How long have you been a Co-op member? I have been a member since about 2001, about a year or so after my spouse and I moved to Potsdam from Chicago.
What do you appreciate most about the Co-op? What do you think is working well? The list here is very long. First, it’s the members and staff! I could not find a friendlier atmosphere to grocery shop. In addition to the variety of items and the availability of locally produced items, I also appreciate the convenience of the store in terms of parking and shopping efficiency. The Carriage House Bakery rocks! We only buy our bread there now as nothing else compares to it in terms of quality and selection for fresh baked goods. Finally, I really appreciate the choices from the Deli. The selection is tasty and I usually can find something for a quick lunch and dinner options!
What opportunities have you had to be involved in the Co-op? When I first joined, I did packaging. Around 2002, a Core-Working Member-Owner position opened up and I have been filling the bulk bins and keeping the bulk food items organized in the back cooler until this Fall. I had to take a leave from this position due to a shoulder injury, as it affected my ability to lift the bulk food bags.
Why have you chosen to run for a seat on the Board of Directors? I have decided to run for a seat on the Board of Directors for a variety of reasons. I was approached several years ago by a former Board member about considering a Board position. At the time, I was still very happy to do my part as a Core-Working Member-Owner and did not want to leave my position in the store. Since my “retirement” from filling the bulk food bins, I have been looking for another way to contribute. I mentioned this to a friend on the Board who told me about the current opportunity to run.
What interests, skill and talents will you bring to the Board of Directors? I have degrees in Mechanical Engineering (BS) and in International Business (MS) with a focus on Management/ Economics/Finance and spent most of my professional career at a safety certification company based in the Chicagoland area. My last position was in management (sales and marketing) where I had budgetary responsibility for staff and programs in excess of $2,000,000 annually. I teach project management and other project based classes at Clarkson. I am also involved in an organization where I hold a Board position, Vice Chairperson/Treasurer. This group runs an annual summer event on the St. Lawrence River in Massena. I also volunteer at Reachout of St. Lawrence County, answering the crisis hotline during a regular summer shift and during breaks in the academic year. It is through education, work experiences and volunteer work that I have become quite familiar with accounting principles/financial reports. I expect to tap into the experiences from business/ academia, volunteer work and academic background as I work with the rest of the Board members in setting the direction for the future of the Potsdam Food Co-Op.