A Market for Everyone owned by our Community
OUR DOYLESTOWN STORE
29 W State St., Doylestown PA
Phone: 215-348-4548 | Map
MON-FRI: 10:00am - 7:00pm
NEW! SAT: 9:00am - 6:00pm
SUN: 10:00am - 6:00pm
OUR DOYLESTOWN STORE
29 W State St., Doylestown PA
Phone: 215-348-4548 | Map
MON-FRI: 10:00am - 7:00pm
NEW! SAT: 9:00am - 6:00pm
SUN: 10:00am - 6:00pm
A Market for Everyone owned by our Community
29 W State Street, Doylestown PA | Map
Phone: 215-348-4548 | Parking Info
MON-FRI: 10:00am - 7:00pm | NEW! SAT: 9:00am - 6:00pm | SUN: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Winter Saturday Hours: 9:00 - 6:00

2015 Board Candidates

The following fellow Co-op Owners have offered to share their talents with us as our first elected Board Members:  

Drew Abbate, Neal Carson, Tom Cockley, Jacqueline Fox, Jennifer Herring, Kira Kraiman, John LaSala, Joel Metzger, Jennifer Robinson, and Paul Weinstein.

We hope all Shareholder Members in good standing will participate in the upcoming voting process for the change to our by-laws and the board election. There are four ways to vote.

  • Download the proxy for the upcoming election here. Complete, scan and return your proxy via email to elections@doylestown.coop or to the Doylestown Food Market 
  • Pick up a proxy from the Doylestown Food Market and return it in one of the two ways above. 
  • Complete the proxy from the Shareholder email sent on October 23, 2015.  [Please note: If you are a Shareholder member-owner in good standing and did not receive an email, please notify Lisa@doylestown.coop.
  • Come to the annual meeting on November 16 and cast your vote. 

 All candidates were asked to respond in 200 words or less to three questions.  Their responses are shown below. There will be two "meet the candidate" opportunities coming up soon.

CHANGE TO MEMBERSHIP MEETING FREQUENCY REQUIRES BY-LAW VOTE: The Board of Directors has recommended the by-laws be revised to require one annual membership meeting instead of two.  By-law revisions require a vote which will be conducted via email prior to Board Election. Those revisions are can be found noted in red on this document.  


 Meet the Candidates

 

Drew Abbate

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

Simply put, great food matters.  When our community develops and engages in healthy practices and understands where our products come from it is a win-win situation for all.  As a 20 year food service worker, Chef if you will, and as someone who owned a restaurant in our town, I would be grateful to give back to my community. 

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

I'm a working chef so I think I will be most valuable as a working board member. 

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

I am the former owner and chef of Vine and Fig the Bistro.  I have worked with and around food for the past 20 years and understand the importance of healthy eating practices.  I would love to help educate our community about influence of where our food comes from and ways simple meals can be prepared.  I am also grateful to our community for its love and support during my wife’s illness and want to give back to our beautiful town. 

 

 

Neal Carson

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

I would like to continue on the Board of Directors to help with the transition and integration of new members onto the Board, and ultimately to do whatever I can to ensure the successful future of our store and its mission. 

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

If acceptable to the Board, I will continue in my role as liaison to the store and the store manager, and work with the staff to help improve processes involving product selection and ordering and the setup and use of the Revel POS system.  At the same time I will do whatever I can to help in the transition to a governing board. 

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

I believe my strengths have been, and will continue to be, a knowledge of the needs of operating a small business (from my career as the owner of a digital printing company) and my ability to set up and implement systems (having set up the IT management system at my printing company, and also having been involved in the setup of the Doylestown Food Market Revel POS system from before the opening of the store).  I also bring a passion for all things local, including local business and delicious local food. 

 

Tom Cockley 

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

Doylestown has incredible resources.  We have everything from the Michener Museum to the County Theater. I have volunteered for a number of organizations in and around Doylestown for many years. I recently retired from owning a medical device manufacturing company. After retiring I started a local chapter of Transition Town in Doylestown. After learning about what transition town was about, I realize that many of the food guidelines and principles are already here in Doylestown. It certainly did not make sense to re-invent the wheel. After doing more research I realized there is great synergy between both organizations.

My wife Marie and I always try to eat healthy. Marie being an excellent cook and experienced shopper is always looking for the best, most healthy, cost effective, local food available and that's what we found at the Doylestown Food Market. I feel that I can contribute my background and business experience to help the Doylestown Food Market to the next level of a sustainable community based organization and leave Doylestown in a better place for our children and grandchildren. 

