Young Kim - Executive Director
Young Kim has been the Executive Director of the Fondy Food Center since 2003. Prior to coming to Milwaukee he spent eight years in Seattle working with the city’s homeless population. Young describes himself as a “hardcore foodie” and is always on the lookout for exciting and simple recipes. He believes that good food makes for a strong community.
A second-generation Korean-American, Young was born and raised in the Deep South. He is the co-founder of the Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus of the Unitarian Universalist Association, former Chair of the Unitarian Universalist Nominating Committee, and a member of the Milwaukee Rotary. He currently serves as Vice President of the Community Food Security Coalition’s Board of Directors. When he’s not thinking of food and food systems, he likes to read poetry and restore vintage fountain pens. Young is a graduate of Oberlin College, and lives in Wauwatosa with his wife, the Rev. Suzelle Lynch, and daughter, Grace.
Nancy Ketchman - Director of Development and Communications
Nancy is a Milwaukee native who loves all things Milwaukee, especially the Fondy Farmers Market. She has worked in marketing communications for more than 20 years. And like Fondy’s Stephen Petro, she’s testament to the fact that English majors can get jobs. She received her BA in English from Marquette University and her MA in English from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
At Fondy, Nancy returns to what she loves best: supporting and singing the praises of Milwaukee neighborhoods and organizations like the Fondy Food Center. Nancy lives less than 2 miles away from the Fondy Farmers Market in Milwaukee’s historic Brewers Hill neighborhood with her husband and two sons, making her and her family frequent and enthusiastic shoppers. When not cajoling everyone she meets to shop at the fabulous Fondy Farmers Market, Nancy loves wilderness camping, travelling, and enjoying Milwaukee’s many great restaurants.
Stephen Petro - Fondy Farm Project Director
Food is a universal experience – an act that brings us all together. This simple yet profound realization has led Steven to dedicate his life to growing food. Steven comes to Fondy with 5 years of extensive agricultural experience. He has worked on and helped manage several small, diverse farms around Madison, WI as well as in Maine and Georgia. In the coming seasons, he will be collaborating with Fondy farmers and gardeners to establish a farm on 80 acres of land near Port Washington. You will see the fruits of their labor every week at Fondy Farmers Market. Steven tries to spend as much time as possible outside, loves to learn, and is an avid reader and student of sustainable agriculture. Time with family, friends, his girlfriend, her horse and two cats are cherished. Each day is a poem, but when spare time permits he enjoys reading and writing them too. Steven is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in literature and creative writing (and cannot think of a more logical way into farming). He currently dreams of growing Charentais melons.
Antonio Butts - Fondy Farmers Market Director
Antonio Butts is a community organizer at heart and committed to improving Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods. A native Milwaukeean, Antonio was raised in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood where he learned the importance of civic responsibility as a child. Antonio joins the Fondy Food Center after 10 years working at several Milwaukee organizations, including Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Lutheran Social Services, Children’s Hospital, and SHARE of Southeast WI. He currently lives in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood with his son and fiance.
Antonio believes that locally grown food is critical to the health and well-being of the community. Often understated but never overlooked, the connection between health and diet are inseparable and it this knowledge that drives Antonio to work in the local food industry. Diet-related illnesses, including issues with mental health, are related to the foods we eat. Our diets can either help or hurt us depending on food access, understanding, and individual skill. As Market Director, Antonio’s goal is to build on the legacy that already exists at the Fondy Farmers Market and sustain the success created by those at the helm before him.
Samuel Thurman - Fondy Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Sam Thurman lives in Milwaukee's Washington Park neighborhood with his wife and nine kids. He has a B.A. in social welfare from UWM and spent 15 years as a teacher’s assistant at Urban Day School. Sam is extensively involved in his neighborhood and church communities. He serves as a community advocate at his church, helping people in need with issues such as jobs, substance abuse, and food. He also assists with his church’s meal programs. Sam also serves on the Jobs & Safety Committee of the Washington Park Partners. With six neighborhood residents, Sam built 12 planting beds next to his home as a community garden. Sam and his neighbors are growing squash, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, collard greens, and more. For fun, Sam likes to hang out with his kids, who range in age from 6 months to 24.
Sue Yenter - Fondy Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Sue Yenter is a Milwaukee native currently living on Milwaukee's northwest side. She and her husband have two kids and four grandchildren. She has a B.S. in Food and Nutrition from Mt. Mary College and has worked in the food industry for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Fondy, Sue worked with the SHARE Mobile Market as a program assistant and cashier for 3 years. She volunteered at the SHARE warehouse for about 5 years before joining their paid staff. Sue has a long history of community involvement. She served many years on the board of directors of both Wisconsin Right to Life and HOPE Network for Single Mothers and still occasionally volunteers at some of their events. Sue has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, St. Ben's Meal Program, Springdale Farm CSA, and Wellspring CSA. Sue was also a volunteer at Outpost Natural Foods for 9 years. She is currently active in her church's food pantry, meal program, and bread ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Society. To relax, Sue plays with her grandchildren, gardens, and puts together jigsaw puzzles.