WHAT DOES THE
The Board of Directors is the governing body for the co-owners of the Boise Co-op. It is composed of nine co-owners, elected by co-owners. Terms for directors range from one to three years as needed to ensure no more than three terms are scheduled to expire every year.
The Board is responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of the Boise Co-op’s co-owners. This work includes developing clearly stated expectations through written policies; delegating responsibility for, and authority over, the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies.
The Board is a strategic and visionary body with a view toward the future of our cooperative, rather than focusing on the short term.
Meet the Board
The Board of Directors meets each month, typically on the second Monday from 5:30-7:00 pm. Co-owners are invited to attend our monthly Board meeting. This is a great chance to learn more about the workings of the Co-op and voice any questions, concerns, or compliments you have! Check the calendar for the most up-to-date info on when and where the next Board meeting is happening.
Shannon McGuire - Board President
Shannon McGuire has been a member and supporter of Boise Co-op since 2011. She is extremely passionate about shaping the local food system, increasing access to healthy food options, combating childhood obesity, advocating nutrition education, and building a healthier Treasure Valley. As a past employee of Boise Co-op’s senior management team, Shannon has learned first hand the value of the cooperative business model and fully believes in the power of cooperation. Shannon’s motivation for joining the Board of Directors is to help support and grow Boise Co-op’s position as a community leader in local food system development in the Treasure Valley.
Jay Holmes – Vice President
I've been a Boise resident since 2007 and can't imagine a better place to live and raise my two children with my wife, Amy. I moved to 8th street a little more than a year ago and find myself walking to the Co-op most days of the week. My haul might include some heirloom tomatoes, sweet potatoes, rib-eye steak, an IPA or two and a pack of organic corn tortillas. Somehow, and quite often, I end up with one or two of the vegan peanut butter chocolate bars. They. Are. So. Good!
Alex McNish - Secretary
Alex has been a part of the Treasure Valley community since 1971 and a Co-op co-owner since 1980. She worked in the Co-op’s Customer Service Department from 1996 to 2005, then was elected to the Board in 2007. Alex works for Mountain States Group as a coordinator for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Foster Grandparent Program.
Robert has lived in Boise since 1977 and has been a member of the Co-op since 1978. Rob is a founding partner in the Boise law firm Anderson, Julian & Hull LLP. He specializes in civil litigation and construction law. He has been a member of the Design Review Board for the City of Boise and is a charter member of the City Club. He also has served on the Board of Directors for Idaho Attorneys Against Hunger and Idaho Partners for Justice.
Mary has been a member of the Co-Op since the mid 1990’s, and began shopping at the Hill Road store in the early 1980’s as a teenager. She has been supplying the stores with baked goods for re-sale since 1992. Because she's been both shopping and selling at the Co-Op for so long, she has considerable knowledge of how the stores should and do function. She is intimately familiar with Co-Op customer shopping tastes and community interests, and has witnessed the changes that have occurred in the Valley over the past 35 years. She looks forward to applying her knowledge and experience to help the Co-Op grow and thrive in an evolving market and community. She would like to help shape the future of the Co-Op.
Tracy has spent her 20-year career exploring the world of food. The bulk of that time, she was working in the Food Division of the J.R. Simplot Company, developing expertise in everything from food safety and production to new product innovation and marketing.
With a B.S. in Biology from Boise State University, and a broad-spectrum of professional expertise, she was appointed to the role of CEO of local, food-based nonprofit social enterprise, Create Common Good, in 2015.
In addition to providing foodservice job-training and placement services to refugees and other populations with barriers to employment, CCG utilizes its large commercial kitchen to offer volume food production products and services to local businesses. In the role of CEO, her business acumen ensures that CCG continues to meet the needs of its food production customers and her passion for community is leading CCG to even stronger programs and outcomes for its trainees. It’s the perfect combination of heart and business.
She's lived in Boise for 26 years and volunteers with many local Boise organizations, and chairs the Boise Chamber’s Food and Ag Industry Board. She lives with her 16-year old son, Ashlund, and loves to travel, enjoy the outdoors and stay abreast of Idaho’s wine, craft beer, and culinary scene, and has been a proud Boise Co-op member for over 15 years.
Zach's family has been Boise Co-op members since before he can remember. He grew up running around the receiving rooms and bakeries of the Boise Co-op as it grew and moved around the North End. His family has been intimately involved with the Boise Co-op since its inception. In fact, 11 members of his family have worked for “The Co-op.” A combined 65+ years of service to the Boise Co-op and the greater community. He was lucky enough to have been employed by the Boise Co-op from 2005-2015 as the “Pet Food Guy.” He helped conceptualize and manage the Boise Co-op Pet Shop which opened in June of 2013. He has been actively involved in the Boise music scene as a member of several local bands and as a local visual artist. He loves “the Co-op” and is excited for an opportunity to continue serving its customers, members, and community.
I’ve been a member of the Co-op since 2013, and have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors this past year. I’ve truly enjoyed making connections with the employees and members, and being connected with a cooperative that supports the quality of life offered in the Treasure Valley. Having been raised by farmers, ranchers, and a father who was president of his city’s community garden, the Co-op has a sense of home to me and I relate to their vision of a health-conscience lifestyle.
Being a marketing professional, owning my own small business for the last 15 years, and my experience in a large retail company, has helped me understand our community, the importance of local and customer relationships, plus how to thrive with change. I’m passionate about being a catalyst in connecting people for a cause I care about, and preserving farmlands.
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