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President - Jean Hamilton

Since first working on a farm when I was 17 years old, I have seen the importance of food co-ops in strengthening community and building market opportunities for local food and agriculture. I moved to Plainfield in 2013 and was immediately impressed with how much the Plainfield Co-op contributes to the high quality of life in our small town. I am honored to join the Board and hope to be helpful in sharing my experience with the local food supply chain, business management, and community organizing.

Phone: 802-777-6546

 

Vice President - Giordano Checchi

Mr. Checchi is a graduate of the School of Engineering of Politecnico di Milano, and he owns a degree from the School of Management (SDA) of Bocconi University in Milano Italy. After a beginning in oil and gas exploration, he made his most valuable experience in transfer of technology, project management, and sales of capital equipment. His career spans four decades and includes experience in worldwide sales and marketing of industrial know-how and capital equipment, the establishment of turnkey manufacturing facilities all over the world. He established and managed subsidiaries for several European businesses in U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Italy in the industry of primary and secondary woodworking. He has spent half of his working life in Italy and half in the U.S. and has served as the CEO of 4 large corporations. Currently, Mr. Checchi is President of Sunomi LLC, a sale and service company, representing manufacturers of equipment for the green, recycling, and bioenergy markets, and he has served as Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Norwich University.

 

Treasurer - Bob Fancher

I recently moved to Plainfield and quickly saw that the Co-op is an important part of the local community. I found that in addition to offering healthy living choices, it is a gathering place - a hub of the community. I was very interested in what I saw and wanted to become a part of it and help out where I could. Before coming to Plainfield, I had served over 15 years on Boards for advocacy groups for people with mental disabilities. I recently retired from my full time job as a corporate Information Technology manager and now I have a small web design firm. I hope to bring what I have learned from these experiences to my position on the Co-op board. The Co-op is in a unique position to support its members, its employees, the local producers and the Plainfield area. I look forward to being a part it.

Phone: 860-993-4545

 

Secretary - Sarah Phillips

I moved to Plainfield village in 2001 with my partner, Jeff Swift, and we joined the Co-op on our second day in town! As a grocery and gathering place, the Co-op is part of why we choose to make Plainfield our home. We now live at New Hamburger (a housing co-op) with our three kids, and our family berry batch sells fruit to the Plainfield Co-op. I believe deeply that Co-ops build strong communities because of the way they help us learn to work and grow together. While a graduate student, I stocked shelves at the People's Food Co-op in Ann Arbor, and I was a member of the Plainfield Co-op's last capital campaign team – through these experiences and others, I have a deep appreciation for the work of Co-op staff, management, board and members. I want a Plainfield with a lively working landscape and local food system, and the Co-op is key to making that happen. For these reasons, it is a privilege to serve the Co-op on the Board. Currently, I lead the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity in the Agency of Human Services, which provides funding and support to community organizations across the state working to address poverty and homelessness. In previous lives, I worked at Capstone Community Action and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea.

Phone: 802-476-8360

 

Peter Colman

I have been a Plainfield community member for 20 years as well as a supporter of the Co-op. I'm interested in joining the Board to provide support for my small hometown grocer as well as garner further understanding of the challenges associated with running a grocery store in a rural town. I believe my experience in organic agriculture, sales and owning my own business provide the competency needed to properly support the Co-op.

Phone: 802-454-1010

 

Chris Jackson

I've lived in Plainfield since 2003. I worked at the Co-op from 2006 till 2012, and was one of the founding members of the Management Collective.  After leaving the staff, I served as Board president for 3 years.  I have a background in organic farming, permaculture, and I am currently a student at Goddard in psychology.  I am also a member of the Plainfield Fire and Fast Squad.

Chris Jackson

 

Alicia White

Many of my closest friends will refer to me as that "foodie" who runs fast! Truth be told I live my life in the slow lane, and it's great. I am a native Vermonter, raised in Danville where I live now wit h my beautifulfamily in our old farmhouse. Since 2005 I have worked full time for Vermont State Employees Credit Union(VSECU). I never imagined I'd be a banker but the knowledge and experiences I have gained working for a banking cooperative has truly enriched my life. Danville doesn't have a Food Co-op, so I support the Plainfield Co-op. I have a deeply rooted passion for supporting local food systems. I educate and inspire everyone I know about the importance of thoughtfully and purposely spending our hard earned dollars, locally. My passion for healthy living embodies who I am as a marathon runner, a mother and wife, an organic gardener and farmer. This, coupled with my other passion as a smart consumer are two key reasons why I would love to be a part of this board to see to it that the Plainfield Co-op thrives for another 45 years!

Phone: 802-522-7936

 


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