Members and Standing Committees

Current Board Members

Ed Claassen - Board President
Member, Finance Committee
Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee
Member, Ad-hoc Real Estate Committee
End of current term 2020
Ed is a Senior Associate for The Grove Consultants International, a San-Francisco-based organization consulting firm that utilizes its own unique form of graphically-enhanced facilitation to assist organizations and teams which are undertaking processes of planning, revitalization and renewal. He lives in Ashland, Oregon. Ed brings to his role many years of experience in both consulting and management. His consulting practices focuses on team effectiveness. He has worked a wide variety of leadership teams and project teams. He co-authored the *Team Leader Guide, *a rich resource for team based on the* Drexler Sibbet Team Performance Model. *Some recent team-related assignments include:
  • 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.
Gwyneth Bowman - Board Vice-President
Chair, Executive Committee
Member, Finance Comittee
End of current term 2019

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!

Gary Einhorn - Secretary
Chair, Community Grants Committee
Member, Ad-Hoc Real Estate Committee
End of current term 2019
Gary Einhorn

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.



Charlie Douglass - Board Treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee
Member, Executive Committee
Co-chair, Strategic Planning Committee
End of current term 2018.
Charlie Douglass grew up in New Jersey. He was a third generation candy maker and had the great fortune to apprentice with a master Swiss Candy maker, Christian Steiner. His mother, father and older brother had many interests, geology, ornithology, shell collecting and most of all, treasure hunting! This led to many wonderful adventures and travels. Oceanographic studies at the Hydrospace Institute in Florida, gave way to a strong desire for homesteading in Oregon, landing Charlie and his partner in a tipi at 4200 feet in the cascades. A family followed, leading to a 36 year food industry career at Harry and David -- a career that ended where it all started in confections, as a Chocolatier. Charlie now lives in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, retired with two children and three grandchildren, enjoying gardening, carpentry, camping on the coast and hiking in the mountains.
Aaron Jarvi - Director
Member, Board Development Committee
Member, Strategic Planning Committee
End of current term 2018
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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.

Julie O'Dwyer - Director
Chair, Board Development Committee
Chair, Owner Engagement Committee 
End of current term 2020
Julie has a drive for building community and fostering creativity. Being an active participant in making a community thrive is her passion and she has worked consistently in our community to share her skills and talents. She became a Co-op owner in 2003, before she had even found a place to live in Ashland, and joined the AFC Board of Directors in 2014.  She is a Chair of the Board Development Committee and Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.
Julie is also the owner to the Ashland Design Studio and JulieO Design.  Both of these businesses focus on building and interior design in the Rogue Valley and beyond.  She has been an architect and designer her whole life, starting out in her father's studio at the age of 9 and traveling the world working on projects large and small.  Julie landed in Ashland, via Berkeley, to find a place to raise her two daughters.  She quickly became part of the Siskiyou School community as one of the founding families.  Her involvement continues at the school even as her children graduated onto Ashland High School.
Many Ashlantians may remember the restaurant Tease. This establishment was Julie's heart and soul for three years.  It was here that Julie's love for combining food and community was developed for the benefit of both.  The plethora of local produce, spirits, and food were combined with the inexhaustive array of artists and crafts people.  Julie is proud of the small impact this establishment had on the fabric of Ashland.  Many of the community building events that were established here continue to grow and thrive in the Rogue Valley.
Jeff Golden - Director
Member,  Owner Engagement Committee
End of current term 2020

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.