Meet Our Board Members
Marla Petersen is the founding General Manager of Big Hollow Food Coop. She is a long time resident of Laramie WY, with a short stint in Denver CO. Her passion for local foods and and her previous entrepreneurial experience made her a good fit for the coop start up. She also has a BS in Dietetics from the University of Wyoming. During her 9 years at Big Hollow she has seen the business grow exponentially, to the point where it even exceeded her own expectations! She is also passionate about and involved in the revitalization of downtown Laramie. When she is not working she enjoys cycling, yoga, hiking and spending time with family, friends and her dog.
Jeff Hubbell grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, and loves it here. He graduated from UW with a Bachelor in Art, with a focus in painting. He has contributed to the Laramie Mural Project, specifically “Prairie Dog Town” and the “Gill Street” murals. His wife and him own Atmosphere Mountainworks, and manage a small sustainable farm called Planet Laramie Farm. He started at Big Hollow in 2010. He has enjoyed being apart of the Co-op and the Downtown Communities success and growth.
Josh is serving his second term on the board and holds the office of Secretary. He recently ended a 10-year career as a natural resource policy consultant, where he researched and assessed energy development impacts on Western public lands. Josh enjoys local skiing, mountain biking, and camping with his daughter Acadia, and wife Heather. He currently works for the Albany County School District.
Vice Board Chair
Laramie has been my home for over a decade and I love living here! Connecting with downtown Laramie throughout the year is important to my whole family, even the dog—the last time she got out of the yard, I found her making new friends in the Laramie Railroad Depot Museum. Serving on the Big Hollow Food Coop Board is a small but rewarding way for me to contribute to the community; I am enthusiastic about improving access to locally grown food through the Coop. I cook predominantly vegan food and have recently expanded my recipes to incorporate more varied dishes than just the lentils I lived on for too many years. Focusing on seasonal produce and local options available at the Coop and farmers markets keeps things interesting and affordable. My elk hunter husband seems to enjoy this change, though apparently lentils and elk can also go well together. When not spending time downtown, I enjoy trail running with friends, hiking with my family, and playing in the snow. I look forward to continuing to serve the interests of Big Hollow Food Coop members and customers.
Tanna Nagy is a Wyoming native and has been a dental hygienist in the Laramie community for over 25 years. She is the Big Hollow board secretary and is serving in her second term on the board. She is married and has two grown daughters. She loves Laramie, particularly the people, the outdoors and downtown vibe. One of her passions is vegan cooking. She is extremely thankful to have access to a store like Big Hollow that provides the healthy, organic and sometimes hard to find ingredients that she needs. She’s excited for the future of Big Hollow and is proud to be a part of such a wonderful group of people helping to make Big Hollow the best it can be.
Lars Kotthoff is a faculty member in computer science at the University of Wyoming, where he develops and applies artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches. He is particularly interested in using AI to make everyday processes more efficient, from large-scale computations to developing advanced materials. Lars has lived in Laramie since 2017, with stints in 5 different countries on 3 different continents before (all of them bigger than Laramie), and has been a board member since 2019. He enjoys exploring and hiking around the Wyoming landscape and nature, with an occasional craft beer thrown in (not literally). Lars shares a house with two unruly robots and a porch with about a dozen unrulier sparrows.
Melanie first visited Laramie six years ago and fell in love with the vibrant and welcoming community. She recently made a permanent move to Laramie to work at WEST, Inc., a Wyoming-based environmental consulting firm that allows her to apply her wildlife biology background to guiding responsible energy development throughout the west. Melanie has been a member of many natural food co-ops as she’s moved around the country for school and work, and firmly believes that places like Big Hollow are an integral part of a healthy, thriving community. As a new board member, Melanie is looking forward to helping Big Hollow continue its growth as a key part of Laramie’s developing downtown and Laramie’s only year-round provider of local foods. She is an avid birdwatcher, gardener and brewer, and enjoys making meals with as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible.
Robert Field has lived in Laramie for over 20 years and has two children born here. Away from work his interests include hiking, travel (remember that), yoga and following sports. At work he has over 30 years of experience measuring toxic air pollution. He obtained his PhD at Imperial College, London in 1996. In the late 1990’s he helped to develop the UK National Hydrocarbon Network when working for the UK National Environmental Technology Center. In the 2000’s while at the European Reference Laboratory of Air Pollution within the European Commission’s Institute for Environment and Sustainability he assessed the applicability of regulatory monitoring sites as indicators of population exposure to air pollution. His research at the University of Wyoming currently includes developing pollution measurements methods, building networks of particulate matter sensors in Laramie and Yellowstone National Park, and defining baseline air quality conditions in Carbon County Wyoming.