The Board is supported by the focused work of committees in the areas of Member Outreach, Finances, and Governance. These committees are always open to input and involvement of member volunteers. The Board of Directors meets the 3rd Wednesday of *most* months (January, February, May, June, August, November in 2015). The meetings, which are open to all members, start at 5:45 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend and get the location of this month’s meeting.
We want you!
One of the coolest things about food co-ops is that we are equally owned by our members and that our members have a voice in what the Co-op does. If you’ve ever thought about being more involved in your community and the Co-op, consider running in this year’s Board elections. This is an exciting time to be involved in the Co-op! With increased products and services, and more than 7,000
Member-Owners, the Co-op is a thriving, important part of this community.
This election will fill three seats, each for a three-year term. The deadline to apply is coming up quickly on 5 pm on Friday, May 29. Elections take place later this year.
The Board of Directors plays a critical role in ensuring the continued success and health of this vital organization. We represent our member-owners in determining appropriate organizational
performance. We are engaged primarily in developing the vision and long-term viability of the Co-op. We do not run the store, nor do we have direct control over its daily operations.
Board expectations include:
• A solid three-year commitment to the Board of Directors
• To be a member and regular shopper of the Co-op
• Preparation for and attendance at monthly board meetings
• Attendance at Board training sessions and annual retreat, annual meetings and select Co-op events.
• Active participation in the Board’s meetings, committee work, training sessions, and recruiting activities
• Ability to understand financial statements
• A genuine interest in cooperative issues and our community and a willingness to take responsibility for Board duties and work together with understanding, mutual support, and respect to make decisions that will enhance the viability of the Co-op
Board Applications have closed for 2016.
Our Board Of Directors
Finis Williams, President
I joined the Co-op Board because I wanted to be more involved in local organizations. I have lived in Concord for the past 20 years and support the wine tasting evening events and the Co-op’s commitment to locally grown, organic products. I have served as past President and have been on the Board for over 20 years for the New Hampshire Association for Justice, formerly New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. I am on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice, formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America. I have also served as legal counsel to the New Hampshire Democratic Party from 2002 until 2008.
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Patti Dann, Vice President
I moved to New Hampshire 18 years ago with my husband Paul and our three daughters. During that time my focus was on raising our daughters, helping them to become happy and successful young adults. Family has always been the number one priority for the Danns, followed closely by supporting civic and community concerns. Soon after our youngest daughter left for college, I began a “hobby” that quickly grew into a business now known as Café Indigo, a commercial bakery that distributes vegan desserts to supermarkets throughout the country. My concern for family, community, and healthy living naturally led me to discover the Concord Co-op. Since arriving in the Concord area the Cooperative Co-op has played an important role in supporting our family’s healthy living. As a family, we have always admired the Co-op’s community involvement and I am pleased to now serve in support of the Concord Co-op’s mission as a member of the Board.
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Krista Helmboldt, Treasurer
I grew up with a Mom and Oma who belonged to our local co-op in the 1970’s. When I moved to Concord in 1987 as a young adult out of college, one of my first actions was to join the Concord Food Cooperative – I felt that was a fundamental aspect of living in this community. Our household does most of our shopping at the Co-op, and when I travel, I seek out co-ops for healthy food, a sense of the community, and a connection with people and values in which I believe. I served on the Co-op Board for seven years (part of that time as President) as we made the move from State Street to our current location. I am now inspired to serve on the Board again to help guide the Co-op through our current growth opportunities. I measure the health of any community by the vibrance of its food cooperative, and I am proud of our Concord Co-op and its vital role in making Concord such a good community to live in. I am proud of the products we sell, as well as the good people who are involved as staff, volunteers, farmers, producers, members, and shoppers.
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Marie Colbath, Secretary
I grew up in Concord in the ‘50s and ‘60s. I remember fondly, walking by the Co-op when it was just a buying club on the corner of State and Concord Streets – just a little hole in the wall. I remember going in and seeing all the bulk items – not realizing that one day this little club would eventually blossom into what we have today. As a member of the Co-op, I want to see the Co-op continue to grow as a business. I currently serve on the board of the Lakes Region Tourism Association and Laconia Community College Hospitality Department. I enjoy assisting these organizations to better serve our communities. I have a passion for great local foods. I look forward to the renovation of our store. You need only take a tour of the building, from the top down, to see just how much more we can do for the community in the space that we have.
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I grew up with a great appreciation of local and organic foods, and this has continued through my adult life. My interest in the Co-op began as I searched for a store that would assist me in providing the healthiest options for my family. I soon realized that besides being a great store, the Co-op had tremendous involvement in supporting our local community. I admired the staff’s charitable efforts and knew the Co-op would be a great organization to be involved with. As a manager of a local hotel here in Concord, we share many of the same philosophies and appreciation for our sustainable efforts. I am very excited to join the Board of Directors for the Co-op and look forward to future growth.
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I’m proud to serve as a Concord Food Cooperative board member because I believe strongly that there is a significant advantage to a member-owned organization that responds to membership needs rather than only to profit motives. I have some experiences as a board member of other organizations and have an appreciation for team approaches to problem solving, planning, and strategizing. I spent nine years on the Board for the Licensing and Regulation of Plumbers, several of which I served as Chair. I am currently a Board member of the New Hampshire Building Official Association. I have a strong interest in healthy food and appreciate the Co-op’s efforts to provide the community with organic options, even before the larger popularity of such products in the mainstream.
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David is a long-standing member of the Co-op and this community. He is a senior attorney with the Clean Air Task Force and works to make international regulations on shipping pollution stronger, reduce diesel emissions from heavy-duty vehicles in the United States, and has worked on collaborative efforts to enforce stringent regulations on fossil fuel power plants.
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Susan M. Murray
I am pleased to support such a strong community-based organization that benefits the Greater Concord community. As a Board Member, I expect to work toward continuing to strengthen the Co-op in all facets of its mission. As a proud native New Hampshirite, I am pleased to be able to contribute to an organization that enhances the lives of New Hampshire citizens. My family has shopped the Co-op since it was a small operation on South State Street, providing healthy food options as we support local businesses. I have extensive experience working with several non-profits as a volunteer, including service as a board member and officer. Currently, I am an Associate Professor in the Management Division at New England College in Henniker, where I have worked for twenty-three years. During that time I was the Head Field Hockey Coach for twenty-one years, retiring two years ago. I have been actively involved in the life of the College in support of our students and the institution. Also, Henniker is my home as I reside in the village with my husband, teenage son, and our Labradoodle.
I am a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, a farmer, entrepreneur, environmentalist, and longtime participant in community affairs. My wife Ruth and I have a homestead farm in Hopkinton that regularly provides eggs for the Co-op. We appreciate our connection with the Co-op as we have hosted and led activities for many Co-op events and stop by the store almost daily to pick up kitchen and produce waste to feed our pigs. Our life is dedicated to organic homesteading and education. We hand-milk our dairy cows for a handful of local customers and regularly host WWOOFers and other traveling farm students. We run workshops and classes year round teaching farm crafts like candle-making, soap-making, felting, canning, and pickling. I have been a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire for two decades and advocate for environmental and agricultural practices that “first, do no harm.” On the political front, I’ve been a member of the NH House of Representatives for 10 terms and have also served our Hopkinton community as Charmain of the town Conservation Commission as well as a member of both the Recreation and Recycling Committees. I am well-known for building traditional New England stone walls.
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