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Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

  • PRESIDENT: Carolyn Crane, Retired Non-Profit Manager
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Lisa Mahar, Monadnock Waldorf School
  • SECRETARY: Derek Galligan, Inventory Analyst, W.S. Badger Company
  • TREASURER: David Sayles, Community Member
  • Jay Smeltz, Community Member
  • Emmi Haddock, Harrisville Designs
  • Jed Hart, Fall Mountain Regional School District
  • Kate Kirchhofer, Program Director, Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship

Board Meetings

Board Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 4:45 pm in the upstairs conference room at the Hannah Grimes Center (25 Roxbury Street, Keene).    If you are interested in attending, please read the following document and then contact the board at

What does the board do?

The Monadnock Food Co-op’s Board of Directors, comprised of 9 community members, plays a vital role in the success and sustainability of our co-op. They provide guidance, strategic planning, and oversight for our co-op. They help ensure the store is run in a way that is financially responsible, socially conscious, and genuinely responsive to the wide interests of the owners.

How do they do it?

The Co-op Board of Directors uses three guiding documents for their work.

  1. Articles of Incorporation. These describe who we are, how we are organized and where our business is located. Any changes must be voted on by Member-Owners (which is a great example of one of our cooperative principles, democratic member control).
  2. Our bylaws guide our principles and processes. Any changes must be voted on by Member-Owners (another example of the cooperative principle, democratic member control).
  3. Policy Register. This defines the roles and responsibilities of both the General Manager and the Board of Directors.

Generally speaking, the Board sets policy objectives for the General Manager and the co-op as a whole, while the General Manager oversees and manages the complex day-to-day operations. The Board and General Manager, working collaboratively, are responsible for carrying out the policies. This governance approach is commonly referred to as Policy Governance.

Copy of annual meeting 2011

How are members elected?

As a democratically controlled organization, member-owners of our co-op vote for board members each year in the Fall, culminating at our Annual Meeting in October. Directors are elected to three-year terms.

What is a meeting like?

Each month, the board uses the above-mentioned documents to ensure that our co-op and our GM is in compliance with policies. A schedule of policy and compliance review rotates throughout the year so the board can ensure each policy is being adequately followed each year. Each month, the GM demonstrates to the board the co-op’s compliance with the policies through data collected throughout the store by various managers and reports. We use quantifiable data whenever possible.

On the occasion that the GM is found to be out of compliance with a particular policy, for whatever reason, a plan is agreed upon by the GM and board for getting back into compliance and reviewed again at a future date determined by both parties.

Join us for a meeting!

Member-owners are welcome to attend a meeting! Our board meets on the third Monday of the month at the Hannah Grimes Center from 4:45 – 6:.45 pm. We leave time at the beginning of each meeting for member-owner feedback and questions so feel free to join us. For more information or to RSVP to attend, e-mail