Port Townsend Food Co-op Board of Directors

Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Open Every Day 8am-9pm
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.

Janet Welch Board 2010 cropJanet Welch, President
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 endeavours, 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.

Henry Werch, Vice President
First elected in 2012, this three-year term expires in 2015

Since becoming a member of the Port Townsend Food Co-op after moving here in 2004, and then becoming a member of The Co-op’s Product Review Committee in 2010, I have been fascinated by The Co-op’s incredible growth, success, and potential. I want to share with you the specific experiences that will help sustain The Co-op’s objective of balancing controlled business growth and the ongoing commitment to its principles. My business experience includes 20 years as a consumer-goods sales and marketing manager, and I served as a general manager of offices with upwards of 120 employees. Five years of business consulting experience followed, in which I worked primarily with small to medium-sized new and growing businesses.

Lisa Barclay cropLisa 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 cropDavid Wayne Johnson, Treasurer
First elected in 2013, this three-year term expires in 2016
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!

Dan-Goldstein.2009-web.jpgDan Goldstein, Board Member
First elected in 2009, re-elected once; this three-year term expires in 2015

I have lived in Port Townsend for the last 10+ years. Since 2003, I have been working for The Food Co-op in the Finance Department. Before that, my wife, Liz, and I ran Golden Times Photography, taking old-time photos on Water Street. I have a B.A. in history from UC Santa Cruz and an accounting degree from Golden Gate University. My co-op experience started at the Palo Alto Co-op, one of the “old-wave” of co-ops started in the 1930s. I also worked at Rainbow Grocery, a “new wave co-op” in San Francisco and served on their board. During that time, I became interested in finding ways to make the group dynamics work better and make meetings run smoother.

Monica LeRoux cropMonica le Roux, Board Member
First elected in 2013, this three-year term expires in 2016
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.

P Smith cropPatricia Smith, Board Member
First elected in 2013, this three-year term expires in 2016
I have lived in Port Townsend since 2007, drawn here by the beautiful environment and wonderful sense of community. On our arrival, my husband and I joined The Food Co-Op.  I am a cancer survivor, a P.T. Food Bank volunteer, hospice volunteer with Jefferson Healthcare Home Health and Hospice, and Advisory Council member for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.  For four years I served as board member and officer of Slow Food North Olympic Peninsula.  I love growing vegetables and berries in my yard. My career includes broad-based business management as human resources director, internal audit director and regional operations and claims manager with the California State Compensation Insurance Fund.  I have completed an MBA in management, MA course study in gerontology, and a certificate in loss and grief.