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:
Roger - President
Term: 11/2019 - 11/2022
I am an old-comer to the Arcata Co-op, having been involved since around 1977. Probably the most useful thing I can share is I am very available to promote your ideas and desires to sustain our Co-op. My phone number is 444-9901 and I'm in the Arcata Co-op most every day, on my evening transition from work to home. I encourage you to reach out to board members, store workers and your fellow members to keep us going well.
Leah Stamper - Vice President
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.
Ahmed Foggie - Secretary Term: 11/2020 - 11/2023
I’m fairly new to Humboldt County, having only been here a couple of years. However, in that time, I’ve come to value the need for the Co-op. The Co-op necessity not only comes from its supply of fresh and organic food but also its placement as a community center. Moreover, it also provided me with my first job when I moved to the area. Outside of my duties as a board member I am a lecturer at Humboldt State University in the Geography, Environment & Spatial Analysis Department. As a board member I hope to serve both the community and the North Coast Cooperative.
Kirsten Lindquist - Treasurer 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 food with friends is one of my greatest joys. I look forward to serving the co-op community as a member of the board.
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
Pamela Lee - General Director Term: 11/2020 - 11/2021
I was born and raised in Ventura County, CA. I moved to Arcata in 1981 where I studied Foods and Nutrition at HSU. I felt like I had come home when I moved to Humboldt, loving the Redwood trees, the wild Pacific Ocean, and the beautiful Trinity Alps. I became a member of the Arcata Co-op at that time, and later worked in the bakery until my return to southern California in 1990. I circled back to Arcata in May of 2020 after a career dedicated to improving the food quality of programs serving low income populations. I am now running my own Wellness Coaching Practice, backpacking often, taking long walks at the beach and redwoods, and cooking healthy foods for myself and friends. I am excited to put my many years of Food Service experience to work as a Co-op Board Member.
Thomas Wehland - Employee Director
Term: 11/2020 - 11/2023
Like so many before me, I came to Humboldt County originally for the university, and I immediately fell in love with the natural beauty that surrounds us here. I decided to make my home here, and 12 years later I’m glad I did. Part of what I first loved about this area, and what continues to enthrall me, is the amazing food culture we enjoy here. The Co-op is, of course, a staple feature of this food culture and it has been my pleasure to work at the Co-op since 2016. When I’m not at work, I can usually be found out walking the many beautiful trails we have here. I am eternally curious, and I was raised to believe you should never stop learning. I am constantly discovering new passions, and the list has grown too long to detail here. But I very much look forward to discovering what I can learn from you all in my capacity serving as an Employee Director for the Co-op we all love.