Meet your Board

Jack Pickett

Board Chair

Contact: jackpickett802@gmail.com

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

I have been in the Food service business for over forty years. I bring a knowledge of the food economy that comes with a life long passion for cooking with fresh local ingredients whenever possible.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op?

Helping bring a quality socially conscious market to Morrisville.

Favorite Quote:

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” ~ JFK

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Idiot’s Guide to a Volkswagen by ?

What do you enjoy doing when not at the Co-op?

Skiing, biking, cooking and woodworking

Cari Varner

Board Secretary

Contact: cjvarner@gmail.com

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

My education background is in environmental policy and urban design. Throughout my career, I have worked with public and private organizations in improving sustainability through strategic planning. I have developed sustainable policy plans, downtown improvement plans and parks and recreation plans for municipalities as well as for numerous community organizations.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op?

I enjoy volunteering with the Co-op because I think it is a great opportunity to give back to the Morrisville community in a way that benefits everyone. Morrisville Food Co-op supports local vendors and farmers, is owned by people in our community and keeps our downtown vibrant, with accessible, healthy food.

Favorite Quote or Hero:

I would say my hero is Michelle Obama.

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

I enjoy all shows on NPR, the podcast Smartless and my favorite books are either children’s picture books or any multi-generational female-lead fiction or mid-twentieth century American fiction.

What do you enjoy doing when not at the Co-op?

I enjoy gardening, hiking, skiing, reading, relaxing at the beach, swimming hole or lake and spending time with friends and family.

Beth Springston

Board Treasurer

Contact: treasurer@morrisvillecoop.com

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

Grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Brandeis University, moved to San Francisco, worked in advertising research, obtained MBA in Small Business Management, spent next 30 years in San Francisco and then Charlotte NC as Controller in several small businesses, next 10 years as owner and manager of geotechnical drilling company, now retired to Vermont and keeping busy by volunteering at Central Vermont Council on Aging, Hardwick Food Pantry, Lamoille Neighbors, and now the Co-op.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op?

Learning about, and supporting, the local economy and farm products

Favorite Quote:

“Unless women are prepared to fight politically, they must be content to be ignored politically.” ~ Alice Paul (Historical)

“Empowering women changes the world” ~ Melinda Gates (Contemporary)

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor
Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

What do you enjoy doing when not at the Co-op?

Reading, baking

Larry Gibs

Board Member

Contact: gibslsg@hotmail.com

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

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.

Kelley Lions

Board Member

Contact: yoginikell1@icloud.com

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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 the Co-op!

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op:

I like to work at the Co-op because there is no other store that offers truly local products! It’s amazing to see what our local farmers and vendors bring to our community. When you walk in the door you always are greeted with warmth from the staff. Morrisville Food Co-op is the best in Lamoille County.

Favorite Quote:

“And, in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make…” ~ The Beatles

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

All The Light We Cannot See by A. Doerr
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Goldfinch by D. Tartt

What do you enjoy doing when not at the Co-op?

Hanging with my corgi, Royal, Yoga, Knitting, Cycling, Paddling at Green River Reservoir

Danielle Smith

Board Member

Contact: –

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

Dani has worked as an event planner, educator, and connector for a myriad of people through her university sustainability office, local nature centers and nonprofits, and as an outdoor camp counselor in her home state of Wisconsin, Washington DC, and here in Vermont.

Since moving to Vermont three years ago, Dani has worked with farmers, eaters and partners at Salvation Farms and is now an educator at Craftsbury Academy.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op:

Co-ops are essential community resources that connect local people with local farms & products, and I all for that! I’m excited to see how the Morrisville Co-op can continue to grow with and strengthen the surrounding community.

Favorite Quote:

“To see the world, things dangerous to come, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose in life.” ~ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

Wintering by Katherine May – Book
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer – Book
Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford – Book

On Being by Krista Tippet – Podcast
Dolly Patton’s America by Jad Abumrad & Shims Oliaee – Podcast
You’re Wrong About by Michael Hobbes & Sarah Marshall – Podcast

What do you enjoy doing when not at the Co-op?

I love hiking in and around Vermont, kayaking at the Green River Reservoir, finding new swimming holes, and cross country skiing. I’m passionate about eating good cheese, being cozy, and making sure everyone is having a good time!

Susan Titterton

Board Member

Contact: –

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

In 2011, I was on the Task Force that began work to create the Morrisville Food Co-op. I was on the first board and stepped off when my husband and I bought 46 Pleasant Street, where the store resides. Over the years, I’ve served on many committees – Events, Outreach, Nominating, Member Loan, and Corn Roast. I recently volunteered (and was appointed) to fill a vacant seat on the board, until the next board elections. What I bring to the board are my knowledge of our history, organizational & facilitation skills, community connections, and an enduring commitment to helping our co-op to survive and thrive. I have clearly disclosed my potential conflict of interest, as the landlord, and will recuse myself from any discussion or vote related to the lease. I am very honored to serve!

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op:

I work on the Co-op because it’s such an important anchor institution for vibrancy in the village, a support for local growers and producers, and a centerpiece for our community.

Favorite Quote:

“The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.” ~ Paul Coehlo

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

Teaching Children to Care by Ruth Charney
People Skills by Robert Bolton
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

What do you enjoy doing when not at the Co-op?

Doing anything or nothing with our four beloved grandchildren.

Don McDowell

Board Member

Contact: –

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

I have been an educator (high school science/mathematics teacher at PA and Stowe) in Lamoille County for the past 35 years. I have also been a coach of multiple sports especially ice hockey.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op:

Well I’m a very new board member so tough to answer this question. Looking forward to helping the Co-op move forward though.

Favorite Quote:

My heros would have to be my parents as well as my first significant boss Butch Fleischer an owner of a small urban grocery store.

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

I love listening to VPR.

I read a variety of books, fiction and nonfiction. Steinbeck would be one of my favorite authors from years ago. More recently “The Hidden Life of Trees” was a great read.

What do you enjoy doing when not at the Co-op?

I enjoy being at the lake and running and hiking in the non-snow months. In the winter I try to cross country or downhill ski as much as possible.

Scott Weathers

Board Member

Contact: scott.weathers@mail.harvard.edu

Preferred Pronouns: – He/Him

I’ve helped small startups and major global food companies design their menus to include more sustainable, healthy foods. Most of my career has focused on food systems and public health issues. I’m excited to help the Morrisville Food Co-op thrive.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op:

Co-ops help connect our community and provide healthy, sustainable food. I love seeing people I know at the coop and picking up delicious, fresh produce!

Favorite Quote:

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

A Promised Land by Barack Obama
In Defense of Food
by Michael Pollan
The Charisma Myth
by Olivia Fox Cabane

What do you enjoy doing when not at the Co-op?

Skiing, hiking, and tending to my garden with my partner, Mikaela!

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