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

For the Working Board I have already volunteered for the Farm to Table event. I worked busing tables and helped organize the kitchen, food distribution, setup tables, chairs, silverware, tablecloths, glasses, folded napkins (which I never did before), and afterwards, tore it all down. And at the same time made it fun. I am not afraid of hard work. I've been doing it my whole life. My wife Marie and I volunteered at the booth at the Doylestown Art Festival meeting and greeting new prospective members and selling food. I also volunteer as a Disaster Action Team and the Emergency Operation Center for the American Red Cross. I have also been deployed to a number of disasters around the country. 

For the Governing Board, I was a volunteer on the Boards of Wesley Enhanced Living and Wesley Enhanced Living Foundation. We guided them through the fund raising effort to add the 8th floor to their building and all the way through construction. 

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

I know how to run a business having run a family business successfully for 23 years. I have marketing, sales, service, purchasing, inventory and quality control experience. I am familiar with local, state and federal regulations. I have owned and invested in a number of startup companies. And have experience in both for profit and non-profit companies. I also volunteer to mentor women in business. I was vice chair and chairman of First Night Doylestown turned out to be two great community organized events.

 

Jacqueline Fox

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

After serving in the role of Outreach Coordinator since 2012, it would be an honor to more formalize my relationship and commitment to the organization I care so deeply about by serving on the Board.

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

My intended contribution to working board: While keeping longer-term vision focused, identify and follow through on practical next action steps. How I will support transition to governing board: Review quarterly key metrics of committees – in particular Membership, to ensure in alighment with mission and making practical and strategic progress.  Support GM by providing as much clarity and guidance of overall strategy and policy in relation to mission for that individual to make ongoing strategic store development with a specific action plan.  

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

Strengths and skills I would bring:

  • Background training and experience in Organization Development
  • Strong knowledge and involvement in Co-op to date serving in my role as Outreach Coordinator
  • History of recruiting, training, and maintaining a strong volunteer base
  • Consistent, reliable, dependable, committed to mission of Co-op.

 

Jennifer Herring 

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

Several years ago I was a mother to a very small child.  I found myself going from farm to fishmonger to butcher to baker in order to provide my family with fresh, healthy, local food.  When I found out about the Co-op I fell in love with the idea of bringing the farmers and food artisans to people in one spot, benefitting the whole community.  It has been my honor to have been on the Board of Directors for four years and be a part of the start-up and it would be my honor to continue on the Board to assist in organization in its next phase. 

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

If elected I would continue to diligently work to keep our financial data accurate and up-to-date.  I would ensure timely and accurate reporting to all taxing authorities and process and maintain all payroll records.  I will also assist in any ad hoc reports that may be needed to help the board to make fully informed financial decisions.   It is my intent to move many of my current duties to an assistant so I can focus on forecasting and data-analysis rather than the day-to-day bookkeeping.  In order to move closer to this, I am also working towards streamlining processes in order to make the bookkeeping functions easier to transition. 

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

I have been on the Board of Directors of the Co-op for four years.   In that capacity I set up the bookkeeping system, hired the payroll company and became proficient with their system, became familiar with our POS system and various other cash management systems.  I have also developed an understanding of the IRS and PA codes related to the unusual nature of the cooperative business structure.  Prior to my serving on the Board, I worked in public accounting as an auditor, tax accountant, forensic accountant and consultant.  During the over ten years I worked in public accounting, the last four years I focused on small business and non-profit clients.  This background helped me develop my analytical skill, a working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and research skills. 

 

Kira Kraiman

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

To continue the work of making the store profitable, bringing local food to the Doylestown Community and helping educate people on our food system and healthy eating.

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

I will work on the Membership/Education committee and help get our 501c3 up and running.  I will do whatever else I can to help make the store profitable. I will use my leadership skills to help with the transition to governing board.

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

Leadership, creativity, event planning, human resources management, health education, writing.

 

John LaSala

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

I first became involved in the Doylestown Food Co-op when I attended one of the early town hall meetings in May 2010.  The mission of the Co-op was consistent with values I share -

Promoting the local economy, protecting our farms and the environment, and healthy eating.  I have served as Board Member, Fundraising Chair, Board Secretary and Operations Co-Chair.  If re-elected, my goal is to help lead the Co-op to sustainable profitability.  It is my hope that the Co-op will be serving our community for years to come. 

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

As noted, I have been a member of the working Board since it’s inception.   I will continue to work actively to support the Co-op on its mission to profitability.  At the same time, I will work with the Board and store staff to implement relevant changes to enable the transition to a governing board.  Most important of these factors is achieving sales that produce sufficient profit to enable the hiring of staff to perform key tasks in accounting, inventory and marketing so that the Board can focus on policies and metrics. 

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

Experience of 5 years on the Steering Committee and Board, Leadership of Fundraising and Operations (Co-Chair), volunteering at other local non-profits, including the Heritage Conservancy and the Women’s Business Forum.  25 years in corporate technology and management positions in Johnson and Johnson.  

