Our People

Meet the team dedicated to helping you find the ingredients you need to cook healthful meals at home.

Lovejoy Market Manager

Katie Eshleman is a calm, super organized multi-tasker with many passions. In grocery for over 26 years, her experience as an exchange student in Belgium propelled her into food – particularly her love for all things cheese (she can identify a cheese by look and taste alone!) She loves connecting people through food, and has found that grocery is a great vehicle for that. Basics Lovejoy holds a special place in her heart. Katie’s hobbies include camping and flyfishing with her wife, and gardening (she has her own greenhouse).

Lovejoy Market Manager

Katie Eshleman is a calm, super organized multi-tasker with many passions. In grocery for over 26 years, her experience as an exchange student in Belgium propelled her into food – particularly her love for all things cheese (she can identify a cheese by look and taste alone!) She loves connecting people through food, and has found that grocery is a great vehicle for that. Basics Lovejoy holds a special place in her heart. Katie’s hobbies include camping and flyfishing with her wife, and gardening (she has her own greenhouse).

Hillsdale Market Manager

Patrick Newman is an experienced Manager with nearly 20 years in the natural grocery business, born and raised in the Portland area he is a big fan of Basics’ ideas and principals behind local and sustainable food. He is driven primarily by the desire to learn new things big or small, and he takes pride in providing the best customer service experience possible. Patrick is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. He enjoys taking day trips to the beach with his family, barbequing and a good ol’ fashion spicy food challenge! Need a hot sauce referral? Come say Hello to Patrick and he’ll point you in the right direction!

 

Hillsdale Market Manager

Patrick Newman is an experienced Manager with nearly 20 years in the natural grocery business, born and raised in the Portland area he is a big fan of Basics’ ideas and principals behind local and sustainable food. He is driven primarily by the desire to learn new things big or small, and he takes pride in providing the best customer service experience possible. Patrick is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. He enjoys taking day trips to the beach with his family, barbequing and a good ol’ fashion spicy food challenge! Need a hot sauce referral? Come say Hello to Patrick and he’ll point you in the right direction!

 

Hillsdale Market Manager

With almost 20 years in the natural grocery industry, Dave Finnell loves developing strong teams and helping to create a fun place to shop and work. Born and raised in Portland, some of his earliest food memories are of Sunday meals at his Grandparents’ home: old family recipes, cousins and lots of noise and laughter. He loves anything with garlic (and more garlic) and almost any cheese.  In his spare time he loves to be outside cycling, hiking, skiing or just working in the yard.  Stop by and say Hi to Dave, he looks forward to welcoming you!

Hillsdale Market Manager

With almost 20 years in the natural grocery industry, Dave Finnell loves developing strong teams and helping to create a fun place to shop and work. Born and raised in Portland, some of his earliest food memories are of Sunday meals at his Grandparents’ home: old family recipes, cousins and lots of noise and laughter. He loves anything with garlic (and more garlic) and almost any cheese.  In his spare time he loves to be outside cycling, hiking, skiing or just working in the yard.  Stop by and say Hi to Dave, he looks forward to welcoming you!

Hillsdale Assistant Manager

Joe Feuerborn’s roots at Hillsdale run very deep – he vividly remembers visiting this very store as a little child when it was Nature’s and his dad was the Manager! Attracted by Basics’ reputation and eager to be part of the local economy and help a new business grow, Joe joined Basics in 2019 and worked his way up from Clerk to Assistant Manager. His stellar leadership qualities, cheerful nature, attention to detail, and strong belief in the tenets of customer service are a huge bonus for the Hillsdale team. His philosophy echoes that of Basics’– to get the community excited about our vibrant local food economy and support local businesses. He grew up in Gresham, and enjoys hiking, bouldering, week-long backpacking trips and experiencing the beauty of Oregon. He loves watching movies in theaters, especially horror films (The Shining is a favorite). Please say hello to Joe when you’re in the Market.

Hillsdale Assistant Manager

Joe Feuerborn’s roots at Hillsdale run very deep – he vividly remembers visiting this very store as a little child when it was Nature’s and his dad was the Manager! Attracted by Basics’ reputation and eager to be part of the local economy and help a new business grow, Joe joined Basics in 2019 and worked his way up from Clerk to Assistant Manager. His stellar leadership qualities, cheerful nature, attention to detail, and strong belief in the tenets of customer service are a huge bonus for the Hillsdale team. His philosophy echoes that of Basics’– to get the community excited about our vibrant local food economy and support local businesses. He grew up in Gresham, and enjoys hiking, bouldering, week-long backpacking trips and experiencing the beauty of Oregon. He loves watching movies in theaters, especially horror films (The Shining is a favorite). Please say hello to Joe when you’re in the Market.

