Board of Directors
The 2013-2014 Tacoma Food Co-op Board of Directors was elected by co-op member-owners in the October 2013 annual elections. Board members are elected to serve up to a 3 year term. All year long we are in the process of soliciting new Board Members for the next term. Are you interested? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert More, President
Rob was recruited to the Tacoma Food Co-op board in July 2010, and has since enjoyed the collaboration that takes place among its members. Being on the board has given him the opportunity to help move the food co-op forward.
Rob has a Masters in Architecture from Montana State University. He is skilled in the development of construction documents and presentation graphics. He has worked in the construction trades. Rob was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Bolivia from 2004-2006 working in community development, which taught him about the challenges and methods of accomplishing things with very limited resources. Since returning to the states, he has been working with a local architecture firm helping to bring multi-million dollar projects to completion by working with clients to general contractors.
Tim Runge, Vice President
Tim grew up in the South Puget Sound area where he developed his love for outdoor activities, the environment, and good fresh food. Since he was 6 he has been hiking, climbing, skiing, cycling and exploring the world around him any chance he gets. He have found cooking to be an extension of his love for exploration where he’ll try anything and everything. Just as in nature, though, the experience is so much better when the ingredients are clean and pure.
His first real job was at the REI call center. Tim left that Co-op to earn his bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. After college he returned to REI, working in four REI stores around the west before transferring to the Distribution Center where he is now an operations supervisor. In 2011 he and his wife moved to Tacoma and discovered the TFC. Tim hopes to contribute to the TFC Board his leadership and management experience in order to ensure that this organization can serve as many people as possible in a sustainable and responsible way.
Molly Archer, Treasurer
Molly Archer moved to Tacoma in 2006. After looking for a co-op, she instead became a regular at the farmer’s market and then found out about this effort. She volunteered on the finance committee and was elected to the board at the 2009 annual meeting.
She graduated from WSU and joined a CPA firm in Yakima, where she became a partner specializing in taxes and retirement plans. Then, in 2000, Molly and her family decided to simplify and moved to Holden Village where she became much more aware of the health, environmental and social issues surrounding our food. Molly currently works in Tacoma as the Chief Operating Officer for the nonprofit Associated Ministries. She enjoys getting to know the Tacoma community through volunteering and shopping at the new Co-op.
Jason Higgins, Secretary
Jason was introduced to co-ops when he was very young, visiting the Food Bag co-op that operated in Tacoma in the early 1980s. Returning recently to Tacoma with his family, Jason moved into a neighborhood near the co-op. Jason and his wife share a deep love of gardening and have also raised chickens and ducks.
Jason’s professional experience is as an entrepreneur, having managed a food distribution business and started a construction contracting business which he later sold. He believes that a food cooperative can be a central building block towards real food sustainability by facilitating relationships between food consumers and food producers. Jason wants to make sure we invest in it for the long-term so that it can be relied on to be that solid foundation for more years to come.
Jennie Agard moved to Tacoma in 2006. She has worked in Accounting and IT for over 30 years, and has served on the PCC-Kirkland members advisory committee and as Treasurer for Washington State NOW. She is currently business processes analyst at Ballard Hardware in Seattle, and lives 2 blocks from her 2 daughters, their partners and her 2 grandsons.
Jennie is an organic gardener, raises chickens for eggs, and is a CSA member (Filbert Acres in Puyallup). She has been gluten and dairy-free since 2004 and soy-free since 2006. She is enthusiastic about the alternatives the co-op offers us for different dietary needs and the co-op’s emphasis on local and organic foods.
Katy and her family arrived in Tacoma in 2009. She has been thrilled to discover that her new home town is a hard working, friendly community with an amazing spirit of entrepreneurship, dedicated to supporting its local small businesses, creating access to good food, and supporting the arts, farmers markets, and parks. She is delighted with the success of the Co-op’s first year and plans to contribute to its continued growth.
She has a background in documentary film making and environmental science, and has a 100 ton captain’s license. She brings experience with running a small non-profit, familiarity with coordinating a volunteer workforce, and a strong desire to get involved in her new community.
Barbara has lived in Tacoma since 2007 and grew up in Puyallup. Her passion for food started when her mom gave her her own plot to farm as a kid, and her grandmother taught her how to bake. She could see how important it was to have a connection with where food came from and of creating something delicious that her family could enjoy together. She was elected to the board at the 2014 annual meeting.
Barbara has prior nonprofit board experience and ran for the board to become involved again in contributing to something close to her heart. She joined the board to learn about local food justice efforts, give back to her community, and help ensure TFC’s longevity and success.
Carl moved to Tacoma in 2011 and joined the co-op board in 2012. His interest in organic, locally sourced food has roots in his devotion to health, good eating, community, and the environment.
Carl has a background in mathematics, and has worked as a teacher and a scientist for over a decade. His interests in the co-op include governance, policy, and outreach. When he’s not teaching, researching, or spending time with his family, Carl enjoys getting to know the complicated character of his new native city and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Jana Wennstrom has lived in Tacoma since 1988 when she came here for college and chose never to leave. She has worked in a health food store, sold Birkenstocks and bicycles, worked in public programming and education at Tacoma Art Museum, and currently works as the Volunteer Coordinator at the non-profit LeMay – America’s Car Museum. She has volunteered at Irma Gary House, the Grand Cinema, and served on the Tacoma Arts Commission from 2009 – 2014.
She wants to see Tacoma as a successful and thriving city and, furthermore, is determined to help make it happen through service and sustainable choices. She sees the Tacoma Food Co-op as a contributor to these goals. She recently participated in an NW Earth Institute discussion course sponsored by the City of Tacoma called Menu for the Future – Food and Sustainability and she considered this a big eye opener that has changed the way she thinks about and acquires food for her plant-based diet. TFC fits well into this new and improved model which also involves growing more of her own organic produce, supporting both a local grain and produce CSA, and frequenting farmers markets throughout Tacoma.
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