Paula Harris, CEO
Paula brings more than 35 years of experience in the grocery store business, having held many positions over the years. Before she came to the Co-op, Paula was the Food Service Director of northeast Ohio’s largest all natural food retailer, the Mustard Seed Market & Cafe. She majored in Interior Design at the University of Akron, and her artistic eye helps keep the Co-op looking great.
Paula has been serving as CEO of the Concord Food Cooperative, Inc. since 2005. Paula also serves on the Board of the Concord Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Main Street Concord and also serves as the promotional chair of the latter organization. Paula is also one of the founding members of Green Concord, an alliance of local businesses that offers and promotes environmentally friendly products and services. She is also one of the founding members of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, a network of food cooperatives committed to a shared vision of a thriving regional economy rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and collaboration among co-ops.
Peter Deleault, Finance Manager
A New Hampshire native and lifelong resident, Peter brings a more than 25 years of finance and business experience. He attended St. Anselm’s College in pre-med and later continued his education in finance and business studies at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester while furthering his career at the Bank of NH. Peter started his first business in 1992 here in Concord and, after 15 successful years, sold it in 2007. He continued his education again in 2001 at Hesser College in Manchester in Computer Science and shortly after started a computer repair business on the side. He also started and sold another successful business here in Concord during his 15-year career as a business owner. Peter has been married for 28 years to his wife Therese and together they have two daughters.
Beverly LaPage, Human Resource Manager
Beverly is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. She resides in Gilmanton with her husband, Jody, and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Buddy. Beverly is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University and has a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management.
Nick Schneider, Director of Purchasing
Nick was born in Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from Bishop Brady High School in 1998. Nick has worked at the Concord Food Co-op since 1995. He has had numerous positions at the Concord Co-op, making him amongst our most indispensable employees. The knowledge Nick has in natural foods is extensive.
Shane Smith, Outreach Coordinator & Perimeter Manager
Shane was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire, and he graduated from Concord Christian School in 1988. He had attended California State University, Fullerton where he studied Anthropology until 1994. Shane went on to work as a counselor for at-risk teens in Orange County, California, and then he continued counseling in Concord, New Hampshire. Shane has worked at the Concord Food Co-op in numerous positions since 1999, including our long-time bulk buyer, and he is currently our outreach coordinator and perimeter manager.
Jay Sjostrom, Produce Manager
Jay was raised in Salem, NH where he currently resides. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2005. Jay has worked for several years in the food retail business. He joined the Co-op as an employee in 2013 and immediately discovered that it was the right place for him, not just as an employee but also as a vegetarian consumer who strives to buy organic products. His favorite parts of the job are helping Co-op customers, working with the local farmers, and talking with Derek Owen during his daily compost pick-up.
Kathy Kuncik, Grocery Manager
Kathy brings over 26 years of food and grocery expertise to the Concord Food Co-op. Overcoming the challenges of sourcing out and supplying Co-op customers with reliable all-natural groceries, Kathy makes sure the shelves are filled when you visit our Concord store and organized so you can find exactly what you need. She also makes sure all your themed holiday goodies are grouped together to make your shopping trip as easy as possible, check out the end-cap displays during your next visit and you won’t forget the small details for your next gathering.
Kathy is happily married with three children and two huskies that are the loves of her life. After growing up in Connecticut, Kathy now enjoys New Hampshire’s oceanfront and hiking trails with her family, friends and her dogs.
Eustaquio Gonzalez, Frozen & Dairy Buyer
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Eustaquio was born in Havana, Cuba and has lived in many parts of the United States for many years. He served our Country in the USMC from 1979 to 1984. Eustaquio has come to us with extensive grocery experience. He also has an associate degree in automotive, small engine repair, and marine technology from NHTI in Laconia. His interests include reading, writing and music, and he is fluent in many languages.
Doris McGurrin, Bulk Food Buyer
Doris has worked at the Sant Bani School, and was a silver/goldsmith for 12 years in her husband, Tom’s, jewelry business. For several years Doris has painted a project for The Friends Program Auction held in the spring. She has been a vegetarian for about 40 years. She’s held several positions at the Co-op since she started here in 2006.