Meet Your Council

2022 Hunger Mountain Co-op Council

The Co-op Council
Your voice in action

The Hunger Mountain Co-op Council consists of up to nine member-owners elected to govern our cooperative. The council is responsible for communicating with member-owners, hiring and overseeing the general manager and establishing policies among other governance functions. Member-owners are encouraged to communicate your ideas, suggestions, and feedback to council members.

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Eva Schectman

Council President (2019–21, 2022–24)

"I graduated from Goddard College in 1987 and have lived in Montpelier ever since - thirty-one years. I've been a member of the Co-op for thirty years. I want to represent values that I think many Co-op members share; putting people ahead of profits; looking out for the most vulnerable members of the community and making a difference by actively engaging in the democratic process."

evas@hungermountain.coop
802-229-2766

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Jennifer Porrier

Council Vice President (2021, 2022–24)

"As a life-long Vermonter I am deeply committed to the Co-op’s mission of local ownership and providing a retail outlet for our local famers and providers. Even before my husband and I moved to Montpelier, we became members of the Co-op as a way to explore all the amazing local food and products central Vermont had to offer. Joining this council would be an opportunity for me to turn my passion for Vermont and our community into concrete action in the form of bringing together the needs of each to satisfy the whole."

Jenp@hungermountain.coop
(802) 488-0279

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Steven Farnham

Council Secretary (2015–17, 2018–20, 2021–23)

"I'll endeavor to expand and broaden channels of communication between Coop Member-Owners and management, because I believe effective communication is key to Member-Owner satisfaction, which, in turn is key to harmonious relations amongst all involved."

steven4council@gmail.com
(802) 917-2581

Council member Julia Scheier

Julia Scheier

Council Treasurer (2022)

"I have worked in Vermont’s agricultural sector since 2015, both at Salvation Farms in Morrisville and in my current role at the Agency of Agriculture. Through this work and serving on the Morrisville Co-op’s Board before I moved to Montpelier, I developed a deep respect for all aspects of the supply chain that bring local, nutritious food to Vermonters. I appreciate Hunger Mountain Co-op’s values of strengthening the local food system and am thrilled to be joining the council."

julia.d.scheier@gmail.com
(508) 667-0726

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RJ Adler

Council Member (2021, 2022–23)

"In 2020 I moved to Montpelier from Middlebury, where among other things, I sat on the Middlebury Co-op Board for six years, served as vice president for two years, and led strategic sub-committees on defining the mission, most notably. I would bring my entrepreneurial spirit, and understanding of policy governance to the Co-op board."

Rjajr89@gmail.com
(802) 458-7194

Council member Lauren Antler

Lauren Antler

Council Member (2022–2024)

"As a business owner, comedian, parent, and community member, I will bring creative problem solving, community engagement expertise, a sense of humor, a commitment to maintaining a local food supply and tangible experience in board operations to the Co-op council. Plus, a real passion for the bulk section."

antlerl@gmail.com

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Olivia Dunton

Council Member (2020–2022)

"Hunger Mountain Co-op is an incredible piece of central Vermont, which I want to see thrive, as a way to provide delicious, healthy food to our community, a space for people to come together, and a great working environment. I believe I can help be a part of this success as a member of the council."

oliviajdunton@gmail.com
(207) 735-5686

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Catherine Lowther

Council Member (2021–2023)

"I have been growing food organically all my life, a Co-op member since 1989, teaching at Goddard for the past 23 years, teaching courses on climate change, in private practice doing psychotherapy, health counseling and conflict resolution, on the board of the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition, and a mentor in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Training. I am very grateful to be part of the co-op community, and I would like to help the Co-op continue to localize its food sources, support our farmers, and reduce carbon emissions."

lowthervt@gmail.com
(802) 272-0349

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Andrew Sullivan

Council Member (2020, 2021–22)

"As an active member of my union, UE Local 255, and as a resident of Washington County, I will make the Hunger Mountain Co-op a center for local dialogue, events, and culture. I hope both the employees and the members will find inspiration in natural food, collective action, and community."

ab.sullivan@yahoo.com
(802) 377-0240

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Kari Bradley

General Manager

A central Vermont native, Kari has worked in the natural foods retail industry for twenty years, the last fifteen as General Manager of Hunger Mountain Cooperative.

karib@hungermountain.coop
(802) 262-3219

Staff Rep Nick Sivret

Nick Sivret

Staff Representative

Nick is the meat and fish buyer at the Co-op. He has worked at the Co-op for 17 years.

hmcstaffrep@gmail.com
(802) 262-3230