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Meet The Board

Your Board of Directors has an essential role in supporting the growth of Main Market Coop!

They act as the voice of the membership and serve as the governing body of the Coop, not running daily operations but setting policy and vision for how the store meets our members' needs now and in the future. Your board members welcome your feedback and thoughts. They can be reached by email at [email protected]


The Main Market Board has a maximum of seven seats. Each Director is elected to a 3-year term.

Martee Snyder

Elected Director

2021-2022

Presid​ent

Laura Viherlahti

Elected Director

2021-2022

Vice Presi​dent

Marc Gauthier

Appointed Director

2020-2023

Elected Director 2018

Roisin Lally

Appointed Director

2020-2023

Secretary

Dana Oxford

Appointed Director

2019-2022

Treasurer

Mark Odegard

Elected Director

2021-2024


Lauren Schubring

Elected Director

2021-2024


BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED!

Are you a member interested in serving on the board of directors? 

If yes, please read on!


What does it take to grow a Coop?

The answer is: all of us, of course! Contributing to the success of your Coop happens in so many ways from shopping, showing up for and participating in Coop events, inviting friends and family to shop at the Coop and become Member/Owners, attending annual and special meetings, voting in elections, and serving on the Board of Directors.

Being part of a Cooperative Community also means that each of us can give in different ways and amounts to achieve our common vision and some of the bigger work can be shared. This is how the Board of Directors works; a smaller group of elected Member/Owners work together on the big picture and long term pieces of the vision of the co-op in service to the larger membership. They work closely with the General Manager to help set and monitor goals that support the financial well-being and growth of the Coop.

If you are passionate about Main Market Coop, a Member/Owner in good standing, and looking for a greater opportunity to participate in this community, we have two seats opening on our Board and are gathering applications for our 2022 Board Election!


DETAILS: 

What does it take to become a Board Director? First, you volunteer your candidacy! After you have filled out an application (found here), the nominating committee will acknowledge receipt and schedule an interview with you (these happen throughout February). Once all interviews are conducted, the committee will present a slate of candidates for the board to approve and you will be called with next steps before the election kicks off.

This is a volunteer position that offers lots of yummy food at meetings, occasional gift cards for going the extra mile in hour commitments, and plenty of good people to work with and learn from. Time commitments are 1.5 hour meetings 10 months per year, 1 hour committee meetings occasionally depending on committee (monthly or quarterly), 1 day per year board retreat (8 hours in town, all food provided), and the terms are 3 years. Board members are welcome to volunteer additional hours by serving as an officer or pitching in extra where needed!


Deadline for applications is January 31, 2022. Please submit earlier if you can to be sure we have the candidates needed for open seats.

We are particularly looking for directors with legal and financial background and experience. If you know someone that would be willing to serve with these qualifications please reach out to them. Even if they aren't currently a member, they can sign up for membership before submitting an application! Those with other experience are also of course welcome to apply.


Want to know more about serving on the Board? Send your applications and questions our way at [email protected]

*Please note that completing an application does not guarantee inclusion on the ballot! This is a multi-step process governed by our bylaws, and we'll keep you up to date over the coming months. But if you're even a little interested we strongly encourage you to submit an application!

Board Application

Bylaws

Legal bylaws of our cooperative

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Policy Governance

This is the governing document of the Coop. It outlines the roles of the Board of Directors and General Manager. Both parties create monthly reports showing compliance or plan to come within compliance to ensure there is accountability for running our owners' business well.ext to start editing. This block is a great way to highlight key services of your business.

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