The Co-op Council

Your voice in action

 

The Hunger Mountain Co-op Council consists of up to nine member-owners elected to govern our cooperative. The council is responsible for communicating with member-owners, hiring and overseeing the general manager and establishing policies among other governance functions. Member-owners are encouraged to communicate your ideas, suggestions, and feedback to council members.

 

José Aguayo

Council Member (2018-2020)

 

"I would like to continue in the footsteps of previous council members in furthering our mission. Our Co-op should aspire to the highest standards when it comes to the work environment and treatment of our staff. Similarly, I will be a voice for a shared vision when it comes to the important task of integrating and introducing local products to our shelves. I am particularly interested in the doubling our efforts to encourage recycling, reducing food waste, as well as our environmental footprint."

 

josedaguayo@gmail.com

(802) 917-4421

 

 

Ashley Hill

Council Member (2016, 2017-2019)

 

"Our Co-op is a vitally important part of our community. I look forward to earning your vote to continue working on the council to further the Co-op goals and HMC’s mission here in Central Vermont. I strive to represent everyone’s voice at the decision making table and will bring your voices to the council. My commitment to social and economic justice is unfaltering. I will continue to bring mindful perspective on social and economic justice issues that affect the Co-op to the council if reelected, and welcome input from member-owners to bring back to the council about our future as a Co-op."

 

ashley.alyssa.hill@gmail.com

(802) 310-7603

 

 

Dr. Eric Jacobson

Council Member (2018)

 

"Hunger Mountain Co-op is one of the great people-first institutions in Vermont. I left 20 years ago and returned to find the Co-op stronger and healthier than ever. I rely on the Co-op to provide access to high quality and organic food, to promote regional and local foods, and to seek out regional food sources where possible. I rely on the Co-op to support local agriculture, to take a little bite out of the food industry by keeping Vermont producers and consumers in direct contact with each other. I’ve relied on the Co-op for more than 30 years and feel it is my time to give back to the community."

 

ericjacobson020@gmail.com

(802) 433-4433

 

 

Scott Hess

Council Member (2011, 2012, 2013-2015, 2016-18)

 

"I would like to continue working to fulfill the Coop’s mission, ensuring that membership continues to grow in both numbers and importance to the community. I am especially interested in providing a living wage and generous benefits to employees, increasing the amount of local products on the shelves, working with local farmers and producers to ensure the Coop carries their goods, and offering a wide selection of affordable products to our customers."

 

scottphess@gmail.com

(802) 223-9924

 

 

Bertil Agell

Council Member (2017-19)

 

"As the first executive director of Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC), I supported small-business development and training in addition to the customary industrial-development activities. For the last decade, I was a SCORE volunteer, a nationwide small business mentoring organization, and served as the District Director for Vermont for the last six years. Having been in business management all my life, I will bring those skills to bear on the council. But more importantly is the need to represent the owners/members and the buying public; I will to listen to your concerns and vision for your Co-op and carry those messages to the council meetings."

 

agell@together.net

(802) 782-6429

 

 

Carl Etnier

Council Member (2016-18)

 

"Our Coop helps us support local growers and be nourished by them. It helps us recognize "cheap food isn't." (That is, a lower dollar cost for food often disguises higher costs for our bodies, elsewhere in the environment, and for the workers who bring us the food.) However, The Coop also helps us keep our food bills down through bulk purchasing and classes on eating more from fresh ingredients and less packaged food. I'd like to help The Coop build on our successes, continue to learn from our many talented members and staff, and become an even stronger community institution."

 

carl@etnier.net

(802) 223-2564

 

 

Steven Farnham

Council Member (2015-2017, 2018-2020)

 

"I'll endeavor to expand and broaden channels of communication between Coop Member-Owners and management, because I believe effective communication is key to Member-Owner satisfaction, which, in turn is key to harmonious relations amongst all involved."

 

steven4council@gmail.com

(802) 917-2581

 

 

Patrice Siergiey

Council Member (2018-2020)

 

"I’m interested in being on the council because I know eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and well being. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health and I want to take what I know and do whatever I can to help others eat well-balanced nutritious meals."

 

psiergiey@yahoo.com

(802) 479-3524

 

 

Mark Simakaski

Council Member (2017-19)

 

"I am an owner of Artesano, a producer of mead, specialty vinegars, and ice cream. I am responsible for day-to-day operations and enjoy producing tasty food from all-local ingredients. A council position would allow me to learn more about the cooperative model as well as give back to the community that has supported my business. I believe that my experience would provide new insight to the council, and I too would personally grow through serving on the board."

 

msimakaski@gmail.com

(802) 584-3519

 

 

Kari Bradley

General Manager

 

A Central Vermont native, Kari has worked in the natural foods retail industry for twenty years, the last thirteen as General Manager of Hunger Mountain Cooperative. During his tenure at Hunger Mountain, the co-op has more than doubled its membership, sales and local purchases while executing a physical expansion and full renovation. Kari contributes leadership to the Neighboring Food Cooperative Association, the National Cooperative Grocers, Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund and the U-32 School Board.

 

karib@hungermountain.coop

(802) 262-3219

 

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