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Board Of Directors

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Board of Directors: 2016

President: Lori Kampa
Vice-President: Paula Bieniek
Treasurer: Michelle Backlund
Secretary: Lori Abfalter
Joy Klein
Lisa Geroux
Melissa Isais
Tom Pietrzak
Nancy Westerberg
Executive Director: Ali Noble

photographs by Chris Lommel Photography

Board Members and Director can be reached by calling the food shelf at 763-263-2432 or via email at:


Board Meetings

Monthly board meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month except the month of July at the Senior Center in City Hall. All meetings begin at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted. The board’s annual meeting, which is open to the public,  is held the third Tuesday in the month of January, at 6:00 pm at the Senior Center in City Hall.

Job Description and Expectations: Board of Director

 Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the Big Lake Community Food Shelf and its volunteers so as to support the organization’s mission in the community.

Mission Statement: The Big Lake Community Food Shelf (BLC FS) exists to provide emergency food supplies for families in need residing in the Big Lake community and to direct them to other services that may be helpful to them in a manner that preserves the dignity and respect of the client.

Major responsibilities:

  • Organizational leadership and advisement
  • Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
  • Oversight of program planning and evaluation
  • Personnel evaluation and staff development
  • Review of organizational and programmatic reports
  • Promotion of the organization
  • Fundraising and outreach

*Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.

 Length of term: Three years; this may be renewed pending approval of the board.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The board of directors meets monthly [with the exception of the month of July] on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Senior Center.  Meetings last approximately 90 minutes.
  • Committees of the board meet pending their respective work agenda and time frame.
  • Board members are asked to attend board retreats held semi-annually.
  • Board members may be asked to attend food bank meetings or orientation to familiarize themselves with food bank policies/procedures.
  • Board members are asked to consider attending at least one conference per year to enhance their working knowledge of the food shelf and/or non-profit sector.
  • Board members are encouraged to represent the BLCFS at various meetings at the community and county levels.

Expectations of board members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
  • Participate on a committee/s of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by BLCFS mission, objectives, and programs.
  • Help communicate and promote the BLCFS mission and programs to the community.
  • Become familiar with BLCFS finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
  • Understand the policies and procedures of the food shelf.
  • Financially support of the food shelf in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.

Those interested in a position on the board must complete a Board Biography. Send requests through the contact information section of this website.