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University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
427 Lorch Street
Madison, WI 53706-1503
Phone: (608) 262-3981
Fax: (608) 262-3251

For general inquiries or information on cooperatives, please email info@uwcc.wisc.edu.

For information on UWCC's Services, please see our Services page.

 

Staff

Brent Hueth, Faculty Director

Brent Hueth is the faculty director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching focuses on cooperative organizations, agricultural markets, and applied microeconomics.

Brent is currently leading research projects on cooperative governance, behavior, and performance, and on the economic impact of cooperatives on the U.S. economy. Other recent research topics have included incentive pay for CEOs in cooperative firms; cooperative conversions, failures and restructurings; and the role of the cooperative bargaining association. His research has been published by the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics, among others.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Maryland-College Park, Brent spent two years at the University of California-Berkeley as a Research Economist. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University for eight years prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contact info: (608) 890-0924 or hueth@wisc.edu


Anne Reynolds, Executive Director

Anne Reynolds is the executive director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. She develops courses, conferences and educational programs at the Center, and has led numerous workshops on board leadership, board roles and responsibilities and strategic planning.

Anne teaches a course on cooperatives, focusing on the role and management of cooperatives, cooperative groups and collective action. The syllabus for AAE 323 is here.

Her areas of interest include governance, member loyalty, business structure and innovative uses of the cooperative model. She has worked with cooperatives in all sectors, including agriculture, food, energy, purchasing and worker-owned. Anne serves on several boards, including The Cooperative Foundation, Shared Capital Cooperatives (formerly Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund), and the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative. Before joining the Center for Cooperatives, she worked at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Contact info: (608) 263-4775 or anne.reynolds@wisc.edu


Courtney Berner, Cooperative Development Specialist

Courtney Berner is a cooperative development specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives where she provides technical assistance and counsel to existing and start-up cooperatives and to business owners interested in exploring conversion to cooperative ownership. Courtney writes and speaks frequently on the co-op business model and recently co-authored Successful Cooperative Ownership Transitions: Case Studies and Key Factors for Success in the Conversion of Privately Held Businesses to Worker Cooperatives with the Democracy At Work Institute.

Courtney has research, development, and outreach experience in a range of issues related to food systems, community economic development, and the cooperative business model. Prior to earning an M.S. in agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she spent five years at the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research institute devoted to global environmental concerns.

Contact info: (608) 890-0966 or cberner@wisc.edu


Tom Flory, Data Scientist

Tom Flory is the data scientist/database administrator for the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, developing the Center's research data resources and data access and analysis software. He has a PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the Center he was the Director of the UW's Social Science Computing Cooperative and a Systems Engineer for a major software company.

Contact info: (608) 262-5905 or tom.flory@wisc.edu

 

Kelly Maynard

Kelly Maynard, Outreach Specialist

Kelly Maynard is an Outreach Specialist with the UW Center for Cooperatives and UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. She focuses on development of and ongoing education and support for agricultural cooperatives. From 2010-2014 she worked as the Technical Assistance Facilitator and General Manager of the Spring Rose Growers Cooperative in Madison, fitting her professional commitment to design and provide technical assistance to underserved agricultural producers. Kelly served as an agro-forestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 2003-2005 and managed a forestry project in Indonesia for Conservation International from 2006-2008. She earned her Master's degree in Agroecology from UW-Madison in 2010.

Contact info: (608) 262-5202 or kmaynard@wisc.edu

 

Lynn Pitman, Outreach Specialist

Lynn Pitman is an outreach specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, providing resources and assistance to individuals and groups working on cooperative projects and issues. She also writes and develops educational, program and communication materials to support the Center's outreach activities. Lynn contributes to the Center’s ongoing research on cooperative economic impacts.  

Lynn has served on several cooperative boards, including a new grocery co-op start-up effort, and is engaged in neighborhood planning and development issues. She currently serves on the board of the Association of Cooperative Educators.  Prior to joining the Center, she was the catalog marketing director at several growing entrepreneurial firms.

Contact info: (608) 261-1355 or pitman@wisc.edu



Megan Webster, Outreach Specialist

As an outreach specialist at the Center for Cooperatives, Megan Webster develops content and implements outreach and education programs related to cooperatives, including UWCC's Farmer Cooperatives Conference. She also manages the UWCC’s social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), writes UWCC's newsletter and maintains UWCC web page.

Before joining the Center for Cooperatives, Megan implemented international development programs for financial cooperatives with the World Council of Credit Unions. Megan holds a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contact info: (608) 890-1048 or mawebster@wisc.edu