ABOUT THE PLAINFIELD CO-OP BOARD
As the main, ongoing link between the Co-op staff collective and the membership, the Board has ultimate fiduciary responsibility for our Co-op. In addition to working on the transition to equity ownership by the Co-op members, Board responsibilities include fundraising, financial & policy oversight, assisting with special events, member surveys, and helping the staff remain responsive to our membership.
The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Agendas and meeting locations are posted at least a week prior to each meeting both on the bulletin board in front of the store. Meetings are open to all Co-op members.
Gail Falk, President (Term Expires 11/14)
As a working volunteer for the Co-op, I have come to appreciate our hard-working staff and the way the Co-op serves as a meeting place for the greater Plainfield community. As a board member, I would like to help the Co-op continue to grow as a place of connections among local producers and local consumers. My vision for the Co-op is to be a place where Plainfield neighbors want to come to buy and to sell beautiful, healthy food at fair prices. I will
encourage the Co-op to continue to be welcoming to people of all ages and differing abilities and backgrounds. For many years I supervised a staff of 27 people and managed the budget. I have served on the boards of a number of nonprofits, including the Unitarian Church and the Women’s Health Center
of West Virginia. I hope my skills and experiences can help the Co-op thrive in the coming years.
Sue Chickering, Secretary (Term Expires 11/14)
Having grown up in Plainfield and East Montpelier, remembering the Co-op in its early days when we used to break down the big bulk orders at each others houses as a youngster, I have a little bit of history here. The Co-op has always had a warm place in my heart and I have enjoyed watching the recent changes. My children, now 18, 21 and 23 years old, are not home very often at this point, which gives me more time to contribute in a small way to my community. I served on the U-32 school board for a little over four years, and I am currently Chair of the East Montpelier Conservation Fund Advisory Committee and the Secretary of the East Montpelier Trails Committee. I love growing and eating fresh produce, and preserving my harvests to last through
the winter. I am eager to learn and support the Co-op if there is a need, so would be happy to serve on the board and share whatever skills I have to offer in this role.
Joseph Gainza (Term Expires 11/15)
I have been a member of the Plainfield Co-op since 1974 when it was a bulk foods buying co-op and the present store space was the breakdown and distribution center. From 1995 to 2009 I was the Vermont Program Coordinator of the American Friends Services Committee. In addition to teaching grade school in Brooklyn for seven years, I have been a community organizer/outreach worker for Central Vermont Community Action Council, an anti-poverty
agency, where I initiated the organizing of the Vermont Foodbank. I have served as advocacy director for the rights of people with disabilities, and been a program director and instructor of adults at Woodbury College. I have a BA in American History from St. Francis College in Brooklyn and a MA in Systematic
Theology from St. Michael’s College in Colchester. In October, 2009 I founded Vermont Action for Peace and continue to organize opposition to war and the causes of war, abolition of nuclear weapons, creating a statewide support network for migrant farm workers, and opposition to the reinstatement of the death penalty in Vermont. With my wife, Sarah Norton, I manage a small homestead in Marshfield, from which we sell organic, free range chicken eggs to the Co-op. I am hoping to serve on the Co-op board as a way of giving back for all the wonderful years of being a member and seeing the Co-op grow while staying true to its original founding vision. I see food and other co-ops as integral parts of an emerging peace economy in Vermont.
Scott Harris, Vice President (Term Expires 11/15)
Bob Fancher, Treasurer (Term Expires 11/16)