Board & Staff

NFCA Board of Directors & Staff, 2021

TOP ROW (L to R): Erbin Crowell (Executive Director, NFCA, MA), Suzette Snow-Cobb, (Sourcing Coordinator, NFCA, MA), Bonnie Hudspeth (Co-operative Development, NFCA, VT), Faye Mack (Immediate Past President, City Market/Onion River Co-op, VT).

MIDDLE ROW (L to R):  Chris Whiton (Littleton Food Co-op, NH), Katharine Arnold (Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op, VT), Michael Wells (Putney Food Co-op, VT), Mary Mullally (Hunger Mountain Co-op, VT).

BOTTOM ROW (L to R): Sue Miller, President (Upper Valley Food Co-op, VT), John Crane (Portland Food Co-op, ME), Kathleen Krider (Willimantic Food Co-op, CT), Rachel Watrous (Fiddleheads Food Co-op, CT). Not pictured, Alexis Alexander (Peer Collaboration & Technical Support).


Sue Miller, President (Co-General Manager, Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction, VT)

Sue Miller has been an employee of the Upper Valley Food Co-op since 2004 and the Co-General Manager for the past 10 years. Prior to joining UVFC, she spent time as an accountant and as the owner of a small herbal products business. Also, for the past 20 years, she has been a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. When not at the UVFC or seeing patients, she loves to garden and work with the energies of nature. Sue is passionate about all things health- and food-related. She is particularly interested in helping to develop a safe, local food system in the New England region, as well as a distribution network to support a strong local economy that provides healthy food for all. Sue feels that being a Board Member of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association allows her to more actively use her skills and passion in the creation of a local food system.

John Crane, Vice President (General Manager, Portland Food Co-op, Portland, ME)

John Crane began his career in the co-operative world in 2002, when he was hired as the supplement buyer for the Rising Tide Co-op in Damariscotta, Maine. During his nine-year tenure at Rising Tide, he served as Grocery Manager, Point of Sale Manager, and Assistant General Manager. In 2012, while working as the Information Services Manager for a Portland company, he joined the Portland Food Co-op buying club (the retail store had not yet opened). He served on both the business planning and space design committees during their start-up phase and also served on the Board of Directors. In 2015, John left the Board to become the co-op’s General Manager.

Michael Wells, Secretary (Board President, Putney Food Co-op, Putney, VT)

Michael has been an active participant in food co-ops since the early seventies. He’s served on the Putney Food Co-op Board since 1990, is currently Board President, and is passionate about the Co-operative business model. Michael has been a Putney representative to the NFCA since its inception and was elected to the Board in 2015. He feels that the NFCA is a unique and successful organization that is strengthening regional Co-ops and our communities, leading the way toward a more integrated and effective Co-operative Economy. Michael is a retired building contractor.

Rachel Watrous (Fresh Departments Manager, Fiddleheads Food Co-op, CT)

Rachel has served on the staff at Fiddleheads Food Co-op since 2014, beginning as a coordinator before moving into a leadership role in the Produce Department. After around 3 years, she was selected to become the Project Manager on a kitchen buildout and then in 2018 was promoted to oversee both the Prepared Foods and Produce Department as the Fresh Department Manager and also serves as the designated Interim General Manager. She believes that it is essential for communities to influence and shape businesses and believes that co-ops are a key player in a thriving community. She values NFCA for our support and focus on a bigger picture. The NFCA is less prescriptive than some other organizations and instead holds space for member co-ops to brainstorm, hone best practices, and share information. She cares deeply about growing the co-op movement and empowering communities, and that it is important that we steward this NFCA to thrive in the future.

Katharine Arnold (Marketing & Member Relations / Director, Buffalo Mountain Co-op, Hardwick, VT)

Katharine has been involved in co-ops since the early 70s and continues to have a commitment and passion toward furthering the Co-operative Movement and the mission of NFCA. She has been part of the Collective Management Team at Buffalo Mountain Coop for over 15 years and was originally hired to open and manage their café. Currently, she is the Board-Staff liaison and the Development Manager.

Kathleen Krider (President, Willimantic Food Co-op, Willimantic, CT)

Kathleen joined Willimantic Food Co-op in 1985 and is the current Chair of the Board of Directors, a position she has held for more than ten years! Living and working in the great Northeast has shaped her values and thinking as they relate to food access in rural areas, the co-operative model in our communities, and the relationship between food and the local economy. By day Kathleen is a mild mannered (never) Nonprofit Administrator, working to serve those living in poverty and by night she is an energized participant in many of the opportunities available to those living and loving it in Northeastern Connecticut.

Faye Mack, Immediate Past President (Board of Directors, City Market / Onion River Co-op, Burlington, VT)

Faye has served on the Board of Directors of City Market / Onion River Co-op in Burlington, VT since 2012 and has just wrapped up three years as the Board President. She has been an active member of the Co-op since moving to Burlington in 2008, hooked on the cooperative model since day one. Faye is the Advocacy and Education Director for Hunger Free Vermont, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters through systems change. She has a background in policy, community development, economics, and organizational management.

