These are the candidates for the board seats with terms expiring in 2020. You can vote for candidates at the annual meeting on April 18 or online here.
Candidates were asked to address the following areas in their statements:
- Current employment and work experience
- Previous Board experience
- What skills would you bring to the Board of Directors for Granite City Grocery (including training, education, or experience that qualifies you to sit on the Board)?
- Why would you like to serve on GCG’s Board of Directors?
- What is your vision for GCG 10 years down the road and what role would you play to achieve that vision?
- Can you make commitment for the entire length of the term to the responsibilities outlined in the candidate’s packet?
Currently, I serve as the Executive Assistant to the City Manager of Barre City. This position entails an array of responsibilities from managing agendas, answering phones, and scheduling meetings to coordinating public outreach, maintaining the City’s website, and managing IT for the City.
My board experience is limited to Granite City Grocery. I was elected to the board in 2013 and have served as an officer for 3 of the 4 years. The most important skill that I bring to the Board of Directors in an institutional knowledge that comes from sitting on the Board since its inception. The ability to recall the history of the Board allows us to repeat the successful ideas and learn from the ideas that were not successful. My institutional knowledge is augmented with the social media and outreach experience that I have developed during the years that I have worked with Granite City Grocery. Our co-operative has provided me with ongoing training in how to be a co-operative board member as well training specific to starting up a co-operative.
My personal mission is to invest my time, energy, and skill into building a better Barre. Our City has a food access problem and Granite City Grocery is the answer to this problem. Simply stated; I want to be part of the solution.
In recent years we have seen new businesses, new roads, and new blocks built. Barre is undergoing a facelift. Granite City Grocery will be at the center of this ongoing process. Our co-op will be an economic driver as well as a cultural hub for our community. Granite City Grocery will be the heart of our community.
I will serve our co-op, as a director, until the store is open. As the board transitions from start up to policy governance our roles and our membership will change. After our store is open I do not have a clear picture of how I will be connected to our co-op. I do know that Granite City Grocery will be part of my life for years to come.
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.
I have proudly served on Granite City Grocery’s Board of Directors since June 2017, assisting the leadership of the Community Outreach and Membership Development committees. From 2011-2013, I served on the Board of Directors of ECOS, an environmental education and stewardship organization based in Niskayuna, NY. Community Outreach, Project Management, and Logistics Consulting are some of the most useful aspects of my experience that I feel can meaningfully contribute to the Board.
I relish being able to make a 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 and accessible outlet for Vermont’s incredible bounty of agricultural products, and a place for Barre’s boundless energy and creativity to flourish. I moved to Barre in 2016 and have since begun to raise a family here. I strongly believe that it is a wonderful, vibrant community, but at the same time, it will take nothing less than our best effort to fully realize the vision that we all have for our city. My firm belief is that Granite City Grocery will become the centerpiece of Barre’s beautiful, friendly and walkable downtown for many years to come. 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.
Currently, and for the last 10 years, I work at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. I started in the mail room, worked for a claims department, was a Team Lead in the claims department, and currently I work in the Corporate Accounting department.
I have never held a board seat before. My Board experience is limited to the public Granite City Grocery Board meetings that I attend as an owner/member. I can bring organizational, customer service, training, and social media outreach skills to the Board.
I want to see a grocery store open up in Barre and I want to be a part of that process. My vision for Granite City Grocery is that in 10 years it is a thriving business and central to the community’s growth. The role I would play in this vision is volunteering my time for whatever is needed.