Marilyn Scholl

tbuen 2018, Consumer Goods & Services, Education 0 Comments

Marilyn Scholl Manager, CDS Consulting Cooperative Marilyn Scholl stepped into the co-op world in 1978 when she took a job in her neighborhood corner grocery store, Gordon Park Cooperative in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  She never stepped out.  Instead, she turned a decade of working in and managing food co-ops into a lifetime of contributions to the cooperative community. In 1987 after …

John & Carol Zippert

tbuen 2017, Agriculture, Credit Unions, Education, General, Worker-Owned 0 Comments

John & Carol Zippert, Director of Program Operations and Cooperative Activist, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund Partners in both life and the pursuit of social justice, John & Carol Zippert embody the mission of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the growth of the cooperative movement in the South.  Dedicated to self-determination through cooperation, the Zipperts’ cooperative …

Richard Larochelle

tbuen 2017, Education, General, Rural Utilities 0 Comments

Richard Larochelle, retired Senior Vice President, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation Dubbed a “black box where the best programs and services are incubated,” Rich Larochelle has spent his life championing the cooperative business model. During a 40-year electric cooperative career —including nearly a decade with the federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) and later senior leadership posts with the National …

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 …

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 …

Michael Cook

admin 2012, Education

Inducted: 2012 Robert D. Partridge Endowed Professor in Cooperative Leadership and Executive Director of The Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL), University of Missouri-Columbia. His applied research on the role of cooperatives in the changing global marketplace, combined with his writing, consulting and cooperative business experience, has enabled him to develop educational materials, classroom curricula and a portfolio of business …

James R. Jones

admin 2009, Education

Inducted: 2009 A key figure in the North American co-op student housing movement for four decades, as well as a co-op ambassador who transcends his sector, James R. Jones is an inspirational leader whose passion and determination have touched the lives of countless individuals and communities with whom he has worked. Through his career Jones served as Executive Director of …

Rebecca Allen

admin 2006, Education

Inducted 2006 Rebecca Allen was a true cooperative pioneer. She was a founder of Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI), an international organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing cooperative preschools and child care. She served PCPI in various capacities for 40 years and was committed to its success. She was also committed to the cooperative business model. As a respected speaker …

Owen K. Hallberg

admin 1999, Education

Inducted:1999 Owen Hallberg led a distinguished career as a cooperative leader and educator. He began at the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives, starting the first newsletter to be published by a bank for cooperatives. He then served as general manager of Dairy Maid Products Cooperative and spent eight years as Director of Member & Public Relations at Land O’ Lakes. …

Richard H. Vilstrup

admin 1998, Education

Inducted:1998 Dick Vilstrup, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 27 years and Professor Emeritus since 1989, is an outstanding educator whose work has touched thousands of people worldwide. He has a unique ability to teach and motivate people, and has used his talents to develop, form and improve the cooperative way of doing business. Vilstrup has also been …