2019 Board Election Results

Thanks to all Co-op owners for voting in the 2019 elections!

Ashland Food Co-op owners voted on five open seats for the 7-member Board of Directors. Three proposed bylaw changes were also approved in this year's voting.

Click a name below to read their position statements and biography. Bylaw changes can also be reviewed below. 

New Board Members Bylaw changes
Annie Hoy Bylaw change #1
Melina Barker Bylaw change #2
Lisa Beam Bylaw change #3
Steve Bowman
Charlie Douglass

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Annie Hoy

 

Candidate Statement
Candidate video
A strong and nimble co-op is the result of a strong and nimble board of directors.  The board exists to support and accomplish the mission, purpose and goals of the cooperative. A well functioning board conducts purposeful meetings using a clear and understandable process.
Ashland Food Co-op faces critical decisions about growth, community engagement, and maintaining a strong position in the marketplace. Deliberations must be done in an environment of mutual respect and support. Board members will need a shared commitment to the cooperative principles and values, as well as a holistic viewpoint about fulfilling the needs of the Co-op, the community, and our owners.
I am ready for the challenge of serving AFC on its board after many years of governance experience in both the cooperative and non-profit space. I am well equipped to put my leadership skills to work for a better world and a better Co-op.

Biography
My career has included creating the weekly grocery ads for a newspaper, finishing college degrees in Art Education, Women's Studies and Radio and TV Broadcasting, a 15-year career in Public Radio at KLCC and Jefferson Public Radio, and a 25-year journey as Marketing Manager at Ashland Food Co-op.
My passion now lies in growing cooperative enterprise in the Rogue Valley in every economic sector. I am an avid student of cooperative and non-profit governance. I believe that cooperative enterprise is a way to address the local and global challenges of poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice.

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Melina Barker

 

 

Candidate Statement
Candidate video
Healthy food and connecting people to their local food system is a great passion of mine. Growing up in Ashland I have always appreciated the Ashland Food Coop and see it as a cornerstone in the community. As the Program Director for Rogue Valley Farm to School for the past 11 years, I know what a difference healthy food makes in the lives of children and families. I also know the value of connecting local producers with the community they serve. I am motivated to serve on the AFC Board of Directors to support the continued success of the AFC, both as a leader in sustainable business practices and as a community resource for products and information that sustain healthy lifestyles. I hope to offer the perspective of working families as the AFC continues to grow and meet the needs of the community.

Biography

Raised in Ashland, Oregon, Melina developed a deep appreciation for the beauty and character of the Rogue Valley. Her love for the environment quickly led her to pursue a career in the outdoors. She has worked professionally educating youth and community members about the local environment and sustainability for over 10 years. After eight years exploring Colorado, she returned to southern Oregon to live and work on an organic farm in the Applegate Valley. She and her husband, Quinn, owned and operated Meadowlark Family Farm for 6 years, growing organic vegetables and berries. Melina holds a master's degree in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University, and an undergraduate degree in International Politics and Environmental Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.
Melina helped to found Rogue Valley Farm to School and is delighted to combine her love of farming, the environment and educating youth as the RVF2S Program Director for the past 11 years. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network, as well as the Farm to School working group for the Oregon Community Food System Network. Melina also teaches Farm-based Field Education at Southern Oregon University. She has years of experience working with diverse stakeholders to build partnerships on a local and statewide level. Through her work with Rogue Valley Farm to School, Melina has developed a deep understanding of the local food system, and the many perspectives of the farmers, institutions, and families that live and work in the Rogue Valley.
Melina lives on a small homestead with her husband and two children. She spends free time gardening, hiking, preserving food, and playing outdoors with her family.
 

 

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Lisa Beam

 

Candidate Statement
Candidate video
I am someone who is driven by community engagement and collaborative effort, and the food industry has been at the core of my working life. I grew up here in the Rogue Valley and have been enjoying life in Ashland for the past 19 years. For me, being a part of the Co-op Board of Directors is an opportunity to continue giving back to an incredibly important organization and one that is on the forefront of innovation in how business can balance employee and customer well-being. As someone who served on the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and Mt. Ashland Association BOD, I have seen first-hand how challenging problems can be solved with creative solutions, and in turn cultivate better business. I am excited to offer my local business insight and knowledge to see future successes for the Co-op.

Biography
As a native Oregonian, I completed my B.S. in Business/Economics from Willamette University. After pursuing a passion for skiing and living in Colorado, my husband and I returned to Oregon. Within our first years back, we took a leap and opened Pasta Piatti. We have been engaged in the food and wine scene ever since. Currently, we own and operate Pie + Vine, Sesame Asian Kitchen, Falafel Republic and we have a small vineyard that we farm for vine-to-glass wine for our restaurants. With our daughter, Olivia, we continue to spend lots of family time skiing, traveling and enjoying the local outdoors. I am someone that loves challenges, I enjoy staying fit through crossfit, and my most recent self-improvement challenge is taking Spanish at RCC.
 

