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Board of Directors

The Cambridge Food Co-op has an active Board of Directors who ensure the efficient, effective running of the Co-op.

The board also has active committees:

  • Governance 

  • Membership & Community Relations

  • Building

  • Finance

  • Personnel

  • Executive

These committees are made up of Co-op members and are usually chaired by a member of the Board. They meet regularly to assist with different sectors of the organization. The committees are guided by their charters, which you can read here.

Read more below on the work the Board does and how you can be an active participant in the functioning of the Co-op as an organization.

Also, if you have a question or concern for the board or if you would like to join a committee, please click on the appropriate link below.

What is the Board of Directors and What Do They Do?

As a consumer cooperative, the Cambridge Food Co-op is managed by a Board of Directors, a democratically-elected group of Co-op member-owners committed to upholding the values of the Co-op and ensuring the activities of the organization are in the best interests of the Co-op community. Directors are responsible for maintaining the operational and financial health of the Co-op, supervising Co-op management, and engaging in long term planning for the future of the Co-op.  

When Does the Board Meet?

The board meets at least 6 times per year and all Co-op members are encouraged to attend. Board meeting agendas and most recent draft meeting minutes are posted on the Co-op’s bulletin board and sent to all members via email prior to each scheduled meeting. During the pandemic, meetings have been via Zoom, and links to the meetings are emailed to members prior to each meeting.

Do You Need to Contact the Board?

Do you have comments or questions about how the Board operates, what its current activities are, or a suggestion? The Cambridge Food Co-op’s Board of Directors wants to hear from you! They are available to answer questions and provide information about co-op governance. Click on the link above.

  • No September Meeting

  • October 26 - Board Meeting

  • November 16 - Board Meeting

  • December 4 - Semi-Annual Members' Meeting

Board meetings begin at 6:30 and are open to all members. Membership meetings begin at at 4 p.m. All meetings are virtual until further notice.

2022 Meetings Schedule

The Governance Committee is currently seeking nominations for Board candidates. If you know someone who might be a good fit for the Board, or if you would like to nominate yourself, please email here. Deadline: November 15, 2022

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Current Board Member Bios

Executive Committee

Jayne Stokes, 2020-2022 (2nd term) - Board Chair

Kathleen Quinn, 2021-2023 (1st term) - Vice Chair

Betsy Shiland, 2020-2022 (2nd term) - Treasurer

Janet Britt, 2020-2022 (2nd term) - Secretary

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Fern Bradley  2021-2023 (2nd term)

Fern and her husband, Tom Cole, followed their hearts to the Hudson Valley a dozen years ago, serendipitously ended up in Cambridge in 2007, and are happy to have found a home here. Fern and Tom are known to all who’ve attended a community dance at Hubbard Hall—Fern is the caller and Tom assists out on the dance floor. Fern and Tom are also members of the Cambridge Community Garden, enjoy their home garden, and keep bees and chickens. In her professional life, Fern has worked as a book editor and writer for close to three decades. She was on staff at Rodale Press for many years and is the author of Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver and an editor of Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening and many other titles. She is currently a senior editor for Chelsea Green Publishing, an independent, employee-owned publishing company specializing in books about regenerative agriculture and sustainable living.

Janet Britt  2020-2022 (2nd term) - Secretary

Janet joined the coop when she and her husband John Dojka moved to the neighborhood in 2004. After farming for many years, she now works as the Easement Steward for the Agricultural Stewardship Association. Janet serves as the Board Secretary and as chair of the Governance Committee.

Kathy Duhon, 2021-2023 (1st term)

I grew up on a small homestead in Louisiana, and as a child helped out with the chickens and  gardens, and was jealous of big brothers who took care of the calves. In college I learned  about Co-ops by living in one. When we moved to the Berkshires with a young family, it was first to Gould Farm, an intentional community that uses farming as therapy for the mentally ill.  Later we became members of the Great Barrington Food Co-op and of the very first CSA in the country, that had just started in South Egremont. Before I moved to Cambridge last year, I lived on a small homestead farm in New Lebanon, where I once charged a bobcat who had one of our chickens in its mouth - the chicken and I both survived. I retired from ministry in 2019, drove a  camper van around the country for a year, fell in love with an East Greenwich fellow named Bruce Squiers, and decided to move to Cambridge. One of the reasons I chose Cambridge over other nearby towns was the Co-op. We moved into a new home on S. Union St. this summer and married in September at Lake Lauderdale Park, General Manager Katie having worked hard to get us cases of compostable picnic ware, which was great. I would love to help the Co-op in any way I can.

Teresa Foster 2020-2022 (1st term)

Hello.  I moved to Cambridge in 2018, and one of the things I was most excited about was that a town this small was able to support its own food co-op.  While I was a fairly regular visitor from early on, it wasn’t until a little later that I felt settled in enough to become a member and I bought a membership as a holiday gift to myself.  I’m a strong advocate for natural foods, fresh foods, and local foods as well as a cooperative business/organization mentality.  When I saw that the Cambridge Food Co-op was looking for new members for the Board, my interest was immediately piqued, as I thought it could be a good way for me to get more involved and for me to support my new community and also that I might have experiences and skills the Co-op would find valuable.

