About our Board
The Board of Directors develops guiding policies for the Co-op, assures performance and fiscal responsibility, provides a link to members, and helps define the broader vision of the Co-op. These responsibilities are spelled out in our Policy Governance Manual.
are held at 7 pm the first Thursday of the month at
104 Nathan Hale Rd
Willimantic Food Co-op - Board of Directors' Meeting
Click on a date to download a Word document of the meeting's minutes.
|June 2011 |
|April 2011/ Annual Meeting |
September 2012--No meeting held
Joanne Todd - Treasurer (2013)
Joanne Todd grew up in Willimantic and lives in Scotland. She believes that the Food Coop is important to the Willimantic Community. She is privileged to serve on the Board and contribute to the coop’s vitality. Joanne is President/CEO of Northeast Family Federal Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative where she began as a teller. She holds a BS in Accounting and a MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Kathleen Krider - Vice President (2014)
Kathleen Krider has been a member of the Willimantic Food Coop for a very long time. She and her sons Levi and Asa live in Coventry and consider themselves to be the type of folks who shop and loiter in Willimantic. Kathleen currently works for the Town of Mansfield as their Early Childhood Services coordinator which means she gets to pay attention to the areas youngest citizens; ensuring a compassionate education and healthy food choices at every school meal. This is her 4th year on the Board, this time around.
Matthew Kyer (2015)
Matthew Kyer is a first grade teacher in Coventry. He and his wife, Nan, have been members of the Willimantic Food-Co-op for over 20 years. He can usually be found staring fondly at the cheese display.
Roxana Mocanu - Scribe
Roxana has been a member of the WFC since 2002. She loves the variety of products available at the Coop, particularly the vast selection of organic food, the locally-grown produce, and the bulk section. Roxana and her husband live in Coventry with their two daughters, and are expecting their third baby in March 2013.
Bryan O'Hara (2011)
Bryan O'Hara is very pleased to be a Board member again noting the Co-op is more than just a cool place to be associated for him. As co-owner of Tobacco Road farm, the Co-op is one of the places he is able to sell his produce which means that the Co-op and his family sustain each other. Bryan and his wife Anita met while working at the Co-op over 20 years ago and the fact that their daughter Clara-Mae gets to grow up as one of Bruce's "co-op kids" is the completion of circle for them. Bryan is a strong believer in the fundamental principles of cooperative ownership and consider his membership to the Co-op, a basic part of who he is.
Alice Rubin - General Manager
Alice started her career in working cooperatively as a warehouse worker and truck driver for CT Coops - a wholesaler which later merged to become part of Northeast Cooperatives. She has worked at the Willimantic Food Coop since 1984.
Shandra Craig - Assistant Manager
Shandra has worked at the WFC since 2002. She coordinates the Co-op's outreach events with our working members. She is the editor the Co-op's quarterly newsletter, The Compost. She lives in Storrs with her husband, their daughter, a cat, a dog, and various poisonous spiders.
Kirk Begg (2015)
I have been a member and regular shopper at the WFCoop for about 28 years. My desire to serve on the Board comes from my wanting to contribute to the continued existence of the special thing that is our Coop. I would like my kids, and many future generations, to be able to shop at our Coop, or at other food coops wherever they may live. I was appointed to a one year term on the Board in April 2011. I grew up in Stratford, CT, a few blocks from the Housatonic River. I went to college at the US Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island and then worked on commercial ships for four years. I went back to school at UConn to help transition to a job ashore and ended up settling in Eastern Connecticut. After finishing graduate school I worked at UConn for eleven years in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Currently I work in research and development for a French company that is in the business of prescription lenses. My wife, daughter, stepson and I have lived on Mulberry Rd in Mansfield for the past fourteen years. If not working in our garden, I try to get outside and hike in Eastern Connecticut and beyond.
Stephanie Golaski - Secretary (2014)
Stephanie absolutely loves the Coop! She enjoys the variety of vegan foods available so close to home. The friendly faces of the members and employees always make her day. She continues to be honored to serve the Coop as the board secretary.
Johnnie Walker - 2013
Goal 1: Work with GM to develop a long-term strategic development plan (3-5 years)
Goal 2: Develop and enhance Co-op linkages with community partners
Goal 3: Increase interaction, participation and involvement with membership
Goal 4: Define and promote Co-op benefits
Goal 5: Strengthen Co-op's financial position
The Co-op needs members to serve on committees to guide the direction of our co-op. If you have skills or expertise with a particular committee and want to help make a difference or help move the coop toward the goals set by the board, call to be included in the next committee meeting. Even if you are just considering it, give a call and sit in on the next meeting. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate.
Master Calendar for the Willimantic Food Co-op Board
The Board developed the following master calendar that includes when policies need to be monitored as well as other events that occur throughout the year.
All Board members should print out this master calendar for reference in monitoring and planning their work
click here for our current listing of events
* Policy E Co-op Expansion Policy is only in effect when the Co-op is in an expansion project. At that time, the policy is monitored quarterly. The exact months in which the monitoring takes place is determined by when the expansion project begins. When the Co-op is not in an expansion project, the policy will remain part of the Willimantic Food Co-op Policy Governance Manual, but it will not be monitored.