Judy Ziewacz

admin 2015, General

Judy Ziewacz, Cooperative Innovator, Monona, WI For over 40 years, Judy has been a dogged champion for cooperative development, articulating a steady and unswerving vision about the power of cooperation, and persistently reminding cooperatives and cooperative institutions that they exist to empower people.  Her incredible capacity as a strategist has resulted in cross-sectoral coalitions that have created critical infrastructure for the …

William J. Nelson

admin 2015, Education

William J. Nelson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship and president of the CHS Foundation, Inver Groves Heights, MN Growing up on a farm in central Minnesota, William J. Nelson developed a passion for both agriculture and education, which laid the foundation for his career in the cooperative system. Early in his academic career, Nelson made connections to the cooperative model …

Daniel T. Kelley

admin 2015, Agriculture

Daniel T. Kelley Former Chairman of the Board & President GROWMARK, Inc. McLean County, IL An authentic leader and champion of cooperative development, Kelley spent more than three decades serving the cooperative sector. Most recently, he retired as board chairman and president of the agriculture supply cooperative GROWMARK, Inc. Kelley’s roots in the cooperative movement began in 1970 when, as …

Dr. Ann Hoyt

admin 2015, Consumer Goods & Services, Education

Dr. Ann Hoyt is internationally recognized for her innovative research and contributions to co-op education. Her work, including 29 years as a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has had an indelible impact on cooperatives and the cooperative movement. As US food cooperatives were threatened by market encroachment from investor owned grocers, Ann recognized a need for governance education …