Board of Directors

Assabet Village Co-op Board Members Siobain and Annemarie

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors includes Owners who are committed to building a thriving community-owned grocery store. They come from diverse backgrounds, from farmers to chemists to engineers and stay-at-home moms and dads. If you’re a passionate Co-op Owner, please email to learn how you can join our Board!

*Board Applications for Fall 2020 Are Open! Click here for the full Board Application, deadlines, and details about our Intro to Board Service Sessions on Aug. 24 and 31, 2020. This will be the most momentous year in the history of the Co-op, as our new Directors will help lead us to Opening Day 2021.

Siobain Mitchell


Siobain has been with the initiative since its beginning. She believes the Co-op will be an integral part of a thriving local economy and will make the area more resilient. Siobain has a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked for 10 years in mortgage banking before taking time off to raise her family. Since then she has gone back to school and is now working towards CFP® certification.


Annemarie Nagle


Annemarie lives in Bolton and owns Newgrange Farm, a small farm with goats, chickens, and bees. She enjoys spending time with her family and animals, making goat milk soaps, yoga, cycling and hiking. She was born and raised in Ireland and came here in 1995 after graduating from University College Cork with a BSc in Food Science and Technology. She loves the Co-op’s mission of supporting local farmers and providing fresher, healthier food.

Rob Olney


Rob Olney, a 15-year Acton resident, has been involved with the Co-op for five years and originally worked on the marketing team. He was attracted to the Co-op as a means of reducing our food’s carbon footprint (and with the hope of bringing his favorite chocolate, Frey chocolate, to a local store). Rob is a real estate investor with successful acquisitions of several buildings, including a 43,000-square-foot building in Littleton. He also manages and owns a 55+ apartment complex. Rob joined the Board to help locate, negotiate, secure and build-out our store, and he looks forward to meeting you at an upcoming tabling event.

Karim Kovacevic


Karim and his wife settled in Stow five years ago. Their blended family includes four kids ages 15-25. Currently, he helps manage and develop software solutions with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in Marlborough. Karim’s food philosophy – “know what you eat” – was formed early in his life, having spent his formative years and childhood summers on the Croatian coast. Whether consuming fruits and vegetables from his great grandfather’s farm or acting upon his grandmother’s “dinner is whatever fish you catch” ethos, he developed an appreciation for the importance of locally sourced food. He brings this passion to serving on the Board.

David Gerratt


An Acton resident for nearly 30 years, David served on the board of a storefront co-op in western Mass. and worked as a communications consultant and graphic designer with  national, regional, and local co-op organizations. He has been working with the Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market since its inception in 2009. David owns and operates two home-based businesses. DG Communications works primarily with organizations that promote environmental health and social and economic equality — the Union of Concerned Scientists, Farm Aid, and Oxfam America are among his long-term clients. And Fugitive Productions brings musicians, storytellers, and comedians to local venues.


Mary Kay Deck


Mary Kay Deck was a long-time resident of Acton and recently moved to Groton. She is a Registered Nurse and has worked in nursing administration and medical devices. She maintains a small consulting practice and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Throughout her life, she has helped herself and others achieve optimal health through nutrition and lifestyle. While raising a young family she was frustrated with the lack of affordable organic foods, which led her to found a co-op buying club. As a Board Director, she looks forward to promoting health in our community by working with farmers to provide locally grown and raised food, delivered in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.

Paul Friedman


Paul is a longtime resident of Acton, and he and his wife have three grown daughters. He is also the founder of LensProToGo in Concord, now one of the largest camera gear rental companies in the US. Great food and cooking have always been a family focus, and Paul loves that our Co-op will be able to provide the community with healthy ingredients from local farms at fair prices.