OUR TEAM

Grassroots Grocery is the result of the many talents and hours contributed by so many volunteers in our community.  We extend our gratitude to each and every one of you! The Steering Committee consists of Sara McGibany, Christine Favilla, Derrick Richardson, Jon Clark, Dana Wynn, Jennifer Grassle, Chris Scarborough, Nate Keener, Virginia Woulfe-Beile, and Sarah Mullins.


Keljon Byrd

Keljon Byrd
Employee of the Grassroots Grocery Store
Grassroots Grocery means to me an opportunity for families to start eating healthier, an opportunity for parents to see that our community is filled with love.


Jenn Grassle

Jenn Grassle
Employee and Volunteer
With over 15 years of living and guiding people through the ins and outs of a healthier lifestyle that not only benefits their overall well­-being, but also impacts the world around them, the idea of a natural food that supports local producers was right up my alley. Literally. This is my neighborhood, and everything the store is trying to be speaks to my heart. From transitioning people’s lifestyles to incorporate more foods that help the body’s own ability for healing, to giving a retail space for others who want to create natural products to provide income and help create a sustainable environment and economy for our region, I have on board from the very beginning.


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Lauren Waters
Cashier and local musician
Grassroots Grocery is so important to me because it builds small businesses, provides networking between like­minded individuals, and promotes healthy lifestyle choices. I passionately believe that people should buy local whenever possible and support their community and local farms instead multi billion dollar companies. “Every time you spend money your casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” Spend local!


Jodi Meisenheimer
Weekend warrior at Grassroots Grocery Store
Grassroots Grocery equals community. The store was created by the community for the community. It allows local vendors, farmers, teachers, etc. an open, authentic space to connect with the community at large.


John Keagy

John Keagy
Chairman of the Grassroots Grocery Advisory Council
Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy Reserves
Grassroots Grocery means to me an opportunity for all, an opportunity for volunteerism, jobs, supporting a community, supporting a local small business, and simply put, an easy place to find healthy products.


Kris Larson

Kris Larson
Organic vegetable farmer at Riverbend Roots in Alton, producer and distributor of local foods in the Riverbend & St. Louis region since 2006.


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Sara McGibany

Sara McGibany
Executive Director, Alton Main Street
I wanted to help get our co­op off the ground in order to give people a real opportunity to vote with their dollars about what kind of world they want to live in. Having a store like Grassroots in our area gives many of our friends & neighbors a springboard to build a career around quality products they are passionate about. The fact that this project is breathing life into a historic building while lifting up an under­served neighborhood with healthy food, public art and positive social activities are huge bonuses that set GG apart as a true social enterprise that Alton can be proud of.


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Christine Favilla
Board Member Community Cultivators, Member of Advisory Council Three Rivers Project Coordinator and Tree Hugger, Sierra Club
Grassroots Grocery brings “local” to life in the Riverbend area ~ it means a chance to reduce the carbon footprint of your food, bath and body, and household cleaners. It means a fair, equitable price to local producers who invest in this community. It means a chance to grow and learn in the neighborhood! I’m super excited to be a part of this great non­profit!


John Becker

John Becker
John has been a non for profit administrator for over 25 years working with special needs populations and for the past eight years as the Executive Director at Senior Services Plus in Alton, Il. John has been the team leader that initiated agency turnarounds in three different fields over a 17 year period. This includes an agency specializing in employment for individuals with disabilities, as one of two male Executive Directors in the country for a YWCA and at Senior Services Plus. Over the past ten years at Senior Services Plus we have initiated an agency strategic plan that has increased business during an economic downturn, attracted large groups of Baby Boomers and made SSP a leader in aging in our region. John has earned a Master of Arts­Sociology/Labor Relations 5/97 and a Bachelor of Sciences­Sociology Minor­Business 6/89 from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Illinois. As a Grassroots Advisory member it means I have a chance to support the spread of organic food to people who don’t have affordable access. It is a great mission and I am proud to be part of it.


Dr. DeeDee Jones
Council member
As a physician and healthy living advocate, I believe that healthy, locally sourced and seasonal food is medicine. It’s medicine not only for our body but also our community. I support Grassroots Grocery because it provides tasty food options and represents everything great about the Riverbend ­ volunteerism, collaboration and passion.


Dana Wynn

Dana Wynn
I serve as a member of the Grassroots Grocery Advisory Council and am out spreading the word about what Grassroots Grocery has to offer both the community and neighborhood. I volunteer with the Sierra Club and at the Jamie Hines Discovery Garden. I am a master’s student at SIUE focusing on advocacy and education for social justice related to food and the environment.