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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Cooperative Principle #2 — Democratic Member Control

North Coast Co-op is a wholly member-owned organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by our membership. Elections occur annually in the fall. Two of the seven seats on the board are dedicated to employee members of North Coast Co-op. Board members serve a three-year term, unless they were appointed to fill a vacancy.

Our current board members and their terms are:

James Kloor - President and Treasurer
Term: 11/2017 - 11/2020

I’m a transplant to Humboldt County, and came to the North Coast by way of HSU, where I studied Mathematics, and Physics. After graduation I worked for Sun Frost, a local refrigerator manufacturer, as their bookkeeper, parts distributor, and general troubleshooter. After 3.5 years at Sun Frost I moved over to the Humboldt Area Foundation, a local non-profit community foundation, to work in the finance department. I’m extremely excited to take on a new role in the Co-op community, and look forward to how it will grow, develop, and change. As part of the board I hope to inspire communication and connectedness amongst diverse communities. Thank you.

 

Colin Fiske - Vice President
Term: 11/2018 - 11/2021

I lived in Chicago, Philadelphia, southern California, Florida and Washington, DC, before my wife and I found our home here in Humboldt County four years ago. I divide my time between working on various local causes and campaigns and husbanding my land, resources and wife.  I am excited to work closely with fellow Co-op members and employees to increase member participation                                                            and address other important topics.

 

Leah Stamper - Secretary
Term: 11/2018 - 11/2021

I was born and raised in Humboldt County. I work as a nurse and spend much of my free time diving in the waters off the North Coast. I also enjoy trying to keep my bees happy and my ducks out of trouble. In the coming year I am looking forward to connecting with Co-op members and employees, as well as fostering a community of cooperation and participation.

 

Cheri Strong - Employee Director
Term: 11/2017 - 11/2020

I'm a long term Co-op employee. This year I'd like to get a more global perspective on how to slow environmental degradation and the ebbing fortunes of the working and underclasses. In the coming year I'm looking forward to helping grow a more inclusive community and seeing the Co-op become more of a participatory democracy. I'd also like to get to where we focus less on products from big food producers and shift towards giving local businesses more support.

 

Laura Wright - General Director
Term: 11/2019 - 11/2022

Having grown up in a small, remote town outside of Antwerp, Belgium I was no foreigner to the do-it-yourself / local concept. At the age of 13 we moved to the central valley of CA – culture shock maximus. Midway through high school my mother commented that I belong in Humboldt – not knowing what a “Humboldt” was we took a road trip. I fell in love. In 2007 I moved to Humboldt County where I attended HSU and was lucky enough to find my now husband. Supporting local businesses and agriculture is something I hold near and dear to my heart. The sense of community in this county is amazing and I’m thankful to be a part of it. I look forward to sharing this passion of supporting local community by serving on the board of the North Coast Co-op. Thank you for the opportunity    

 

Kirsten Lindquist - Employee Director
Term: 11/2019 - 11/2022

I am an East Coast transplant who has slept in 44 states and have only been in California for eleven years, the last six in Humboldt, where I hope to stay for good. I love co-ops, and this is the seventh co-op I have been a member of and the third that I have worked at. Working at co-ops is my fourth and hopefully final career path, having dabbled in academe, national and state politics, as well as being a food entrepreneur. In my free time I can be found running my dog at the beach and in the forest, or watching great films. Cooking for others and enjoying with friends is one of my greatest joys. I look forward to serving the co-op community as a member of the board.

 

Roger - General Director
Term: 11/2019 - 11/2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

The board can be contacted via email at board@northcoast.coop. More about communicating with the board can be found on our Contact the Board page.