Melissa Carll - Marketing Manager

Leslie Bender - Front-End Associate

How Long Have you worked at the store/been a member/shopper? I started as a volunteer at the Co-op when I moved to Cambridge in 2014.  But, I have been the Sunday shift manager the last four years (this was a temporary gig ya’ll!) -- We're certainly glad that Leslie has stayed on!

Favorite product: Favorite product is Argyle honey flavored yogurt…my mid morning snack every Sunday, and Effie’s Oat Cookies.

 

Favorite part about working at the Co-op? The Co-op has given me the opportunity to meet and assist many people in Cambridge, more than I would have met on my own.

Tell about something you like to do in your off time or a side-gig, etc: I volunteer at Hildene in Manchester, VT and at my grandchildren’s school.  I enjoy gardening and kayaking when weather permits.

How Long Have you worked at the store/been a member/shopper? I've been a part of the Co-op since I moved to the Salem/Cambridge area in 2012. I started as a working member, and shortly thereafter was asked to join the Board of Directors. I served on the Board for about a year and a half before the position of Assistant Manager opened up in the fall of 2015. I decided to jump ship from my old job at a non-profit and take on a new adventure working for a much more community-minded and food-friendly organization. I worked as the Assistant Manager for two years, and then after the former manager left, I co-managed the store with two different and incredible women (Shannon and then Kathleen) before going out on maternity leave in the summer of 2020. I now work a little more behind the scenes (and from home) doing the organization's marketing, but on Saturdays I am still in the store for a few hours helping out where needed.

Favorite product: Aqua Vitea komucha on tap, Orga Foods Cranberry Seed Crackers, and Equal Exchange organic bananas...Oh, and Laughing Child Farm organic sweet potatoes!

 

Favorite part about working at the Co-op? Talking to a lot of friendly people! We have such an interesting community of people that shop at the store: artists, bakers, writers, farmers. In my head, I've collected vignettes of many of the Co-op characters. Someday, I hope to write down those little life moments you get when you meet someone that imparts wisdom–my days at the Co-op are full of them.

Tell about something you like to do in your off time or a side-gig, etc: I spend a lot of time tromping around the woods with my husband, daughter, and dog. Canoeing/kayaking/paddleboarding balance my soul. And, I really like to read cozy mysteries (you know, the kind where the cat helps solve who committed the crime–definitely not scary mysteries).

Rachael Marczak - Front-End Associate

How Long Have you worked at the store/been a member/shopper? I moved here in October 2021 and the Co-op was one of the first places I visited. I started working here shortly after. 

Favorite product:  Organic dried mango!

 

Favorite part about working at the Co-op? Everyone (coworkers and members) has been very kind and welcoming! 

Tell about something you like to do in your off time or a side-gig, etc: I love skiing and going outdoors. I also enjoy cooking and the Co-op has been a great resource!

How Long Have you worked at the store/been a member/shopper? I've been a part of the Co-op since I moved to the Salem/Cambridge area in 2012. I started as a working member, and shortly thereafter was asked to join the Board of Directors. I served on the Board for about a year and a half before the position of Assistant Manager opened up in the fall of 2015. I decided to jump ship from my old job at a non-profit and take on a new adventure working for a much more community-minded and food-friendly organization. I worked as the Assistant Manager for two years, and then after the former manager left, I co-managed the store with two different and incredible women (Shannon and then Kathleen) before going out on maternity leave in the summer of 2020. I now work a little more behind the scenes (and from home) doing the organization's marketing, but on Saturdays I am still in the store for a few hours helping out where needed.

Favorite product: Aqua Vitea komucha on tap, Orga Foods Cranberry Seed Crackers, and Equal Exchange organic bananas...Oh, and Laughing Child Farm organic sweet potatoes!

 

Favorite part about working at the Co-op? Talking to a lot of friendly people! We have such an interesting community of people that shop at the store: artists, bakers, writers, farmers. In my head, I've collected vignettes of many of the Co-op characters. Someday, I hope to write down those little life moments you get when you meet someone that imparts wisdom–my days at the Co-op are full of them.

Tell about something you like to do in your off time or a side-gig, etc: I spend a lot of time tromping around the woods with my husband, daughter, and dog. Canoeing/kayaking/paddleboarding balance my soul. And, I really like to read cozy mysteries (you know, the kind where the cat helps solve who committed the crime–definitely not scary mysteries).

Geoff McQuerry - Front-End Associate

Kelly DeFrancesco - Front-End Associate

Pam Brace - Fish-Cutter Extraordinaire

How Long Have you worked at the store/been a member/shopper?  I started shopping at the Coop four years ago when I moved to Cambridge. I was a regular shopper at the Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany for years and was thrilled to have found this little gem in Cambridge!  I had been retired for about eight months and was looking to do something part time when I saw this position advertised. I am now starting into my fourth year!

Favorite product:  I have so many favorite products but what I like the best is our extensive bulk product section.  I can buy as little or as much as I need. 

Favorite part about working at the Co-op?  Hands down it’s the people, both my coworkers and the customers. Being so new to the area, it’s been great to meet so many wonderful people!

Tell about something you like to do in your off time or a side-gig, etc:  In my spare time I enjoy hiking and kayaking. My sister and I enjoy making soaps and body care products and are in the process of starting a small business selling those products. I am also studying to become an herbalist. 

How Long Have you worked at the store/been a member/shopper?  I joined the Co-op as a customer + working member spring of 2019 when we moved to Salem, and I became a staff member in September 2019. 

 

Favorite product: It’s always different, but currently it’s a tie between Ithaca Hummus (the original) and Barkeater Dark Chocolate Turtles.

 

Favorite part about working at the Co-op? I love meeting people in the community! The Co-op has introduced me to a lot of lovely folks in and around Cambridge.

 

Tell about something you like to do in your off time or a side-gig, etc. When I’m not at the Co-op I’m busy as an Herbalist. I have a small herbal product + soap company and make herbal tinctures, natural body products and organic soap on our farm in Salem. You can find some of my goodies at the Co-op under my business name: Sweetbrier Farms.

Stephinie Miner - Assistant Manager

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Tell about something you like to do in your off time or a side-gig, etc: I spend a lot of time 

Katie Kerr - General Manager

Sophia Miner- Front-End Associate

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