Board of Directors

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!

Leah Ciappenelli

President

Leah Ciappenelli is a 12-year resident of Sudbury and lifelong resident of the metro-west area. She has been a member of the co-op since 2017 and actively involved since last year as a member of the hiring committee. Leah is currently head of HR for an Advertising agency that specializes in B2C direct response advertisement for home improvement companies. Over the span her 20+ year HR career, she has worked for companies in various industries, from behavioral technology to public relations. As a Board Director, Leah is excited to help bring the Co-op’s vision to life. She cannot wait for the grand opening and to be a part of a movement that enhances our community on a myriad of levels.

Siobain Mitchell

Director

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.

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.

Laura Mattei

Director

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.

Tom Lena

Director

Along with his wife, Tom is a former member of the Harvest Co-op, a trained yoga teacher, composer and player of meditation music, and group leader based within the Cambridge wellness community. After completing his graduate business studies at Harvard Extension School, he developed a small local business, now serving the natural product industry for 30 years. Tom is also the current Treasurer of the Gift & Decorative Accessories Center Association, a local industry nonprofit, based in Hudson. Passionate about co-op values, Tom is Member #1338 and is thrilled to be cultivating a thriving culture that empowers community.

Steve Kaplan

Director

I believe in supporting our local food producers and making 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 a store where people feel invested in where they shop while supporting their neighbors and surrounding communities.

Richard Fishman

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!