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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
Council Member (2022)
"Within a few days of arriving here in 1995, I joined the Co-op and it immediately became an integral part of my life. As a dedicated Hunger Mountain Co-op and farmers’ market shopper and advocate for local food, I admire the ingenuity, hard work and perseverance of farmers, growers and retailers, especially over the last two years, and appreciate deeply the daily challenges they address to put food on our tables."
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."
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.