Farmington Market Manager

With over 11 years in top level grocery management, Nic Dawson has held roles in store operations and leadership and worked on the floor in every department. With a great deal of experience in opening new stores (he’s opened 5 in his grocery career), he brings a wealth of valuable knowledge to the Basics Farmington Team. He’s excited to open our Farmington market, showcasing all that Basics has to offer and creating a terrific experience for our shoppers. “Basics Farmington is an opportunity to bring the local food economy into one centralized space, featuring our own local brands and local makers and I’m excited for us to be part of this vibrant community,” he shares, “I love that we get to be a part of people’s lives, and how food brings people and communities together.” Originally from Petaluma, CA, Nic and his family have been part of the Beaverton community for over 20 years. He and his two sons, 11 and 6, are active in local sports: B-Ball, football and Little League are favorites. When not cheering on his team and overseeing every detail at the market, Nic is a real DIY’er with lots of projects in the works at home. Got hardware questions? Seek him out!

Farmington Market Manager

With over 11 years in top level grocery management, Nic Dawson has held roles in store operations and leadership and worked on the floor in every department. With a great deal of experience in opening new stores (he’s opened 5 in his grocery career), he brings a wealth of valuable knowledge to the Basics Farmington Team. He’s excited to open our Farmington market, showcasing all that Basics has to offer and creating a terrific experience for our shoppers. “Basics Farmington is an opportunity to bring the local food economy into one centralized space, featuring our own local brands and local makers and I’m excited for us to be part of this vibrant community,” he shares, “I love that we get to be a part of people’s lives, and how food brings people and communities together.” Originally from Petaluma, CA, Nic and his family have been part of the Beaverton community for over 20 years. He and his two sons, 11 and 6, are active in local sports: B-Ball, football and Little League are favorites. When not cheering on his team and overseeing every detail at the market, Nic is a real DIY’er with lots of projects in the works at home. Got hardware questions? Seek him out!

Farmington Market Asst. Manager

A veteran of the natural foods business, Miguel Quiroz brings a combined 16 years of experience to the Basics team with positions as varied as meat and seafood buyer to store merchandiser. He’s excited about being part of the process of opening a new store – his expertise at building systems and putting them into place with an eye toward maximum efficiency is a real plus for the team.  Miguel’s passion is to coach and mentor people and to help them grow in the company: He likes to be the go-to guy! A Beaverton resident, he’s a family man, who enjoys spending time with his wife and his three kids. Hobbies? Cooking! A meat guy, he’s a master at the grill, loves to eat, and to learn new recipes.  Please say Hi to Miguel and share your favorite grilling recipe!

 

Farmington Market Asst. Manager

A veteran of the natural foods business, Miguel Quiroz brings a combined 16 years of experience to the Basics team with positions as varied as meat and seafood buyer to store merchandiser. He’s excited about being part of the process of opening a new store – his expertise at building systems and putting them into place with an eye toward maximum efficiency is a real plus for the team.  Miguel’s passion is to coach and mentor people and to help them grow in the company: He likes to be the go-to guy! A Beaverton resident, he’s a family man, who enjoys spending time with his wife and his three kids. Hobbies? Cooking! A meat guy, he’s a master at the grill, loves to eat, and to learn new recipes.  Please say Hi to Miguel and share your favorite grilling recipe!

 

Manager of Employee Training and Retention

Joining us from Sacramento, CA, Pat Kint brings over 20 years of natural grocery management experience to the Basics team. He loves working in the grocery business because it’s a great place to be if you love helping people and brings us all together with the most common of bonds – food! A self-confessed food-lover, he’s hard-pressed to pick a favorite cuisine but Mexican is at the top of his list. A competitive tennis player and former basketball nut, Pat is passionate about sports, plays the drums and loves to hike and explore with his wife and three dogs. His not-so-secret hobby – standup and writing jokes! Keep an eye out for Pat at any one of our markets as he works with our teams to provide the best service around!

Manager of Employee Training and Retention

Joining us from Sacramento, CA, Pat Kint brings over 20 years of natural grocery management experience to the Basics team. He loves working in the grocery business because it’s a great place to be if you love helping people and brings us all together with the most common of bonds – food! A self-confessed food-lover, he’s hard-pressed to pick a favorite cuisine but Mexican is at the top of his list. A competitive tennis player and former basketball nut, Pat is passionate about sports, plays the drums and loves to hike and explore with his wife and three dogs. His not-so-secret hobby – standup and writing jokes! Keep an eye out for Pat at any one of our markets as he works with our teams to provide the best service around!

