Board of Directors

The Bethlehem Food Co-Op board is elected at the annual membership meeting on the first Monday of October per our bylaws. The following individuals are the current team of leaders working hard to bring a community-owned grocery store to our community.

Kelly Allen - Board Chair

Kelly Allen is a Professor of English at Northampton Community College and Coordinator of the NCC East 40 Community Garden. In addition to his faculty and administrative roles, he is also the the co-founder and manager of the Farm Market at NCC, the 2014–2015 chair of the NCC National Endowment for the Humanities Agriculture and the American Identity, and Project Director of Food in the Public Square, which was an examination of food culture in the Lehigh Valley.

Presently he is working on the development and growth of the Bethlehem Food Co-op's Community Hubs Program. The line that divides his personal and professional interests is often blurred. He has a deep commitment to social, agricultural, and environmental justice, all of which he tries to address in the classroom and in his day-to-day life.

Nick Blankenberg 

Nick is originally from New Jersey and has lived in Bethlehem since 2011. He joined the Co-Op with his wife shortly after moving here, but because of children never managed to become as involved as he wanted. He sees the Co-Op as a path to improving food-security in Bethlehem and hopes that it can be an important part of a more sustainable Lehigh Valley.

His family has spent the last 5 years working to turn their city lot into an edible forest garden. Now that the children are getting older and the garden is better established, he is ready to commit more time to the Co-Op. He spends his weekdays working as a registered nurse at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown.

 

Kathy Fox - Board Treasurer

Kathy has resided in Bethlehem since 2010 and has been a member of the co-op since 2014. Besides joining the BFC, her passion for the environment has also led her to joining or starting other organizations which believe in sustainable living and protecting the earth for future generations. She is currently a member of the City of Bethlehem’s Environmental Advisory Council and co-chair of the Northampton County Council of Democratic Women’s Environmental Committee.

She believes food is our first medicine and makes an effort to shop at farmer’s markets, organic farms, local health food stores, and grows her own organic vegetables and fruit in her yard. She looks forward to shopping at a community-owned, full-service grocery store in downtown Bethlehem. Kathy also has a passion for swing dancing, specifically the Lindy Hop, and is always looking forward to the next dance.

Kristina Gomez

Kristina has lived in Bethlehem for over 30 years. She is originally from the Hudson Highlands of N.Y. She works as an Occupational Therapist and primarily provide services to young children with Autism. With a love of organic gardening, farm to table cooking and concern for the environment, becoming a member of the Co-op was a natural choice. Her seasonal jobs take her on the Lehigh River where she works for the Lehighton Outdoor Center as a whitewater rafting guide and for Wildlands Conservancy (the Lehigh Valley's premier land trust organization) as a safety guide for their Bike and Boat program.

She has two adult children, a daughter, who now has her own organic garden in New Jersey and a son, who helps maintain Kris's garden in Bethlehem Township. She is lucky enough to have an amazing companion... "The Frenchman" who also believes in locally sourced food and does a lot of the cooking in their household.

Elliot Nolter - Board Secretary

Elliot is a registered architect and Certified Passive House Consultant. He is the owner of East Spruce design/build, an architecture, fabrication, and construction management practice based out of his home in Bethlehem. Through his work and in his personal life, Elliot promotes environmental responsibility and a sustainable, healthy lifestyle whenever possible. He believes we can do more with less, and that a self-sufficient community is a strong community, even in the world-wide economy in which we exist. His interest in the Bethlehem Food Co-Op stems from these values, and a yearning for healthy, local food options that support Lehigh Valley farmers, businesses, and neighbors.

He currently serves on the Negotiations Committee and strives to translate his and the Co-Op's core values into a brick and mortar grocery store, we can all be proud to call our own.

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Carol Ritter - Board Vice Chair

A lifelong organic gardener, Carol has a special interest in a community- owned grocery store in downtown Bethlehem with many healthy options for all. She is enthusiastic about supporting local providers and educating the community about sustainability and local impact.

Carol was born and raised in Bethlehem and co-founder of Caroltalks.com. Carol is an accomplished, award-winning Professional Speaker, Fundraising Strategist, Results Only Executive Coach, Featured Writer and Small Business & Non-Profit Consultant. Carol has presented to over 1/2 million educational, non-profit, and small business leaders nationwide. Carol’s team have raised millions of dollars for Lehigh Valley non-profits and has developed strong, innovative boards and committed volunteer teams.

Carol currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lehigh Valley Reads and the Zoning Board for the City of Bethlehem. Formerly, she served as President of the National Speakers Association in Philadelphia and as board chair for St. Lukes Hospital VNA and Hospice. Her awards include, Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the Year, Most Likely to Succeed in the Speaking Business and recently the GOOD SCOUT award given by the Boy Scouts of America.


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Tracey Werner 

Tracey Werner is a marketing and public relations professional and owner of Blabbermouth Communications in Bethlehem. Her local clients include nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses in the community. She grew up in Allentown and is proud to be a lifelong Lehigh Valley resident currently living in downtown Bethlehem. She’s passionate about buying local and supporting local businesses whenever she can. Tracey is also an episodic volunteer with the nonprofit Easton Main Street Initiative and has been for over a decade.

 

Former Directors

Colleen Marsh

Jennifer Dize

Dr. Keisha Thorpe

Javier Toro

Laura Penske

Emily Hoffert

Kelly Allen

Gary Warren

Heather Manning

Deb Fritz

Joseph Amedeo

Andrew Bench

Matt Hengeveld

Jon Soden

Varee Var

Santiago Rivera

Cathy Reuscher

Jaime Karpovich

Matty Sarro

Amber Ott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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