Listed below are those serving on the
Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Board of Directors:


Send Emailemmanuelajavon [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Emmanuel Ajavon, Secretary:)

Although his roots are from West Africa, Emmanuel is a native New Yorker who has worked in Health Care for over twenty years. Being a dedicated patient advocate, instructional designer and senior leader were just a few of the roles that he held during his healthcare journey. Emmanuel relocated to New Hampshire about four years ago when Dartmouth-Hitchcock recruited him to oversee its Blood Donor and Cellular Therapy Programs. While there, he built strong community relationships that ultimately led to him transitioning out of healthcare into his other passion, supporting diverse business owners who traditionally have been excluded from mainstream business opportunities.

He now works for Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College as the Associate Director of Business Leadership Programs where he oversees the Diversity Business Programs. Emmanuel thoroughly enjoys the great New England outdoors with his family. When he’s not enjoying long scenic drives through the rural parts of Vermont and New Hampshire, he enjoys playing the violin and piano with his daughter Emelia. Term ends 2022.



Send Emailtombattles [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Tom Battles:)

Thomas graduated from the University of NH with degrees in Philosophy (BA) and Education (Masters). Attended the Gemological Institute of American and holds the title of Graduate Gemologist. Currently, Special Education Teacher in the Lebanon school district. Work experience in the private and public sector and entered the teaching profession later in life. Spending most of working years in retail as sales manager of family’s wine/liquor brokerage company and gaining experience in sales and merchandising.

The sales force worked very closely with grocers in NH, Maine and Vermont. In addition, having past experience serving as a board member on a variety of boards over the years. For example, served on Rockingham Community Action, as well as the Board of Commissioners in Rockingham County. Tom feels that the fabric of a community is woven with threads of community service. At the end of the day, you are judged less by what you have gained and more by what you have given. Term ends 2020.


Send Emailkbirdsey [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Kevin Birdsey:)

Kevin has worked for the Co-op since 2002 primarily in a front end (checkout) role. Currently he works in the Hanover store, at the member services desk. When not working, Kevin is a student and assistant instructor at White River Budokan, a traditional martial arts school in White River Junction. Kevin spent his adolescence and early adulthood living in Hanover, but now resides in Lebanon. Term ends in 2022.


Send Emaileblum [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Liz Blum, Vice President:)

Co-op principles and values are important to Liz Blum and that is why she serves on the Board. Liz is a retired Occupational Therapist. She worked in many settings in Vermont and New Hampshire: Visiting Nurse, nursing homes, schools, hospitals, and clinics. She likens occupational therapy to a jigsaw puzzle because it concerns problem solving and putting the pieces into place. Liz was a member of the Boston Women's Health Collective that produced the groundbreaking book: Our Bodies, Ourselves. She has been an advocate for universal, single-payer health care for 30 years and continues to work for it. Liz has served on a number of Boards including the Norwich (VT) Selectboard and the Norwich Board of Listers. She is on the State Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party. In the summer you may find her riding her bike or in the garden. Term ends in 2020.


Send Emailrosemaryfifield [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Rosemary Fifield, President:)

After 22 years as a Co-op employee, Rosemary retired from her position as the Co-op’s Education Director in 2015. Prior to joining the Co-op’s staff, she worked in clinical pathology at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and cancer research at Dartmouth Medical School, and, with her husband, Don, owned Vermont Everlastings, growing certified organic perennials, annuals, herbs, and dried flowers.

She has served on the boards of several area non-profits as well as the Norwich Farmers Market and the Thetford School Board, and also enjoyed several years on the board of Cooperative Development Institute, an organization assisting consumer cooperatives, worker cooperataives, and resident-owned housing cooperatives across New England and New York. She began her cooperative involvement in 1971 as a young mother portioning out raisins and oatmeal as required by her buying club in Madison, Wisconsin, and has lived in the Upper Valley since 1974, where she was thrilled to find a full-fledged food co-op with a real storefront and paid employees.Term ends in 2021.


Send Emailvictoriafullerton [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Victoria Fullerton:)

Worked in the art and film world, as a publicist, photographer, picture researcher and producer until bringing up her children, by far her most creative project. Now catching up with the digital age, she works as a freelance writer and artist for public awareness campaigns. She lives in Norwich, Vermont, and volunteers for the Rapunzel Project in an effort to bring it to the New England states and to make it available to all. Term ends in 2021.


Send Emailjessicagiordani [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Jessica Giordani:)

One of the owners of Scratch, a yarn shop specializing in fine fiber and indie-dyed yarn located in downtown Lebanon. She’s currently serving on the Arts & Culture Taskforce, and is also the Farmers’ Market Coordinator for the city of Lebanon. Jessica has spent the last fifteen years as a small business owner, and has been directly involved in local food production and farmers markets since 2011. She lives in Lebanon with her family, their four dogs, many chickens, and a surly rabbit. Term ends in 2022.


