Nick Landry - President
I am the Executive Assistant to the City Manager of Barre. My background is small business start-ups and my formal education was focused on developing local economies. I assisted with the coordination of the Barre Heritage Festival for four years and this will be my fourth year working with the Granite City Grocery.
Barre has seen many changes in the last two years. We have seen our city undergo an impressive facelift, and she is still growing. Granite City Grocery is part of that growth. I am looking forward to it becoming the heart of our ever growing community.
Granite City Grocery will provide healthy affordable food to our community. It will be a gathering place and a community center. Founding the Granite City Grocery makes Barre a better community and a better city for us all to live in.
Clay Whitney – Vice President
I am a marketing manager for Cabot Creamery Cooperative working with food co-ops, specialty stores, and grocery chains in the eastern U.S. My work includes providing co-ops with assistance in organization, sponsorships, membership education and growth, and efforts to consolidate co-op purchasing to reduce costs.
I participate in national and regional co-op conferences (CCMA [U.S.], NFCA [New England], MAFCA [MidAtlantic]) for Cabot and also meet representatives of marketing and financial organizations established to foster co-op growth, which is relevant for GCG.
I have visited many food co-ops in the U.S. and learned a great deal about what other start-ups are doing that is successful, and what existing co-ops did to get themselves to their opening day and to prosper since then.
Our grocery will be the “beating heart” of Barre: a center of community; a resource for locally produced food as well as national brands; and a source of local pride.
Phil Cecchini - Treasurer
Most of my career has been as the Chief Financial Officer, Finance Director or Controller of start-ups and rapidly growing entities going through organizational change. In my roles as CFO, I served on boards and committees, and developed plans and pro-formas to help guide projects of all sizes.
I am the Business Manager in the Weatherization Program at Capstone Community Action supporting the back-office systems and processes that help us excel and be leaders in our field.
I have been a member of GCG since 2012 and on the Board since 2013. I currently serve as the GCG Treasurer and Chairperson of the Site Committee. I strongly believe in the mission of GCG. Barre needs a downtown grocery store that provides a variety of healthy foods – a store that strives to meet the needs of its customers with exceptional service and fair prices.
Phil Kolling - Secretary
I am the Executive Director of SerVermont, Vermont’s Commission on National and Community Service. We promote, support and recognize volunteerism and community service in Vermont and administer AmeriCorps programs. We are in a sustained period of growth, and have doubled the opportunities to serve in AmeriCorps in Vermont over the last three years.
My background is in management of organizations in the government and nonprofit sector, particularly organizations in phases of startup, expansion, or reorganization. I have served as the first director of a startup Boys and Girls Club, launched an AmeriCorps VISTA program, and expanded volunteer programs for a large nonprofit, as well as served as an AmeriCorps member in Vermont and Maine. I enjoy bringing ideas and concepts to fruition, and growing organizations creatively.
I hold a Master of Science in Management of Mission Driven Organizations from Marlboro College School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and a BS in Community Development from the University of New Hampshire. I serve as a board member for America’s Service Commissions.
I’ve been a member of GCG since 2012. I served on the original Steering Committee, have been on the Board since 2013, and served as Board President from 2014-2015. In the past, I also served on the Board of the Plainfield Co-op.
I am a past dean of Goddard College and currently work as the technology director at Stagecoach Digital, a digital marketing firm that helps nonprofits gain supporters and raise money online.
I have lived in Barre since 2011. I serve, or have served, on other local Boards with the common theme of improving life in Barre and Vermont for my wife, Hillary and me, our newborn son, Felix, and our fellow community members. I believe in the cooperative principles and am committed to bringing fresh food and a greater sense of community back to downtown Barre.
I am a retired Legal Assistant with paralegal skills and 40 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors of Vermont and New Hampshire. I have served as President of the Washington County Legal Secretaries Association, and am a former VT Director of the National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS).
My ex-husband and I owned/operated Quality Market, Inc., in Barre for 25 years. I assisted in hiring and training staff, and worked at the store part time, as needed.
I also worked for 11 years as a Guardian ad Litem in Washington County Civil, Juvenile and Criminal courts, retiring one (1) year ago.
I was born, raised, educated, married and worked in Barre /Montpelier for most of my life. Because of our former business and my time in Vermont State Government (17 years), I know many people in our community and help to keep them in touch with GCG, and to keep GCG in touch with the community.
I have a background in environmental policy, sustainability, and organics management. I am currently employed at Grow Compost of Vermont, managing their commercial food scrap diversion program. Before that, I worked for another family-owned organics firm, Empire Zero. From 2011-2013, I served on the Board of Directors of ECOS, an environmental education and stewardship organization based in Niskayuna, NY.
I relish being able to make a measurable difference at my job every day, and strongly believe that Granite City Grocery will do the same for Barre. This community needs and deserves an affordable outlet for Vermont’s incredible bounty of agricultural products, and a place for Barre’s boundless energy and creativity to flourish. I am member #638, and am proud to bring a locally-owned and community-driven enterprise to one of Vermont’s most historic and wonderful towns.
With degrees in engineering and ocean physics from U.C. Irvine and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I have found my work in Independent school education. Administratively, I’ve served as Finance Manager, Chair of the Faculty and Manager of Administration- scheduling, records and office. At the same time I’ve taught science and math in the high school.
I served on the Board and as Treasurer at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, and on my church board, as Treasurer and Secretary. I served on the Saratoga Water Quality Committee as a general member.
I bring strong organizational skills and experience with spreadsheets, accounting reports, and QuickBooks. I have experience with consensus decision making as well as various voting board structures. The most recent group of teachers I’ve worked with is entirely horizontal, with no administrative head, yielding experience with collaborative decision making as well as turning tasks and work over to an individual and empowering them to make something happen!