Tri-Cities Food Co-op Board

Ginger Wireman has lived in the Tri-Cities (Richland) most of her life. She does water quality work for a public agency. She founded and chairs the 501(c)3 Tres Ríos Community Land Trust, to build permanently affordable workforce housing. She was on the founding board of the Tapteal Greenway and helped with the campaign to designate the Hanford Reach of the Columbia a National Monument. She has an MS in Environmental Studies and a BA in Advertising. She also has experience and training in diversity, equity & inclusion, and environmental justice issues, as well as public engagement.


Melinda d’Ouville, with over 30 years of work experience, has a background in advertising, marketing, sales, contract management, facility management, quality/safety program development, and project development/management and execution. Specific positions include art director for a printing/newspaper company; vice-president of marketing for a tour operator; Science Center manager for three Nevada facilities related to public affairs/outreach; senior manager for contractor assurance and administrative/facility functions; and completed her career leading the facility contractor Assurance program with the waste treatment plant at the Hanford site. Additionally, she has taken on various leadership roles with nonprofits and community resource organizations, such as Family & Child Treatment of Las Vegas, Friends of Badger Mountain locally, and Women Helping Women locally. Currently retired, she is president of her Homeowner’s Association and interfaces on multiple levels with a wide spectrum of businesses and individuals within the Tri-Cities.


Eva Baroni has a BA from Carleton College in English and a concentration in Mathematics. She has a MBA from the University of Washington. Eva recently retired from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory after 36 years where she provided project management and budget management within the research organization specializing in the management of large programs. She provided cost estimation and compliance management to hundreds of research grant proposals.

Eva currently serves on the board for two local nonprofit organizations: the Mid-Columbia Science and Engineering Fair (MCSF) and the Arts Center Task Force. She has served on MCSF’s board for the last 27 years, serving as its treasure for her entire tenure. She has been a trustee for ACTF for 10 years, serving as treasurer for five of those years.


Karlee Hodges is an educator and active community member with 20 years of diverse teaching experience. She holds a BS in Science Education and an M.Ed. in Instructional Design Currently pursuing her principal certificate at EWU, she teaches high school science and AVID at Richland High School and develops and facilitates positive youth development programs for the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center. Passionate about community service, Karlee has volunteered with various organizations and held leadership roles, including President of the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program and Vice President of the WSU Master Gardeners Foundation. She is presently a member of Leadership Tri-Cities, a commissioner for the City of Richland Parks and Recreation Commission, and a Board Member for the Tri-Cities Food Co-Op.


Liesl Zappler has a background in visual arts and horticulture. Liesl worked as a gardener in Seattle for over 20 years and was passionate about creating public gardens, using organic practices, and having institutions adopt Integrated Pest Management policies to reduce pesticide use. She worked for the UW, Seattle School District, Lake WA Technical College, and was the Landscape Coordinator for Swedish Medical Center. She is in the WA Toxics Coalition Hall of Fame and received a Green Globe Award from King County. She is a member of the PCC, Skagit Valley, and Tri-Cities Food Co-ops. She is also passionate about recycling and for several years she ran the recycling program for the Darrington Bluegrass Festival. Liesl moved to eastern WA in 2016 where she plays an integral role in organic standards and food safety practices for Schreiber Farms, as well as eating tomatoes and eggplant to her heart’s content. In her spare time, she camps, photographs, makes sculptures of wire cowgirls on horses, and collages from recycled cans.


Alan Schreiber is a fifth generation farmer and grew up on his family’s farm in northeast Missouri where they raised corn, soybeans, and cattle. Alan has always been interested in growing things and had his first farm stand as a child. He received his PhD in entomology from the University of Missouri and went to work for the EPA in Washington DC. Alan moved to WA state to work for WSU, and eventually started his own agriculture research company. He never gave up his love of growing crops and after being approached by a community group, he started a CSA program with weekly deliveries of produce boxes. Fueled by seed catalogs and the great growing region of the Columbia Basin, he certified his farm organic and now grows over 300 different kinds of produce for wholesale and local markets. From asparagus, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, and watermelon, to over 11 kinds of cauliflower, he now finally works on a truly diversified farm. Alan is dedicated to promoting local and organic food systems and is the driving force behind the Tri-Cities Food Co-op.