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Hanover Board of Directors
Listed below are those serving on the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Board of Directors
emmanuelajavon [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Emmanuel Ajavon)
Email: emmanuelajavon [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Although his roots are from West Africa, Emmanuel is a native New Yorker who has worked in Health Care for over twenty years. Being a dedicated patient advocate, instructional designer and senior leader were just a few of the roles that he held during his healthcare journey. Emmanuel relocated to New Hampshire about four years ago when Dartmouth-Hitchcock recruited him to oversee its Blood Donor and Cellular Therapy Programs. While there, he built strong community relationships that ultimately led to him transitioning out of healthcare into his other passion, supporting diverse business owners who traditionally have been excluded from mainstream business opportunities.
He now works for Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College as the Associate Director of Business Leadership Programs where he oversees the Diversity Business Programs. Emmanuel thoroughly enjoys the great New England outdoors with his family. When he’s not enjoying long scenic drives through the rural parts of Vermont and New Hampshire, he enjoys playing the violin and piano with his daughter Emelia. Term ends 2022.
kbirdsey [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Kevin Birdsey:)
Email: kbirdsey [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Kevin has worked for the Co-op since 2002 primarily in a front end (checkout) role. Currently he works in the Hanover store, at the member services desk. When not working, Kevin is a student and assistant instructor at White River Budokan, a traditional martial arts school in White River Junction. Kevin spent his adolescence and early adulthood living in Hanover, but now resides in Lebanon. Term ends in 2022.
martaceroni [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Marta Ceroni )
Email:martaceroni [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Marta grew up in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy, a region known for its many Coops, accounting for 30 percent of its economy. Since then, Marta sees Co-ops as the most natural and ethical way to run businesses.
With a PhD in Forest Ecology and post-graduate experience in Ecological Economics at University of Maryland and University of Vermont, she has been a researcher and an educator form more than 15 years, inspiring young people to choose jobs in environmental justice and sustainability. The Upper Valley is where Marta gained most of her experience with managing organizations, by occupying different positions at the Donella Meadows Institute and then at the Academy for Systems Change where she supports a growing number of facilitators of social change in different geographies and domains. Marta has served on different boards of local organizations and is currently a member of the Enfield Energy Committee. Marta is passionate about dancing and teaching tango, playing the accordion, cooking, and growing vegetables. Term ends in 2023.
nickclark [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Nick Clark: Treasurer )
Email: nickclark [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Nick grew up in Norwich, and frequented the Co-op almost daily while attending Hanover High School. After traveling in his early 20’s, he returned to the Upper Valley for its natural resources and strong sense of community. He currently lives in Thetford where he works as a freelance web developer. He was re-elected to the Thetford Selectboard in 2020, where he serves as Chair. Term ends in 2023
rosemaryfifield [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Rosemary Fifield, Secretary:)
Email: rosemaryfifield [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
After 22 years as a Co-op employee, Rosemary retired from her position as the Co-op’s Education Director in 2015. Prior to joining the Co-op’s staff, she worked in clinical pathology at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and cancer research at Dartmouth Medical School, and, with her husband, Don, owned Vermont Everlastings, growing certified organic perennials, annuals, herbs, and dried flowers.
She has served on the boards of several area non-profits as well as the Norwich Farmers Market and the Thetford School Board, and also enjoyed several years on the board of Cooperative Development Institute, an organization assisting consumer cooperatives, worker cooperataives, and resident-owned housing cooperatives across New England and New York. She began her cooperative involvement in 1971 as a young mother portioning out raisins and oatmeal as required by her buying club in Madison, Wisconsin, and has lived in the Upper Valley since 1974, where she was thrilled to find a full-fledged food co-op with a real storefront and paid employees.Term ends in 2021.
victoriafullerton [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Victoria Fullerton)
Email: victoriafullerton [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Worked in the art and film world, as a publicist, photographer, picture researcher and producer until bringing up her children, by far her most creative project. Now catching up with the digital age, she works as a freelance writer and artist for public awareness campaigns. She lives in Norwich, Vermont, and volunteers for the Rapunzel Project in an effort to bring it to the New England states and to make it available to all. Term ends in 2021.
