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 (currently via zoom) 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

President

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.

Meena Neva

Secretary

Meena and her family have lived in the Monadnock Region for more than 17 years and have been co-op member-owners since the store opened. Meena’s day job is as a social worker and discharge planner for the patients of the Intensive Care Unit at Cheshire Medical Center. Her passion rests with food and she says “The basic need of food is universal. Among so many other things, it is a social determinant of health. Ongoing thinking and acting around MFC’s current and future role in community impact, food access, production, procurement, justice, sustainability, democracy, and connection is valuable, timely work indeed.”

David Sayles

Treasurer

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.

Dee Fitzgerald

Board Member

Dee lives in Antrim and is the Marketing & PR Manager at W.S.Badger Company and also serves as Board President & Acting Director of the Monadnock International Film Festival. Dee is a long-time co-op member and shopper. “For me, our co-op is like a home away from home. A warm and welcoing place where folks can gather, connect, find healthy and nourishing food, and learn about the many small farms and thriving local farmers, producers, and businesses right in our backyard. It's an honor to be part of this incredible organization's journey."

Aubrey Saxton

Board Member

Most of us know Aubrey as “The Saxy Chef” for her delicious pies, cookies, and other baked goods you can find in our co-op. We’re excited to have a co-op vendor on our board for her expertise and point of view. “It would be hard to find someone whose life has been more greatly impacted by the co-op than my own. The opening of the co-op literally changed everything for me. The co-op is my highest grossing customer and carries the widest range of my products.” Aubrey appreciates all that our co-op means beyond being a place to shop and is passionate about the social connections and conversations about local food and community that make us such a powerful entity.

News from The Board

Board Update: Annual Meeting

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