Staff

Leslie Watson

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Cooperative Development Specialist
612-275-6225
lwatsonmpls@gmail.com

Leslie Watson is a part-time Cooperative Development Specialist with CDS, and also a member of the CDS Consulting Co-op's Board Leadership Development team. Leslie spent ten years on the board of the Eastside Food Co-op in Minneapolis, from its startup phase through its development into an anchor business and important community asset in Northeast Minneapolis. She is also a founding organizer of the Northeast Investment Cooperative, a co-op formed to make transformative investments in distressed real estate along her neighborhood's main commercial corridor.

Vicky Chaput

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Office Manager
651-265-3678
vchaput@cdsus.coop

Vicky's role with CDS and the Cooperative Network include administrative support and meeting planning; she also works very closely with Senior Housing Cooperatives and helps coordinate the Senior Cooperative Housing Conference held annually in May. She began working for CDS in 2001 with a part-time assignment to the Cooperative Network.

Kevin Edberg

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Executive Director
651-287-0184
kedberg@cdsus.coop

Kevin Edberg joined CDS as executive director in October 2000 and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the organization. He  has a strong background in agriculture, economics, and marketing. He holds bachelor’s degrees in horticulture, agricultural economics, and secondary science education, and has done graduate work in plant breeding and plant physiology, all at the University of Minnesota.

Joan Stockinger

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Co-op Development Specialist
651-209-8849
jstockinger@cdsus.coop

Joan started with CDS as a consultant in 2006 and became an employee in 2008. She provides a range of business-focused consulting and development support to cooperatives of various kinds and to sustainable value-added agriculture projects. She has a wide range of hands-on experience with management of small and large businesses, including eight years as CFO of a start-up company (social venture capital), and over twelve years of marketing management in several industries.

Bob Olson

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Co-op Development Specialist
651-265-3682
bolson@cdsus.coop

Bob Olson is a Cooperative Development Specialist with special emphasis in value-added agriculture and conventional farming/ranching enterprises. In this capacity he helps businesses plan for long-term viability by developing feasibility studies, marketing assessments, and business plans.

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