Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Leslee Keri

  • published PFC Board Candidates 2024 in Get Involved 2024-05-13 13:59:35 -0500

    PFC Board Candidates 2024

    This year, there are four (4) positions up for election to the Prairie Food Co-op Board and three (3) candidates. With both incumbents and previous Board members running, we are impressed by the breadth of qualifications and experience these candidates bring to the mix. Please check out each candidate and cast your vote!

    Voting will begin at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 21st and will close at the conclusion of the PFC Annual Owners Meeting on June 9th. 

    All PFC Owners will receive an email with their ballot and simple instructions on how to cast their vote by May 21. Make sure you check your spam folder if you don't see it in your regular email. If you don't receive an email ballot, please email our PFC Board Secretary, Gerry Haptas. 

     

    Click each name to learn more about each candidate. 

     

    Beth Peluse

    Crystal Echevarria

    Emmarie Burger

     

    Practicing Co-op Principle #2: Democratic Member Control
    Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Representatives (directors/trustees) are elected among the membership and are accountable to them. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote); cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.


  • published Dorothy Swit in PFC Board Candidates 2023 2023-05-08 21:24:46 -0500

    Dorothy Swit

    • Hometown: Lombard
    • Owner #: 1247
    • Term: Elected 2023.

    "Prairie Food Co-op is an asset to the community and I would be honored to serve on the Board of Directors to create the best possible co-op that serves not only the owners but all the customers."

    Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors?

    This is an exciting time for Prairie Food Co-op as the store is soon going to become a reality. The mission of the co-op is one that resonates with me and I am proud to support it. I would use my organization, communication, and program creation skills to work in the best interest of the owners and the co-op.

    Employment: Please tell us about your past or present employment

    I have worked for the DuPage County Department of Probation and Court Services for 14 years. Working in this position has given me the opportunity to work with strict deadlines, read and interpret laws, and to collaborate with multiple levels of the organization to achieve goals. While in college, I worked at Trader Joe’s as part of the first crew in a new store and enjoyed being around food and discussing it with the customers.

    Which of the following areas do you have expertise?

    Management, Communications

     

    What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director?

    My education and career experience would be an asset to Prairie Food Co-op. I have a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration. While obtaining the degree, I had to demonstrate a working knowledge of human resources, financial management, ethics and social responsibility, multicultural diversity, and labor relations. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to use good communication skills and a collaborative mindset to successfully reach goals. While with the DuPage County Department of Probation and Court Services, I had the privilege to work with my team create the first of its kind, first time offender court. This specialty court provides first time drug offenders the opportunity to change their lives and, at the end of their probation, remove the conviction from their criminal record. The program was nationally recognized for its innovation and enhanced services to the community.

     

    What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?

    First and foremost, my goal for the Co-op would be opening a successful store. It will be important to foster a sense of community though education, engagement, and access to healthy and local food. That can be achieved by helping people gain an understanding of where food comes from and the community created around it. I would like the co-op to be sustainable and welcome everyone for generations to come. I understand that my work with the co-op directly impacts all it will serve and I do not take that responsibility lightly. It would be an honor to help create something that the owners and community can be proud of.

     

    What experience (if any) have you had with cooperatives, food or otherwise?

    I do not have experience with cooperatives outside of shopping at them periodically, but look forward to the opportunity to be able to contribute to growing Prairie Food Co-op into a thriving community.


  • published Donald March in PFC Board Candidates 2023 2023-04-06 22:56:56 -0500

    Donald March

    Owner Number 1554

    "I am a long time Lombard resident, with a variety of skills that will be extremely helpful in the growth of OUR, of Lombard's Prairie Food Co-op."

     

    Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors?

    Interested to get involved in something that will benefit the community

     

    Employment: Please tell us about your past or present employment

    From 1978 to 1992 I was employed by Osco drug, a division of Jewel at that time.  I ran their corporate record retention center, then supervised their print shop. In 1980 I joined Osco's management training program.  I served in various locations as a mgmt. trainee, assistant manager and assistant general manager in free standing Osco drug stores and in Jewel Osco combination stores. In 1992, my position was eliminated and I was laid off during  a corporate reshuffling.  In 1994 I was hired by the USPS as a mail carrier and in 2015 I became a VOMA ( vehicle maintenance specialist).  I retired in 2017, to care for my ailing wife.  During my time with the Postal service, I was active in the NALC (the mail carriers union).  I served as vice president and president of local NALC branch.  Our branch merged with a larger NALC branch, where I served as a shop Steward and a member of Branch 825's executive board.  I also served on several committees and became a route adjustment specialist at one point.  As a hobby I am a writer and have published 42 books in several different languages, all of which are listed on Amazon.

     

    Volunteer: Membership/Affiliation/Leadership Past and Present:

     In 1994 I was hired by the USPS as a mail carrier and in 2015 I became a VOMA ( vehicle maintenance specialist).  I retired in 2017, to care for my ailing wife.  During my time with the Postal service, I was active in the NALC (the mail carriers union).  I served as vice president and president of a local NALC branch.  Our branch merged with a larger NALC branch, where I served as a shop Steward and a member of Branch 825 executive board.  I also served on several committees and became a route adjustment specialist.  As a hobby I am a writer, I have had several articles published in regional sporting magazines and have published 42 books in several different languages, all of which are listed on Amazon.

     

    Which of the following areas do you have expertise?

    Management, Fundraising, Marketing/Public Relations, Event Planning, Finance, Communications, Agriculture

     

    What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director?

    I have a BS in Agriculture and Communication from the University of Illinois and a minor in Advertising and Marketing.  I have extensive experience running a large retail store, and I have been a resident of Lombard for 39 years and counting.  I have run large meetings and have Hired and trained people.  I have above average communication skills, I have chaired and participated a while varieties of committees.

     

    What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?

    Help direct and help grow a Food co-op that will help my community

     

    What experience (if any) have you had with cooperatives, food or otherwise?

    In college I belonged to a food co-op Strawberry Fields and my grandson attends a pre-school co-op in Lombard.


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