jessicagiordani [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Jessica Giordani)
Email: jessicagiordani [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
One of the owners of Scratch, a yarn shop specializing in fine fiber and indie-dyed yarn located in downtown Lebanon. She’s currently serving on the Arts & Culture Taskforce, and is also the Farmers’ Market Coordinator for the city of Lebanon. Jessica has spent the last fifteen years as a small business owner, and has been directly involved in local food production and farmers markets since 2011. She lives in Lebanon with her family, their four dogs, many chickens, and a surly rabbit. Term ends in 2022.
ehowes [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Edwin Howes)
Email: ehowes [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
A Co-op Food Store employee since 1994, Ed started at the Hanover Co-op Food Store as Manager of the ‘B.I.N.’ Department (Bulk, International, & Natural Foods). An active part of much Co-op growth since, becoming a Co-op Merchandiser at the start of the Lebanon Co-op Food Store in 1997. To broaden his Co-op experience and service, Ed was elected to the Co-op’s Board in 2003 and served for two, 3-year terms until 2009.
In addition to merchandising, in 2014 Ed took on the Co-op’s category management co-ordination responsibilities and also became the Co-op’s liaison to the National Co-op Grocers, a 148 food co-op co-operative with over 200 stores in 38 states and combined annual sales of nearly $2 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. Co-operatives working together is the only way to ensure our continued success serving our members! Starting up again as a Board Director in 2016, he has been active with committee work to improve the Board’s new director election process. Term ends 2021.
manishkumar [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Manish Kumar )
Email: manishkumar [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Manish has been an Upper Valley resident for more than ten years. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University and currently manages a team of Engineers at ANSYS Inc. in Lebanon, where he is leading the development of the next generation education platform with the goal of democratizing access to high quality engineering education. He is an avid fitness enthusiast and in his spare time writes in the areas of health & fitness, with one self-published book and currently working on a follow-up.
He is passionate about cooperativism and envisions a future where more businesses move towards the co-op model to bring together the interests of customers, producers, and member-owners in a relentlessly innovative, environmentally-conscious, and financially vibrant organization that works for everyone in the community. Term ends in 2023.
Email: peggyo'neil [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Peggy has been the Executive Director at WISE for 17 years. WISE operates out of its Program Center in Lebanon, NH and has offices in White River Junction and Windsor, Vermont and on the campus at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. For over thirty years, Peggy has worked in nonprofits advocating on behalf of people who interact with public and private support systems often inadequate to support their needs. Peggy lives in Cornish, NH. Term ends in 2023.
jessicasaturleyhall [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Jessica Saturley-Hall: Vice President)
Email: jessicasaturleyhall [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Jessica Saturley-Hall is the owner and founder of the Upper Valley Compost Company and the New Hampshire Compost Company, which provide residential and commercial composting services and consulting. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College and her MBA from Cornell University. She has spent fifteen years working in the food, agriculture, and grocery businesses, and has held positions in new product development, marketing, and operations. Jessica lives in Lebanon with her husband, Harrison, and their two dogs. Term ends in 2021.
alleneswienckowski [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Allene Swienckowski: President)
Email: alleneswienckowski [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Allene, a transplant from Southern California and an ex-banker, also taught High School seniors for L A Unified School District. Allene received her teaching credential from UCLA in 1977. She left banking in 1983, after the first deregulation. She began teaching immigrant professional adults English. Allene and her husband started an English Language School in Korea Town, Los Angeles, in 1988.
Over the years, Allene has primarily assisted transplanted Asian students to achieve their goals in attending top tier universities and colleges in the US. Since moving to the Upper Valley, Allene joined PEO, a woman's philanthropy organization dedicated to helping young women achieve financial security by providing low-cost loans, grants, and scholarships for educational purposes.
In addition to PEO, Allene is a member of HCOREI (Hartford Committee On Racial Equity and Inclusion). Allene has served on numerous other boards prior to her family's move to the Upper Valley. Allene's desire is to assist disadvantaged groups, especially children and their families, attain food sufficiency via locally grown producers and ensure food security by working with groups dedicated to changing the lives of people. Term ends in 2022.
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