Board of Directors
We have lived in Oak Park since 1984 (with a brief stint in Minnesota). I work as a database consultant. I am a former commissioner with the Oak Park Farmers’ Market.
John Owens – Treasurer
Founding member of Ascension Parish Community Garden. Assistant manager at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market 2012 and 2013. Geographic Information Systems analyst engaged in mapping Chicago Community Gardens and Food Deserts.
Board member of Green Community Connections, a grassroots environmental organization in OP/RF, member of Environmental Stewardship Team at First United Church of Oak Park, co-leader of Interfaith Green Network OP/RF, and long-time Sierra Club member. I see a need for environmental issues to be merged with the other important social issues of poverty, hunger, racism, education, and eroding democracy.
Cheryl has worked most of her career in marketing and public relations in the entertainment and health care industries. Having spent two summers as Oak Park Farmers’ Market Assistant Manager, Cheryl brings a thorough understanding of the impact of the Double Value Coupon Program to Shawnash marketing efforts.
Robin Schirmer – Board Member
Robin lives in Maywood and has spent the last decade working on local foods, first as a coordinator of pop-up indoor winter farmers’ markets, then as the farmers market/CSA coordinator for Tomato Mountain Farm, and most recently as project coordinator for Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition. She is starting her third season as an assistant manager at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market.
Molly McDonough Carson – Board Member
Molly is former chair of the Oak Park Farmers’ Market Commission and a longtime commission member and volunteer. She has worked closely with Shawnash and the Double Value Coupon Program since its inception. In her day job Molly is editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, the lawyer’s magazine and its full-featured website.