Meet Your 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.


Scott Hess

Council President (2011, 2012, 2013-2015, 2016-19)

"I would like to continue working to fulfill the Coop’s mission, ensuring that membership continues to grow in both numbers and importance to the community. I am especially interested in providing a living wage and generous benefits to employees, increasing the amount of local products on the shelves, working with local farmers and producers to ensure the Coop carries their goods, and offering a wide selection of affordable products to our customers."
(802) 223-9924


Ashley Hill

Council Vice President (2016, 2017-2019)

"Our Co-op is a vitally important part of our community. I look forward to earning your vote to continue working on the council to further the Co-op goals and HMC’s mission here in Central Vermont. I strive to represent everyone’s voice at the decision making table and will bring your voices to the council. My commitment to social and economic justice is unfaltering. I will continue to bring mindful perspective on social and economic justice issues that affect the Co-op to the council if reelected, and welcome input from member-owners to bring back to the council about our future as a Co-op."
(802) 310-7603


Mark Simakaski

Council Treasurer (2017-2019)

"I am an owner of Artesano, a producer of mead, specialty vinegars, and ice cream. I am responsible for day-to-day operations and enjoy producing tasty food from all-local ingredients. A council position would allow me to learn more about the cooperative model as well as give back to the community that has supported my business. I believe that my experience would provide new insight to the council, and I too would personally grow through serving on the board."
(802) 584-3519


Pat Siergiey

Council Secretary (2018-2020)

"I’m interested in being on the council because I know eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and well being. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health and I want to take what I know and do whatever I can to help others eat well-balanced nutritious meals."
(802) 479-3524

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Steven Farnham

Council Member (2015-2017, 2018-2020)

"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."
(802) 917-2581


Dr. Eric Jacobson

Council Member (2018-2021)

"Hunger Mountain Co-op is one of the great people-first institutions in Vermont. I left 20 years ago and returned to find the Co-op stronger and healthier than ever. I rely on the Co-op to provide access to high quality and organic food, to promote regional and local foods, and to seek out regional food sources where possible. I rely on the Co-op to support local agriculture, to take a little bite out of the food industry by keeping Vermont producers and consumers in direct contact with each other. I’ve relied on the Co-op for more than 30 years and feel it is my time to give back to the community."
(802) 433-4433


Shannon Lessley

Council Member (2019)

"When I first moved to Montpelier about a decade ago, everyone I met asked, "Have you been to the Coop yet?!" The folks of Montpelier and beyond are proud there is a store that sells a variety of high quality provisions and serves as a hub for community engagement. I'm excited to serve as a new member of the council and will strive to connect with folks who care deeply about making decisions that impact our community in positive, healthy ways. I am most passionate about providing access to high quality, affordable food through partnerships with local producers and look forward to learning and growing with the Coop."
(802) 522-4414


Katie Michels

Council Member (2019)

"The Co-op makes it easy to keep our food dollars local and to support a food system that puts equity and sustainability before profit, and I am proud to be a part of it. I am interested in serving on the Co-op Council because I want to learn how the Co-op balances its community, environmental, and social justice goals, and I would like to play a part in doing so."
(406) 529-6186


Eva Schectman

Council Member (2019-2021)

"I graduated from Goddard College in 1987 and have lived in Montpelier ever since - thirty-one years. I've been a member of HMC for thirty years. I want to represent values that I think many HMC 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."


Kari Bradley

General Manager

A Central Vermont native, Kari has worked in the natural foods retail industry for twenty years, the last thirteen as General Manager of Hunger Mountain Cooperative. During his tenure at Hunger Mountain, the co-op has more than doubled its membership, sales and local purchases while executing a physical expansion and full renovation. Kari contributes leadership to the Neighboring Food Cooperative Association, the National Cooperative Grocers, Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund and the U-32 School Board.
(802) 262-3219


Jess Knapp

Staff Representative

"I have worked at the Co-op for eleven years in different departments. I went to college for graphic design, and I was lucky enough to advance my career goals here at the Co-op. Currently, I am the community relations and marketing assistant. I have a spectacular team of coworkers, and I feel more connected than ever to the Co-op's mission and values. As staff representative, it is my hope and goal to achieve a higher level of communication, understanding, and transparency between staff, management, and council so that everyone feels valued and appreciated for the hard work that they do."
(802) 262-3241