Fondy's Staff

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.

Jennifer Casey - Director of Development and Communications

Jennifer Casey connects heritage foodways to healthier people and places.  She brings her experience as a registered dietitian, writer, speaker, gardener and professional cook to her many health and food advocacy efforts.  She had long been a fan, shopper, and supporter of Fondy before joining the team in July of 2014.  Before coming to Fondy, she ran the Diabetes and Community Health programs at Milwaukee’s only American Indian Health Center, where she had the opportunity to learn about, and incorporate into programming, traditional foods as a source of wellness.

She grew up in the Midwest, but spent time in Washington, California, New York and Vermont before moving back to the heartland to relish its wild asparagus, heritage apples, grass-fed dairy, amazing farms and markets and fresh water.  Jennifer volunteers her time with several food advocacy efforts; including in her roles as a Slow Food USA Regional Governor and chair of the Slow Food Midwest Ark of Taste Committee. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Natural Gourmet Institute-New York and she now lives in nearby Riverwest with her family.

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.

Liz Campbell - Fondy Food Center Administrative Assistant

Liz is a Madison native with a B.A. in Spanish and a certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A 2010 internship at a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm on Madison's north side sparked her interest in urban food systems. Recognizing Milwaukee as a food-conscious city with a history of unique culinary traditions, she decided to relocate with new opportunities in mind. In July 2013, Liz started as Fondy's administrative assistant. In addition to make the office run smoothly, she is learning about Milwaukee's communities, food and urban agriculture relationships, and how non-profit organizations like Fondy work. Outside of work you'll likely find Liz reading a novel or exploring any and all parts of Milwaukee via bicycle.

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.

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