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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
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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,
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
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
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
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
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
Contact info: (608) 262-5905 or
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
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
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
Lili Tangwall, Cooperative Development Specialist
Lili is responsible for cooperative development, applied research, education and outreach, as well as grant and event support. Before joining the Center for Cooperatives, she was part of international development initiatives, created grassroots financial cooperatives in post-communist Moldova, implemented technical assistance grants for the World Bank, GIZ and IFAD, and collaborated with credit union associations worldwide. She founded the international network of young credit union professionals and served as the first Chair for its steering committee.
Over the past decade Lili conducted annual surveys of financial cooperatives with data from over 100 countries, and her findings were recently featured in an article by The Economist (October 2015). She co-authored the research papers Alternative Sources of Capital for Credit Unions (2009) and
International Lessons for Young Adult Membership Growth (2015). Lili has a B.A. in Economics with a minor in International Relations from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest.
(608) 262-9751 or
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