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 2014). The meetings, which are open to all members, start at 5:45 pm. Email email@example.com if you would like to attend and get the location of this month’s meeting.
Congratulations to returning Board Member Finis Williams and new Board Members Susan Murray and Pamela Bissonnette, all three of whom were elected in during our September Annual Elections. We will update this page with their bios shortly.
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.
Term Ends 2014
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.
Term Ends 2016
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.
Term Ends 2015
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.
Term Ends 2015
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.
Term Ends 2015
I have been on the Concord Cooperative Board since 2004. I became involved with the Cooperative before its expansion, worked with staff and other Cooperative members to raise funds and complete the store expansion, and chaired the committee that hired our present general manager. The Concord Cooperative has been growing and becoming a vital part of the greater Concord community and a resource for the people in the region. With this growth has come a greater representation of local vendors, more produce, and great variety in products to the benefit of Cooperative members and the general public. As an environmental attorney, I work for better environmental performance from the regulated community and for recognition of ecosystem balance and the sustainability in our community. I direct a group called the Multi-State Working Group which is a compendium of state, national, and international organizations and governmental entities focused on improving environmental requirements through administrative procedures and state and federal statutory changes and encouraging communities, businesses and government departments to meet and exceed environmental standards. My work-colleagues are from all over the United States and in fact, several Asian and European countries. I contribute locally to the Concord Cooperative Market since my family and I live here. The Co-op is one of the best examples of a vibrant outlet that gives the community the advantage of local products and gives back to the community through education and outreach. And doing it all with an eye toward the environment, sustainability and health, which in turn encourages the productive use of land and maintenance of open space within the state. I am proud of what we, as Cooperative member-owners, have done with our store and excited about the potential for the future!
Term Ends 2014
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.
Term Ends 2016
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.
Term Ends 2016