The Co-op Difference

Cooperative governance is democracy in action! Elected democratically from the ownership, the Board of Directors guides the vision of the co-op, enabling all Owners to have a say in how the co-op is run. 

The Grain Train's Board consists of five to nine Directors who each serve three-year terms. The Board is responsible for protecting Owners' assets by ensuring that the co-op is fiscally sound and viable. Additionally, they establish and monitor the co-op’s governance policies, and hire, monitor, and evaluate the General Manager.  



Board meetings are held at the Grain Train's administrative offices, 316 1/2 East Mitchell St. with the option of joining remotely via Microsoft Teams. Please let us know at if you plan to attend a meeting remotely.
Meeting ID: 265 224 450 500
Passcode: vjPHJm

Approximately 5 minutes is allocated at the beginning of each meeting for Open Owner Forum, during which owner input is welcomed. We ask that visitors remain silent for the remainder of the meeting.

Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Next Meeting's Agenda

Meet our Board of Directors 



Joe Graham 

 Joe Graham



Katie Hartlieb Photo

Katie Hartlieb

Vice President 


Erik Hagstrom Photo

Erik Hagstrom 



Lindsay Hall 

Lindsay Hall



Greg Fuller Photo

Greg Fuller


George Robson Photo

George Robson


 Amanda Weinert Photo 

Amanda Weinert


Paula Welmers

Paula Welmers


Hal Willens Photo

Hal Willens

To contact the Board of Directors outside of a Board Meeting, please email


Policy Governance

The Grain Train Board operates using the Policy Governance model, which was developed to allow Boards to maintain accountability for organizational performance while focusing on providing visionary leadership around our 'big-picture' mission.

With this model, there are four different categories of board policies, and all board policies must fall into one of these categories:

  1. Ends (the intended results for the customers): Ends policies all deal with ends, while all other categories of board policies deal with means.
  2. Executive Limitations (the limitations put on the General Manager): Executive limitations policies all deal with means, but they are written in the negative, telling what means the General Manager shall not use, instead of what means the General Manager shall use to accomplish the organizational goals (this avoids the two extremes of “micro-managing” and “rubber-stamping”).
  3. Board-Staff Relationships (how the board will interact with the General Manager): Board-Staff relationship policies all deal with means that the Board will use to interact with the Staff through the General Manager.
  4. Governance Process (how the board will govern itself): Governance Process policies all deal with means that the Board will use to govern and monitor itself throughout the year.

You can find the full Policy Register adopted by the Grain Train's Board here.



The Grain Train's owners delegate authority to the Board of Directors with a set of Bylaws, which explain the fundamental rights and responsibilities of both the owners and the board. 

Board Meeting Minutes 

Last Meeting's Minutes


Board Minutes Archive


Interested in Serving on the Board?

Please read the Prospective Directors' Handbook for more information about eligibility, the application process, and what it means to serve on the Grain Train's Board. If the role sounds like a good fit for you, complete our online Board Candidate application here! Applications for the 2023 Board Election are closed, but please consider running in a future election!  
 Prospective Directors' Handbook: