Board of Directors
The Food Co-op is governed by a set of by-laws and steered by its Board of Directors who are elected by our owners and legally responsible for running The Co-op. The Board hires and evaluates the general manager, sets policies for the store, and keeps an eye on finances. The Board holds elections once a year for vacant seats. Running for the Board or being part of a board committee are ways you can get involved with the governance of the store.
Monica le Roux, President
First elected in 2013; re-elected once, this three-year term expires in 2019
I was born in Missoula, Mont., and I’ve lived in and enjoyed both rural and urban settings from Orcas Island and Port Townsend, to Seattle, New York City, and Washington, D.C. I’ve worked in a university library, various doctors’ offices, a corporate real estate firm, and a tall ship galley or two. Currently, I am a clerk at William James Bookseller and an employee of the Rose Theatre. I have travelled in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, visiting grocery stores in every place along the way where I adore finding ingredients I’ve never heard of and experimenting. I love Port Townsend, have put down roots here, and am looking forward to finding new ways to participate in this community.
Owen Rowe, Vice President
First elected in 2016, this three-year term expires in 2019.
I first visited Port Townsend in 1994 and moved here three years later; PT offered relief from city traffic and prices with an urban level of culture. I soon left my software career and have since tried my hand at teaching Italian, arts administration, and literary translation. I’ve studied everything from systems design and cognitive science to comparative literature and crossword puzzles, and my current role as an administrator at Jefferson Community School brings together a surprising number of those threads. I’ve been involved with local cultural institutions for many years, and I’m honored to join the board of the Food Co-op. It’s a cultural institution, too, both in the way it champions our local collaborative spirit and in the access it provides to local cuisine and agriculture.
Lisa Barclay, Secretary
First elected in 2013; re-elected once; this three-year term expires in 2017
Born in Seattle, I grew up in Redmond when it was a one-light town known for its bike derby instead of for Microsoft. I graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla and received a master’s degree in English and education from the University of Virginia. I taught at Piedmont Virginia Community College for six years, but my husband and I missed the Puget Sound region, so we came back home where we both began careers as editors. Five years ago, we moved here from Vashon Island. We spend as much time as possible hiking and backpacking and devote much of our spare time to fixing up our old house. I love living in a walkable town, small but with so much going on, and close to the mountains – a town that is constantly reinventing itself.
David Wayne Johnson, Treasurer
First elected in 2013; re-elected in 2016, this two-year term expires in 2018
I grew up in the Denver area and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, with concentrations in history, English, theatre, and philosophy from Fort Lewis College in Durango. Moving to Seattle after college in ’83 to pursue playwriting (until I realized I wasn’t very good at it), I worked in construction, printing, computers, and accounting until I decided to move to Port Townsend in 1998 where I found a job managing a small land use planning firm. I had looked all over Washington State for a small town and Port Townsend was it – for the natural beauty and access to Puget Sound and Olympic National Park, the arts, the restaurants, and the incredible people. I’m an avid backpacker, make several trips a year into the Olympic Mountains, and hope to hike all the trails within the park before I die. For the past eight years I’ve been a planner for the county – an amazing experience in many ways!
Janet Welch, Board Member
First elected in 2005; re-elected three times; this three-year term expires in 2017
The 25+ years I’ve lived here are rich with personal experiences. I built a solar-powered house and lived off grid for over 10 years before “retiring” to an 800-square-foot house my husband and I built on Marrowstone Island. Much of my time and energy go toward growing food through work-trade opportunities at local farms and my own winter garden. Thanks to these endeavors, I’ve been vegetable self-sufficient for many years. The rest of my free time goes toward hiking, sailing, personal growth, and preparing to weather our globally bumpy times by developing a locally reliant lifestyle. Serving on The Co-op board aligns with all of those passions.
Peter Bonyun, Board Member
First elected in 2015, this three year term expires in 2018.
I have lived in Port Townsend since 1979 having moved here from Olympia. I grew up on a small farm in Kent when it was a small farm town. I have five grown children, numerous grand kids and a few greats. My first Coop experiences were as a very early member of the Olympia Food Coop while a student at The Evergreen State College. I graduated from there in 1973. I joined The Food Coop right after I moved here and have served on the Board once previously, before we moved to our current location. I owned a retail business here, “Bonyun’s – The Music Store” for five years and was a licensed tile contractor, part of Blue Heron Construction Coop, for 10 years. I garden organically, get walked by my dog, sing a little, make wood chips and sawdust in my shop and most recently have become a boater.
I was raised on one of the earliest certified organic farms in Kansas. My seven siblings and I planted, weeded, and worked together for success. I have been with member owned food co-ops since age 19, and I value the democratic control, and how The Food Co-op thrives and innovates while encouraging membership and empowering its members. Having tied myself to the Food Co-op through employment, I hope my investment of time to serve on the Board will help keep our Co-op vibrant into my children’s future as well. I still garden and raise small livestock to better empower my own family. My local interests are my own garden on our land, boating, homeschooling my children, and sea glass.