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Hanover Board of Directors
Listed below are those serving on the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Board of Directors
emmanuelajavon [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Emmanuel Ajavon)
Email: emmanuelajavon [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
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.
kbirdsey [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Kevin Birdsey)
Email: kbirdsey [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Kevin has worked for our co-op since 2002. Currently he works in the Hanover store, at the member services desk. When not working, Kevin assists with teaching children’s martial arts classes in White River Junction. Kevin is currently a Canaan resident, but has lived in both Hanover and Lebanon as well. Term ends in 2022.
martaceroni [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Marta Ceroni )
Email:martaceroni [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Marta grew up in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy, a region known for its many Coops, accounting for 30 percent of its economy. Since then, Marta sees Co-ops as the most natural and ethical way to run businesses.
With a PhD in Forest Ecology and post-graduate experience in Ecological Economics at University of Maryland and University of Vermont, she has been a researcher and an educator form more than 15 years, inspiring young people to choose jobs in environmental justice and sustainability. The Upper Valley is where Marta gained most of her experience with managing organizations, by occupying different positions at the Donella Meadows Institute and then at the Academy for Systems Change where she supports a growing number of facilitators of social change in different geographies and domains. Marta has served on different boards of local organizations and is currently a member of the Enfield Energy Committee. Marta is passionate about dancing and teaching tango, playing the accordion, cooking, and growing vegetables. Term ends in 2023.
nickclark [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Nick Clark, President)
Email: nickclark [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Nick grew up in Norwich, and frequented the Co-op almost daily while attending Hanover High School. After traveling in his early 20’s, he returned to the Upper Valley for its natural resources and strong sense of community. He currently lives in Thetford where he works as a freelance web developer. He was re-elected to the Thetford Selectboard in 2020. Term ends in 2023.
rosemaryfifield [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Rosemary Fifield, Secretary)
Email: rosemaryfifield [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
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.
jessicagiordani [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Jessica Giordani, Vice President)
Email: jessicagiordani [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
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.
CJ grew up in a small town known as East St. Louis, IL, which sits along the Mississippi River and borders St. Louis, MO. With a passion for food quality that began as a child after noticing that her community did not have access to healthy/quality food options, she began passionately pursing ways in which she could lend her voice towards aiding underserved communities with gaining access to adequate housing, healthier food options, and quality education and healthcare.
Before moving to Vermont, CJ worked in the Finance/Supply Chain department for a large managed healthcare company for ten years. Currently, she works for a wonderful nonprofit known as NeighborWorks of Western Vermont where she aids landlords in obtaining grant funding to rebuild their vacant/blighted apartment units to rent to the homeless or low-income. She has a degree in Economics and an MBA and is currently pursuing a JD at Vermont Law School where she will finish in spring of 2022. CJ plans to use her experience and knowledge to continue to advocate for healthy communities.
CJ and her daughter Addison are residents of Lyme, NH. She enjoys cheering Addison on at sporting events, trying new restaurants, and anything that allows her to get outdoor to enjoy fresh air (volleyball, hiking, skiing, biking, traveling, etc.). You can catch her shopping at her favorite place on any given day…the COOP of course! Feel free to say hello when you do see her. Term ends 2024.
manishkumar [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Manish Kumar )
Email: manishkumar [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Manish has been an Upper Valley resident for more than ten years. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University and currently manages a team of Engineers at ANSYS Inc. in Lebanon, where he is leading the development of the next generation education platform with the goal of democratizing access to high quality engineering education. He is an avid fitness enthusiast and in his spare time writes in the areas of health & fitness, with one self-published book and currently working on a follow-up.
He is passionate about cooperativism and envisions a future where more businesses move towards the co-op model to bring together the interests of customers, producers, and member-owners in a relentlessly innovative, environmentally-conscious, and financially vibrant organization that works for everyone in the community. Term ends in 2023.
Peggy O’Neil: Treasurer
Email: peggyo'neil [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Peggy has been the Executive Director at WISE for 17 years. WISE operates out of its Program Center in Lebanon, NH and has offices in White River Junction and Windsor, Vermont and on the campus at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. For over thirty years, Peggy has worked in nonprofits advocating on behalf of people who interact with public and private support systems often inadequate to support their needs. Peggy lives in Cornish, NH. Term ends in 2023.
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