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Board Election Results! September 25th, 2017

One of the basic tenets of the cooperative business model is democratic owner control. This year we had eight candidates for three open seats on our Board of Directors. That’s a great indication that democracy is alive and well here at the Co-op.

Our deepest thanks to all of the candidates and all of the Owners who participated in the election.

The results are in!

Listed here, in alphabetical order are the three candidates who received the greatest number of votes, along with their personal statements.

Molly de St. Andre Molly de St André

“I have been a committed member of the board of directors for the last six years, and am excited for the opportunity to continue. My husband and I own a small design company called Moho Designs, creating local products and graphic design for local businesses.  Working closely with the community through our business, working with a local CSA for the last 7 years, and serving on the Co-op board have given me a true understanding of this community and our local food system.  I believe strongly in the Co-op economy, and that Co-ops are a truly sustainable business model, an antidote to huge corporations and the economic injustices they cause, and I know our Co-op still has growing to do toward realizing these goals.  As a mother of two young children, my voice on the board represents a growing population of young parents who are committed to healthy and affordable food for their families.  This perspective is critical, and I feel strongly as and experienced board member, I will provide much needed continuity seeing the Co-op through our current store expansion. There is so much more I feel strongly the Co-op can do for the community, and I would love to continue to be part of the leadership team who creates that vision.”

   Jake Levin

“My name is Jake Levin, and I want to represent you on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Cooperative Market. The Co-op faces many challenges today. The Co-op is also preparing itself for some exciting opportunities. It is a vital moment for the Co-op and that means that it needs strong leadership from people who have deep connections to the BCM community, understands the local food economy, believes in the cooperative model, and are invested in the future of Great Barrington.

I believe I am uniquely qualified to help provide that leadership. Growing up, I watched my father- Tom Levin of Tom’s Toys- help Great Barrington grow into the vibrant economic center that it is today. Then, in my time working as a department manager for the Co-op (first Produce, then Meat, Seafood, and Cheese) I got to know the owners as well as the staff and understand the multitude of perspectives and needs represented by our diverse BCM community. I am now at Jacuterie- where I experience first-hand the struggles and joys of running a small food business. I also serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Berkshire Grown.

I moved back to my hometown five years ago with my wife so that I could be an active member the amazing community in which I was raised. As my wife and I start our family here, I can’t think of a better way of helping to shape a successful and vibrant future for our community then by serving on the Board of the Berkshire Cooperative Market.”

   Dan Seitz

“I have served on the Berkshire Co-op Market Board of Directors since 2007, including being board president. My goals for the Co-op include:

  • An unwavering commitment to organic and responsibly grown and sourced food, free of GMOs and other harmful substances;
  • A commitment to the Co-op being a vibrant and successful business, providing excellent service and products to customers;
  • A successful move to a new, expanded facility;
  • A commitment to supporting our community through education, programs for people in need, and donations to non-profits; and
  • Supporting effective board and store operations.

I have broad leadership, professional and volunteer experience that informs my work on Co-op board, including: running non-profit organizations, serving on governing boards, consulting with boards and managers of various types of organizations, providing professional facilitation for major projects, and being involved with education in alternative and holistic medical fields. I am interested in nutrition, organic farming and sustainability, and believe that cooperatives provide an essential and progressive alternative to conventional forms of capitalism. As a public member on the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards Board, I’m deeply involved with a wide range of current organic issues, including efforts to prevent GMO-contamination of organic crops.”

Congratulations to these new and returning board members!