Kat Puzey – MoFACo Founder, Executive Director
Kat Puzey has a multifaceted business background dabbling in everything from the music industry to custom cakes. This led her to a successful career in corporate retail, where over the course of 6 years she was promoted 5 times to multiple locations. Kat received the highest award for leadership two years in a row by elevating her store to the top 10 in the company. After the birth of her son, she starved for something more meaningful than the everyday rat race. A year and a half of sleepless baby filled nights and soul-searching later, landed her as the manager of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. A new passion was born. Kat Puzey took all her experience as a maker, merchandiser, and businesswoman and poured it into helping locals launch their product/food-based businesses at the market. She used her unique perspective to offer product insight and business plans. Kat saw first-hand a gap in the industry. There needed to be a more feasible way for artisanal businesses to break into everyday retail and survive. The seed for the Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op (MoFACo) was planted.
Jaclyn Pace - Community Education and DiversiTeach
Jaclyn Pace, DiversiTeach’s founder, earned her BA in Education Studies from Eugene Lang College of The New School University. From there, she relocated to Arizona to be near her family and became K-8 certified while simultaneously earning her American Montessori Society credential through The Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE). After a number of years as a classroom teacher, Jaclyn decided to pursue an MA in Sustainable Communities, where she focused on social justice education. She earned her MA from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where she researched the use of learning communities as a way to help pre-service teachers build socially just pedagogies and teaching practices. After graduate school, Jaclyn returned to teaching in Phoenix before deciding to relocate once again to Southern Utah. She has planted roots here with her family and plans to continue doing this vital diversity and sustainability work to help strengthen her community.
Anna Lytle - Media Producer
Anna Lytle grew up in an entrepreneurial, health-oriented family, with a non-traditional view towards education which led her to experience diverse learning opportunities ranging from attending Waldorf school to serving in the National Guard for 6 years; all of which she attributes to shaping many of her world views and life goals today. After the birth of her daughter, Anna started diving into environmental health, which led to a passion for low waste living, regenerative gardening, and urban farming. Anna has a passion for sharing what she's learned and inspiring and helping others to start becoming more self-reliant and resilient through gardening, seed saving, and preserving food. Anna believes supporting local farmers and makers is fundamental to not only strengthening the local economy but in turn, connecting the entire community. Anna also has a background in photography and has always loved capturing the beauty of the natural world. By combining beautiful images with powerful educational insight, Anna hopes to reconnect people with the incredible natural world around us. It is this desire that inspires Anna to create the media for MoFACo and co-host the podcast.
Jane Muller - President
Jane is a people person who is passionate about inclusive societies and strong, welcoming communities. After 20 years in corporate leadership positions, she made a bold jump to the charitable sector and more recently to business development consulting. She is honored to volunteer on the board of the Women's Influence Center, in service to the women and communities of Southern Utah. Originally from Canada, Jane is married to her soulmate and Utah native, Kenneth Gardner. Jane and Ken reside with their dog ‘Kona' in Coral Canyon, Washington, and enjoy the breathtaking geographic beauty of the region.
Jimmy Dredge - Vice president
Jimmy has been involved in property management and development for over 20 years. Luckily, one project was a wonderful nursery in St. George which had the opportunity to be one of the original sponsors of the Downtown Farmers Market. Jimmy was honored to serve on the original board by the founders. Supporting this important community asset has been as rewarding as any endeavor that he has ever pursued. Jimmy’s current interests include cooking and providing as much fresh meat and produce as possible for his appreciative family and friends. Most of this bounty is purchased at said market or from vendors and connections that he has made there. The best jewelry and gifts that are found for his amazing girlfriend are also procured from talented artists at the same location. Jimmy’s continued support of the Downtown St. George Farmers Market is a given and he is looking forward to serving on the board again.
Tamara Young - Treasurer/Secretary
Tamara Young has several years of office experience. In 1984 she began working as an office assistant for an accounting firm in Phoenix, AZ until 1988 when she served an 18-month mission for the LDS church in Maryland. Upon returning from the mission, Tammy attended college for 3 years and worked part-time at a library (1990-1991), for a group of psychologists as a receptionist (1991-1992) and at a credit customer service call center for retail stores (1992-1995). From late 1995-2001 She stayed to raise her 3 children. Her resume includes working several years for John Osterman in Yuma, AZ as a Licensed Service Assistant and receptionist until relocating to the St. George area.
Nathan Walsh - Farmer Representative Board Member
Nate Walsh has been passionate about food his whole life, but chronic illness in his family, and the failings of the industrial food system have inspired him to change his career path and start farming. Now he and his wife run Healthy Harvest Farms, an organic no-till market garden in Santa Clara, UT.
Carol Bold - Artist Representative Board Member
Carol Bold is a painter and printmaker based out of St George, UT. She grew up in the in San Francisco Bay Area and received her BFA in 2007 from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2010, she relocated to Southern Utah where she has since made a name for herself and continues to strive and grow artistically throughout the region. Over the years she has both worked and volunteered for a number of non-profits and community based projects, including teaching for the Community Arts Partnership in Baltimore, MD and the San Francisco Children’s Art Center in San Francisco, CA, and was the former Visual Art Chair for Z-Arts and Humanities in Springdale, UT. When not in her studio, Carol spends her time hiking, exploring, spending time with her family and drawing inspiration from the vast and beautiful landscape that surrounds her.
6 Bit creative, LLC
6BIT creative, LLC is a local St. George company that specializes in all things creative from graphic design to 3D rendering. When approached to take on MoFACo’s design needs, 6BIT Creative resonated with the mission and heart of the project. Being a creative entity, 6BIT Creative understands what it takes to make it in the corporate world and were anxious to offer other emerging artisan companies their support coming into this project with a true sense of community.
Alicia Lockwood, Co-Owner, Graphic Designer, Photographer
Alicia’s experience as a graphic designer in the printing and media industry has given her the skills to work quickly and efficiently. She has experience as an official photographer for various companies, organizations, and has worked for a renowned photographer. Her art background enhances her designs and photography. Alicia is an active member of several organizations and served on the Board for the Southern Utah Art Guild. Alicia has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication with a double major in Graphic Design and Photography.
Brian Jensen, Co-Owner, 3D Designer, Graphic Designer
Brian is a talented 3D artist that renders just about anything. His background in art and business management provides a unique perspective and skill set to projects. He has extensive experience creating 3D renderings for architects, builders, and interior designers. Brian also has graphic design and photography experience. With great communication coupled with his ability to understand others’ needs, Brian is able to bring others’ ideas to life. Brian has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication with a double major in Entertainment Art and Fine Art.