Staff & Board
Stuart Reid, Executive Director
Stuart has worked at five retail food co-ops in a variety of roles, served on several co-op boards, was a Buyer & Merchandiser for the former DANCe co-op warehouse, served on the executive committee of the Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops Grocers Association, was liaison to the Midwest Co-op Grocers Association, and helped open the Just Food Co-op in Northfield, MN as their first general manager. He has written for the Cooperative Grocer magazine, written and edited training manuals, and presented at workshops and conferences.
Stuart holds a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager accreditation from the Institute for Supply Management where he was also recognized as top Membership Committee Chair of the region. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Howard Bowers award for Innovation and Achievement.
Suzi Carter, Director of Programs and Partnerships
Suzi provides advice, resources and training to startup co-ops and works to build our network of development collaborators and supporters.
As the Outreach Coordinator for Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Suzi Carter led this recent startup's successful membership initiatives and capital campaign with the co-op’s founding board. She then shifted gears to become Friendly City's Marketing and Membership Team Leader where she developed its marketing and brand strategy, hired and trained staff, and assisted the GM, Steve Cooke, with opening and operating the store.
Most recently, Suzi was the Program Director of the Northend Greenway for the nonprofit New Community Project, and secured over $1.3 million in public and private funds to design and implement Harrisonburg’s first bicycle-pedestrian pathway. On the side, she planned communications and marketing for non-profits and businesses, and has worked with CDS Consulting Co-op to assist startups with their outreach programs.
Left to right: Marilyn Scholl, Stuart Reid, Ann Fedorchak, Chris Clamp, Anya Firszt, Sandra Rosenberg, Sverre Roang, Allan Gallant, Jake Schlachter
Sverre Roang, Chair
Attorney, Whyte, Hirschboeck, Dudek, S.C.
Allan Gallant, Vice Chair
Blooming Prairie Foundation
Marilyn Scholl, Secretary
Executive Director, CDS Consulting Co-op
Ann Fedorchak, Treasurer
Managing Director, NCB
Blooming Prairie Foundation, Chair
General Manager, Willy Street Co-op, Madison, WI
Southern New Hampshire University
Director, Stand Up for Rural America
General Manager, River Valley Market