Send Emailehowes [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Edwin Howes:)

A Co-op Food Store employee since 1994, Ed started at the Hanover Co-op Food Store as Manager of the ‘B.I.N.’ Department (Bulk, International, & Natural Foods). An active part of much Co-op growth since, becoming a Co-op Merchandiser at the start of the Lebanon Co-op Food Store in 1997. To broaden his Co-op experience and service, Ed was elected to the Co-op’s Board in 2003 and served for two, 3-year terms until 2009.

In addition to merchandising, in 2014 Ed took on the Co-op’s category management co-ordination responsibilities and also became the Co-op’s liaison to the National Co-op Grocers, a 148 food co-op co-operative with over 200 stores in 38 states and combined annual sales of nearly $2 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. Co-operatives working together is the only way to ensure our continued success serving our members! Starting up again as a Board Director in 2016, he has been active with committee work to improve the Board’s new director election process. Term ends 2021.


Send Emailbenoitroisin [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Benoit Roisin, Treasurer:)

Benoit is Professor of Engineering Sciences at Dartmouth College (under the name of Benoit Cushman-Roisin, having hyphenated his wife’s name to his for all professional activities), where he has developed new courses in sustainable design and industrial ecology. Some of his students’ projects have been adopted by the Co-op and the Town of Hanover to reduce their environmental footprint.  He is the author of three books and is working on a fourth. In addition, Roisin maintains an active consultancy in water issues and energy efficiency. He has volunteered his expertise for several non-profit organizations, including The Haven and COVER.  He has served on the Co-op’s Board of Directors intermittently since 2003. Term ends in 2020.


Send Emailannshriver-sargent [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Ann Shriver Sargent:)

Ann has spent most of her life living and working and raising her three children in New England. For the past 29 years, she has been a business owner, designer, and buyer in the home furnishings/interior design field. Currently, she is co-founder and president of Porte-cochère, a membership based service that connects premium and luxury furnishing manufacturers and prequalified interior designers. Ann’s vision for Porte-cochère is the outgrowth of her belief that companies committed to quality in design, integrity of materials and a commitment to building long-term professional relationships will find valued partners in the design community. Ann lives with her husband 4 horses, 4 goats and dog on a farm in Norwich Vermont. Term ends in 2020.


Send Emailjessicasaturleyhall [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Jessica Saturley-Hall:)

Jessica Saturley-Hall is the owner and founder of the Upper Valley Compost Company and the New Hampshire Compost Company, which provide residential and commercial composting services and consulting. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College and her MBA from Cornell University. She has spent fifteen years working in the food, agriculture, and grocery businesses, and has held positions in new product development, marketing, and operations. Jessica lives in Lebanon with her husband, Harrison, and their two dogs. Term ends in 2021.


Send Emailalleneswienckowski [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Allene Swienckowski:)

Allene, a transplant from Southern California and an ex-banker, also taught High School seniors for L A Unified School District. Allene received her teaching credential from UCLA in 1977. She left banking in 1983, after the first deregulation. She began teaching immigrant professional adults English. Allene and her husband started an English Language School in Korea Town, Los Angeles, in 1988.

Over the years, Allene has primarily assisted transplanted Asian students to achieve their goals in attending top tier universities and colleges in the US. Since moving to the Upper Valley, Allene joined PEO, a woman's philanthropy organization dedicated to helping young women achieve financial security by providing low-cost loans, grants, and scholarships for educational purposes.

In addition to PEO, Allene is a member of HCOREI (Hartford Committee On Racial Equity and Inclusion). Allene has served on numerous other boards prior to her family's move to the Upper Valley. Allene's desire is to assist disadvantaged groups, especially children and their families, attain food sufficiency via locally grown producers and ensure food security by working with groups dedicated to changing the lives of people. Term ends in 2022.



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Hanover Store
45 South Park St.
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2667
7 am-8 pm

Lebanon Store
12 Centerra Pkwy
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 643-4889
7 am-9 pm

WRJ Store
209 Maple St.
WRJ, VT 05001
(802) 295-3400
7 am-8 pm

Co-op Market
43 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2725
M-F: 6 am-8 pm
S-S: 7 am-8 pm

Service Center
–Hanover

51 South Park St.
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-6650
M-F:8am-4:30pm
Sat: 8 am-12 pm

Service Center
–Norwich

63 US 5 South
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 526-9103
M-F: 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Sat: 8 am-12 pm

Co-op Kitchen
193 A St.
Wilder, VT 05088
(603) 442-4406
M-F: 6 am-2 pm