Current Board Members
Gwyneth is passionate about our Co-op’s quality of service delivery and the availability of safe, healthy organic and GMO-free natural food for our owners and community. She joined the AFC Board of Directors in 2004. She served as Board President for eight years and as Secretary for three years. Other leadership roles at the Co-op include serving as the Chair of the Board Executive Committee for eight years and serving as Chair of the GM Search and Hiring Committee. She served on the Board Finance Committee for eight years and was Chair of the Board Development Committee for three years. She also is currently serving as chair of the ByLaw Committee.
A creative visionary who views the “big picture” as an avenue to solve issues and concerns, she believes in the importance of collaboration with others and has conducted numerous workshops on team-building, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and communication skills. Gwyneth fosters equity, provides innovative leadership and is an avid supporter of public health safety. Advanced skills include leadership, organizational development, team building and conflict resolution. Encompassed in these include a value based approach to prevention, open systems focus and change, strategic planning and mediation.
Gwyneth is a Registered Professional Nurse – Retired and has served forty-two years in leadership positions. Twenty-five of those years, of which fifteen were served as Administrator, was with an organization with seven diverse divisions, one a non-profit food share! She has earned three undergraduate degrees and a Masters Degree in Public Health Medicine with a minor equivalency in Business Administrative Management. She received a post–graduate certificate of honors and achievement from the Public Health Leadership Institute for Scholars, a program sponsored by the University of California and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta Georgia. She is a native Oregonian and has had numerous professional affiliations. She served on two Governor Taskforces and was Chair of the Oregon State Conference of Local Health Officials for several years. She was a clinical instructor and Adjunct Professor for Leadership and Management with the Oregon Health Sciences University and also served as an Adjunct Professor for Southern Oregon University. She is very enthusiastic and values empowering and mentoring others!
Aaron Jarvi is a native of Ashland Oregon, and has made Southern Oregon his home for over 25 cumulative years. Aaron lives in Talent with his wife Lauren, and son Emmett. His mother and father, long time Ashland residents by the time Aaron was born, worked as volunteers in the early days of the Ashland Food Co-op. Aaron began his working career in High School as a janitor at a small café in Prescott AZ, and soon found his way to his first retail job at Smith’s Food and Drug. After High School, Aaron returned to his old stomping grounds of Southern Oregon and rapidly developed a love for business. He took management courses at Southern Oregon University, received a certificate in mediation training from Mediation Works, and jumped for management roles at every opportunity, including Jeff’s Harvest Market, Safeway, both human resources and management positions at Market of Choice, and Front End Manager at Ashland Food Co-op. Aaron left the Co-op in 2016 to pursue a great opportunity as Retail Store Manager of Southern Oregon’s own Sunday Afternoons Hats and Clothing.
In his free time, Aaron’s priority list includes road trips with his family, fulfilling his addiction to documentaries in history and politics, indulging in music of every kind, participating in and watching sports, working on his German language proficiency, and enjoying the outdoors in the beautiful State of Oregon.
Chair, Finance Committee
Member, Executive Committee
End of current term 2018.
- Facilitating two sequential leadership team offsite events for a division of HSBC
- Conducting team facilitation for the HR partners of a division of Johnson & Johnson
- Leading several team tune-up sessions for new product development teams at Genentech and then developing a complete facilitation guide to provide detailed guidance for internal Genentech staff to facilitate similar sessions.
- Facilitating strategy development sessions with leadership teams of a number of organizations that focused on both strategy and team development, including Industrial Light& Magic and the Lucille Packard Children’s Foundation.
After conducting a strategic planning process for the Save-the-Redwoods League in 1997, Ed was invited to join the League’s Board of Directors to help the organization implement its strategic plan. As a director and then Board vice president (2000-2002) and Board president (2002-2008), he helped guide the organization in moving to a more engaged Council and membership and implementing a planning and performance management process that was driven by a clear set of strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining The Grove Consultants, Ed was responsible for the training and organization development processes at SRI International. Ed did his undergraduate studies in physics at rice University and graduate studies at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. His passions are running and helping preserve California’s ancient Redwood forests. He and his wife, a Jungian analyst, have 4 sons.
Jeff Golden attended Harvard University as a National Scholar during the height of the Vietnam War and decided to swap the Ivy Halls for 20 acres in the backwoods of Oregon and a used chainsaw. He chronicled that journey in the book Watermelon Summer (Lippincott & Co, 1971). After a decade building homes, guiding whitewater river trips, and working in the forests of the Cascade Mountains, Jeff dropped back in to earn a Masters in Communications degree from Stanford University.
He has spent the last 25 years in politics, broadcasting and editorial journalism and organizational consulting. His political career includes service as a Jackson County Commissioner, Chief of Staff to the Oregon Senate President, and Environmental Policy aide to the City of Portland. During those years he wrote Forest Blood (Wellstone Books, 1998), the pre-eminent novel of the Northwest timber wars. His stand for responsible forestry made him the target of an unsuccessful recall campaign financed by national timber corporations, and earned him the first nomination ever from the state of Oregon for the JFK Profile in Courage Award, which partly sparked his newest book, UNAFRAID: A Novel of the Possible. Before hosting and producing Immense Possibilities, he hosted The Jefferson Exchange, a popular daily NPR talk-show on a network of northwest stations.
Jeff lives in Ashland, Oregon, and makes a decent effort at staying balanced with cycling, rafting, music, acting and unpredictable adventures with his grown son and daughter.
Gary has lived in Ashland for 25 years. He was the creator, owner, and manager of Beardsley's Natural Foods, a distributor of organic, natural, and specialty foods from 1988-2006 in Ashland. He is presently a Business Coach/Consultant in private practice. He also facilitates Peer Discussion Groups of Business owners under the umbrella of Thrive. He is the Business Coach for KSKQ 89.5 Community radio in Ashland. He is active in the leadership of University Toastmasters and a member of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.