PT Food Co-op

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

Food Co-op Board Elections

May 1, 2012 – May 14, 2012 all-day
Cindy Scott
360 379-5798

Please download your 2012 ballot here. Ballots must be postmarked by May 14 or delivered to the ballot box (available May 1 – May 14) in the store by 9pm on May 14. Ballots will be counted on May 15 and results will be posted in the store. New board members will be introduced at the Annual Meeting on June, 3. Check our newsletter and the Board’s information board in the store for current information about Board Elections.

This year, we have two open seats and two candidates. The candidate’s information is below:


For the past three years, I have served on The Food Co-op Board of Directors. I have, at different times, chaired the Member Relations Committee, the Product Research Committee and the Board Development Committee. I served as Board Secretary for a year. Since 2003, I have worked in different positions in The Food Co-op’s Finance Department.

I have always been interested in finding ways to make group dynamics work better.  I am pleased with the progress our board has made over the past few years in this regard.

I have tried to make the world a better place, in many ways through my actions over the years. I have been involved in electoral politics (I ran for City Council and have worked for  candidates) and direct action and community organizing for peace, equality and democracy (I’ve marched, sat in, picketed and written articles).  Although much of this goes beyond the scope of what the co-op can or should do in changing the wider world, we share the belief that people should have control over their own institutions and over their food supply. The Food Co-op has the opportunity to do that by supporting local farmers and producers, and providing healthy foods to our community though our democratic co-op.

BOD Questions:

1. Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors?

I’d like to continue the work we have been doing on the board. The co-op grew rapidly after moving to Kearney Street. That period has ended. We are now feeling crowded in the store and we continue to be challenged by the ongoing recession. I would like to participate as the board helps the co-op community to move into the next chapter of our story.

2. If elected, what would you hope to accomplish and/or change?

When I first ran for the board three years ago, I wanted to see the board working together better. I am happy to see that happening now. I also hoped that we would be able to agree on a direction for the co-op over the next few years. I am happy to see the board engaged in the Strategic Planning process. I would like to be able to help complete the plan.

3. What direction, priorities and goals would you suggest for the Food Co-op’s next three to five years? Why?

This is the question that we are grappling with in making our strategic plan. I am eager to hear your ideas. We need to continue the things we are doing well and maybe branch out in new directions. We need to make sure that we are able to continue to meet the needs of our member/owners and our community in a changing world.

In general I am happy with the co-op as it is now. We have been a leader in our community in raising awareness of the importance of organic food and making it available. We have helped develop local production, boosting and diversifying the local food system. I would like to see those trends continue.

4. Describe your interest, experience, and expertise that may contribute to the Board’s Activities.

I have been involved in several different food co-ops during my life. This gives me valuable background knowledge that can help us. With my accounting background, I can help the board understand the financial condition of the co-op and the effect that various actions could have. My experience as a staff member gives insight on how things work on a day-to-day basis in the store.


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.

Concurrent with twenty-five years of business experience, I become more-and-more involved with volunteer community activities. As a 16-year board member of a $45 million community credit union that grew to $145 million, I worked to maintain controlled and principled growth.  Our board’s objective was to achieve sustainable growth through the expansion of services and not through unneeded capital investments. I served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Supervisory Committee.  I participated annually in policy making and in reviewing and conveying to the rest of the board the results of outside financial and regulatory audits.

My business experience includes twenty 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.

I was founding president of a community non-profit that saved 14 acres of a 100-year old local farm from residential development. The resulting foundation established a prairie restoration, butterfly garden, soccer fields, and walking paths, and it converted the farm’s 19th-century barn into a needed local meeting venue.

Before moving to Jefferson County, I returned to school to get a Master of Science in Human Services Administration. Soon after arriving here, I was retained as an outside contractor and project manager by the City of Port Townsend.  I revised the city’s Human Resources Policy Manual and performance review process.

I am a current second-term appointed volunteer Jefferson County Planning Commissioner.  Beyond my basic responsibilities, I was appointed to chair the County’s No-Shooting Zone committee and to serve on the Critical Areas Committee. I was one of the then few commissioners who fought to preserve our county’s natural resources against threats by those who put property rights ahead of community stewardship of the commons.

I also serve as a Member at Large on the State-appointed Fort Worden Citizens Advisory Committee, although its By-Laws will prohibit me from serving on that committee beyond the end of my second term in December.

BOD Questions:

1.  Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors?

I’m fascinated by the Co-op’s incredible growth, popularity, and potential, yet I recognize the pitfalls that can undermine this success. My business and community experience with young growing organizations has focused on sustainability, controlled growth, and fiscal responsibility.  As a member of the Board, I would like to play an active role in guiding the Co-op through the challenges of inevitable change and the need to be fully accountable to its owner members. 

2.  If elected, what would you hope to accomplish and/or change?

All the ingredients for success and prosperity currently exist within the Co-op – great management, a commitment to guiding principles, strong efforts in community outreach!  I too often feel, however, that despite these solid efforts, the Co-op has failed to sufficiently convey its message to many in the community. I hope to work with others on the Board to find creative new ways to bring the Co-op’s benefits to more area residents, and to make more of them aware of how shopping at the Co-op can be an affordable pathway to a healthy lifestyle.


3.  What direction, priorities, and goals would you suggest for the Food Co-op’s next three to five years?  Why?

Certainly celebrating a 40th Anniversary is a turning-point for the Co-op. I have always chosen to be an advocate for action within the organizations I have served. I have never been satisfied to see just the development of a plan as an end, in itself.  Over the years, I have seen far too many good plans made, gone unfunded, shelved, ignored, and forgotten.  Given that, however, I am committed to fundamental guidelines that I have always held to as a Board member elsewhere.  I believe Boards should provide general direction to management and review of objectives, but never interject themselves into the process of management.

4.  Describe your interest, experience, and expertise that may contribute to the Board’s activities.

As a 16-year board member of a $45 million community credit union that grew to $145 million, I worked to maintain controlled and principled growth.  You might ask how does a member-owned business that deals in money compare to a member-owned business that sells healthy foods.  I would answer that both types of business are challenged daily by temptations to veer from principles, both must focus on sustainability, and both must be fully responsible to their owner members.

You may recall that I chose to be at the forefront of the effort to keep international politics out of the Co-op by opposing the proposed boycott of Israeli goods.  You may not know that I also organized a community forum at QUUF that brought together leaders of both sides of that controversy along with others who offered specific pathways for all of us to act to stop the bloodshed and human rights violations in Israel/Palestine.  That led to my becoming part of an ongoing educational committee at QUUF that has since sponsored additional community forums on Affordable Housing for Working People and the Support of Affordable Local Healthy Foods. The Co-op’s own Brwyn Griffin was one of the featured panelists in that most recent forum.

I want to share the fact that I am not alone in our household in fulfilling a commitment to the community in which we live.  After we purchased a home here, my wife, Stephanie Reith, was honored to be selected as the first Executive Director of the Jefferson Land Trust.  Four years ago she retired from that position to fulfill her dream of becoming a chaplain.  She currently serves in that capacity with Jefferson Healthcare’s hospice, and she volunteers with other members of the area’s Ministerial Association to be an on-call chaplain, as well as volunteering with COAST to serve the city’s Winter Shelter.


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