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Allison Hermes is the new National Director for the Principle Six (P6) Cooperative Trade Movement, a multi-stakeholder cooperative comprised of... Read more
Amy Fields. Amy is the Central Corridor Advisor at National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) where she is working enthusiastically to support... Read more
Amy Fields is the Central Corridor Advisor at National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) where she is working enthusiastically to support the... Read more
Ben Sandel is a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op and was the leader of Friendly City Food Co-op ( http://friendlycity.coop/... Read more
Bill Gessner. Bill is lead consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op, with over 25 years of experience assisting over 250 co-op... Read more
Brenda Haines. Brenda is a founding member of the Oshkosh Food Co-op and serves on the board of directors and... Read more
Brenda Latvala Pfahnl. Brenda has worked at Shared Capital Cooperative since 2009. She serves as the Director of Programs &... Read more
Brian Misenheimer. Brian is Senior Vice President at National Cooperative Bank and responsible for providing banking solutions for food cooperatives,... Read more
Bruce Mayer. Bruce is a Partner with Wegner CPAs in Madison, isconsin. He and his firm works with over 150... Read more
Carlos Coleman is an Agricultural Marketing Specialist in the Local Food Research and Development Division (formerly MSD) of the United... Read more
Carmen Jules. Carmen is the General Manager of NuWaters Co-op and Farm Manager for NuWaters Co-op Training Farm. Experience includes... Read more
Dane Meisler. Dan started with Kapatoes Insurance too many years ago to count. Youngest son to President and Owner Mark... Read more
Dane Meisler started with Kapatoes Insurance too many years ago to count. Youngest son to President and Owner Mark Kapatoes,... Read more
Darnell Adams . Darnell is a dynamic food entrepreneur, who is passionate about accessibility and equity within the local food... Read more
Dave Reed. Dave is a community and cooperative organizer at the Fund for Democratic Communities. He is particularly interested in... Read more
Heidi Demars. Heidi is a multi-passionate community builder who resides in Bismarck, ND. She is a 2013 Bush Leadership Fellow,... Read more
Jacqueline Hannah. Jacqueline served as the general manager of Common Ground Food Co-op (CGFC) in Urbana, IL from Fall 2006... Read more
Jade Barker. Jade is passionate about co-ops! She lived in student co-operative housing during her college years at UC Berkeley,... Read more
Jeremy Johnson. Jeremy has over 20 years experience in foodservice and retail grocery. He has an Associate's degree in culinary... Read more
Jerica Etheridge. Jerica works in information security in the banking industry and has a professional background in project management, business... Read more
Jerry Nash. Jerry is cofounder, advocate, and outreach coordinator for Prairie Food Co-op- a community owned grocery store organizing in... Read more
Karen Zimbelman. KZ is National Co+op Grocers’ Director for Membership and Cooperative Relations. She has worked as part of NCG,... Read more
Katie Novak. Katie’s interest in local food stems from years living in Colorado when her sister and brother-in-law recruited her... Read more
Keith Wicks. Keith is a forty-year veteran of store design and retail planning for SuperValu, Certco, Fairway Foods, Loblaw, Retail... Read more
Kevin is the Executive Director of Cooperative Development Services (CDS), a position he has held since October 2000, where he... Read more
Kim Arnone is Vice President at Cutting Edge Capital which specializes in helping ventures (coops, nonprofits and social enterprises) raise... Read more
Maggie Cohn. Maggie represents the Coop Fund of New England in southeastern New England. She previously served as the executive... Read more
Malik Kenyatta Yakini is a founder and the Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). DBCFSN... Read more
Marilyn Hyland. Marilyn is Principal of the Marilyn Hyland Agency founded in 1978. The Agency develops and implements integrated marketing... Read more
Marilyn Scholl . Marilyn is the manager of CDS Consulting Co-op and has provided consulting services to food co-ops through... Read more
Megan Minnick. Megan has over 15 years experience in retail grocery co-operatives, with a focus in fresh produce. She has... Read more
Mel Braverman. Mel has worked in the cooperative natural foods industry for 30 years, the past 14 years through CDS... Read more
Melanie Reid. Melanie has been involved with natural food co-ops since 1996. Prior to joining CDS Consulting Co-op in 2012,... Read more
Melanie Shellito. Melanie is the owner of Artezen LLC, an award-winning branding and design agency in Bloomington-Normal. She has been... Read more
Mike Benzin. Mike has served as a board member and Treasurer of the East Aurora Co-op since 2011, shortly after... Read more
Nathan Hixson. Nathan is the Loan and Investment Manager at Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF). LEAF is a community loan... Read more
Nicole Klimek. Nicole started working with co-ops about 10 years ago doing store planning, design and interior design. She has... Read more
Pam Mehnert is general manager of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative in Milwaukee, WI and has worked for the co-op over... Read more
Patrick Schroeder has broad food experience, from working as a cook and cheesemonger to managing restaurants and grocery store departments... Read more
Peter Nolan. Peter has been in the food business for over 20 years, holding marketing leadership positions at several innovative... Read more
Raynardo Williams , is a Business Unit Manager (Store Manager) with Seward Community Co-op in Minneapolis, MN. In his role,... Read more
Sheila Conboy. A Western New York native, Sheila is a nurse practitioner and former naval officer who lived on the... Read more
Sohnie Black. Sohnie joined the F4DC staff in 2012 as a community organizer. A native of Winston-Salem, she has lived... Read more
Steve Cooke. Steve has been the General Manager of Friendly City Food Co-op since August of 2010. He came back... Read more
Stuart Reid is the Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative, a non-profit foundation providing technical assistance, information and resources to... Read more

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