Mary Mullally (Storekeeping Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op, VT)

Mary has worked at Hunger Mountain Co-op for 16 years and currently serves as Storekeeping Manager, overseeing Receiving, Facilities, the Managers on Duty, safety and security. Her time at the co-op has provided her with a sound natural food/co-operative retail background and further developed her project management and leadership skills. She particularly enjoys serving on the NFCA Board of Directors because she values working collaboratively to strengthen our cooperative economy and sustainable local food systems. She is especially proud to serve NFCA, because it works to build collaborative partnerships to make healthy food more broadly available while simultaneously supporting our local producers. She believes the more we invest in our community, the stronger and more resilient we become.

Chris Whiton (Operations Manager, Littleton Food Co-op, Littleton, NH)

Before coming to the Co-op community in 2010, Chris had a diverse twenty-year background in the conventional grocery industry. During that time, he moved from Front End management to store management, as well as performing duties as a district auditor and inventory management trainer for ten New Hampshire and Vermont stores. Arriving at the Littleton Food Co-op during its first year of business, he assisted in developing the procedures and structure for front-of-store operations, HR practices. As the store grew and expanded, he moved on to Store Operations management, helping coordinate the various departments with scheduling, ordering, and growth opportunities. When not at the Co-op, Chris enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and skiing are just a few activities he fits in between work shifts. His small photography business works to bring awareness to environmental concerns and sustainability. Being part of the co-op family has brought his focus on the need for accessible and affordable healthy food options for everyone. The support that we can lend to local growers and producers is immense, and in turn, this support will enrich our community and help promote the co-operative model.


OUR STAFF

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Erbin Crowell, Executive Director, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Erbin Crowell serves as Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a co-operative federation of more than 45 food co-ops and start-up initiatives with a combined membership of more than 150,000 people across New England and New York.

Prior to joining the association, Erbin worked with the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops and as an independent consultant.  For more than a decade, he was a member of Equal Exchange, a worker co-operative and pioneer in the Fair Trade movement, and serves on the boards of the New England Farmers Union and the National Cooperative Business Association.  Erbin holds a Master of Management: Co-operatives & Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he teaches courses on the co-operative movement.


Bonnie Hudspeth, Co-operative Development, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Bonnie Hudspeth leads Co-operative Development for the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a co-operative federation of more than 45 food co-ops and startup initiatives with a combined membership of more than 150,000 people across New England and New York.  NFCA supports the growth, innovation, and shared success among our member food co-ops in the Northeast United States.  

Prior to joining the NFCA, Bonnie served as Project Manager for the Monadnock Food Co-op, creating the founding organizational structure and overseeing pre-operational development and fundraising to create a co-operatively owned grocery store in Keene, NH that opened in April, 2013.  She serves as Vice President of the Board of The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE), a community development loan fund that facilitates socially responsible investing in co-operatives, community-oriented nonprofits, and worker-owned businesses in New England and adjacent communities in New York.  Bonnie holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Community Development through Antioch University New England.


Suzette Snow-Cobb, Sourcing Coordinator, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Suzette has been involved with food co-ops since the mid 80’s. Prior to joining the NFCA, she worked for Franklin Community Co-op for 20 years and served on the board of NFCA. Suzette currently serves on the board of the Valley Co-operative Business Association and as Stakeholder Director for Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops board and holds a Master of Management: Co-operatives & Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia.

 


Alexis Alexander, Peer Collaboration & Technical Support, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Prior to working in co-operatives, Alexis gained experience in business and retail management, training and development, and consumer marketing research, working predominately in the supermarket and consumer packaged goods industries. She’s served as GreenStar Food Co-op’s Membership Manager since 2009, helping to increase member engagement through enhanced programming and events, and improved membership systems, tracking, and reporting processes.   Alexis also lead the FLOWER healthy food access program which has benefited over 2,000 individuals and families facing financial hardship since its inception in 2010. She played an integral role in GreenStar’s multifaceted approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, which successfully increased the diversity of both GreenStar staff and membership. Alexis holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and an MBA from Michigan State University.


PAST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NFCA Board of Directors & Staff, 2019

NEIGHBORING FOOD CO-OP ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

BACK ROW (L to R): Michael Wells (Board President, Putney Food Co-op), Katharine Arnold (Management, Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op), John Crane (General Manager, Portland Food Co-op), Suzette Snow-Cobb, (Sourcing Coordinator), Erbin Crowell (Executive Director), Sue Miller (Co-General Manager, Upper Valley Food Co-op)

FRONT ROW (L to R): Chris Whiton (Operations Manager, Littleton Food Co-op), Bonnie Hudspeth (Co-operative Development), David Durfee (General Manager, Wild Oats Co-op Market), Faye Mack (Board President, City Market/Onion River Co-op)


NFCA Board of Directors & Staff, 2018

Back Row (L to R): Erbin Crowell (Executive Director), Michael Wells (Board President, Putney Food Co-op), Chris Whiton (Operations Manager, Littleton Food Co-op), Kari Bradley (General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op), Suzette Snow-Cobb (Sourcing Coordinator), David Durfee (General Manager, Wild Oats Market), Neomi Lauritsen (General Manager, Springfield Food Co-op).

