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 info@assabetmarket.coop to learn how you can join our Board!

Siobain Mitchell

President

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

Secretary

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

Director

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

Treasurer

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

Director

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

Director

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

Director

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.

*2020 Candidate Laura Mattei

Candidate for Board Director

I am running for the Board of Directors because I want to help the Co-op realize our dream of building our store and strengthening our local economy and community. In these extremely stressful times, it feels even more important to strengthen our local connections and communities. I have been a member of the Co-op since the very early stages (Member #20) and I have a long track record of volunteering to support our coop. I volunteered in the first year making phone calls to recruit members, then volunteered over the years at tabling events. In the last three months, I have been active with our Capital Campaign contacting other Owners about the opportunity to invest in our store. I am passionate about healthy food, healthy land management and taking care of our environment and the planet. I have over 25 years of experience working as a program manager with non-profits in the field of land and water conservation. I enjoy cooking, hiking, biking, lake swimming, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. And I look forward to this opportunity to increase my support of our Co-op Community

*2020 Candidate Tom Lena

Candidate for Board Director

I am running for the Board to apply my passion for the power of cooperatives to transform community. Since the 1990s, I have been a believer and a supporter of the co-op philosophy, including memberships in Co-op America (now Green America) and the former Harvest Co-op. After completing my graduate business studies at Harvard Extension School, I developed a small local business, now serving the natural product industry for 30 years. I am also the current Treasurer of the Gift & Decorative Accessories Center Association, an industry non-profit. I understand how to assemble the information vital to the decision-making that cultivates a thriving culture, gets great results, and empowers community. Outside work, I am a trained yoga teacher, a composer and player of meditation music, and along with my wife, a group leader based within the Cambridge wellness community.

*2020 Candidate Steve Kaplan

Candidate for Board Director

I am running for the Board to support our local food producers and to make fresh, locally grown products easily accessible in our local area. I have lived in the Acton/Maynard area for the past 30+ years working in IT (many years at Digital and the Mill). This includes a few years at a natural products e-commerce company. I look forward to seeing a store where people feel invested in where they shop while supporting their neighbors and surrounding communities.

*2020 Candidate Richard Fishman

Candidate for Board Director

I recently moved from Truro to Stow, and I’ve been a member of six or seven co-ops. I believe in co-ops as a way of doing business and living life, and I’m excited to help nurture and grow our Assabet Co-op Market. I served on the board of directors of the Upper Valley Food Co-op in Vermont for eight years where I was immersed in policy governance, a tool for focusing board oversight and setting defined roles that put a general manager at ease. Your board has embraced policy governance – it works, and I’m excited to share my experience. In the non co-op world I am a painter and graphic designer and I’ve been active in global, community and environmental issues of peace, justice and planetary health. I am thrilled to be living here and excited to be part of this community!