Darlene King 2020-2022 (1st term) 

Cambridge resident since 1983. Raised three children in the community- husband Clarence is a Cambridge native and a local artist. Co-op member for over 30 years ( love it!). Career educator- currently Director of Pupil Services in the Saratoga Springs City School District. Dedicated to success of co-op as an integral part of the Cambridge community

Bliss McIntosh 2020-2022 (1st term)-

Bliss White McIntosh was born and raised in Cambridge and returned to live here after college.  She was part of the original buying club which became the Village Store Coop in 1978 and has been a member ever since.  She and her husband Robbie raised their two daughters (and 6 exchange students) on coop food and have been committed to eating as seasonally and locally as they can, with as little packaging as possible.   Music, basket making and gardening and now grandparenting make life full, fun and delicious.  She looks forward to serving on the coop board once again, hoping to help keep our brave little coop alive and well in these new times.  

Andrew Pate 2020-2022 (1st term)

I grew up on Long Island, graduated HS in 1969, moved to the area in 1972, and began working as a self-employed designer, builder and woodworker.  I grew my construction business, acquired land in 1984, built a house and then a shop, working locally and in NYC.  I joined the Coop when it was first located in the Village Store and built the cool room, did wiring, maintained lighting and did various remodeling projects to accommodate the coops changes and growth.  When the coop moved to its current location, I built the checkout counters and shelves.  I have also done numerous building and maintenance projects for Hubbard Hall, joining the Hubbard Hall Board in 2008.  During my term as Board Chair I helped conduct the search for a new Executive Director.  I continue to serve on that board and support HH buildings and programs.  I have spent more than 2/3's of my life in this region and appreciate being a part of a vibrant, creative, and socially conscious community. I consider the Coop and Hubbard Hall important social and economic anchors in our community.  I look forward to contributing to the future stability and sustainability of the Coop.  I am semi-retired and continue to do woodworking. I am married to Anastasia Nute.  I enjoy working in the woods, cycling, windsurfing, and croquet.

Ralph Provenza, 2021-2023 (1st term)

My wife Mary and I have lived in Cambridge for almost 35 years; we've raised our two sons here and we very much enjoy living in this community.  In fact, I was a working Co-op member when we first arrived in the area 34 years ago but the needs of our growing family and our two developing careers prevented us from being as involved as we might have been back then.  I have had a long and fulfilling career working for and on behalf of helping organizations and now that I am retired I am in a position now to do a bit more to help this community remain healthy.  To that end I should mention that I recently ran for the White Creek Town Board (unsuccessfully!)(by 9 votes!) and that I am currently enjoying my role as a member of the Mary McClellan Foundation Board.  

Over the years I have served on several boards both professionally and personally, at statewide and national levels.  In my work as Executive Director for a diverse community mental health center I have worked closely with that Board of Directors to promote the goals of the organization.  I have developed fairly broad expertise in organizational management including budgeting, marketing and in strategic planning and I look forward to  contributing to the Cambridge Food Co-op Board in any of those areas.

Kathleen Quinn, 2021-2023 (1st term) - Vice Chair

A native of Ballston Spa, Kathleen moved to the village of Cambridge with her family in 2016 after 10 years of goat farming and homeschooling in Saratoga County, and many years in Albany and eastern Massachusetts before that. Cambridge was the scene of many happy memories from her childhood, visiting her grandparents on Academy Street, and spending time at Hedges Lake, but it was the prospect of living in a town with a food co-op that helped make the decision to move to Cambridge that much easier for her and her family. Experienced in customer service and non-profit administration, Kathleen originally joined the Co-op board in 2017, but stepped down to help cover a Co-op staff vacancy in the fall of 2019. What was to have been a temporary position turned into a pandemic position and maternity leave coverage and now 2+ years later, Kathleen is honored to be back on the board. As a board member, she helps with organizational planning, member engagement, and staff development. 

Edwin Schiele  2021-2023 (2nd term)  

Edwin has lived in South Cambridge for 18 years. For much of that time, his wife Debby Jaffe and I have operated a small vegetable, berry, and poultry farm. We have used the farm as a vehicle for promoting local agriculture both through promoting and selling at the Cambridge Valley Farmers Market and through selling our produce to the coop. In the process, we have developed strong relationships with many other local producers. Over the past few years, we have become more active at the coop. Debby and I as well as our daughter Leah have participated as working members and volunteers. Not to mention we have offered plenty of unsolicited advice. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute any way I can to help the coop continue to thrive. 

Betsy Shiland, 2020-2022 (1st term) - Treasurer

Jayne Stokes, 2020-2022 (2nd term) - Board Chair

Niki Suto 2020-2022 (1st term)

Nicole (Niki) Suto is a two-year resident of Shushan who started as a working member at the Coop in July of 2019. When COVID hit in March of 2020, Niki transitioned to a staff position at the cash register on the weekends. This job was the highlight of Niki's week, as it gave her a chance to help out during a critical time, and greet our customers with smiling eyes and a cheerful attitude.

 

Outside of the Coop, Niki keeps a busy schedule working full time for the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) with the Contract Unit. She's been with OPWDD for 13 years, and has experience with budgeting and fiscal analysis, policy analysis, database development, staff training and public education initiatives, and Medicaid and Social Security benefits programs. Her career with OPWDD is an example of Niki's passion to help people live healthy and fulfilling lives.

 

In addition to her work with NYS, Niki is also an accomplished singer-songwriter who has been performing for over 30 years. She plays the guitar, bass and drums, and is currently recording an album with her musical and life partner, Bob Donald. And believe it or not - she does have some spare time, which she enjoys by watching birds on the porch of her home. Niki would be honored to join the Advisory Board to help support the future success of the Coop!

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