Lalu Beré

Marketing

Lalu has over 10 years of experience leveraging relationships, data and insights to build brands and value for her customers.

Lalu has held roles in marketing, brand management, business development, financial analysis, and fundraising. She holds a BsBA and BA in International Business and Spanish, respectively, from the University of Denver, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Inside and outside the workplace, Lalu is passionate about taking action to progress racial equity and justice. As a true lover of produce, she eats a primarily plant-based diet and even has a dog named Pickles.
Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle

Partnership Success

Kevin’s roots hold true to Prairie Crossing, the small conservation community he grew up in in the far northern suburbs of Chicago. The fragility of our natural ecosystems and the cause & effect relationship of human impact on the plant was instilled at an early age.

With an itch for entrepreneurship, he ran his own landscaping business in high school and started a vintage Wisconsin apparel resale business in college. This itch ultimately led him to join Fork Farms in late 2020. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in ‘18 with a degree in Environmental Economics, Kevin was able to combine his eye for analytical thinking with his passion for the environment. He currently resides in Milwaukee with his girlfriend and Agility Aussie, Aspen.
Josh Mahlik

Josh Mahlik

Partnership Development

Josh is an experienced product professional focused on reducing environmental impacts and democratizing food production in Milwaukee, WI, and beyond. Josh graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Iowa and has an MBA from Antioch University.

A Milwaukee native, Josh managed laboratory, facility identification, and water filtration product lines for Brady Corporation and Pentair prior to joining the Fork Farms team. He has won several product innovation awards and is known for his collaboration with like-minded organizations to reduce environmental impact. Josh has always been interested in sustainability but became passionate about food issues when he was awarded an Indians for Collective Action Scholarship to support the Self Employed Women’s Association in Ahmedabad India, where he spent one month developing a business plan for environmentally responsible solar cookstoves. While the program was later disbanded, this experience fundamentally impacted his perspective on food, from its production to preparation and everything between. In his free time, he is a husband, dog dad, creative writer, wilderness camper, Big Brother, and a very average mandolin player. You will often find him with a good bourbon arguing the merits of Tolkien’s works around a campfire.
Sue Malesa

Sue Malesa

Partnership Development

Sue has dedicated over 20 years in contracted food service, self operated food service, and retail food settings. During this time, she had the great responsibility and privilege of ensuring school age children at eight Menasha Wisconsin district buildings received high quality, nutritious meals through the food service program. 

Sue is passionate about providing kids with healthy meals and has lived the mission through operating a 12 system Flex Farm while at the Menasha Joint School District. Sue embraced the operational and logistical challenges of managing a school nutrition program and viewed it as a wonderful opportunity to be creative to encourage kids to develop healthy eating habits.

Sue has been a School Nutrition Association member for over 20 years and was recognized as the SNA Midwest Regional Director of the Year. She has served on the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin Executive Board and currently sits on the Fox Valley Technical College Culinary Advisory Board. Sue is also Servsafe Certified.

Sue is a proud graduate of UW Stout with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two dogs and spends her spare time visiting with her two sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, gardening, cooking, boating and fishing.

Megan Pirelli

Megan Pirelli

Marketing

Megan originally hails from the northern suburbs of Chicago, but for the last 10 years, she has called Wisconsin home. Megan graduated from St. Norbert College with a B.S in philosophy and political science. She returned to her alma mater to complete her M.B.A in 2019.

Megan has always been passionate about helping people lead healthy lives through access to healthy food. Before joining the partnership development team at Fork Farms, she interned for the Organic Trade Board of the UK in 2008, started a successful organic community garden at a Florida nonprofit and led a grants program for a regional nonprofit to help solve hunger in Wisconsin. If you are looking for Megan outside of work, you will most likely find her in one of these five places – riding her horses, gardening in her backyard, kayaking or paddle-boarding in one of her favorite hidden spots in Florida, hiking “up north” with her dogs or catching a flight for her next adventure! Megan: Why Fork Farms

Terence Ray

Community Relations

Throughout his adult life, Terence (“T-Ray”) has been involved in community affairs.  With a particular focus on civics, politics, community education and development issues. 

He was an active member during the formative years of the Milwaukee Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, a community leadership and mentoring organization with chapters across the United States and abroad, serving as Internal Vice President for several years.

Terence was also a founding member (along with Richard Badger, Al Holmes & Vanessa Johnson) and first Executive Director of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI), an organization dedicated to reducing father absence in Milwaukee.

Gil Shaw

Gil Shaw

Strategic Partnerships

Gil is a self-proclaimed recovering attorney with more than three decades of management, partnership development and hydroponics experience.

Gil is a self-proclaimed recovering attorney with more than three decades of management, partnership development and hydroponics experience. Hailing from the Southwest, Gil farmed and gardened in the Arizona Highlands for over 30 years. He says he primarily started gardening to keep his sanity while practicing law.
Andy Trygstad

Andy Trygstad

Operations

Andy has over 15 years of experience leading operations, driving innovation, and executing on technology solutions for both start-up and mature organizations. 

He spent many years in the financial services industry in a variety of leadership roles, including operations, technology, continuous improvement, and project management. With an eye for aligning strategy and execution, he is an architect for emerging business needs and catalyst for customer value. Andy has a long-time passion for sustainable agriculture and locally sourced food, has done business consulting and volunteering for local farms, and is using his broad business experience to help drive the Fork Farms mission forward. Andy is originally from the Minneapolis-St Paul area but has called Wisconsin home for over 20 years. He lives with his wife and two sons and is an outdoor enthusiast & avid home gardener.
Alex Tyink

Alex Tyink

President

Alex is the co-founder of Fork Farms and the inventor of its farming technology and methods. He is a former opera singer with 10 years of leadership experience in the social service sector, who works to inspire vast food system change across communities.

He began his urban agriculture career in Brooklyn, New York where he first worked on rooftop gardens and then started building indoor growing systems of his own for educational and food security purposes. This eventually led to the development of Fork Farms intellectual property, and the rest is history. After relocating back to Wisconsin, Alex continued his work as program director at Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and as director of innovation and programs for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. In 2018, he was a Fox Cities Future 15 winner and featured as Fox Cities Magazine’s ‘Big Idea’. Alex currently lives in Appleton, Wisconsin with his wife, son and their dog Maya.
Steve Tyink

Steve Tyink

Business Development

Steve is widely known for his work with experience-based design methodology and creating thought-leading, innovative customer experiences in a wide variety of industries.

His professional experience includes vice president of business innovation – Miron Construction, founder – Attach (nationally recognized industrial design firm), vice president of Saturn operations and leadership development – Bergstrom Corporation and general manager of numerous private country clubs.