Board Election Results

Our community owners elect a Board of Directors to oversee our grocery store. An election occurred at our Annual Meeting September 14, 2016. Here’s a photo of all the board members and staff we could wrangle for a photo. To see more photos from the meeting go to the album on our Facebook page.

Co-op Board & Staff

Each candidate was elected unanimously.  They are as following:

Allie Evans/ Current Board President

Dr. Allie HeadshotQ: What is your familiarity with Astoria Co-op Grocery?

A: My life has been largely centered around co-ops since college. I have lived in housing co-ops, worked at food co-ops, and shopped at co-ops. What draws me to the cooperative model is working together toward something we all believe in and reaping the benefits (in this case good food) while forming a sense of family and inter-connectedness. Naturally, I joined our Co-op when I moved to the coast in 2004. I joined our Board of Directors in 2010 and have served as President of the board since 2013.

Q: How does your education, professional background, and skills make you a good candidate for the Co-op board?

A: Professionally, I am a Naturopathic Physician (family medicine) but hold a very important other title as a mom. I graduated from University of Michigan and came out west to study medicine in Portland. There is an overlap in looking at the way the body works as a whole integrated unit and looking at the way our Co-op works much in the same way. A successful cooperative business and a vital and healthy body flow much in the same way and of course you cannot have a healthy body without a place to buy nourishing food.

Q: Why have you chosen to run for re-election to the Co-op board?

A: I am running for re-election to the Board because I am so excited and proud to be a part of the process of evolving and growing our store and our impact on the local economy and creating community and health. We are at such an exciting time as we enter into expansion. I would like to continue being a part of this process.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your term if re-elected?

A: During this term on the board I am committed to providing board oversight and guidance through the process of creating a new store that serves the community. I am also committed to continually improving board structure and process to ensure that we are able to meet changing demands of governing a larger store.

Dan Reef

Dan joined the Board in spring of this year. He is up for his first election and is looking forward to continuing his work with the Board.

DanQ: What is your familiarity with Astoria Co-op Grocery?

A: My wife actually discovered the Co-op in 2001. We became members (owners) and have been doing all our healthy choice/organic shopping ever since. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is always such fun and willing to help or follow up on any product questions.

Q: How does your education, professional background, and skills make you a good candidate for the Co-op board?

A: I was born and raised in Astoria and graduated from Astoria High School in 1982. After high school I traveled five western states building retail stores. In 1988 I started work for a commercial contractor from 1995 until 2014. My job was the on-site superintendent. I performed all the duties to build all sorts of commercial buildings including grocery stores, banks, schools, colleges, medical/dental, warehousing, condos, apartments, police stations, fire stations, and more. In 2014 I hung up my commercial construction hat and took a job with the City of Astoria’s public works department.

Q: Why have you chosen to run for election to the Co-op board?

A: I am running for the board because I feel I bring diversity and professionalism to an already very talented board.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

A: During my time on the board I hope to be a part in the planning and construction of our new store and take part in the decision-making to make the Co-op the best store on the North Oregon Coast.

Todd Holm

Todd has served on the Co-op Board since fall 2015. He is up for his first election and is looking forward to serving a full term.

ToddQ: What is your familiarity with Astoria Co-op Grocery?

A: When my wife and I moved here over seven years ago we quickly discovered the Co-op and have been using the store as our primary food source since. I have always known that if you want to make good food you need to have good food to make and our Co-op has that and a whole lot more.

Q: How does your education, professional background, and skills make you a good candidate for the Co-op board?

A: I graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1979 and went to work, raised a family, 4 daughters and 1 son. I worked for the same company, Wicks Airfreight Inc. for 15 years. I stepped into banking in 2001, working with West Coast Bank as an Account Executive and accepted a regional position with US Bank in 2008 where I am still currently employed as a Marketing Manager for the Columbia Pacific region. I work exclusively with businesses, providing credit products, payment solutions and services that help our bank clients maintain positive growth.

Q: Why have you chosen to run for election to the Co-op board?

