Erica LaFountain

Erica LaFountain
Position: 
President

Co-op Member Since: 1980s/2014

Co-op Board Member Since: 2015

What brought you to the Co-op Board?: I want to be more involved. I am proactive, and I care about the Co-op. As a mother of two young children I’ve decided not to hold a traditional job for the time being, so this is a welcome opportunity to apply myself in a different capacity.

Aviva Gold

Position: 
Vice President

As many prospective board member bios begin, I joined the Co-op on one of my very first days in the North Country, about nine years ago.

Marshall Issen

Position: 
Treasurer

How long have you been a Co-op member? I have been a member since about 2001, about a year or so after my spouse and I moved to Potsdam from Chicago.

Kayla French

Position: 
Secretary

I am a middle and high school English teacher. I am a 46er and a rescue-level scuba diver. I am a reader of books and a drinker of coffee. I am a mother of two sons. I am a poet. I am a Virgo. I am a gardener. I love leaving the north country, and I love returning home to the north country. I try to live as conscientiously as possible.

 

Jim Fryer

Position: 
Board Member

Co-op Member since: 

I’ve been a member of the co-op since 2012, soon after I moved to the Potsdam area. Over the years, I’ve spent many hours volunteering, primarily in packaging. I also wrote an article for the Spring 2017 newsletter, considering ways we can channel more of our grocery budgets to the co-op.

 

Why have you chosen to run for a seat on the Board of Directors?

Karen Bage

Position: 
Board Member

How long have you been a Co-op member?

I moved to the North Country in the summer of 1997 - my first winter was the ice storm of 1998! I’ve been a member of the co-op on and off (mostly on) since then.

 

What do I appreciate about the Co-op?

Hillary Vaillancourt

Position: 
Board Member

I moved to the North Country four years ago when my husband was hired as the radio broadcaster for Clarkson hockey. Because of my food allergies, one of our conditions for moving here was the ability to find safe food. Once we found the Co- op we knew that it would be safe for us to move here. It wasn’t until recently, August 2019, that I was finally able to join the Co-op. My job no longer involves significantamounts of business travel, and my son is no longer an infant.

Katie McLaughlin

Position: 
Board Member

I've been a member since we arrived in Potsdam in the Summer of 2016.

Philip Paige

Position: 
Board Member

My name is Philip Paige, and I’m from Madrid, NY. I have been making almost daily visits to the Co-op for nearly a decade. When I left the area for a year (grad school) I missed the Co-op so much I sought out something similar in the Syracuse area. Now, in my career in real estate, I often serve as a de facto ambassador for newcomers to our community, and I never fail to talk the Co-op up to my clients. As a member-owner, I am so impressed by recent developments, especially the radical expansion of our bulk offerings.

Ajay Sonar

Position: 
Board Member

My name is Ajay Sonar. I have been a co-op member for almost 10 years now. During this time, I have done volunteer work at the coop mostly doing packing and stocking. One of the facts that was most attractive to me about the coop was variety of products carried in the store, especially the range of international products like the spices. I also liked the fact that the store carried a variety of produce and products from local vendors like the baked goods, maple syrup, honey etc. My favorite part of the coop is the fresh baked products.

Megan Lane

Position: 
Board Member

I have been a member of the Potsdam Food Co-op since approximately 2005. 

 

Deborah Massell

Position: 
Board Member

About Board Service

In general, the Board is responsible for the financial viability of the Co-op.  The Board evaluates and approves the Co-op Budget, evaluates the General Manager’s performance, sets goals and objectives for the Co-op and makes sure the Co-op continues to operate in accordance with and in the spirit of its mission and by-laws. 

The Co-op Board expects Board members to attend and participate in monthly 2-hour Board meetings (held the third Tuesday of each month).  Certain annual events hosted by the Board also require Board attendance, such as the Co-op Annual Meeting, the staff holiday party, and the Co-op Open House.  The Board accomplishes a great deal of work in committees and the Board expects members to participate in committees of their choosing.  Currently the Board has the following standing Committees: Executive, Finance, Governance/Nominating, Education/Outreach, Membership/Marketing, IT, and Buildings and Grounds.