Our Co-op’s Board of Directors meets once a month to discuss “big picture” plans, review our organizational well-being, and form committees to handle special projects. There are nine directors, who each serve 3-year terms. While our store managers handle day-to-day decisions like discounts, finances, staffing, purchasing, and operations, the Board works on major policies and long-term initiatives, and advises our General Manager via Policy Governance.
Come to a Board Meeting
Our Board is elected by our Co-op Members, so they represent YOU! Members are always welcome to attend and observe board meetings, send input, and ask questions. Lately our meetings have been held on zoom, and hopefully soon we’ll meet in person. We announce upcoming meetings in The Weekly Radish, which is available in print in our front entryway, and as a weekly email newsletter. We take careful notes at every meeting, so that our Members know what is happening at the Co-op. You can find recent meeting minutes here.
If you’d like to attend a meeting, just send us an RSVP via email: email@example.com
Vote in the Board Election
If you’re a full Member with 4 or more shares, you are eligible to vote in our annual Board Election. Elections are typically held in late April and early May, just before our Annual Meeting. Each year 3 seats become available; the candidates include incumbent directors and members with 4 or more shares in the Co-op. Democratic Member Participation is a crucial part of being a Cooperative, so we urge all of our Members to vote!
Click here to learn more about our annual Board Election and learn how to vote.
Become a Board Director
All Members* are eligible to apply to become a Candidate and participate in our Board Election each Spring. Serving on the Board can be rewarding and fun, but it’s also important. Littleton Food Co-op’s Board of Directors plays a critical role in representing the Co-op’s Members in developing and maintaining the vision and long-term viability of the Cooperative. We’re always looking for passionate, committed community members to help us lead the Co-op!
*Reminder – Board Directors must be Full Members and own at least 4 Shares; if you’re elected and you have less than 4 Shares, you’ll need to upgrade your Membership!
Talk to The Board
As we said, the Board of Directors represents YOU! If you have a question, concern, or idea that you’d like to share with the Board, please reach out anytime via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Annual Report, Financial Reports, Bylaws, Meeting Minutes, and other governance documents are all available online. Some items are archived, and can be accessed by request.
Current Board of Directors
Deb Rossetti-Sullivan, President
Deb has spent a lifetime in the culinary industry, from family grocery stores to eateries. She’s a semi-retired Certified Executive Chef and has owned and operated her own restaurants, cafes, catering businesses, and as a specialty shop. She was the first and only woman executive chef for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and has written for food blogs as well as a cookbook. Deb is also deeply involved with the drowning prevention initiative Infant Swimming Resource. In her spare time, Deb enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, and fronting her band, The Barnyard Incident.
Timothy Healey, Vice President
Timothy believes the Littleton Co-op is a tremendous community resource, and he wants to leverage his skills as a business leader to ensure the Co-op continues to provide a wonderful experience for its members, employees, and customers. It’s so important that the co-op continues to support local farmers, because they are run by families, not mega-conglomerates, and these families need our support. Eating food that is sourced locally is more delicious, nutritious, and better for the environment.
Vanessa Robbins, Director
Vanessa is a public health hygienist at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services with lots of experience connecting communities with whole foods, nutrition, and overall wellbeing. Much of her patient care goes beyond oral health, and includes nutrition as a means to promote wellness for people of all ages. She loves the community here, and has lots of fresh ideas for the co-op, including using her position on the Board to explore regional food options and make it easier for everyone to get the nutrition they need.
Danielle Shaw, Director
Danielle is a current employee here at the co-op, where most everyone knows her as Dani. She has worked in customer service for five years, nearly always in some sort of educational capacity. Dani describes herself as an environmentalist and conservationist who is always looking for new and innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact and to help to protect our planet. groups, and fostering cooperation among cooperatives.
Kirsten Scobie, Director
Kirsten loves fresh produce and cares about the local food system in northern New England. She owns her own business, Persimmon Consulting, where she works with foundations, businesses, and individuals on their philanthropy and funding strategies. She is passionate about designing philanthropic portfolios with a social and racial justice lens, including community development, local agriculture, and engaged democracy. She hopes to learn more about the cooperative model and how to make good food more accessible. She is the owner of 27peonies – a micro flower garden – selling wholesale and retail cut flowers throughout the summer. She lives in Lancaster with her family.
Sam Brown, Director
Sam has spent 13 years working with an incredible team growing local food as the Manager at Meadowstone Farm in Bethlehem NH. He combines his passion for sustainable agriculture with his education background to promote the importance of local food. Sam has been shopping at the Co-op since the beginning often with one or all 3 of his children. When not farming, he enjoys adventuring in the White Mountains with his family.
Penny Keeler, Director
Penny has been blessed to live in this amazing community for ten years. She became a member of the Co-op because she knows that by shopping here she is helping local farmers and bakers who provide the community with fresh, healthy options. Having a lot of garden experience throughout the years and raising four children on fresh-grown food, it’s important to her that the Co-op continues to thrive so that our community never loses these options. She also curates three weekly programs for North Country Community Radio.
Mitra Karimian, Director
As an Iranian American, food has always been a way that Mitra has been able to share her culture with others. The co-op has been more than just a shopping experience for her and has been one of her stronger connections to my community. She is a full-time resident of Bethlehem along with her spouse Stefan, and her daughter, Parisa. She works as a science teacher and is passionate about the outdoors, her community, education, social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, sustainability, and food accessibility.
Jim White, Director
Jim grew up on a 46-acre farm in central Massachusetts where his grandfather also had a farm stand. Jim and his wife, Tanya, own Ridge Hemp and have a storefront here in town. It is the first certified organic hemp farm in New Hampshire! Before Ridge Hemp Jim was VP of Engineering for Optum Analytics. Jim hopes to help the Co-op continue and expand local, sustainable, healthy food choices and also helping the community.