A: Being a member of our Board of Directors is a great honor and I am running for election because I feel that my past experiences as well as my banking background will be a great asset as we move forward with our expansion. I am looking forward to continue being a part of the decision-making process with this dynamic group of like-minded individuals.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

A: During my term I want to help accomplish: continued positive growth, decisions that make the Co-op a great place to work, creating the best place to shop in Clatsop County and beyond, building a shiny new store in a great location that we will all be proud of, opportunities that benefit our community through the strength of our Co-op, and increasing membership.

Co-op Board Election

On Sunday May 3 2015, all current owners of Astoria Co-op Grocery are invited to our Annual Meeting where there will be a vote for the following people who serve on our Board of Directors:

Andrea Larson Perez
Current Board Member Running for Re-election

013Q: Where are you from and how did you find yourself on the North Oregon coast?

A: I am a native Floridian. I moved to Sacramento, California after high school and made my forever move to the Lower Columbia in 1994. First residing in Ilwaco, WA and then in Astoria beginning 1998.

Q: How do you spend your days, including career and/or family, plus hobbies/recreation?

A: My career was spent in public relations, marketing and sales primarily in the publishing industry, but also included healthcare and some local business representation. After writing for others for years, I decided to move into that arena for myself. I have one book published and am beginning work on a second. Other than the long list of writing projects I will be working on over the next twenty years, I devote my time to my family, travel and other artistic endeavors.

Q: Why do you want to be on the board?

A: I have worked part-time at the Co-op for nearly 3 years. I have enjoyed every single minute of that experience, but other demands on my time have led me to seek a transition in my role at the Co-op. I want to maintain my involvement in this wonderful organization that I believe in so deeply!

Q: What aspects of the Co-op do you think are going well currently?

A: Due to my up close and personal experience being a staff member at the Co-op, I would say that this place ROCKS! It’s an exciting time to be a contributing member of the team.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your term, if elected?

A: If elected, I hope to continue to be a positive and supportive voice in the future of the
Co-op. We have exciting growth plans and I believe my experience and skill set have much to offer in helping the organization reach it’s goals.

Norma Hernandez
Current Board Member Running for Re-election

norma for webQ: Where are you from and how did you find yourself on the North Oregon coast?

A: I was born in Puerto Rico and spent 20 years in the northeast before coming to the Oregon coast. I vacationed here and fell in love with community and the beauty.

Q: How do you spend your days, including career and/or family, plus hobbies/recreation?

A: I work for Clatsop County Public Health and the Healthy Families and WIC programs. I am President of the Astoria Parks and Recreation Board of Directors and on the Board of North Coast Food Web. I host a monthly Latin music program on KMUN and volunteer for other organizations including the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association.

Q: What has your experience on the Astoria Co-op Board of Directors been like and why have you decided to run for re-election?

A: I have learned so much by being part of this group. I believe in the work we do and its importance to the health and quality of life in our community.

Q: What aspects of the Co-op do you think are going well currently?

A: I am proud of the work we’ve done on a strategic plan, the ongoing improvements to the store and the resulting shopping experience.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your term, if re-elected?

A: I will continue to be a contributing part of this wonderful team as we work with member/owners to shepherd the Co-op safely and appropriately into the future. The Co-op will continue to be a work in progress as all good things are. That process requires attention to detail, dedication and a passion for the work.

Libby Lawrence
Current Board Member Running for Re-election

libby for webQ: Where are you from and how did you find yourself on the North Oregon coast?

A: I have lived in Astoria for 6 years. I did not move here on purpose, but have grown to love this place deeply.

Q: How do you spend your days, including career and/or family, plus hobbies/recreation?

A: I spend most of my time raising two young boys, and I also work for Astoria Parks and Rec., leading fitness classes. Free time finds me hiking, surfing or reading.

Q: What has your experience on the Astoria Co-op Board of Directors been like and why have you decided to run for re-election?

A: I have learned so much in two years on the Co-op Board. We have big goals for the next several years, and it is exciting to be a part of the process.

Q: What aspects of the Co-op do you think are going well currently?

A: The board and staff leadership have been incredibly thoughtful about our vision for the future. The Co-op has so many smart people who care and are invested in the future of our store. It is a calm, clean and joyful place to shop and run into friends.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your term, if re-elected?

A: I hope to be a rational, positive and thoughtful voice on the board for another term.