Meet your GCG Director candidates!
David Rubin, Current Director
I am entering into my 15th year of employment at Central Vermont Community Action Council as Director of Workforce Development. I have done policy advocacy work on the state, regional and federal level; served on state and national boards; and currently serve as Coordinator of the Central Vermont Regional Workforce Partnership. Skills I bring to the Board Director position include:
- 17 years of non-profit management experience
- Diverse board experience, including non-profit boards, executive roles, and community-based initiatives
- Connected to the community both professionally and personally
- Collaborative, dedicated, professional, respectful
I would like to play a role in the establishment and ongoing sustainability of GCG. For now, I am prepared to pledge my hard work and due diligence as a member and a board member. Into the future, at minimum, I intend to support GCG with my patronage and I hope to be involved on an on-going basis, through committee work or other activities, to further the interests of GCG.
Chris Riddell, Current Director
I’ve been a member of the GCG board of directors since May 2013, serving as the chair of the Membership Development committee. Prior to joining the board, I was a member of the steering committee and have been involved with co-op since October 2012. I also served on the board of the Plainfield Food Co-op from 2007-2008.
During my time on the board, I’ve attended several webinars on topics such as the stages of co-operative development and membership recruitment. I’ve managed complex projects and budgets, both as an IT consultant and previously as a dean at Goddard College. I’m a good listener and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
I want to continue to serve on the board because I am passionate about and deeply committed to bringing a downtown grocery store to Barre. I believe a cooperatively-owned store downtown could become a gathering place for the various parts of our community. I also believe that providing another outlet for our local producers can only strengthen our local economy.
Emily Kaminsky, Current Director
I am a founding Interim Director of Granite City Grocery. I am committed to making GCG a reality because I strongly believe that everyone should have access to healthy and fresh food at a reasonable price! I am currently GCG's President of the Board, media/communications point person, fundraiser, and event coordinator. I have a background in finance, small business, community development, and nonprofit management. For 10 years I was Director of Community Capital of Vermont, a nonprofit micro business lending organization located in downtown Barre. I’ve served on the board of Central Vermont Community Land Trust, am a founding board member of Barre Community Gardens, and was Chairperson of Barre Homecoming Festival for 5 years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, 2003. I live in Barre City with my husband, two kids, and a third on the way!
Phil Gentile, Current Director
Presently I work at the Barre Technical Center as the Co-op Coordinator, after previously owning three different central Vermont restaurants. I was an original investor and employee of Catamount Brewing Company. I have served on both the Catamount Brewing Company’s Board of Directors and the Berlin School Board. My business experience includes starting a food cooperative in the 1970’s which has since grown into Burlington’s City Market. During the course of owning three restaurants, I’ve hired and trained well over 100 employees. I would enjoy serving on the board with the intent of sharing my previous business experiences; as the complexities of a start-up grocery demand a supportive and engaged board of directors. Five years from now GCG will be vibrant center of commerce; a community gathering spot to share information and stories. I would continue to be an active member, lending support to GCG programs and community outreach.
I have one of the best jobs I can imagine. I get to help people save money and be more comfortable in their homes while helping the environment. I am the Business Manager in the Weatherization Program at Central Vermont Community Action Council supporting the back-office systems and processes that help us excel and be leaders in our field.
Most of my career has been as the Chief Financial Officer, Finance Director or Controller of start-up and rapidly growing entities going through organizational change. In my roles as CFO I was a regular contributor at Board meetings and committees, including developing plans and pro-forma projections to support Board decisions.
I 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. I believe my background with start-ups and growing organizations is needed in this phase of GCG’s evolution.
I currently employed at the University of Vermont as a Post-Doctoral Associate with the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. As such, I conduct a Department of Defense funded program of research on the strategic implications and defense responses to climate change and uncertain energy futures. Prior to earning my PhD in Natural Resources from UVM, I worked in a variety of retail and marketing positions including retail sales and management at Shelburne Farms, Patagonia and REI, a large cooperative outdoor equipment retailer. I also co-managed a diversified biodynamic farm in Vermont, selling meat, raw milk, produce, and eggs directly to customers through farmers’ markets, direct order, and farm store outlets.
I have served, and continue to serve on, several leadership boards. Among these are UVM’s Clean Energy Fund, UVM President’s Commission on Racial Diversity, and the Rubenstein Graduate Student Association.
Through my professional, service, and educational experiences, I have developed a diverse and extensive set of skills that will benefit the Granite City Grocery and its members. I am also passionate about local, sustainably and humanely produced food, and understand the challenges facing Vermont’s famers and community members. I look forward to contributing my time, skills and energy to making a cooperative grocery store in Barre a reality.
I am currently a business owner in Barre. I operated a registered child care space in my home from 2001 – 2006 and from 2006 to the present I have operated a licensed child care space, Jacks Place.
I am currently the treasurer of Central Vermont Success by Six group, which puts literature into the hands of local youngsters and their families and offers free events four times a year for families to be together and have fun. I am also currently a Washington County Provider Group Leader (sponsored by The Family Center of Washington County) Starting Points, offering trainings for local child care providers and being available as a mentor to them.
I would like to serve on the Board of Directors because I believe in GCG. I spent a number of years working downtown at Grand Union and felt a great sense of community while I was there. We need GCG to be successful and fruitful for this community. There is a huge gap to fill.
I am presently Senior Loan Officer at Community Capital of Vermont, responsible for underwriting, grant writing and outreach. Prior to this, from 2007-2011, I worked for Sentinel Investments in customer and brokerage services. From 2003-2007 I worked for Schwann’s, Inc. as a route sales manager.
I facilitate loan committee meetings by creating agendas and supporting materials, understand the importance of transparency, budgeting, cash flow pro formas, and I’m dedicated to leaving a better world for my children.
Although I live in Montpelier, I work in Barre and I have family here. I have been a member of the Barre Partnership since June, 2013. I have deep connections to Barre and I see GCG as an opportunity to engage Barre residents in a transparent and democratic process, build community involvement, fulfill a need and quite simply, do something socially cool!
I am a Managing Partner at 5 Star Energy Tech, LLC and business manager for Ms. Martel’s Gourmet Cookies. My background is small business start-ups; my formal education was focused on developing depressed economies.
I have experience in logistics after serving as a Logistics Officer for three years in the Unites States Marine Corps. For the past three years I have worked on the Barre Heritage Festival as a liaison between the Festival and the downtown merchants. Through the networks I developed in this role, I will be in a position to spread the mission of Granite City Grocery as a Board Director.
Food is communal. The Granite City Grocery will start as a place to get food. This will make it a gathering center, which will lead to making it a community center. Making Barre a better community makes this a better city for us all to live in.