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Hanover Board of Directors
Listed below are those serving on the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Board of Directors
martaceroni [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Mary Lou Aleskie )
Email: maryloualeskie [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Full bio coming soon. Term ends in 2025.
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.
martaceroni [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Eric DeLuca )
Email: ericdeluca [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Eric is the Food Systems Expert-in-Residence at Food Finance Institute. He has engaged in $10+ million in funding decisions since 2010 and serves on the national Food Systems Finance Advisory Council of the Council of Development Finance Agencies. He managed the U.S. Program for the UN-declared International Year of Cooperatives and guided the development of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association. He served as Board Secretary of Franklin Community Co–op. For 11+ years, DeLuca played leadership roles in the VT Farm to Plate Network.
He served nine years—four as vice-chair—on the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board. He co-founded the University of Vermont Food Hub Management Professional Certificate program, the first in the country. Eric is Principal of Leverage Point Consulting. Term ends in 2025.
jessicagiordani [at] board.coopfoodstore.com (Jessica Giordani)
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 2025.
Conicia Jackson: Vice President
Email: coniciajackson [at] board.coopfoodstore.com.
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.
Orin Pacht: Secretary
Email: orinpacht [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Biography Coming Soon
martaceroni [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Lindsay Smith )
Email: lindsaysmith [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Lindsay Smith is the Food Educator for the Co-op Culinary Learning Center. Lindsay brings with her a lifelong passion for supporting local, sustainable agriculture and seasonal eating. She loves to cook and make the kitchen an accessible place for people of all ages. Lindsay also brings a wealth of teaching experience, especially in unconventional classrooms. She is an engaged member of her Enfield community, serving as Town Moderator as well as co-chairing a committee rewriting the town Master Plan. When not working or volunteering her time, you can find her biking, hiking, crocheting, and running her own events company. She is excited to engage deeper with the Co-op as a Board Member. Term ends in 2025.
martaceroni [at] board.coopfoodstore.com ( Jennifer Tietz )
Email: jennifertietz [at] board.coopfoodstore.com
Full bio coming soon. Term ends in 2024.
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