Port Townsend Food Co-op Board of Directors

The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, Port Townsend, 98368
Port Townsend
Phone: (360) 385-2883

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.


Owen Rowe, 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 roles in community organizations bring together a surprising number of those threads. I’ve been involved with local cultural institutions for many years, and I’m honored to serve on 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.

Juri Jennings, Vice President
First elected in 2017; re-elected in 2018, this three-year term expires in 2021
I have been exposed to both American and Japanese cultures since childhood, having lived in both countries back and forth over time. Through this upbringing, I have experienced the difficulties and joys of learning two distinctly different languages and cultures. This journey has taught me that the future belongs to tight communities. I would like to dedicate my time on the Co-op board to taking part in and extending the positive vibes throughout our incredible community. In my free time, I like to sing, practice karate, hike, and tend to the garden.

Lisa Barclay, Secretary
First elected in 2013; re-elected once; this three-year term expires in 2020
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.

Lia Karoura, Treasurer
Elected in 2017, this three-year term expires in 2020
I have been a member of The Food Co-op since I moved to Port Townsend in August 2014, and I am excited to participate more actively in the co-op. I have always enjoyed cooking, baking, and eating good food. I became interested in sustainable agriculture and food production in college where I studied food systems, the impact of industrial agriculture, and agroeconomics in the U.S., China, and Bolivia. I currently oversee Strategic Operations at The RockFish Group where I do market research and marketing strategy. I also work as a Catalyst at the Port Townsend CoLab. I would like to help find ways to grow co-op ownership and market share, counteract the perception of The Food Co-op as exclusive and expensive, and make The Food Co-op more accessible to low income, working people in our community.

Monica le Roux, Board Member
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 traveled 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.

Marty Canaday, Board Member
First elected in 2016, this three-year term expires in 2019
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.

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David Wayne Johnson, Board Member Emeritus (non-voting)
Served as Board Member 2013-2018
Appointed in 2018, this three-year term expires in 2021
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, I worked in construction, printing, computers, and accounting until I decided to move to Port Townsend in 1998 to manage a small land use planning firm, which transitioned into a day job as a Planner for Jefferson County. I can’t say enough about the wonderfully fulfilling experience of the last five years being on the Board of Directors of our super cool little Co-op, and am so happy to be staying on in a limited role that will allow me to donate my spare time to other groups and pursuits. Please consider running for a position on the Board. We even have yearly temporary positions where you can test the waters to see if you like it. I think you will!