EGDM Welcomes Two New Board Members

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Eat Greater Des Moines is excited to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors.

“2019 was a year of amazing growth for Eat Greater Des Moines—our team and board grew—which has expanded our ability to bring joy, connection, and access to food,” said Aubrey Alvarez, Executive Director. “With the addition of Sarai Rice and Jann Freed to our board, 2020 is on track to be even bigger! Food is just the beginning.”

The two new members join a diverse group of 10 professionals who bring a unique set of skills and backgrounds to our organization.

Jann Freed, Phd—is a leadership development and change management consultant with the Genysys Group. She is professor Emerita of business management and the former Mark and Kay De Cook Endowed Chair in Leadership and Character Development at Central College in Pella, Iowa.  She has been passionate about food recovery for a long time.  She looks forward to working to advance the mission of EGDM.  In high school, Jann was a bad church organist, so she is taking piano lessons again and getting better.  With her husband, John Fisher, she is proud of their three grown self-sufficient and healthy sons.  Since only one son lives in Des Moines, they live with their two wheaten terriers—Grover and O’Malley.



Rev. Sarai Rice—is a Presbyterian minister and recently retired non-profit executive who consults with congregations around the country on strategic planning, staffing, and governance.  She has two grown children and two cats named after impressive women (Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Adeline Gray.)  She grew up in Missouri and spends her free time rooting for the Cardinals and the Chiefs.  She serves on the board of Eat Greater Des Moines because she believes in the power of working together in order to improve the way people eat.

In addition to the two new members, Duncan Gallagher, former Vice Chair, will step in as the new Board Chair.

“I am excited about the growing, impactful work that Eat Greater Des Moines is leading in Central Iowa,” said Duncan Gallagher. “I am thrilled with the talent and dedication of the expanded Eat Greater Des Moines team and new Board leaders.” 

To learn more about our board click here.

Emma Gellerstedt

Emma Gellerstedt

Eat Greater Des Moines Intern