I have been a member of the Potsdam Coop since moving to the North Country in 1980,
although I first shopped at the Coop in 1974 when I was a student at Potsdam College. I was
a board member from 1982 to 1985 and again from 1988 to 1991, serving terms as Treasurer
and President during that period. I developed the billing software used by the Carriage
House, and since 2015 have served on the Finance Committee. During the early 1980s I
worked for the Coop as a substitute manager and, as co-owner of Meadowsweet Yogurt, I
was one of the Coop’s suppliers for 15 years.
The Coop is an anchor of our community that connects farmers with shoppers and community members with each other; a store that provides good, healthy food produced under socially and environmentally responsible conditions; a vibrant gathering place to shop, eat, work, and visit that feels like “ours”, not “theirs”. What I appreciate most about the Coop is that we are still here after almost 50 years. This is an achievement not shared by many businesses, and is a testament to our members, staff, and community. I would like to see the Coop evolve as needed to be here for another 50 years, and I think the planned move is an important step in our evolution.
I would bring a wide range of business and community experience to the Board, including
farming, managing a dairy business, operating a staffing firm, working as a chief financial
officer, and serving on several not-for-profit boards. I believe I will continue to be most useful as a member of the Finance Committee. The Coop has made significant progress
modernizing our accounting systems, but we need to finish integrating and streamlining our
financial processes, and we need to develop ways to plan and budget for the changes and
improvements that will continue even after the move.
While my interest and expertise center on financial matters and business planning, my
background includes all aspects of business and organizational oversight, management, and
operation. I am interested in serving on the Board at this time because I believe I can help us
navigate the challenges of planning for expansion, moving to a new location, and continuing
to serve our central role in our community.