LA MONTANITA BOARD 2-18-2014

Directors

La Montanita’s mission is to provide to our member/owners, at the lowest price possible, exemplary customer service, environmentally sound products, and the highest quality natural and organic food. We are committed to ethical business practices, participatory management, and cooperative principles. Our intention is to provide to the entire community, through practice and education, a working model for a healthy, sustainable, future.

Global Ends Policy - A co-operative community built on beneficial relationships based in healthy food, sound environmental practices, and a strong local economy with results that justify the resources used.

The Policy Governance Model

La Montanita’s Board governs through a process called Policy Governance.  The model emphasizes the board’s role in clearly stating what the organization is to accomplish (Ends Policies) while avoiding unacceptable actions (Executive Limitations Policies).  The Board also writes policies about its own governing process as well as policies that describe its relationship to the General Manager.  As you examine our policies, it’s important to understand that the Board’s job is to explain through its policies what it expects of the organization and then delegates all related issues beyond the written policies on Ends and Executive Limitations to our General Manager.  So, as long as the General Manager accomplishes our Ends and avoids those situations described in Executive Limitations, the board is satisfied.  We as a Board strive to do our job and allow our General Manager to do the work we delegate to her/him. The General Manager demonstrates accountability to the Board by producing regular reports explaining how he/she is complying with Board policies.

For additional information about the model go to: http://www.carvergovernance.com/model.htm

Our Ends

  • Increased access to, and purchase of healthy foods.
  • A growing regenerative agriculture sector that uses sound environmental practices.
  • A thriving and sustainable local economy that benefits members and community.
  • A strengthened co-operative community.

Cooperative Principles

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Member economic participation
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education, training, and information
  • Cooperation among cooperatives
  • Concern for the community

The Board

 Martha Whitman, President

Martha Whitman – President

Term expires December 2015

Marshall Kovitz, Vice President

Marshall Kovitz – Vice President

Term expires December 2015

Susan McAllister

Susan McAllister – Treasurer

Term expires December 2014

Ariana Marchello, Secretary

Ariana Marchello, Secretary

Term expires December 2016

Lisa Banwarth-Kuhn

Lisa Banwarth-Kuhn

Term expires December 2014

Betsy VanLeit

Betsy VanLeit

Term expires December 2015

Jake Garrity

Jake Garrity

Term expires December 2014

JRowland

Jessica Rowland

Term expires December 2016

LeahRoco

Leah Roco

Term expires December 2016

How it Works...

  • La Montañita Co-op members elect other members to serve on the board. The nine board members spend many hours making sure the Co-op provides what you, the members, want. The Board of Directors also sets goals and provides the vision and guidance for the organization.
  • The Co-op board hires a General Manager to manage the business as a whole.
  • The General Manager hires and oversees the staff to take care of the co-op for other members.

Be Informed

Attend Board Meetings

Regular Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM at Immanuel Presbyterian Church across the street from the Nob Hill store; all members are welcome.  Agendas are posted on the bulletin boards in the stores three days before the meetings.

Be Up-to-Date

Read summaries of approved board minutes.

Be in Touch

E-mail bod@lamontanita.coop if you need more information or have any concerns.

How You Can Become a Board Member

As a member, you are eligible to run for the board. Every fall, members elect candidates to the Co-op’s nine-member Board of Directors. Contact us to become a candidate in the next Board of Directors election. Economic Democracy is the key in the cooperative philosophy, and it distinguishes cooperatives from the standard corporate structure.

Board Committees

Member engagement, Finance, Nominations and Elections, Bylaws, Board Development.

For more information regarding the board’s committee work, please email the board at bod@lamontanita.coop.