in Orlando. My earliest memory is helping my grandmother pick vegetables from her garden. My mother was also an influence. My other early memory is of her baking whole wheat bread in a hot Florida kitchen. She taught me how to garden organically and how to compost kitchen scraps. Before the days of recycling, I remember her composting paper in layers under rich kitchen and garden scraps.
I planted my first vegetable garden when I was in high school. I have had a garden nearly every year since. The magic felt watching sweet peas climb the trellis by the carport has never left. It is the same magic I feel today when I pick oranges from my tree and choose a pumpkin from my garden. When I was a teenager, my next door neighbor taught me how to make hanging flower baskets and this spurred another life long interest planting flowers and creating beautiful landscapes.
I was part of a small group of people who started a co-op in Orlando called The Freestone Market in 1977. I valued the sense of community and friendship from being a member and still have friends I met there. In the beginning, it was a buying organization. We met once a week to receive our orders. After that, the market was given a room at the Unitarian Church and eventually was a storefront which sadly no longer exists.
I have been shopping at New Leaf Market Co-op since the early 80’s when my family moved to Cairo, Georgia. In the early 2000’s, I moved to Tallahassee. I recently retired from teaching school after 34 years in the classroom. I now serve as a part-time consultant for the visually impaired children in Grady, County. While teaching, I involved my students in school gardening and received grants to support gardening beautification projects.
I feel honored to serve as a board member at New Leaf Market. This gives me an opportunity to serve in an organization which values community and a commitment to healthy eating and living.
Heidi Fox, Facilitator
I’ve been actively involved with New Leaf Market Co-op/Leon County Food co-op for over 25 years. I served on the Board in various capacities for about 10 years. I currently share facilitation responsibilities with Martha Weinstein. I enjoy working with the consensus process. It is amazing to see how easily decisions can be made when people are committed to the same vision and mission.
Madelon Horwich, Director
Madelon has lived in Tallahassee for over 30 years and has worked in legal and judicial education for most of that time. She has two grown children who were raised in the NLMC community, and she served on the New Leaf Market Co-op board from 2007-2014. She is happy to be able to contribute to the mission and values of our local food co-op.
Norma Skaggs, Director
I have been in Tallahassee since 1974 and a Co-op member for many years. Originally from Ohio, grew up in southern Ontario and moving to Venice, Florida in the 60's before coming to this area to attend college. I obtained a degree in horticulture from Lively Tech and worked at Native Nurseries for many years, I am a strong advocate for organic gardening and local foods. I believe in living simply and close to nature, recycling and reducing personal consumption, and giving back to the community. I am very excited about being a new member of the New Leaf Market Co-op Board of Directors and I’m honored to serve on the Board in promoting the mission of the Co-op.
Martha Weinstein, Facilitator
One never knows what part of their life will become a lifelong part of them. The common thread in my life for the 31 years I've lived in Tallahassee has been the Food Co-op and New Leaf Market Co-op. I've been a part of it, and it is a part of me. I started out as a weekly volunteer; then, for 6 years, I was a member of the collective that managed the Co-op; I've served on the board of directors; and now I am one of the board facilitators. My, how we've both grown during these years!
Thomas Lynch, Treasurer
At home, I am a small-scale organic farmer living amongst mature pear trees, mature blueberry orchards, figs and mature citrus trees. I have a large raised-bed garden made out of logs and filled with soil for vegetables. I practice farming by hand, digging berms and swales with a shovel and moving soil with a wheelbarrow from my neighbor’s horses.
Years ago, I started vegetable gardens at several schools and preschools. I also built a vegetable garden at the local shelter. I was a founder of the Tallahassee Food Network (TFN) and a founder of Florida YES! (Youth Environment Sustainability). I am also serving on the Board of Directors with Damayan Garden Project.
Denise Brown, Director
The first time I shopped at "the Co-op" was in 1988. I was a 20-year-old college student who had just read Diet for a New America and suddenly realized I wanted to be a vegetarian. I just didn't yet have any idea how I would manage to eat for the rest of my life. Could I really make it without drive-thrus? Full of excitement and anxiety, I walked into the foreign world of the Co-op on Gaines Street to start sorting it out.
Twenty-six years later, I am still a vegetarian and a grateful co-op shopper. Today, I live in the Indianhead neighborhood with my partner Steve (an omnivorous wildlife biologist who is also a longtime NLM member), and we find ourselves at New Leaf nearly every day. We love the store, the deli(!), and the amazing staff. Moreover, we love the community-based power of the co-op model and New Leaf’s commitment to core, outward-looking values that make me feel great about every dollar I spend there.
Beth C. Schwartz, Director
This summer marks my 21st year in Tallahassee. Before discovering Florida, I lived in Upstate New York—and that’s where I got my first taste—literally!—of food co-ops: in the early 80s, I had a “working membership” at Ithaca’s GreenStar Co-op, and I have sweet memories of pulling back my hair, donning an apron, and carving enormous blocks of cheese into sellable portions.
I have long been a fan of food co-ops because, in addition to their cornucopia of healthy food choices, they are a rich educational resource. When I told my mother I wanted to give up meat at age 12, she supported my efforts: we read nutrition books together, and she promised to prepare a salad and fresh vegetables every evening—but she made me responsible for making sure I had a balanced diet. Food co-ops were my best teachers, easing and expanding my culinary—and eventually, my cultural—journey.
Contemplating the “teacherly” role of co-ops inspired my desire to serve on the board. New Leaf’s Vision Statement states, in part, “Offering wholesome foods and educating the community about products we sell is our contribution to a healthier future generation”—and this resonates deeply with me. I am honored to be a part of the team that strives to build healthy communities while modelling socially and environmentally responsible practices.
Natasha Hartsfield, Director
Born and raised in Tallahassee, I uprooted in 1995 at the age of 20 and moved to Portland, OR where I studied cultural anthropology and international relations at Portland State University, M.S. in environmental sustainability. While in Portland I became involved with social justice and environmental sustainability projects which instilled an ideology for how I would live my life. After working overseas off and on for several years, I decided to pack up my minimal belongings, and my Korean street dog, and buy a house in Tallahassee. Today I am the director of education at the Tallahassee Museum and owner/operator of Sassafras Soapery, and serve as vice-chair of the board of directors for Get Outdoors Florida! I have a small orchard in my backyard rich with fruit trees, berries, and an heirloom organic vegetable and medicinal garden where I spend much of my quiet time. I also enjoy paddling on any body of water and fishing in the Gulf.