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BOARD OF TRUSTEES and STAFF

JON RESKE, Board President, West Springfield, Massachusetts. For the last 20 years Jon has been a senior manager and Vice President of Marketing at the UMass Five College Credit Union, which has 34,670 co-op members and assets of $412 million. He has skills in marketing and strategic planning. Jon has a B.S. in Business Administration from American International College and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

MARILYN SCHOLL, Board Vice President, Putney, Vermont.  Marilyn has managed CDS Consulting Co-op (and its predecessor) since 2000.  In addition, she has provided consulting services to numerous food co-ps since 1996 specializing in cooperative governance. She is former food co-op General Manager at two co-ops (Wheatsville and Gordon Park) and worked for 9 years at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives where she helped organize CCMA.  Marilyn has a Master's degree in adult education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

ANDREW DANFORTH, Board Treasurer, Foxborough, MA. Andy is founding Director of the Cooperative Development Institute’s NEROC Program, which has assists manufactured housing cooperatives in the purchase and operation of their communities. He has over thirty years of diverse experience in real estate, finance, systems, non-profit governance, and social outreach. He is also co-founder and Managing Director of Circinus Group, which is a portfolio social lender and commercial conduit and provides financial and systemic consulting services to the international residential finance community. During his career, he has been an executive of two public companies, worked with 10 of the 20 largest US banks and Wall Street brokerages, served as a Liquidating Officer of the FDIC, and has assisted local lenders, government agencies, Indian tribes and regional non-profits. Internationally, he has worked on projects in Canada, Australia, the UK, and in several South Asian countries. Andy is a CPA, and has been a board member since 2003.

BONNIE HUDSPETH, Board Clerk, Putney, Vermont. Bonnie is Membership & Outreach Manager for the Neighboring Food Co-operative Association (NFCA), a network of more than 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives with a combined membership of over 90,000 people across Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Prior to joining the NFCA, Bonnie served as Project Manager for the Monadnock Food Co-op, creating the founding organizational structure and overseeing pre-operational development and fundraising to create a co-operatively owned grocery store in Keene, NH.  She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and Masters in Sustainable Community Development from Antioch University New England. Bonnie has been a board member since 2015 and serves on the governance committee.

ALFRED "DUKE" BOUCHARD, , Albany, NY. Duke is the CFO at River Valley Food Cooperative, Northampton, MA. From 2002-2016 he was employed by Honest Weight Food Cooperative in Albany, NY, first in the role of Assistant Financial Manager and then as Chief Financial Officer & Co-General Manager. In 2013, the Albany Business Review named Duke “CFO of the Year.” He is an active participant in the National Co-op Grocers Association, working on the Risk Management committee to review financial performance and proposed expansion projects for NCG member cooperatives. He has a B.S. in Finance from Siena College in Loudonville, NY.

LYDIA EDWARDSEast Boston, MA. Lydia was recently appointed to be Deputy Director of Housing Stability for the City of Boston. She has worked on issues ranging from cooperative law to wage theft and discrimination to human trafficking, as an attorney for Greater Boston Legal Services, the Harvard Transactional Law Clinic, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Brazilian Immigrant Center and as a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, and the NAACP. Lydia was a contributor to the Community Enterprise Project’s manuals on immigrant entrepreneurs and cooperative business entities. She helped build a grassroots movement to support the passage of the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights legislation by organizing workers, employers, labor leaders, faith groups and immigrant organizations. In recognition of her legal and community contributions, Lydia has received several awards. Lydia has a BA in Legal Policy Studies & Political Science from Marymount College of Fordham University, a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and an LLM in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.

SUSAN ELLIS, Spruce Head, Maine. Susy served on the CFNE board from 1982 to 1996 and served for many years as the Board President. She returned to the CFNE board in 2012. She provides accounting and management services to small businesses across Maine. Management services include personnel, business planning and financial analysis. She also provides Coast Guard documentation for commercial fishermen and yachtsmen throughout New England. Susy was formerly President of the Federation of Co-ops and was co-author of "A Comparative Financial Analysis of Maine Co-op Stores". She has a BA from St. Lawrence University, is a member of Good Tern Co-op in Rockland which she managed for eight years. Susy serves as chair of the CFNE loan committee.