Meat & Seafood Buyer

A Portland native, Erica Prettyman is a mom, butcher and cook with a deep interest in where our food, particularly meat, comes from. Erica works with our farms and processing teams to ensure we are in stock with the right cuts at the right times. She also partners with local producers with shared values to supplement our meat cases and provide our shoppers with the best fresh seafood around.  If you do find her at one of our markets, she’s probably stepping where the team needs it – garbed in her bright red apron and cap expertly handling the bandsaw, yielding sharp knives with finesse, and creating gorgeous displays of fresh, organic meats. In the biz for over 20 years, she’s got great suggestions for selecting the best cuts, cooking tips and recipe ideas!  For Erica, braised short ribs are “the best thing in the world”! Her hobbies include camping, paddle boarding, kayaking, and hiking with her two dogs.

Meat & Seafood Buyer

A Portland native, Erica Prettyman is a mom, butcher and cook with a deep interest in where our food, particularly meat, comes from. Erica works with our farms and processing teams to ensure we are in stock with the right cuts at the right times. She also partners with local producers with shared values to supplement our meat cases and provide our shoppers with the best fresh seafood around.  If you do find her at one of our markets, she’s probably stepping where the team needs it – garbed in her bright red apron and cap expertly handling the bandsaw, yielding sharp knives with finesse, and creating gorgeous displays of fresh, organic meats. In the biz for over 20 years, she’s got great suggestions for selecting the best cuts, cooking tips and recipe ideas!  For Erica, braised short ribs are “the best thing in the world”! Her hobbies include camping, paddle boarding, kayaking, and hiking with her two dogs.

Grocery Buyer & Retail Merchandiser

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics, Christi Reed found her niche at her local natural foods store. With nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, she has spent the last 15 leading grocery store tours, teaching nutrition classes and helping shoppers find foods and recipes to meet their nutrition goals. As Retail Merchandiser, she is now an important liaison between our procurement and market teams as we work to bring new and exciting offerings to our communities.  Christi finds joy in feeding people and especially loves offering solutions to those with restricted diets. Her latest food related hobby is growing her own backyard garden.

Grocery Buyer & Retail Merchandiser

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics, Christi Reed found her niche at her local natural foods store. With nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, she has spent the last 15 leading grocery store tours, teaching nutrition classes and helping shoppers find foods and recipes to meet their nutrition goals. As Retail Merchandiser, she is now an important liaison between our procurement and market teams as we work to bring new and exciting offerings to our communities.  Christi finds joy in feeding people and especially loves offering solutions to those with restricted diets. Her latest food related hobby is growing her own backyard garden.

Produce Buyer/Merchandiser

A seasoned professional, Sean Morrill brings decades of experience in produce buying, sales, and merchandising, and has worked extensively with local vendors and organic produce distributors in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up playing with Legos™ and Lincoln Logs™, he builds attractive displays that are not only beautiful but shoppable! In Oregon since 2005, he moved here from Sacramento, CA. Sean loves building a team and being able to share his passion for produce with shoppers.  When not buying fruit and veggies and arranging beautiful displays, he is happiest on a bicycle and enjoys running (he was a competitive middle-distance runner in HS and College). His favorite thing is his 6-month-old daughter, who is his entire world and he can’t wait to get her on a bicycle.  A self-confessed meat and potatoes guy who doesn’t cook, he can’t live without Hood strawberries and juicy yellow nectarines. Please say Hi to Sean when you see him in-store building our produce displays.

Produce Buyer/Merchandiser

A seasoned professional, Sean Morrill brings decades of experience in produce buying, sales, and merchandising, and has worked extensively with local vendors and organic produce distributors in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up playing with Legos™ and Lincoln Logs™, he builds attractive displays that are not only beautiful but shoppable! In Oregon since 2005, he moved here from Sacramento, CA. Sean loves building a team and being able to share his passion for produce with shoppers.  When not buying fruit and veggies and arranging beautiful displays, he is happiest on a bicycle and enjoys running (he was a competitive middle-distance runner in HS and College). His favorite thing is his 6-month-old daughter, who is his entire world and he can’t wait to get her on a bicycle.  A self-confessed meat and potatoes guy who doesn’t cook, he can’t live without Hood strawberries and juicy yellow nectarines. Please say Hi to Sean when you see him in-store building our produce displays.

