Meet OUr Board
Food Matters Manitoba is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which meets regularly to provide direction for the organization. Directors are Members of the Corporation and act on behalf of the Membership between Annual Meetings.
Membership is open to anyone who supports the work of Food Matters Manitoba and signs the Manitoba Food Charter, our founding document.
If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact us.
Erin Neufeld (formerly Yaremko) is a Research and Data Management Coordinator working with First Nations across Northern Manitoba on localized education, archival and health program creation. Some of her previous work roles include National Researcher for Landscapes of Injustice, At-Risk Youth Worker and Inner City Program Facilitator with the City of Winnipeg.
Erin holds a Masters in Public and Oral History and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Community Development) and History (Oral History). In her free time Erin does back bush hiking in Northern and Eastern Manitoba, ice fishing, foraging, and urban gardening.
Beth Timmers is an environmental social scientist and project manager with the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Beth has ten years of experience researching food and agricultural sustainability in tropical and equatorial regions and a PhD in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo. Beth grew up on a small-scale farm in southwestern Manitoba and loves to garden, pickle and learn about food culture around the world.
Acting Vice Chair
Curtis Brown is a principal with Probe Research, a Winnipeg-based public opinion research company, and is a well-known commentator on social and political issues in the province. Curtis’ first job was on a potato farm near where he grew up (in the Carberry area), and since that time he has developed a deeper understanding and appreciation of food security and sustainability issues. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Regina and a Master of Arts in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba. In his spare time, Curtis tries to grow things in his garden at Ponemah, as well as hiking, canoeing, camping and making his own beer.
Kaylee Michnik is a Registered Dietitian currently working in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in population public health focusing on health communication, healthy public policy, food systems education, community development, and infant and maternal health. She holds a Masters of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba, a program focused on policy and practice solutions to environmental sustainability. Her master thesis research focused on community based and participatory approaches to food security, food sovereignty, and sustainable livelihoods in First Nation communities in Manitoba. Kaylee is excited about initiatives that promote environmental and human wellbeing through exploring and appreciating land and food. In her free time, she likes to be an experimental cook and gardener and read everything there is to know about food and nature.
Kirsten Earl McCorrister is an independent consultant who supports not-for-profit groups, Indigenous Nations, and small-scale organizations as they realize their strategic and collaborative goals. With over twenty years experience in the not-for-profit field, Kirsten’s areas of expertise include developing strategic plans, writing grant proposals, defining theories of change, and facilitating collective impact initiatives. She has a particular interest in supporting Indigenous environmental sovereignty and is working with several Northern Cree First Nations in their individual and collective efforts to protect their traditional territories.
Kirsten always looks forward to berry season, and makes a pretty amazing strawberry-rhubarb jam.
Kirsten Earl McCorrister
Mike Salomons is currently an Agriculture and Livelihoods Technical Advisor with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and holds Masters degrees in Natural Resource Management and Plant Sciences. His passion (and luckily his career) involves working on improving local food systems to provide healthy and nutritious diets in ways that sustain and strengthen the natural environment. Mike brings his two decades of experience working with local communities on these issues (both in Canada and internationally) to the FMM board. Mike grew up on a small-scale farm in central Alberta and in his free time runs, bikes, and is an experimental cook and gardener.
Erin Crymble is a Senior Accountant with CWB National Leasing and has over 10 years of accounting and finance experience with various organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manitoba and has successfully wrote the Common Final Exam in order to complete her CPA designation. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active through yoga, running and biking and experimenting with various plant-based recipes in the kitchen.
Brenna holds a PhD and MSc in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor in Medical Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy. She is the CEO, Pharmacists Manitoba, and holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Her senior management career in health care administration includes government, public health, hospital, community, and educational settings. Brenna has worked for Manitoba Health as Executive Director Health Workforce Strategies, International Centre for Infectious Diseases as Manager and Director Canadian Network on HPV Prevention, CancerCare Manitoba as Manager Cervical Cancer Screening Program, and Riverview Health Centre as Director Rehabilitation Services. In addition to her management portfolio, Brenna has been actively involved in research, teaching, and fundraising activities. Areas of research have included immunization, cervical cancer screening, HPV, public policy, and HIV and she has received research funding from both public and private sources. Brenna is a volunteer Board Director with the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba, chairing the Legislative Committee. Previously, Brenna was an active Board Director with the Women’s Health Research Foundation of Canada and Women’s Health Clinic.
Dr. Brenna Shearer
Ramogi Nyonje is an Actuarial Analyst at Canada Life, with many years of experience in Asset and Liability Management and Finance. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Manitoba and is a big advocate for healthy eating as a means to a healthy and good quality of life.
Ramogi grew up in Kenya and Germany before moving to Canada for University. In his spare time, Ramogi likes to play basketball outdoors and go for long walks. In the past, Ramogi has also volunteered for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) as a coach for their youth basketball team.
Alison McCullough-Butchart is General Counsel with Qualico Developments Canada Ltd. Alison is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and has lived in Winnipeg for over twenty years. Previously Alison was Chair of the Winnipeg Public Library Board and Co-Chair at Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, horse riding and spending time at her cabin with her family.