Meet the small but MIGHTY staff of Illinois Stewardship Alliance.
Lindsay Record: Executive Director
Small batch popsicle entrepreneur, fermentation experimentist, collaborator extraordinaire
Lindsay Record has 10 years of experience working for ISA. She began in 2007 as Program Coordinator and was appointed Executive Director by the ISA Board of Directors in early 2009. She served in that position for 4 years before stepping down to a part-time position as Program Director in order to spend time with her growing family. In January of 2016 she returned full-time to the Executive Director position.
Prior to coming to Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Lindsay studied Policy Advocacy and Social Justice at the School for International Training and received a B.A. from Arizona State University with concentrations in Anthropology and Sociology. Throughout her studies, Lindsay kept her connection to the land by working on farms in Arizona, Illinois and New Hampshire. Lindsay is a Central Illinois Farm Beginnings graduate. Lindsay, her husband and son hope to help both of their central Illinois based family farms flourish in becoming diversified sustainable operations.
Woody Woodruff: Conservation Associate
Budding bob-cat photographer, pond swimming expert, small grain farmer
Woody’s worked in conservation for more than two decades, and has done everything from train agricultural workers in Africa about crop rotation to running the Woodruff Family Farm in Modesto Illinois. Woody’s farm consists of 100 acres of cropland with 50 acres in a corn, soybean & wheat rotation, utilizing cover crops in that rotation. The remaining cropland has been restored into a prairie/savanna restoration which is protecting four acres of wetlands. Woody has inter-planted fruit and nut trees into his six acres of pasture. The remaining 50 acres of the land is maintained in timber.
In addition to working the land, Woody’s been working in the conservation field since the late 1980s. During his time as a Peace Corps volunteer Woody taught farmers in West Africa about crop rotations, new irrigation techniques and other conservation practices. He’s also worked at Sangamon County Soil & Water District, testing different best management practices, improving the water quality through conservation techniques and promoting conservation programs.
Dee Carlson: Office Manager
Local wine lover, coolest grandmother award, farmers market shopping professional
Dee Carlson began her time as the ISA office manager with over 20 years of management experience. Her employment history includes 12 years of office management with payroll and bookkeeping experience, and a strong work ethic. Dee’s diversified work background and skills will be a valued asset at ISA.
Dee is excited about facing new challenges and using her organizational abilities in her new work environment. She has always been interested in learning and getting involved and hopes her employment at ISA will continue to challenge her growth.
When Dee’s not working, you can find her enjoying time with her family and being outdoors. The love of nature combined with the desire to learn more about healthy eating and organic gardening lead Dee to the ISA, which offered her the opportunity to use her skills and fulfill her passion to contribute. ISA’s local food campaigns, support of small farms and initiatives to develop local food systems will provide a way to get involved.
Molly Gleason: Communications Director
Vegetable enthusiast, Aspiring apple cider connoisseur
Molly joined the Illinois Stewardship Alliance team in January 2014. As Director of Communications, Molly works to manage the websites and social media accounts, edit the newsletters, and create marketing plans and materials for various events. Molly also works to coordinate the Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois chapter and is extensively involved in various other local food programming.
Molly was raised on a third generation family farm in Elkhart, Illinois, and has always felt a strong connection to agriculture and the land. Growing up she was part of her local 4-H and FFA chapters and loved helping out in the family garden. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Spanish Education degree and spent three years teaching middle school Spanish as well as one year teaching university-level English in the Dominican Republic before settling back down to her roots in Central Illinois. Molly brings to ISA four years of experience in creating and giving presentations, as well as a love for writing, green living, and an innate sense of respect and caring for the land and the natural world that stems from it. In her spare time, you can find Molly in the kitchen testing out new recipes, running or hiking outdoors, or catching up on a good book.
Robin Schirmer: Band of Farmers Project Coordinator
Robin Schirmer, of Maywood, Illinois, coordinates ISA’s newest project, Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition, a farmer-led initiative to educate Chicago area consumers about CSAs as a way for supporting small-scale, local farms and obtaining fresh, nutrient-dense foods. Robin previously coordinated farmers markets and a 500-member CSA for a Wisconsin farm serving the Chicago area and, before that, coordinated over 50 indoor winter farmers markets in and around Chicago. In a prior life, she was a real estate attorney.
Rebecca Osland: Policy Associate
Resident herbal remedy guru, lawyer, and former potato harvesting whizz
Rebecca Osland joined the staff of ISA in Fall 2015 as Policy Associate after serving on the ISA board of directors. Rebecca previously worked as a solo attorney, advising local foods businesses and organizations and giving presentations on farm legal issues. Prior to, and throughout, her service on the board, she provided pro bono legal analysis and legislative drafting on several ISA policy matters. Rebecca completed a B.A. in political science at the University of Chicago, followed by an LL.M. in tax law and J.D. at Northwestern University.
While her interest in food and farming began on the consumer side, she has increasingly sought hands-on experience producing food—from home gardening to community gardening, and, recently, working part-time on an organic vegetable farm. Her hobbies also include backpacking, fermentation, and making herbal remedies. Rebecca feels that her mission is to nurture personal and community empowerment, and she views local foods—and, more broadly, local resource stewardship and economic self-determination—as essential to a more just, healthy, loving, sustainable, democratic society.
Lindsay Miller: Outreach Coordinator
Master of large of river ecology, ray of sunshine, rookie goat herd specialist
Lindsay Miller is the newest member of ISA. She began her work as a summer intern in 2015 and was hired on as Outreach Coordinator in January of 2016. As Outreach Coordinator, Lindsay will be travelling to farmers markets, health fairs, and community events throughout central Illinois to increase awareness and education on the importance of buying locally. Lindsay is also taking the lead in coordinating the Illinois Organic Growers Association, a project of ISA.
Lindsay graduated from MacMurray College in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in biology, and from UIS in 2015 with a master’s of science in biology as well as a master’s certificate in GIS technology. She is looking forward to using her skills to further the mission of the ISA. When Lindsay is not working at ISA, she can be found coaching soccer in Ashland, Il; or working on her small farm in rural Ashland. Prior to her work here, Lindsay worked at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park and at the IEPA. At these positions she was heavily involved in science, conservation, and agriculture education and outreach.
Linda Yoon: Intern
Linda Yoon is an intern at ISA, developing outreach and educational materials focusing on the health, environmental and other impacts of our food system. She is currently studying Environmental Studies as a graduate student at UIS, which includes policy, administration, management of natural resources and humanities related to environmental sustainability. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UIUC, and is expecting to graduate UIS with Master’s of Arts in May 2016.
Linda has spent two third of her life in South Korea where she learned Eastern Culture, and the other one third in the United States learning Western Culture. Growing up in two different cultures and experiencing both rural and urban areas shaped her outlook of the world. She also has work experience at the Foreign Worker’s Cultural Center and Gerber Children’s Home in Urbana, where she communicated with people of diverse social backgrounds. Over the summer 2015, she assisted a research team at the University Minnesota at Twin Cities by reviewing its survey questionnaire to determine what psychological traits correlate with environmentally friendly behaviors. With her interests in sustainable food system and conservation, she would like to learn and make materials on outreach and education with videos, blog posts, and flyer/fact sheets while working at ISA