Wine & Beer Buyer/Merchandiser

Born and raised in Portland, Hilary McCown brings a wealth of retail, wine and beer buying, and merchandising experience to team Basics. With a keen eye for displays and extensive contacts and deep roots within the local winemaking community, Hilary looks forward to sharing her expertise and in depth knowledge of wine making with our shoppers. She has traveled throughout WA and Or wine country, and visited wineries and vintners overseas in Europe, S. America and Spain honing her tasting skills. A certified WSET Level 3 Wine Awardee, she has a comprehensive knowledge of grape growing, wine styles, and wine making. On the beer side, she’s all about local, with exciting plans to expand our local selections and focus on small local breweries. Look for insightful descriptions, wine pairing tips and recipes, and ongoing promotions in our wine and beer departments. In her downtime, Hilary grows heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers, and loves to preserve and cook them up into confits, conservas and hot pepper sauces. A self-described homebody, she lives with her husband and adorable corgi Kingsley.

Wine & Beer Buyer/Merchandiser

Born and raised in Portland, Hilary McCown brings a wealth of retail, wine and beer buying, and merchandising experience to team Basics. With a keen eye for displays and extensive contacts and deep roots within the local winemaking community, Hilary looks forward to sharing her expertise and in depth knowledge of wine making with our shoppers. She has traveled throughout WA and Or wine country, and visited wineries and vintners overseas in Europe, S. America and Spain honing her tasting skills. A certified WSET Level 3 Wine Awardee, she has a comprehensive knowledge of grape growing, wine styles, and wine making. On the beer side, she’s all about local, with exciting plans to expand our local selections and focus on small local breweries. Look for insightful descriptions, wine pairing tips and recipes, and ongoing promotions in our wine and beer departments. In her downtime, Hilary grows heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers, and loves to preserve and cook them up into confits, conservas and hot pepper sauces. A self-described homebody, she lives with her husband and adorable corgi Kingsley.

Director of Nutrition

Growing up on her family’s Oklahoma farm, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lindsay Brown became inspired by food and how it could be used to enhance health. Motivated to feed this interest and the desire to help others, she earned a master’s degree in nutritional science and dietetics and went on to work in the medical field and then in collegiate athletics educating athletes how to tap into nutrition to maximize performance. At Basics, she’s building a nutrition program to teach people how to nourish themselves, designing classes that nurture those with common health issues and teach the power of nutrition as preventative medicine.

Director of Nutrition

Growing up on her family’s Oklahoma farm, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lindsay Brown became inspired by food and how it could be used to enhance health. Motivated to feed this interest and the desire to help others, she earned a master’s degree in nutritional science and dietetics and went on to work in the medical field and then in collegiate athletics educating athletes how to tap into nutrition to maximize performance. At Basics, she’s building a nutrition program to teach people how to nourish themselves, designing classes that nurture those with common health issues and teach the power of nutrition as preventative medicine.

Director of Research & Child Nutrition

With a PhD in Nutritional Biology, Juliana Haber is a nutritional epidemiologist with over a decade of experience working with biomedical nutrition, food systems, global health, and maternal and child health. She grew up in a small town outside of San Francisco and is from a huge family of eleven children!  Juliana lends her expertise to curriculum and program development, and monitors and evaluates our nutrition programming. She also works with healthcare organizations to build collaborations in programming and research. Outside of work, rock climbing, drums and guitar,  photography, and travel are among her passions.  She loves discovering new recipes and tweaking them to be healthier. Blueberries and macaroni and cheese top her list of favorite foods.

Director of Research & Child Nutrition

With a PhD in Nutritional Biology, Juliana Haber is a nutritional epidemiologist with over a decade of experience working with biomedical nutrition, food systems, global health, and maternal and child health. She grew up in a small town outside of San Francisco and is from a huge family of eleven children!  Juliana lends her expertise to curriculum and program development, and monitors and evaluates our nutrition programming. She also works with healthcare organizations to build collaborations in programming and research. Outside of work, rock climbing, drums and guitar,  photography, and travel are among her passions.  She loves discovering new recipes and tweaking them to be healthier. Blueberries and macaroni and cheese top her list of favorite foods.

Culinary Mentor

Culinary Mentor Sam Maggi has taught hundreds of culinary skills and cooking classes to people from ages 4 – 84.  With decades of experience in restaurant and production kitchens in roles including Executive Chef, Sous Chef and Catering Chef, Sam brings his love of world cuisine and culinary expertise to the Basics team. A chef of many hats, he develops and tests recipes and products working hand-in- hand with our prepared foods and nutrition teams, and teaches classes both virtually and in person. Passionate about gardening, he respects ingredients and how they are grown, raised or foraged. An active member of a local community garden, Sam has a keen appreciation for the NW’s bounty and believes that fresh, seasonal food, locally sourced, always tastes better. He enjoys spending time cooking with his daughters, exploring new cuisines, and learning.

