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About Our Board

Monadnock Food Co-op’s owners elect the Board of Directors (BOD) at the annual meeting held each Fall. We start the search for candidates early in the Spring. Are you interested in running for our board? If so, please e-mail us at board@monadnockfood.coop.

The Monadnock Food Co-op’s Board of Directors, comprised of nine 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. Also, they help ensure the store is run in a way that is financially responsible, socially conscious, and genuinely responsive to the wide interests of our Member-Owners.

Member-Owners are welcome to attend a board 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 board@monadnockfood.coop.

Interested in Joining Our Board of Directors?

Click here to download our Board of Directors Packet to learn more about our application process.

Carolyn Crane


Growing up in a town in the foothills of the Berkshires with 700 people, a tiny General Store at its center, few farms, and not a lot of local food— that’s why Carolyn appreciates all that our locally owned food co-op brings to our community. Carolyn is retired from a 40-year career in human services management in Cheshire County. Carolyn enjoys walking, biking, cooking, and reading. Since joining the Board of Directors in 2016, Carolyn has learned a lot about cooperatives. She is proud of the work the Board is doing to support the success of our co-op.

Lisa Mahar

Vice President

Lisa, a retired administrator at Monadnock Waldorf School after 25 years, now provides consulting services to Waldorf schools throughout North America. She offers administrative training and support designed to strengthen organizational health. Also, Lisa helped found Noonday Farm, providing organic vegetables, eggs, and flowers to soup kitchens and food pantries. She is active in Project Home, Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, and 100+ Women Who Care/Cheshire County. Lisa values the inspiring co-operative principles at the heart of our co-op and appreciates the dedicated people who put those principles into practice.

Derek Galligan


Bio to come.

David Sayles


David moved to the Monadnock region several years ago from the New York area, though he has connections to Cheshire county that go back decades. He has spent much of his career working in the financial industry and has been an adjunct professor of finance as well. He is currently engaged on a variety of consulting projects in finance. His introduction to the food co-op movement came during his graduate work in the Boston area, and his interest in joining the board of the MFC was motivated by the MFC’s expansion plans. He lives in Westmoreland with his wife, who is the Director of Development at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. He enjoys gardening, hiking, and boating, and pursues music with his family, both playing and attending events in the region. He has two daughters, one a middle-school teacher and the other a graduate student in public health.

Emmi Nakazawa Haddock

Board Member

Emmi spent over 20 years in the fashion industry for global designers working in Europe, Asia and traveling all over the US. She now spends her time working and living in the tranquil and lovely town of Harrisville. Since moving to the Monadnock region, she has learned to slow down, how to knit, and bake bread which is what you'll find her doing every weekend. She feels lucky to be part of Monadnock Food Co-op and its community.

Jed Hart

Board Member

Jed was raised in a small, rural farm town in Central New York. He attended Keuka College, where he majored in Elementary and Special Education. Jed has always had a passion for nature and the outdoors. He has spent the last 13 years as a Special Educator, and strives to integrate place-based education into his students’ curriculum, knowing the vast benefits of nature-based education. In his free time, Jed loves to garden with his two young daughters, showing them where their food comes from. Shopping at the Co-op has been one of the highlights of being in the Monadnock community, and Jed thoroughly relishes when his daughters can pick out fresh food from local farms they recognize.

Peter Starkey

Board Member

Peter is Executive Director of Monadnock Peer Support—a regional mental health nonprofit. “As a Keene resident, I am excited to contribute to a passionate group of board members, staff, and member-owners who are doing their part to make an impact in our community. To me, the co-op is more than just a downtown food market. It’s a connection to our region, a catalyst for sustainable food systems, an advocate for the local community, and an inclusive place where everyone is welcome. I hope to continue that legacy and support the great work of so many who call the co-op ‘home’.”

Board Member

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