Thank you for attending the 11th Annual Green Gifts Fair! We look forward to seeing you next year!

Team Members

Annika Bergen

Promotions & Outreach Coordinator

Annika grew up hiking and skiing in the Colorado Rockies before moving to Minnesota for her undergraduate at St. Olaf College where she majored in Economics and Environmental Studies. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Sustainable Design through the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), applying concepts like whole systems thinking and biomimicry. Annika has long held environmentalism as a part of her own personal ethic, and is actively working to be more involved in sustainability initiatives throughout her neighborhood in Kingfield and the broader Twin Cities. She’s extremely excited and grateful to be a part of the team at Do it Green! MN.

David Riviera

Webmaster

David joined the Do It Green! Team as Webmaster in 2014. He is responsible for the publishing of Web content, and managing the technology used by the organization. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre, Youth Studies, and Communication, where he had concentrations in Youth Policy, Critical Media Literacy, and Audio/Video Production; he is currently working towards a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership at the U, and obtained an Advanced Certificate in Equity & Diversity from the Office of Equity & Diversity at the University. David works as Webmaster for various local nonprofits. He is a licensed amateur radio operator, certified Skywarn® storm spotter, and a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™.

Joe Riemann

Accountant

Joe Riemann is Associate Director at Shared Capital Cooperative and accountant and board member for Seward Child Care Center. In addition to his co-op outreach and operations work with Shared Capital, he is also co-founder of Cooperative Principal, a federation of cooperative investment clubs. Previously, Joe was the manager of finance and administration for Land Stewardship Project.

He also held a number of positions at The Wedge Community Co-op, including produce staff, the organic certification coordinator, and developer of farmer relations and consumer outreach materials. During that time, he also worked on food and environmental policy research at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and worked extensively on domestic fair trade issues. Joe has also been a worker-owner at Equal Exchange cooperative where he helped start a Midwest distribution center, as well as develop and implement their fair-trade banana program. Through these experiences, Joe has gained a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that are unique to democratically owned and operated businesses, here, and around the world.

Kristine Kvamme

Programs Manager

Kristine is a graduate of Beloit College and has worked at a variety of non-profits in Massachusetts and Wisconsin. She is passionate about community issues and sustainability, and is especially interested in recycling, composting and eating locally. Kristine recently joined the Master Water Stewards program through the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and hopes to fill her neighborhood with raingardens. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking from a CSA share and growing vegetables from seed.

Nicole Gostomski

Kid's Activity Coordinator

Nicole is a full-time Realtor, licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her ability to problem-solve, her passion for the business, and her dedication to the community makes her a valuable member of “Katey Bean & Company” at Keller Williams Realty Integrity Lakes.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Business Management and Women Studies, which has prepared her for the entrepreneurial real estate lifestyle she desires and her commitment to equality.

Along with a passion for homes, she also has a passion for customer service because of her background in the Hospitality and Retail Industries. Moving into management roles, her dedication, enthusiasm, and organizational skills brought further success, including in the field of Event Planning for non-profits. She was a part of a team that created a new fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and between 2016-2017, gained valuable experience creating a variety of other successful events. Her passion for a Green lifestyle began with an environmental science class in high school and has gained momentum over the years! She is always on the lookout for more ways to go Green and loves living in this supportive and collaborative eco-friendly city!  When not working or volunteering she loves to read, go kayaking, rock climbing, and visit local restaurants & breweries with friends.

Olivia House

Graphic Designer

Olivia House is an up and coming freelance graphic designer from Minneapolis. A recent high school grad, Olivia will be studying graphic design and marketing in the fall at Augsburg College, where she will also be playing soccer. Olivia is excited to climb on board with the Do it Green! Minnesota team and is hoping to learn more about ways she can help conserve the environment.

Sara Grochowski

Founding Accountant

Sara is a Certified Public Accountant; she worked in the public accounting sector for several years and then left to pursue personal interests overseas. Sara randomly picked up the original Do It Green! publication in 2006 after returning to the US and contacted the organization for opportunities to volunteer and familiarize herself with the “green” community. Now, years later she currently serves as Accountant and Co-Publisher. Her other interests involve accounting work for local nonprofits and small businesses, yoga, writing and chasing after her two young children full time. She is deeply involved in the local Minneapolis community and feels blessed to be part of a fantastic organization.

Susan McNichols

Event Planning Intern

Susan has always had a passion for the outdoors growing up spending summers on the lakes in Wisconsin, hiking and biking. She has made sustainability a key initiative in her life and is always looking for ways to improve personally and protect the environment. She graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and at UW she volunteered with Wisconsin Environmental Initiative working on Zero Waste in the Park and Monroe Street Green programs for the Madison Community. She is very excited to be a part of the green community in Minneapolis and loves to discuss sustainability and learn about what others are doing to be better.

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