Meet Our General Manager

Taylor Rose Evans

General Manager

Taylor moved to Vermont from California with her partner and two daughters in the spring of 2007. She comes to us with an extensive retail background having been a principal in a California based outdoor specialty retail business along with having worked for both an international outdoor clothing and equipment brand and on the financial services end of a major motorcycle company.

Taylor also has experience in the business conference industry having worked as National Sales Manager at a four diamond resort and as Senior Sales Manager at a major east coast ski area. Taylor is a Navy veteran and attended the University of Scranton majoring in Public Administration and Business.

Taylor is actively involved in the LGBTQI community as a board member of the Pride Center Vermont and is driven by a passion to empower Trans and non-binary individuals and to support the community at large through empowerment workshops and by helping others to meet head on the challenges of transition in their community and workplace. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her daughters and partner and is an avid traveler and outdoor adventurer.

Meet Our Staff

  • Elizabeth Autorino
  • Addie Baranyay
  • Mj Bouvier
  • Grason Darrow
  • Emma Engler
  • Grace Evans
  • Loren Leahy
  • Brianna Reeves
  • Chuck Waskuch

Meet Our Board

Elly Ventura

Chair

Elly has worked in higher education and the non-profit sector her entire professional life. She has served on the inaugural Hyde Park Energy Committee for about a year and began as a volunteer with MOCO as a member of the Community Committee.

Elly has a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and a BA in Athletic Training/Psychology. Her interest and experience in Sustainability and the Environment comes from a passion and lifestyle of learning and teaching. As the Outreach Manager for the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District, she spends a lot of time in Lamoille County communities. Her robust knowledge of local organizations, events, and culture assist in identifying connections and opportunities for MOCO.

Activities which Elly enjoys include being out on a trail with her family – including the family pooch, reading a book, playing in the dirt, or spending quality time hosting or traveling with family & friends.

Lisa Zinn

Co-Chair

Lisa is a faculty member at Northern Vermont University where she teaches classes in Sustainability, Environmental Science and Biology. Before moving to Vermont, Lisa was the director of a Sustainability Leadership Semester and an environmental educator at Goshen College in Goshen Indiana.

Lisa’s expertise in sustainability helps to communicate the importance of a locally owned food co-op and the high value it brings to the community. As stated by Lisa, “Sustainability is the idea that any successful endeavor must consider the environmental components, the social components, and the economic components. I think this lens will help us as we look toward MOCO’s future growth and success”.

In her leisure time, Lisa enjoys birding, hiking, kayaking and walking her dogs as well as reading and woodworking.

Tricia Follert

Secretary

Tricia is a thirty-year resident of Vermont and is the Community Development Coordinator for the Town of Morristown. She is very connected to the community and believes that the growth of MOCO must come from community commitment.

As a previous grower, Tricia understands the importance of shopping locally and keeping our local growers and producers in business. She believes that MoCo is becoming a community hub; a place that people can congregate and shop for the best products around.

Tricia enjoys gardening and is also a lover of the arts.

Jack Pickett

Board Member

Jack has been a professional food service operator for over 40 years. His background includes expertise in food procurement, storage and preparation. Jack’s lifelong dedication to food and his love of cooking further underscore his views on the importance of access to quality sustainable food.

In addition to cooking for his family, Jack enjoys biking and skiing.

Nancy Banks

Treasure

Nancy has served in a number of managerial positions in private industry, government and non-profits. She has also served on a number of Boards including two school committees, Massachusetts Council of churches and a community farmers market.  While retired, she currently sits on three local boards in our community.

As she has worked extensively in finance, Nancy comfortably serves as Treasurer and can also lend her expertise in finance. Nancy also assists with volunteer work for MOCO.

Nancy is a “new” Vermonter having lived here just over five years. She has a love of our farming culture and joined the coop as a way to support local farmers, and finding ways to connect local farming to the greater community.

In her spare time, Nancy enjoys photography and loves to share her passion whenever there is an opportunity to display her work. She is also an avid biker and particularly enjoys biking the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail as well as the roads around the Northeast Kingdom.

Nina Church

Board Member

Nina worked for 30 years as a Reading Specialist in the NE Kingdom. Since retiring nearly five years ago, she has enjoyed having the time to give back to her community by volunteering. Nina believes in MOCO’s mission to build a strong, vibrant and healthy community, with both social and economic benefits. She feels that education about healthy eating, and ways to do so economically, is extremely important and would like to expand that effort.

Nina enjoys hiking, gardening, skiing and loves to cook. She and her husband Allen enjoy the many great recreational opportunities in the area.

Kelley Lyons

Board Member

Kelley settled in Lamoille County in 1993 because it offered everything she was hoping for to build a healthy lifestyle. She appreciates the natural beauty, outdoor activities, and local farms that fuel her passions.

Growing up in suburban Denver, Kelley had never met a farmer until she started cooking at the Blue Moon Café. It was there that she was introduced to what farm-to-table truly meant.

Kelley was inspired to continue her culinary training at the Cordon Bleu in Paris and cooking healthy, local food has been part of her daily life ever since. She loves sharing her passion of healthy, local meals, especially if she bought the ingredients at MOCO!

Elaine Harvey

Board Member

Elaine has spent her professional career in higher education and corporate communications. She has served on numerous boards and committees in pursuit of both professional and personal passions. Professionally, Elaine has always been drawn to effective storytelling as a vehicle to evoke emotion that drives action.

With her background in communications, fundraising and data analysis, Elaine will be able to continue to share the value of MOCO to the greater community. She believes that food co-ops offer communities the chance to be part of the fabric of their food supply chain in a way that just isn’t attainable with larger grocery chains.

Elaine enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and supporting community initiatives.

Larry Gibs

Board Member

Larry’s career in both the technology & insurance industries has focused on contract management, contract negotiations & process management/control. These skills, along with his experiences in his  family’s bakery distribution business, are a welcome asset to the Morrisville Food Co-op.

Larry and his wife have lived in Hyde Park for six years. He has described seeing MOCO go from a vision to a fully operational store and the skill sets that were necessary to bring MOCO to where it is today. Larry believes that his experience, in conjunction with the collaboration of the other board members, could potentially bring MOCO operations to a whole new level by controlling costs, mitigating risk, optimizing operational efficiency and increasing member participation.

Larry sees MOCO as a community based food co-op focusing on the benefits of local & organic products, which in turn supports local vendors/farmers and therefore the local economy.

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