 

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Steve Bowman

 

Candidate Statement
Candidate video
I believe Ashland Food Co-op is a key gathering place in our community. Not only is it a great store for organics and natural, environmentally and socially “safe” products, but so much more. Many people I know eat many or most of their meals in the deli. More gather here for coffee and conversation on many of our local, regional and national issues and cultural events. I want to ensure that this continues into the future. I will work to ensure:

  • AFC long term survival by helping formulate sound strategy for difficult and challenging times;
  • continuation of the strong sense of community that people share at AFC;
  • AFC remains a leader and role model in sustainability in the Rogue Valley and our world.

And of immediate importance, I will work to resolve AFC’s parking and space issues. I would be honored to serve as a Board Director for Ashland Food Co-op.

Biography
A “Native Oregonian," I came to Ashland in 1962 to attend college. I married in 1973 and have lived in the same house since 1974. Our three children and six of our grandchildren attended Ashland schools. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1973, and also took some graduate level classes, but did not earn an advanced degree.
I served four years in the US Air Force in the mid 60s as a Russian linguist. I was stationed in West Berlin, Germany, for 2 years.
After the Air Force, I returned here for college in 1968. I also worked for the US Forest Service until I retired in 1998. There, I worked in many different capacities, including fire, wildlife, timber, roads, recreation, planning, budgeting, etc.
After retirement I volunteered with many local organizations and participated in their sponsored activities, including those of the Ashland Food Co-op.
I am currently serving on the Ashland Food Co-op Board of Directors. I am chair of the External Relations committee, and a member of the Owner Engagement committee. I also intermittently serve on other committees/activities.
My wife and I have been members/owners of Rogue Credit Union and the Grange Co-op since the 70’s and of Ashland Food Co-op (AFC) since the 90’s.
I really like shopping at AFC for organic and natural quality, and for preselection of environmentally and socially “safe” products. I also really appreciate the sense of shared community I feel while there. Even when really crowded, shoppers mostly seem to be in a good mood, friendly and cooperative; and the people that work there are always friendly and very helpful - I always feel welcome!
I truly enjoy living in this community! I enjoy any activity I get to be a part of; there is so much to do. Whether I’m listening to live jazz, attending a talk, visiting with friends at coffee, or in our local forests, at a lake or park, or at our home by Emigrant Lake, I feel lucky to be here.
In the past I felt very fortunate for getting to help AFC retain its friendly, community-based ambiance by volunteering on several different committees and working on various activities. Now I would like to continue to help us grow along with our community into our ever-changing shared future by serving again on the Board of Directors for AFC.

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Charlie Douglass

 

Candidate Statement
Candidate video
Serving on the Ashland Food Co-op Board is an honor and a great way to serve community. As a person who believes in eating a diet free from pesticides and herbicides, I am a champion for the Co-op. Food is not just a way of sustenance; it is also a political act. The Co-op is a statement, it is a way of life. Serving our city of Ashland with sustainable, organic food and being a leader in the community. Participating on the AFC Board gives me a great deal of satisfaction in the knowledge that I am contributing to a greater good for my whole community. Through the Community Grants Committee and Rogue Co-ops and much more, the Ashland Food Co-op nourishes all of us. I am proud to seek another term on the Board and another chance to give what I can to my favorite food store!

Biography
Charlie Douglass was born into a candy making family, going back to his great uncle, Charlie, called the “King of the Wildwood Candy Makers”. At the age of nine, he began working in the family candy business “Douglass Candies” on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey. His family was a bit “different” by most standards. All were avid sea shell collectors and exhibitors. Part of collecting any creature means going to the specific habitat they live in. Charlie had the good fortune to travel at a young age, mainly to Florida, both coasts, the Keys and many islands in the Bahamas. Of course, while diving for shells you could also look for lost Spanish wrecks and treasure.
All those events imbued a love of travel and adventure. After a stint working as a candy maker at Disneyworld in Florida and living a winter up in North Conway, New Hampshire, Charlie headed west to Oregon. Living on 40 acres at 4200 feet in the Cascade-Siskiyou mountains of Southern Oregon was a crucible to learn living skills and self-reliance. A family followed and steadier work than picking fir cones or wild crafting plants was needed. It was back to candy making and a 36-year career with Harry and David, finishing out as their Chocolatier and Manager of Research and Development.
During those years, Charlie wanted to give something back to the Ashland Food Co-op. He signed up to work as a volunteer on the Outreach Committee and in 2013 he joined the Board of Directors. He has served two terms on the BOD, the majority of the time as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair.
Now in retirement, Charlie likes to spend time cooking, baking, growing a garden, going on world food tours and just working on projects around the homestead.

