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

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

Mark Andrews

Board Member

Contact: msagreenmts@gmail.com

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

Although I have virtually no experience with the operations and financial management of a food cooperative, I do have many years of experience serving on various boards and as a former School Superintendent and private consultant, supporting boards in their leadership roles. Now semi-retired, I’m in a better position to serve my community in ways that advance the health and well-being of individuals and families.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op?

Serving as a Co-op Board member provides an opportunity to wrestle with seemingly complex matters yet taking great pride in knowing that when people come together with passion, smart ideas and commitment, good things will happen.

Favorite Quote:

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Repair by Robert Pirsig
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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

Observing and interacting with the natural world right here in VT as well as our second favorite place to be, Western Montana.

Rachel Funk

Board Member

Contact: rachelmiriamfunk@gmail.com

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

I have lived in the village of Morrisville for several years, and as the youth services librarian at Morristown Centennial Library, have experience in community building, outreach, publicity, and programming. I have worked at health food stores and have knowledge of and interest in healthy foods and natural products.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op?

I enjoy being part of a group of people who understand the importance of local foods and healthy living and work to help bring them to our community.

Favorite Quote:

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~ E.B. White

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

“It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.” ~ Fred Rogers

“We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

As a librarian, it is hard to pick just three favorite books! But three that automatically come to mind

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Devotions by Mary Oliver

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

Singing and playing guitar and ukulele, reading, writing, yoga, and nature walks.

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.

Elaine Harvey

Board Member

Contact: eharvey14@gmail.com

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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.

Why do you enjoy working at the Co-op?

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. The Co-op creates a self-fulfilling cycle in which the local food supply supports the community and in turn the community supports the local food supply.

Favorite Quote:

“Humans are vulnerable and rely on the kindness of the Earth and the sun; we exist together in the sacred field of meaning” ~ Joy Harjo

Favorite Books/Podcasts:

It’s been a Minute – Sam Sanders (podcast)
Devotions by Mary Oliver
Hidden Brain – NPR (podcast)

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

Hiking, gardening, cooking and supporting community initiatives.

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

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