Culinary Mentor

Culinary Mentor Sam Maggi has taught hundreds of culinary skills and cooking classes to people from ages 4 – 84.  With decades of experience in restaurant and production kitchens in roles including Executive Chef, Sous Chef and Catering Chef, Sam brings his love of world cuisine and culinary expertise to the Basics team. A chef of many hats, he develops and tests recipes and products working hand-in- hand with our prepared foods and nutrition teams, and teaches classes both virtually and in person. Passionate about gardening, he respects ingredients and how they are grown, raised or foraged. An active member of a local community garden, Sam has a keen appreciation for the NW’s bounty and believes that fresh, seasonal food, locally sourced, always tastes better. He enjoys spending time cooking with his daughters, exploring new cuisines, and learning.

Manager of Food Service, Meat & Seafood

Born and bred in the city of New Orleans, Michael Mouton grew up in a vibrant and festive household all about food, heritage and people. Sicilian on his mom’s side, his dad is 100% Cajun, and his great grandparents owned a fish and poultry market – the apple does not fall far from the tree! A food lover since he could barely walk (he vividly remembers visits to his local meat market at the tender age of 3) he has deep culinary roots and years of experience cooking and butchering. He’ll be using his talents to lead the team to create new recipes and develop new products for our delis and meat departments, so look for new and exciting offerings in our cases to make it easy for you to enjoy good food at home.

Manager of Food Service, Meat & Seafood

Born and bred in the city of New Orleans, Michael Mouton grew up in a vibrant and festive household all about food, heritage and people. Sicilian on his mom’s side, his dad is 100% Cajun, and his great grandparents owned a fish and poultry market – the apple does not fall far from the tree! A food lover since he could barely walk (he vividly remembers visits to his local meat market at the tender age of 3) he has deep culinary roots and years of experience cooking and butchering. He’ll be using his talents to lead the team to create new recipes and develop new products for our delis and meat departments, so look for new and exciting offerings in our cases to make it easy for you to enjoy good food at home.

Brand Steward

A Basics brand steward, Meredith Eggert contributes to store development, design, marketing and community outreach to help keep Basics as focused as possible on what matters: increasing access to healthy foods and helping more people cook at home. Beyond the store, Meredith mentors youth, and manages our partnerships with local elementary schools and food banks, helping share extra food from our farms and operations with local families and students.

Brand Steward

A Basics brand steward, Meredith Eggert contributes to store development, design, marketing and community outreach to help keep Basics as focused as possible on what matters: increasing access to healthy foods and helping more people cook at home. Beyond the store, Meredith mentors youth, and manages our partnerships with local elementary schools and food banks, helping share extra food from our farms and operations with local families and students.

President

Joel Dahll is one of the most experienced, selective grocery buyers in the Pacific Northwest. For more than 30 years, he has discovered and supported top West Coast farmers and makers, introducing their products to a generation of natural foods shoppers. At Basics, Joel sources pantry staples, produce, supplemental dairy and other items that round out the stores’ healthy offerings. Passionate about fitness and committed to the region where he has lived his whole life, Joel is proud to leverage his experience in order to build Basics’ network of thriving West Coast partners and increase access to fresh, healthy food.

President

Joel Dahll is one of the most experienced, selective grocery buyers in the Pacific Northwest. For more than 30 years, he has discovered and supported top West Coast farmers and makers, introducing their products to a generation of natural foods shoppers. At Basics, Joel sources pantry staples, produce, supplemental dairy and other items that round out the stores’ healthy offerings. Passionate about fitness and committed to the region where he has lived his whole life, Joel is proud to leverage his experience in order to build Basics’ network of thriving West Coast partners and increase access to fresh, healthy food.

Founder

Chuck Eggert has attracted an experienced collective of farmers, retail experts and brand builders to launch Basics, a new type of small-footprint grocery working to promote the role of fresh food and cooking in nurturing health and wellness. Organic farmer, regenerative ag practitioner, natural foods pioneer, Chuck is committed to increasing access to locally grown, nourishing foods; partnering with health professionals to strengthen the role of food as medicine; and helping nurture rural communities by investing in new agricultural-rooted enterprises.

Founder

Chuck Eggert has attracted an experienced collective of farmers, retail experts and brand builders to launch Basics, a new type of small-footprint grocery working to promote the role of fresh food and cooking in nurturing health and wellness. Organic farmer, regenerative ag practitioner, natural foods pioneer, Chuck is committed to increasing access to locally grown, nourishing foods; partnering with health professionals to strengthen the role of food as medicine; and helping nurture rural communities by investing in new agricultural-rooted enterprises.