About the Board

Wally Graeber

Originally from the land of dairy in Wisconsin and have briefly lived on both coasts between Washington, DC and San Francisco, California. My family moved to Lincoln in 2019 to pursue our educational goals. I am grateful to be serving on the Open Harvest board as Chair for the next two years through 2023. I aspire to be more inclusive of voices in our decision-making process as we explore store relocation and an important community capital campaign. I am excited about what an equitable, inclusive, and diverse future looks like for our cooperative organization.

Recent graduate from the University of Madison- Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

I have learned from many different facets of our food system including as a cheesemonger, classroom nutrition educator, lettuce distributor, salami producer, vegetable garden club leader, and a handful of other food-related positions. Land manager & farmer are next on the list!

Urban gardening, yogurt making, and exploring our tallgrass prairie remnants are my top most enjoyed activities. I am excited to dive deeper into abolition, pollinator habitat restoration, and native seed saving in 2021. I believe that the health, safety, and welfare of each of us is integrally tied to our neighbor – which includes all forms of our community from land, water, wildlife, and people. Our energy is tied to all life around us.

Regional landscape planning, online marketing & microgreen growing.

Anna Hernoud

I was raised in Lincoln, graduated from Lincoln South East and attended the University of Nebraska. I have been in Banking for over 20 years. I am passionate about community involvement and feeding people. I am married to Lenny and have a 22 year old daughter named Claire. We have 2 dogs and enjoy taking them for walks.

To relax I like to spend time outside, read books and paint.

I am an Abolitionist! I am working toward eliminating White Supremacy in cooperative spaces and the greater society.

Carla McCullough

I have a deep passion for Open Harvest.  A foodie at heart, good quality local food and farming have been a part of my life from birth to today. I joined our co-op in 2000, shortly after moving to Lincoln, started volunteering as an herb stocker a few years later and served on the board from 2006-2016.  In the recent past, there has been a lot of turnover on the board and I feel as though my working knowledge of board and store operations would help Open Harvest in this transitional era.  I am interested in helping in the transformation of our co-op to a better, brighter future.

B.S., Biology, Marquette University
B.S., Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering, Iowa State University
M.S., Environmental Science, West Texas A&M University
Watershed Science Extension Educator, UNL-School of Natural Resources Event Coordinator, Hub Cafe
Biking, gardening, cooking, camping, writing, quilting, canoeing, and Duolingo.
Organizing groups and projects
Consensus building
Public speaking
Spreadsheets and data analysis
Event planning

Keith Dubas

I’m a native of Grand Island, NE, but have been in Lincoln the majority of my life and continually for the past 28 years.  Having graduated from UNL with a graduate degree in architecture I became a registered architect in 1980 while working for the Lincoln/Omaha firm of Bahr, Vermeer and Haecker, Architects.  Following my 4 years at the firm I became involved with a UNL project to open a new university for Imo State in Nigeria and spent the majority of a year on the ground in Owerri, Nigeria.  After leaving that program I consulted for several Lincoln architecture firms before moving to NYC where I lived and worked as an architect in Manhattan for 8 years.  In 1992 I returned to Lincoln and have worked independently since that time.

I’ve been a vegetarian for 40 years plus and have been an organic food consumer and discovered OH as an essential source for my diet and health.  Living lightly on the planet is an important principle that I work at refining both in lifestyle and in my work. I’m a home owner in the Near South Neighborhood, live in a multifamily residence with tenant neighbors, and enjoy the company of an extended feline family.

In 1995 the Open Harvest General Manager, Jerry Johnston, asked if I would consider being on the OH Board.  I was on the Board for 16 years with 4 years acting as Chair.  I then volunteered at the co-op for several years before that program was eliminated.  With the departure of several board members this past year and being largely retired I recognized an opportunity to try to serve the co-op once again.  As before, I’ve found the current board members to be a group of diverse and committed individuals to living out the 7 co-op principles and look forward to working with them on the challenges of business ownership.

