BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Placerville Food Co-op is currently run by a 9-seat Board of Directors elected by our owners (YOU!) annually in November.  Board Members are elected for either a 2 or 3 year term. 

The primary responsibility of the Co-op's Board is to be legally accountable for the actions of the Placerville Food Co-op, to provide overall direction and ensure the long-term security and viability of the Co-op, and to make decisions in the best interests of the Co-op and it's entire membership. The board also provides leadership and sets the overall direction of the co-op through member engagement, research, visioning, and setting policy.

Co-op Owners can choose to be involved in the governance of the Co-op in several ways. Aside from voting in our annual election, Co-op owners may also attend Board of Directors meetings, sit on Board committees or run for the Board!

Monthly board meetings are the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm upstairs in PFC Community Room (upstairs at the Co-op).  The first 10 minutes of each meeting is set aside for public comment. Please review our Board Meeting Etiquette. You may email the board at board@placervillecoop.org

 

Lance Binley

Board President, 2018-Present

Lance moved to back to this area in 2015 and joined the Co op. His family and him both enjoy locally produced and organic food and have a strong passion to support their community. He also started a local wine delivery business that only purchased from and sold to the local community. 
 
Lance’s profession history is in general management and merchandising. His background is how to effectively acquire, promote and sell products both at retail stores and online. He has managed businesses large and small, twice managing businesses that exceeded a billion dollars in revenue. He has worked for some of the largest retailers and manufacturers in general management roles. His hope is to be able to share his business expertise and passion for good food with the Coop to further enhance their success so that the Co op can continue to provide more services to our local community.
 

Robynn Paxton Katz

Vice President, 2015-Present

Robynn has lived in the foothills for most of her life and now lives in Placerville with her husband Brian and their twin daughters.  Robynn is passionate about high quality, organic, slow and local food and has been shopping at the Co-op since before it was a Co-op.  Robynn has a background successfully managing finance sales and real estate sales for 20 years, and will bring these skills to her work on the Board of Directors.

Heidi Leveroni

Secretary, 2018-Present

My name is Heidi Mayerhofer, however, some know me by my family's name, Leveroni.  I have been a resident of El Dorado County since 1997 when my husband Ben and I moved here from Los Altos, California to raise our children.  Our home is in Camino.  I am a graduate of Sonoma State University ('87) with a Liberal Arts Degree and a teaching credential.  I spent 2 years teaching kindergarten on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Upon my return to California, I taught another year in Mountain View before enrolling in graduate school at Santa Clara University.  I graduated with a Master's Degree in Education in 1993, the same year our first child was born and I became a stay at home mother.  

While I may have been a stay at home parent, I feel I have been continuously working outside the home in many capacities.  In 1997, I began to work with other mothers to create a non-profit Parent Participation Preschool.  I served as its board president and unpaid teacher/director for the first 5 years.  I returned as a part-time teacher when my youngest child became a student.  I have consistently been involved with my children's education and I have served a six year term on the board at the Cedar Springs Waldorf School in Placerville.  I have also served as Chair of the Parent Guild for many years as well as on fundraising committees and fairs and festivals production committees, hiring committees and committees to write mandates for use on committees.  

In 2012, my husband and I had the opportunity to invest in a commercial property on Main Street in Placerville and I decided it might be fun and interesting to try my hand at running a business.  A good friend helped me get The Painted Owl up and running and for 4 years I loved (mostly) having a creative outlet and an opportunity to work in the community I loved so dearly.  This past winter, I closed the Painted Owl with a heavy heart.  I truly enjoyed the work, but it had become too much of a job and was pulling me away from the other things I loved to do.  I am now seeking to contribute my time, talent and treasure to organizations I feel serve a need in the community and are uplifting and positive resources.  I have identified the Placerville Food Co-op as such an organization and I would be honored to contribute what I have to offer to your work.

Doug Speakman

Treasurer, 2016-Present

Doug Speakman has been in the natural products industry for more than 40 years first working at Ever’Man Natural Foods Coop in Pensacola Florida then owning his own natural foods restaurant and health food store in Columbus, Georgia where he grew up.  He worked his way up in the industry as a sales representative, District Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and VP of Sales & Marketing for companies such as: Akin Distributors, Tree of Life Distributors, Hain Pure Food Company, R. W. Knudsen (Smuckers), Lundberg Family Farms, Pacific Grain Products, and Good Earth Herbal Teas.  In 1996 Doug bought Sunshine Specialties Northern CA from Michael Iannotti.  That first year he was the only employee but now Sunshine Northern CA employs more than 20 people!