MATTHEW FEINSTEIN, Worcester, Massachusetts. Matt is the co-director of Worcester Roots Project, a grassroots co-op development and youth leadership organization that focuses on low-income urban worker cooperatives. Matts work includes helping start the Toxic Soil Busters, Diggers Landscaping Co-op, Future Focus Media Co-op and the Worcester Co-op Academy. Matt is passionate about social and environmental justice organizing worker cooperatives and supporting youth to become agents of change. He is also co-founder of Stone Soup Community Center,which houses 14 grassroots organizations and co-ops in Worcester.  Using documentary film as a tool for conecting social movements worldwide, Matt is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and has collaborated on film projects with groups in Argentina, Brazil and Worcester, MA. He is originally from Western, Massachusetts and holds a BA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Matt joined the Fund board in 2013 and serves on the governance committee.

REBEKAH HANLON, Northampton, Massachusetts. Rebekah is a Worker/Owner of Valley Green Feast, a worker co-op that aims to increase food access in the Pioneer Valley. She is also the representative of VGF to the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives (VAWC), a member led co-operative support and development organization. Rebekah fell in love with co-ops as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while working at People’s Market, a student run collective business established in 1973. She currently plays a very active role in the worker co-op community of Western, Mass and can be found at workshops and conferences all over New England sharing her passion for co-operation and agriculture.

MARY HOYER, Amherst, Massachusetts. Mary currently co-chairs the Union Co-ops Council of the Federation of Worker Co-ops. She recently retired after almost 20 years helping with outreach for CFNE in  southwestern New England. She is a former educator in the Hartford Public Schools and is now working as a community development consultant, having worked in the nonprofit and cooperative development arenas for over twenty-five years. She has been active in anti-racism and anti-apartheid work, union organizing, alternative and parent education, and local electoral politics. She has a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, an MA from the University of Kentucky, and a BA from Occidental College. She joined the Fund’s Board of Trustees in 1992.

DANIEL ROSS, Holyoke, Massachusetts. As CEO and principal of DAISA Enterprises LLC, Daniel specializes in supporting development of sustainable and equitable food & environmental enterprises, working with entrepreneurs to strengthen strategies and access capital, as well as the mission-driven investors and funders wanting to maximize their impact.  He is co-founder and Director of eKutir Global, scaling cutting-edge mobile technology proven to increase yields and sustainability for 60,000 smallholder farmers India to partners worldwide.  Daniel is Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Hampshire College and as Chief Operating Officer at Wholesome Wave he launched the Investments program, connecting “food hubs” with impact investment capital, developed new collaborations and strategies to support the scaling of the Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program into the health system. Daniel was Executive Director of Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization to promote economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment. He has helped community members start over a dozen small food and agriculture businesses, launched Energía worker and NGO-owned energy-efficiency services company employing formerly incarcerated young people. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, MIT Sloan Fellow for Innovation and Global Leadership, MIT Legatum Fellow for Development and Entrepreneurship.  

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

ERBIN CROWELL, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Erbin Crowell works as Executive Director for the Neighboring Food Cooperatives Association. He has worked for CFNE as marketing manager and previously was a member of Equal Exchange, a worker co-operative and pioneering fair trade organization.  He developed and directed the co-op’s “Interfaith Program”, and launched Equal Exchange’s Domestic Fair Trade Program, overseeing the development of a new product line sourced from small farmers and their co-ops in the U.S. Erbin worked for a year as a cooperative development specialist with the Cooperative Development Institute and currently serves on the boards of the National Co-operative Business Association and the Domestic Fair Trade Association. He holds a B.A. in anthropology and the visual arts from Brown University, and a Masters in Management (Co-operatives and Credit Unions) from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

DANIEL FIRESIDE, Somerville, Massachusetts. Daniel is the Capital Coordinator at Equal Exchange, a worker-owned Fair Trade food and beverage company in West Bridgewater, MA. Daniel is in charge of managing relationships with over 600 individual and institutional investors who have collectively purchased over $16 million in preferred stock in the company. As part of this work he also facilitates the private placements of preferred stock and related compliance issues, and also works to with other cooperative based lending and financial relationships. Daniel is a board member of Namaste Solar, a worker-owned solar power company in Boulder, CO, and frequently advises other cooperative enterprises. He is a co-founder and co-director of VertoTrack, an investor relations database company. He earned a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

LINDA GALLAGHER, Manchester, New Hampshire. Linda Gallagher started her 30 year career in lending in Canada in the late 1970’s. She has analyzed, underwritten, structured, and managed portfolios of real estate, business, community facilities, cooperatives, and affordable housing loans.  For the last decade, Linda’s consulting practice focused on teaching, evaluation and advisory work, servicing an impressive client list including the CDFI Fund, Southern New Hampshire University, Opportunity Finance Network, Calvert Social Foundation, ROC USA, and NeighborWorks America. Linda is now employed as a Sr Manager of Assessments at NeighborWorks America, Organizational Assessment Division, based in Boston.