Shah Uddin

I am originally from Maryland and moved to Lincoln four years ago after my wife took a position at the University of Nebraska. We moved here with our daughter, who is 4 and takes up most of my time. I am on the board because I believe in the work that Open Harvest does and I want to help it be better. I want to put my skills and experience to good use and better integrate myself in the Lincoln community.

I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004 with a B.A. in Economics.

I was a bartender at Zipline as of a couple of days ago but am currently focusing on our daughter who is at home. My past experience includes as a Logistic Supervisor at Best Buy Warehouse in California. Logistic Clerk at the Community Foodbank of New Jersey.

I enjoy biking, running, reading, and spending time with my daughter. Recently I have been baking sourdough bread.

Juanita Rice

I joined the Board of Directors for Open Harvest in Spring of 2021 because the Co-Op is such an important partner and outlet for local organic and natural farming, and I had just come to understand that such regenerative agriculture is possibly the best solution to halt and possibly reverse Climate Change. No less important is ethical and inclusive community building.  Through the pandemic and the last presidential administration, we have vividly seen the suffering caused by social and economic inequity. Health, well-being and food security are at a critical risk for disadvantaged sectors of our communities, and Open Harvest’s goals can make us a positive force.

I am Professor Emeritus of the Department of Theatre and Dance, California State University, Sacramento,  and hold both a PhD from UC Berkeley and professional theatre credentials.  I was active in establishing Women’s Studies at Sac State in the 80s and also taught Race and Ethnicity courses. I was the first woman chair of my department in the 90s and served on the Academic Senate and on the university CORE (Committee on Race and Ethnicity).  My BA is from the University of Nebraska long before there was such a thing as UNL, UNO or UNK.

 

In San Francisco from 1965 to 1980 I was involved in Civil Rights and anti-racist struggles and the Anti-War movement, serving on the steering committee of the Northern California Alliance, a large organization that distributed the free newspaper Common Sense, ran the storefront San Francisco Liberation School, and pressed for District Representation in SF government and support for the United Farm Workers unionizing efforts

 

Despite classical training  at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre in the sixties, I was also a radical theatre artist, inspired by the Open Theatre, Luis Valdez’s Teatro Campesino, a mobile group founded in the United Farmworkers’ union efforts, and by San Francisco Mime Troupe, one of the first and most important multi-ethnic multi-lingual performance groups.   I belonged to the Cultural Workers of North America, an organization of artists in the causes of peace and freedom and directed possibly the first ever cross-gender production of a Shakespearean play (1976).  (For which I hold the distinction of being possibly the first person in the post-McCarthy era to be fired by a professional theatre for radical ideas and activities.)

 

I have performed professionally in Lincoln several times since coming back to Nebraska, with Flatwater
Shakespeare Company, Angels’ Theater, Nebraska Repertory and Haymarket Theatre.  My California professional acting career spans 1967-1997 in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller, and semi-professionally by Marsha Norman, and in The Vagina Monologues, a feminist celebration by Eve Ensler usually produced as an activist benefit to fight violence against women.

Gardening.  Birding. Poetry. Piano. Tai Chi. I practice the Zen Buddhism of Vietnamese peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh and embrace the truths of interbeing and impermanence. I am also a United Methodist and embrace any religion which invites us to do unto others as we wish were done to us.

The last 500 years of Colonialism (Imperialism) spread the violent greed and brutality, exploitation and chauvinism of Fifteenth-Century Europe (think Spanish Inquisition and expulsion of Jews and Moors in the 1400s) to the rest of the world at the point of the sword, the gun, the hanging noose, the firing squad, torture and burning at the stake, and the spread of poisons and diseases. It left us a world scarred by slavery and genocide, land-grabbing and selfishness.  By hierarchies burned into our bodies and brains from childhood onward: racism, sexism, dualistic dogma of right and wrong applied to characteristics associated with race, gender, class, religion, age, ethnicity. By coercion and violence and hatred and greed and fear.  I believe we must do everything we can to reverse that journey.

 

Recovering the wisdom of pre-industrial indigenous cultures worldwide seems to me to be the quest of this century which will determine the future of all life on the planet.

 

We must build alternative lives and co-operative communities might be said to be the core of that work.