Board of Directors
Carol Beam | Board President – Email
Carol’s relationship with Good Earth Market began more than a decade ago, when she was looking for one ingredient that she had been unable to find anywhere else. She found what she needed—in more ways than one.
“It was the day my relationship with food and food products changed forever,” she said. “Organic tomatoes with taste, local eggs with rich colored yolks, grass-fed beef, the best mustard greens I’ve ever had—I think you get the picture.”
Carol is proud to be a part of the team that has made GEM the thriving co-op it is today, and she calls her service on its board one of her favorite things.
“It is an honor to be in a leadership role with the current board,” she said. “Together, we have done great things for our co-op and we have plans to keep doing them for a long time to come.”
Kevin Dowling | Vice President – Email
Kevin has always loved Good Earth Market, but it was his grandson, Kaiven, that inspired him to become a co-op board member.
“Kaiven needed to learn tasty, health food, where to buy it, and how to cook it,” Kevin said, “especially in the times dominated by fast food advertisements and worrisome concerns about higher rates of obesity and diabetes.”
Now, he and his grandson head to the deli for lunch on Saturdays, dining on potato salad, Asian noodles, broccoli, pizza, and, of course, some natural sweet treats from the bulk bins.
Kevin has been active in the community, including board memberships of Community Seven and Washington School PTA. That has given him extensive experience in grant writing, fundraising and communications—skills that he enjoys using to increase membership, attract more consumers, and continue to enlarge the Good Earth Market’s presence in the community.
Eric Holm | Treasurer – Email
Eric Holm joined the Good Earth Market Board of Directors in 2014, serving as the current Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairperson. Eric is an attorney at Sather & Holm Law Firm in Billings. He is deeply committed to the development and growth of the local food community and economy in Billings and Montana in general, which is what drew Eric and his family to the Co-op when he first moved to Billings in 2007. In his spare time, Eric enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping in the mountains with his wife Tanis and their two dogs.
Adam Cassie | Board Member – Email
Adam grew up in Great Falls but has lived most of his life in Portland, OR, before moving to Billings in 2012. He spends his personal time with his two little girls ages 4 & 6.
When he’s not with his kids, he spends his time with friends – fishing, skiing, hunting, and re-exploring Montana. He likes to eat wild and local whenever possible and appreciates the opportunity to serve on the GEM’s board.
Diane Brien | Board Member – Email
Diane is a Montana native and has been a member of the Good Earth Market since 1994. She obtained her undergraduate in sociology and later her MBA. During her years in higher education, Diane saw the importance of social responsibility and stewardship and, in recent years, has gained a better understanding of the market’s mission and importance in the community. “By supporting local growers and producers, the Market is helping the community become stronger and more resilient.”
Through her work with Transition Billings, Diane has become more aware of the necessity for sustainable growing methods and building local economies, and is excited to use her education and skills to help move the Market toward its goals.
“Food speaks a universal language and creates unity,” she says. “My fondest memories are times spent around the table, sharing food and conversation. It is important to me that future generations have access to the same quality of food and other products I currently enjoy. I love the market, from the way it is cooperatively run to the products and information it provides its members.”
Diane’s leisure time is usually spent with her kids and family camping, fishing, hiking and playing together.
Maia Dickerson | Board Member – Email
Maia grew up on her grandparent’s dairy farm in central Indiana. Having milk straight from the dairy and helping with farm tours made for a longer lasting impression than she would have thought. After college and a move to Reno, NV, she found herself involved in the Great Basin Co-op, getting to know farmers and reacquainting herself with local food. When she moved to Billings in 2010, one of the first things she did was become a member of Good Earth Market. Maia has been on the GEM Local Producer Committee and is excited to take the step to Board Member.
When Maia isn’t cooking, visiting local markets or processing food for later use, she tries to be outside as much as possible, walking, hiking, camping and dunking into rivers.
Jeff Kreidler | Board Member – Email
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Maggie Zaback | Board Member – Email
Maggie has lived in Billings for almost 3 years, was a member since before she arrived, and even had the pleasure of working as a cashier for a short time. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming- where the “farmer’s” market was sourced from the local Sam’s Club and local beef came fresh from the Greeley CAFOs over the border, Maggie appreciates meeting her producers and supporting their work. She sees the GEM as one of the most valuable, local businesses in our community that can play that important role in connecting and educating members.
“I am so excited to be a part of the GEM in a bigger way. There are a lot of great opportunities for us to really work with our community and expand the local food system here and expand our local economy. The possibilities are endless!”
Maggie works on agriculture issues in the state and strongly believes in supporting our producers and paying them appropriately for their back-breaking work, rewarding their stewardship, and keeping Montana businesses alive.