Julie Knopp – President
Julie Knopp has spent the past decade working in education and social justice. She currently serves as the Director of Communications for Friends of San Lucas, a fundraising non-profit that supports a Guatemalan partner organization working to increase access to education, healthcare, and housing. A CAA volunteer since 2015, Julie joined the board in April of 2019 and became president in January 2020.
Nathan Gaut – Secretary
Nathan Gaut moved to the Twin Cities in 2016 from San Diego to pursue a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. He has been involved in the Twin Cities Veg Fest Planning Committee since the 2017 festival and has chaired the committee in 2018, 2019, and 2021. Nathan joined the board in October of 2017.
Stephanie Paquin – Treasurer
Stephanie Paquin has lived in the Twin Cities for the past 20 years, working in public accounting as a CPA and now as the Chief Financial Officer for a local wholesale distribution company. She became vegan in January 2017 and started volunteering with CAA in the summer of 2020. She is also a musician in several different Twin Cities bands.
Alyssa has been an animal advocate with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for about three years and now she’s adding CAA to that list. As a professional writer and marketer, Alyssa brings a creative lens to our work. Alyssa got involved with CAA in 2020 through her work with HSUS – just in time for Twin Cities Veg Fest planning! She jumped in to help plan our CAA food giveaway booth, and spent her first Veg Fest handing out samples of plant-based hot dogs and engaging with attendees.With the desire to make a big impact in her local community, she wasted no time joining the board of directors in 2021. She’s honored to be a part of our amazing board of directors and hopes to bring some of her writing and marketing talents to the table as needed.
Chris Homsey has volunteered for CAA as a member of the Twin Cities Veg Fest planning committee, having coordinated both cooking demos and speakers. She is a food scientist by profession and has worked in the areas of sensory science, consumer research, and product development. Chris joined the board in December of 2016.
Henry Patterson has volunteered with CAA since 2017 most recently as a member of the Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck planning committee, coordinating social media for the event. He is a project manager and manufacturing consultant by profession and works in the areas of operations and manufacturing process improvement. Henry joined the CAA board in January of 2019.
Dyne Stephenson has been an educator, animal advocate, and vegan, for over 25 years. Since 2016, he has been a volunteer in many different CAA roles, including coordinator positions for the CAA Banquet and Twin Cities Veg Fest. Additionally, he has attended and volunteered at Vegan Chili Cook Offs, Dine-Outs, potlucks, film screenings, and other events. We welcome him into his new role as our latest board member.
Mitch Thompson-On leave of absence
Mitch Thompson has volunteered for CAA as a member of the 2018 Twin Cities Veg Fest planning committee, co-coordinating the After-Party and coordinating all technology logistics and equipment. He works in the Twin Cities video production industry managing equipment rentals and is the drummer and manager for an internationally known local ska band. Mitch joined the board in December of 2018.
Joining the Board
Prospective board members must attend and participate in at least one board meeting before being considered for board membership. After that, the board will ask you to fill out the questionnaire for prospective members.
If you are interested in attending a board meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next board meeting will take place.