Board Members

allie headshot_240Allie Evans, President

My name is Allie Evans. I grew up in New England and have lived on the Oregon Coast for the past 9 years. I have a daughter, Maya, and son, Orrick. I am a Naturopathic Physician and know firsthand the effect that food has on our overall health. The more we consciously choose what to put into our bodies, the better we feel which means better interactions with others, rippling out to spread the vitality and joy to the entire community.

For me, the co-op represents this intersection of community and food. When we shop here we know that our dollar is benefiting not only our health but our environment, the person who produced the food, as well as our local economy. It is for this reason that I am honored to serve on the Board. We are so blessed to be able to simultaneously build our health as well as that of the planet and our community. I love the sense of community we have as we fill our baskets here, seeing familiar faces, exchanging recipes, getting excited about new produce. I am thrilled to be a part of ensuring that the co-op maintains its health and vitality.

 

Norma Hernandez, Vice President

I was born and raised in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and prior to moving to Astoria in 2003, I lived in the northeast for 20 years, both in New York and Boston. I moved to Astoria to work at an oyster company in Bay Center, WA. where I became aware of the needs and challenges of the Latino community in the region. My passion for social justice kept increasing after working as executive director of Lower Columbia Hispanic Council and then working for the Clatsop County Public Health, currently as a WIC coordinator.  I also serve on the board of North Coast Food Web, and Astoria Parks.  You can listen to me on  Sonidos Latinos on KMUN 91.9 FM, monthly.

 

Angela Sidlo, Secretary

I have called Clatsop County my home for the past 27 years.

Growing up in rural Nebraska, my Grandfather owned a small grocery store. Coming into the co-op gives me that same feeling, knowing everyone by name and knowing that you are supporting a local community.

I feel honored to be a board member and supporter of the growth of the co-op. As a Holistic Practitioner and Health Coach in the community,  the co-op is in alignment with my values and belief that healthy individuals create healthy communities. The co-op is a great place to start.

 

ToddTodd Holm

My partner Lyuba and I moved to Astoria in 2008 when I accepted a regional position with US Bank. Before that I lived in Vancouver, Washington for pretty much my entire life. We enjoy fishing, crabbing clamming and foraging for mushrooms.

I discovered our co-op within days of being here and I joined the instant I was offered membership. We enjoy the best produce in Clatsop County, great organic products and the “full circle” mentality that our co-op supports. I cover the Oregon Coast and travel quite a bit within the northwest corner of our state and have been to several other co-ops and I must say that what we have here is very special indeed. The staff is phenomenal and it makes for great shopping every time I go there.

I was thrilled when I was asked if I was interested in being a board member and I am looking forward to helping our store grow and continue to flourish as we move towards getting a larger facility.

 

Venus Fromwiller

I grew up in rural Eastern Oregon on the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon. After completing my undergraduate studies at Boise State and Eastern Oregon University, my husband, Glen, and I headed for Palm Springs, CA. After 5 years of non-stop sunshine, we were looking to get back to Oregon. Glen had a few job offers across the state and we decided Astoria seemed the best fit.

I work at Columbia Memorial Hospital, promoting health and wellness and provide patient and family support as the Resource Center Coordinator at the soon-to-open CMH-OHSU Cancer Collaborative. Our family likes to be outdoors as much as possible so we hike, fish, kayak, surf, and play in the water however we can.

My education, career, and hobbies are wellness-focused. I believe good food and good nutrition play a key role in wellness and disease prevention. The co-op plays a vital role in the health of individuals, and also in the health of our local economy and the environment. I would really like to see membership continue to grow and for the co-op to become the place where people feel they can get all of their grocery shopping done. As the co-op is growing and expanding I hope I can contribute to a smooth transition.

 

Andrea Larson Perez

The Astoria Co+op is an important part of my life! It’s where I spend the majority of my food and wellness dollars, where I connect with the local food economy and enjoy meeting friends and newcomers in our community. I strive to offer some benefit to the organization that means so much to me. Being a member of the Board is truly an honor and privilege I value.

As far as my background goes, my career was spent in public relations, marketing and sales primarily in the publishing industry. Locally, I offered consulting services to local businesses in the healthcare and fishing industries, among others. After writing for others for years, I decided to move into that arena for myself. I have authored two local history books with Arcadia Publishing: Camp Rilea and Astoria in Vintage Postcards. 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.

It’s worth noting I worked part-time at the co-op for nearly 3 years. I enjoyed every single minute of that experience! It was a logical progression for me to seek membership on the co-op Board to contribute in a new way. I am so happy my interest has been supported by co-op owners.

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 Astoria in 1998. My husband and our two sons enjoy calling Astoria home.

 

Andrew Catalano

I’m originally from a small town in upstate New York. I went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where I studied Philosophy.

I spent a semester in Bologna (Italy), which was where I really experienced for the first time the cultural significance of food. There was a deeply ingrained way of life that just took for granted the importance of quality food; it was fundamental. I had grown up in a house that was full of good food and good cooking, but this was the first time I was immersed in an entire culture that valued food. It was in Italy, when I returned after college to work and live (WWOOF) on organic farms, that I really decided I wanted to be involved in food.

I’ve worked in many restaurants over the last 15 or so years, and thankfully they all emphasized the importance of the raw ingredients. As I continued cooking, I was increasingly drawn to the farms that provided the food for the restaurants, and got more curious about that part of the process. How does all the wonderful stuff being grown around us get into people’s homes? The co-op is a big part of the equation, and with the expansion I see our role and responsibility growing with it.

Other activities: working on my small business, Alimento, which provides a weekly meal kit, using all locally sourced ingredients and largely re-usable packaging. I also cook private dinners/small catering jobs. But mostly, I hang out with my daughter, Lucy and my wife, Sarah (who is a kindergarten teacher).

 

Emily Geddes

Originally from northeastern Washington, I left for school and split time between Oregon, Washington, and England for university, winding up with a degree in cultural anthropology with a pop media emphasis. I bounced around a few different places in the northwest before landing in Astoria in 2013 to be closer to family.

Over the past decade, I’ve spent at least a small amount of time in each aspect of the food industry–from small-scale farming, cheese making, and cheese-mongering, to prep cooking, serving, and bartending–and have grown to appreciate each step along the way. In 2017, I worked as part of the co-op’s produce team before leaving to take over a small retail shop in downtown Astoria. I wanted to stay involved in the co-op, especially now as we move toward expansion and a greater community footprint, and saw the open board position as a perfect way to participate.

I believe the coop has an amazing opportunity to create an accessible space for local food–for real, good food–to our immediate area, and I hope to be an advocate for that accessibility throughout this transition.

Currently, most of my time is dedicated to running my shop, Lodestar Goods, and providing a space for local artists and makers to show and sell their work. When I’m not at the shop, I try to make time for my own projects; I have a shared studio overlooking the river that I don’t use nearly enough, and I hope that this year allows more time to utilize that space. 

 

Angi Perez

Originally from the Southwest, I’ve lived in the North Coast region since 2013. I graduated from BYU with a BA in Spanish, and have worked in a variety of industries, most recently fine dining service, and now in the grocery department at the co-op.

I’m a mom to three amazing kids, and feeding them good quality food that keeps all of us happy and healthy is hugely important to me. I believe in the healing power of food, and love that the co-op provides great options for me and my kids, and all of our individual dietary needs.

As a staff person at the co-op, I hope to provide a ground-floor perspective to the group, and am excited to be involved in the process as we move toward expansion.

When not at the co-op, I enjoy traveling to visit my family, afternoon visits to Frite & Scoop, and attending all of the amazing local art and music performances here in Astoria.