 

 Joel Metzger

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

  • The Co-op is a gathering point for people who care about healthy living and quality of life. This will attract more members and shoppers, because people want to learn more and find friends who also live this way. This is hard to find in our area. Much more can be done to grow that with events, education, and programs. I want to help.
  • I am retiring from my work now, but i have lots of energy and knowhow. I want to put that into something meaningful to me.
  • I live closer than any other member. I am in the store almost every day, and i consider it one of the “treasures” of Doylestown.
  • I want to represent those members who are on a tight budget.
  • My life focus is on living healthy in all ways, and that is the focus of the Co-op.  

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

  • Because I am now retiring, my other projects are ending and I have lots of time to give.
  • I will bring my focus on friendship and healthy living.
  • I love Doylestown and want to help things that make Doylestown great.
  • I am a longtime and active Co-op member and plan to stick around, on the board or not.
  • I am active with transition Doylestown, a group of local residents concerned about the developing challenges stemming from global changes. This connection will be increasingly involved with local food sources. 

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

  • I work well with people and I know many people around Doylestown – been living in the boro about 18 years
  • Been eating a healthy diet most of my life – over 40 years
  • Video Production– creating a series of short videos about the Co-op, now there are 14. My videos all say “Something exciting is happening. If you don’t join, you’re missing out!” I call this EYHO advertising. (That stands for Eat Your Heart Out.)    Https://www.facebook.com/dfcvids
  • Plus we are thinking about more videos, about our eco-partners, about healthy diet, and even a cooking show with recipes.
  • Writing, Editing, and Publishing experience– founded and published an international email network, Online Noetic Network, with 500 members worldwide and two newsletters every week
  • Computers – over 30 year professional background

 

Jennifer Robinson

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

As most (if not all) of you feel, I love the Co-op!  I am honored to volunteer alongside so many who believe in the value of supporting local food, its producers, and our environment.  I feel the position of Board Member is not about power but about guiding growth and sustainability.  My professional experience with process and organizational change management serves well on the board.  I have learned to view the broader picture through incremental change; how to reach adulthood through baby steps – just like our Co-op continues to do.  As HR Manager on the initial board but with no prior HR experience, I also have learned a lot of new things – a wonderful challenge for me.  The Co-op has allowed me to both support its growth but also support my personal growth.  I would love to continue to serve as a Board Member and help us in our next steps!

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

I had the privilege of serving on our initial board since 2012 and would like to continue on to help lead our coop into its next phase of growth.  I held several roles on the initial board: process development, facilitation of strategy, and human resource management.  Thanks to these responsibilities, I have and continue to form strong relationships with our board members, owners, and staff.  We now have standard operating procedures, staff development activities, and strategy meetings with clear outcomes.  However, there is still more work to do.  The board needs to evolve next into a governing board, where we will need to focus less on daily tasks, and more on discipline and strategy in our guidance and decision-marking.  This will require more structure across our board, its committees, and with our store management.  I would like to serve on the board so I can support the board during this evolution.

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

Professionally, I worked the last 10 years in a large corporation with expertise in process and organization change management.  I am a Six Sigma Black Belt, which is an international certification for process optimization.  I am also a certified Change Agent, with experience in facilitation, risk analysis, project management, and supporting people through change.  As a volunteer, I have served on the initial Co-op board since 2012.  I provide HR support in collaboration with our Store Manager, including hiring and staff development.  I also facilitate strategy sessions for our board when needed, as well as develop processes and standard operating procedures.  Outside of the board, I am also an all-hands volunteer for the David and Nancy Presti Foundation, which holds an annual Taste for Life wine-tasting gala raising funds for the Abramson Cancer Center.  My passion for food and cooking is intense, and is carried through my family – my 2-year-old’s favorite food is pickled ginger and kohlrabi, and favorite place to go is the Co-op!  

 

Paul Weinstein

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Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Food Market?

I’m very excited to be a member of the Co-op and see our first store open.  The Co-op is a very important part of our community, providing both a source of healthy food and an outlet for our local farmers.  I want to contribute my skills and experience to help the Co-op thrive and grow.

How do you plan to contribute to our function as a working board, and how will you support our transition to a governing board?

As a working board member, I will serve on a committee and participate in committee tasks.  As a governing board member, I’ll provide oversight and accountability.

What strengths and skills from your career or volunteer efforts would you bring to the work of the Co-op’s Board of Directors?

I have been in the business world for 30 years.  Most recently, I was a Region Manager for 10 years overseeing 24 wholesale plumbing locations.  I am experienced with financial statements, sales, marketing, leadership development and personnel management.