Ashland Food Co-op Board of Directors Recommends "YES" to Bylaw Changes

Our Co-op is governed by a set of Bylaws that can be changed only by vote of owners. The Board of Directors recommends that you vote to approve these three Bylaw changes. The proposed changes and current text are highlighted in blue.


EXPLANATION, PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGE 1

This bylaw change proposes that all Board candidates be owners for at least one year to run for the Board of Directors, in order to ensure Directors are familiar with the Co-op and the Community at large before they enter into the role as Director for the Co-op.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE: Section 4.2 - Number and qualifications. The Board shall consist of not less than five nor more than nine individuals (Owner Directors) as determined by the Board or by a vote of owners. All directors shall be owners for at least one year at the time of their election and shall not have any overriding conflict of interest with the Co-op. No active/current employee may be a member of the Board.

CURRENT LANGUAGE: Section 4.2 - Number and qualifications. The Board shall consist of not less than five nor more than nine individuals, as determined by the Board or by vote of owners. All directors shall be owners and shall not have any overriding conflict of interest with the Co-op. No active/current employee may be a member of the Board.

EXPLANATION, PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGE 2

This bylaw change proposes that candidates not accepted by the Board after a thorough evaluation process by the nominating committee may submit a petition signed by at least 2.5% of owners. (Ex: 2.5% of 8,000 active would be 200 signatures.) The current requirement of 50 signatures was decided when the number of owners was much lower. For example, 0.63 % of 8,000 active would be 50 signatures, and it seemed important to adjust it in proportion to the current owner numbers.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE: Section 4.3 - Nominations, elections and terms. Directors may be nominated by a nominating committee appointed by the Board, or by petition signed by at least 2.5% of active owners and submitted to the Co-op on the same date candidate application packets are due. Any candidate not accepted by the nominating committee may submit a petition, signed by at least 2.5% of active owners, by no later than 9 p.m. the Monday after the April Board meeting. Directors shall be elected by a vote of owners. Terms of directors shall be so staggered that one-third of the terms, or as nearly so as may be practicable, shall expire in each year. Directors shall be elected for terms of three years. To facilitate staggering of terms, some directors may periodically be elected for one or two year terms. Directors shall hold office until their successors are elected or until their terms are terminated sooner in accordance with these bylaws. If the Board of Directors election is uncontested, the Board of Directors will bring the candidate slate to the annual meeting and owners will vote by a show of hands. The owners that are attending the annual meeting will constitute the meeting quorum. There will be no nominations from the floor. The vote for the candidate slate will be final and binding.

CURRENT LANGUAGE: Section 4.3 - Nominations, elections and terms. Directors may be nominated by a nominating committee appointed by the Board, or by petition signed by at least fifty owners and submitted to the Co-op on the same date candidate application packets are due. Any candidate not accepted by the nominating committee may submit a petition, signed by at least fifty owners, by 9 p.m. the Monday after the April Board meeting. Directors shall be elected by vote of owners. Terms of directors shall be so staggered that one-third of the terms, or as nearly so as may be practicable, shall expire in each year. Directors shall be elected for terms of three years. To facilitate staggering of terms, some directors may periodically be elected for one or two year terms. Directors shall hold office until their successors are elected or until their terms are terminated sooner in accordance with these bylaws. If the Board of Directors election is uncontested, the Board of Directors will bring the candidate slate to the annual meeting and owners will vote by a show of hands. The owners that are attending the annual meeting will constitute the meeting quorum. There will be no nominations from the floor. The vote for the candidate slate will be final and binding.

EXPLANATION, PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGE 3

This bylaw change proposes that the Board of Directors may establish stipends for Board Directors based on a comprehensive survey of other Food Co-ops of similar size and scope. Board Director stipends have not changed since AFC became a cooperative in 2003 and we recognize the importance of stipends that reflect 2019 practice in comparable food cooperatives.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE: Section 4.4 - Compensation of directors. Compensation of Directors and compensation of Officers will be established by the Board from time to time, based on a comprehensive survey of other food cooperatives of similar size and scope. The goal, in making changes in compensation levels, shall be to approximate the average compensation revealed by said survey.

CURRENT LANGUAGE: Section 4.4 - Compensation of directors. Directors shall receive stipends of $1,200 annually. Officers shall receive additional stipends of $600 annually. The foregoing stipends may be increased by vote of owners.


We, your Board of Directors, appreciate your consideration of these proposed Bylaw revisions. Your “yes” vote on them will directly improve the effectiveness of our Co-op’s governance.

A full copy of the current Bylaws can be found at www.ashlandfood.coop/ownership/bylaws.