D. MAURICE ("Don") KREIS, Concord, New Hampshire. Don is the head of New Hampshire's Office of the Consumer Advocate, which represents the interests of residential utility customers at the state public utilities commission and elsewhere. He has been active in cooperatives since 2003 as a longtime board member at the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society and as an attorney with expertise in the law of cooperatives.

CORY GREENBERG, Shutesbury, Massachusetts. Cory has been advising businesses and non-profits on financial, management, planning, real estate and negotiating for over 30 years.  During this time he has been active in business and non-profits as an owner, managing partner, investor, chief financial officer, treasurer and board member.  Cory is Treasurer and board member of Ten Directions, Inc. and is on the advisory board of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. He has been CFO at a publicly traded company as well as a financial manager of a worker cooperative, and is a graduate of Hampshire College.  Cory is the chairperson and a founding board member of the Cooperative Capital Fund.

GLEN OHLUND, Splitting time between the Cape and Pioneer Valley in MA, Glen is the Director of Economic Development at the Community Development Partnership in Eastham.  His prior work experience as Community Development Manager for TD Bank involved sourcing and negotiating community development loans.  From 2008-2011 he served as Northeast Loan and Outreach Officer for the Cooperative Fund of New England.   He has 25 years experience providing real estate, business,  community revitalization, planning.and financing solutions for public, private, and non-profit entities.  To stay in touch with his inner-child, Glen loves fly fishing and cycling.   He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Community Economic Development, both obtained at Southern NH. University.   Currently, Glen serves on the Loan Committee.

PHEBE QUATTRUCCI, South Freeport, Maine. Phebe began her career in banking and has 22 years' experience working with and for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and mission-based organizations throughout the country. She is the principal of Quattrucci & Company, a consulting practice that specializes in developing and implementing comprehensive, multi-faceted capitalization strategies for CDFIs and other mission-based organizations. Quattrucci & Company also provides strategic and operational planning, market studies, and Board development services to its clients. Phebe is a successful grant writer and is nationally recognized for her work with Native American CDFIs. She worked as an Outreach Coordinator for CFNE for four years and served on the board for three years. She earned her B.A. from Middlebury College. She serves on the development committee.

LIONEL ROMAIN, Florence, Massachusetts. Board Clerk. Lionel served on the board from 2013 to 2016. He works for Community Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) and has substantial experience in commercial banking and community development. He has worked as a banker and for Local Initiative Support Corp (LISC) and the Institute for Community Economics (ICE).

MARC REICH, Avon, Connecticut. Marc is President of Ironwood Capital  a private equity firm with over $500 million of capital under management which invests in middle market companies throughout the eastern half of the U.S. with a particular focus on businesses owned by women and people of color and businesses located in low- and moderate-income areas.  He has 15 years of investment banking experience and was a private placement lender with Aetna for five years. He started his career as a bank examiner with the FDIC.  He is a long time food co-op member. He holds a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

L.J. TAYLOR, Orange, Virginia. L.J. is a worker-owner at Equal Exchange, in West Bridgewater, MA, a worker-owned co-operative marketing fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate from small farmer co-ops. He has worked at Weaver Street Co-op in Chapel Hill, NC.He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors at Equal Exchange. L.J. helped in the formation of the Independents Coffee Cooperative in Philadelphia, which consists of café owners who support Fair Trade. He has a BA in mathematics from the University of Virginia where he specialized in business development and raised funds through the UVA Development Office.           

TIM WINGATE, Ludlow, Vermont. Tim is the CFV (Chief Financial Visionary) at Hunger Mountain Cooperative, a natural food grocery and deli consumer co-op in the state capital of Montpelier.  He has been with The Co-op for 14 years (1 as General Manager) managing  the financial operations through two major expansions, growing from a small 3,000 square foot store with less than $2 million in sale and 30 employees,  to its current size of 20,000 sq. ft., $20+million in sales and 170 employees.  Prior positions include a four and half year stint in public accounting with a focus on tax and non-profit audits, associate director of a ski trade association and ten years of management experience in the alpine ski industry.  Tim is a CPA with a CGMA designation and holds a BA from the University of Maine at Machias and an M.B.A. from Plymouth State University.  He is a member of the AICPA; the Vermont Society of CPA’s serving on their CPE task force, the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives and past director of United Way of Windsor County and former treasurer of the Cooperative Fund of New England.