Front Row (L to R): Katharine Arnold (Management Collective, Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op), Sue Miller (Co-General Manager, Upper Valley Food Co-op), Faye Mack (Board President, City Market, Onion River Co-op), John Crane (General Manager, Portland Food Co-op), Bonnie Hudspeth (Co-operative Development).


NFCA Board of Directors & Staff, 2017

Back Row (L to R): Katharine Arnold (Management Collective, Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op), Suzette Snow-Cobb (Staff, Leverett Village Food Co-op), John Crane (General Manager, Portland Food Co-op), David Durfee (General Manager, Wild Oats Market) Erbin Crowell (Staff, Executive Director)

Front Row (L to R): Michael Wells (Board President, Putney Food Coop), Sue Miller (General Management Team, Upper Valley Food Coop), Kari Bradley (General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op) & Bonnie Hudspeth (Staff, Member Programs Manager)

Not Pictured: Joanne Todd (Board Member, The Willimantic Food Co-op) and Faye Conte (Board Member, City Market / Onion River Co-op)


NFCA Board of Directors & Staff, 2016

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Back Row (L to R): Suzette Snow-Cobb (Marketing & Membership Manager, Franklin Community Co-op), Erbin Crowell (Staff, Executive Director), Glenn Lower (General Manager, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op), Michael Wells (Board President, Putney Food Coop), Kari Bradley (General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op), David Durfee (General Manager, Wild Oats Market)

Front Row (L to R): Kay Litten (Board Member, Co-op Food Stores), Faye Conte (Board Member, City Market / Onion River Co-op), Bonnie Hudspeth (Staff, Member Programs Manager), Sue Miller (General Management Team, Upper Valley Food Co-op)

Not Pictured: Joanne Todd (Board Member, The Willimantic Food Co-op)


NFCA Board of Directors, 2015

Back Row (L to R): Erbin Crowell (Staff, Executive Director), Kay Litten (Board Member, Co-op Food Stores), Faye Conte (Board Member, City Market / Onion River Food Co-op), Bonnie Hudspeth (Staff, Member Programs Manager)

Front Row (L to R): Glenn Lower (General Manager, Middlebury Food Co-op), Suzette Snow-Cobb (Marketing & Membership Manager, Franklin Community Co-op), Kari Bradley (General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op and Board President, NFCA), Michael Wells (Board President, Putney Food Co-op), Ed King (General Manager, Littleton Food Co-op)

Not Pictured: Joanne Todd (Board Member, Willimantic Food Co-op), Sue Miller (General Management Team, Upper Valley Food Co-op)


NFCA Board of Directors, 2014

Back Row (L to R): Bonnie Hudspeth (Staff, Member Programs Manager), Erbin Crowell (Staff, Executive Director), Alex Gyori (General Manager, Brattleboro Food Co-op), Molly O’Brien (Board President, City Market / Onion River Food Co-op), Joanne Todd (Board Member, Willimantic Food Co-op)

Front Row (L to R): Glenn Lower (General Manager, Middlebury Food Co-op and Board President, NFCA), Annie Gaillard (Management Collective, Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op), Ed King (General Manager, Littleton Food Co-op), Kari Bradley (General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op), Kay Litten (Board Member, Co-op Food Stores), Suzette Snow-Cobb (Marketing & Membership Manager, Franklin Community Co-op)


NFCA Board of Directors, 2013

Back Row (L to R): Robyn O’Brien (General Manager, Putney Food Co-op), Erbin Crowell (Staff, Executive Director), Molly O’Brien (Board Member, City Market / Onion River Food Co-op), Glenn Lower (General Manager, Middlebury Food Co-op and Board President, NFCA), Alex Gyori (General Manager, Brattleboro Food Co-op)

Front Row (L to R): Annie Gaillard (Management Collective, Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op), Kari Bradley (General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op), Bonnie Hudspeth (Staff, Member Programs Manager), Ed King (General Manager, Littleton Food Co-op), Kay Litten (Board President, Co-op Food Stores), Suzette Snow-Cobb (Marketing & Membership Manager, Franklin Community Co-op)


NFCA Board of Directors, 2012

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Back Row (L to R): Ed King (General Manager, Littleton Food Co-op), Suzette Snow-Cobb (General Management Team, Franklin Community Co-op), Alex Gyori (General Manager, Brattleboro Food Co-op), Kari Bradley (General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op), Erbin Crowell (Staff, Executive Director)

Middle Row (L to R): Robyn O’Brien (General Manager, Putney Food Co-op), Annie Gaillard (Management Collective, Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op)

Front Row (L to R): Kay Litten (Board President, Co-op Food Stores), Glenn Lower (General Manager, Middlebury Food Co-op and Board President, NFCA), Molly O’Brien (Board Member, City Market / Onion River Food Co-op), Bonnie Hudspeth (Staff, Member Programs Manager)