Doug is past President of the American Lung Association of Northern CA and served on the board of one of the largest coop stores, Sacramento Natural Foods Coop for more than 7 years and still serves on their Finance Committee.  He has been a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts and was the Chairman of a Cub Scout Pack for three years in Sacramento.  He is committed to the Natural Products Industry and community.

Andrea Crimmins

Board Member, 2017-Present

I am a local Placerville resident, mom and co-op member and am currently in an MBA program at Presidio Graduate School’s Seattle campus that is focused on sustainable business. This year, in addition to focusing on finance and management,  I will be diving more deeply into an emphasis on sustainable food and agriculture. One of the benefits of my MBA learning community is the network of resources, educators and businesses that I can call on for guidance and learning.

I am passionate about healthy food and healthy communities and hope to bring my education and community presence to help the co-op thrive in the Placerville community.

Ben Hansen

Board Member, 2017-Present

I moved to Placerville a year and a half ago to start 24 Carrot Farm and became a member of the Coop immediately.  Before that I worked as a restaurant manager at farm to fork restaurants in San Francisco and ran a non-profit fruit harvesting program in Oakland CA. My passion for healthy, local, organic food is what got me into farming and it's what drives me to be an active member of our Coop community. I hope to assist the Coop in sourcing more local organic food from all of our local farms at prices that everyone in our community can afford. I represent local farmers and Coop members as I am proud to be both.

Sarah Jones

Board Member, 2018-Present

My interest is primarily to contribute to, and be more involved in the community. I believe that how food is grown and where we obtain it plays a major role in the health of the environment and ourselves. The co-op contributes to local economic development and I'd like to play a role in making it sustainable for years to come. I became a co-op member  when I moved to Placerville a year ago, because I think it's important to support local businesses.  Prior to moving to Placerville, I lived in South Lake Tahoe for over 10 years. I currently live on a 9-acre property outside of the Placerville city limits where we raise ducks and chickens and enjoy a small vegetable garden. My daughter attends El Dorado High School as a freshman.

My educational background is in natural resource management. I hold a Master of Applied Science degree in Environmental Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Biology. Throughout my career I have worked in environmental program management in different capacities. Currently I am the Program Manager for the Florin Resource Conservation District/ Elk Grove Water District. I have experience in grant writing, strategic planning, legislative affairs, communications, event planning and community outreach. I'd love to use my skills and experience to support the co-op. Thanks for your consideration.

Jorden Mingle

Board Member, 2017-Present

Jorden has been a part of the Placerville community for most of his life where he is currently running a small business with his life partner and raising his two sons. Jorden is excited at the possibility to bring his experience in co-op management, passion in local organic foods, and knowledge of the community to further the success and viability of our store.   

“While nutrition and health has always been present in my life, from homemade dinners during my childhood to now sharing with my sons the importance of healthful food, it was the very impactful years at the co-op in Isla Vista that charted my course into a passion for community, organic and local foods, and the cooperative business model. My zeal for natural food has led me from managing natural food stores to being an active member in the production of local agricultural products. I plan to further my dedication to my community and access to healthful foods by facilitating the growth and success of my current coop, the Placerville Food Coop where I have been a member/owner since its inception. Given my past experience, commitment, and motivated personality I am excited to bring my energy and ideas to the Placerville Food Coop Board of Directors.  Cooperative businesses are democratically run by and for the member/owners… feel empowered WE OWN IT!

Craig Thomas

Board Member, 2017-Present

Craig is 38-year resident of the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Kelsey in El Dorado Co.  He is co-founder and conservation director of the regional conservation coalition, Sierra Forest Legacy. When not working on forest conservation Craig and his wife Vivian, operate Seven Grandfathers Farm, the first certified organic acres in El Dorado Co., selling produce in El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties.

Craig Thomas, Conservation Director
Sierra Forest Legacy, PO Box 244, Garden Valley, CA 95663
Cell: 916-708-9409
Skype: craig.thomas064
craig@sierraforestlegacy.org
www.sierraforestlegacy.org