Board candidates

The members of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op will gather virtually for our Annual Meeting on Monday, October 5. Additional details will be coming soon.

We’ll be offering a recap of the past, very productive year, as well as a look ahead to an equally exciting 2021. There will be some business to attend to, including the election of three new board members. Arlene Clendenning and Kris Gomez are rotating off the board - we thank them for their work! - and incumbent Cindy Glick is running for one of the spots.

She is joined on the ballot by Domenic Breininger, Alexandra Herman, and Tony Marinho.

The primary member of each member household were emailed a ballot on Friday, September 4. If you did not receive one, please email secretary@bethlehemfood.coop.


MEET OUR CANDIDATES

2020 board candidates

DOMENIC BREININGER

Domenic is a resident of the north downtown area of Bethlehem - where our new store will be built. He joined the co-op in June of 2017, and has been volunteering with the Finance Committee.

Q: Please share any relevant education, employment and/or non-BFC volunteer experiences you have.

A: I have a BS in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University and an MBA from DeSales University. I’ve held a number of leadership positions for large companies in the Lehigh Valley, and I am currently leading the Cyber Security Team at Lutron Electronics. 

This has given me a wealth of experience in building and leading teams, financial oversight, and strategic planning. I have experience working with boards in a corporate setting and have first-hand experience with the governance and oversight role they play in a business.

Q: Please share a statement of why you'd like to serve on the board.

A: I am an amateur, albeit passionate, cook, gardener, and home brewer who is equally passionate about locally sourced organic food. I believe that having a thriving local food system is essential to our community’s health - physical and economic - and to the sustainability of our environment. Affordable access to locally sourced food should be available to everyone and I would love to be part of the team that helps the Bethlehem Food Co-Op play this important role for our community. 

I have held a variety of leadership positions in business over the years and I want to lend my experience to a cause that I strongly believe in. I look forward to the opportunity to represent my fellow members as we move toward the exciting final stages of opening our store.

Q: Focusing on anti-racist issues is a very important part of BFC's work. Please share your definition of diversity, and your thoughts on how the co-op can work towards it.

A: Diversity is embracing and celebrating people’s differences and backgrounds in a manner that demonstrates respect and acceptance; understanding the importance of representation and the value that varied voices bring to a conversation; and recognizing that in its absence oppression and unbalanced privilege exists.

The BFC can work towards diversity by hiring people who reflect the diverse community that the co-op serves. The co-op can also support and partner with local organizations who are focused on fighting against discrimination or supporting underrepresented groups. 

When it comes to suppliers of inventory, the co-op can establish a Supplier Diversity Program and allow it to drive its buying practices. Lastly, as a food store the co-op can establish education programs that celebrate diverse cultures through their food traditions.

 

CINDY GLICK

Cindy lives on the north side of Bethlehem, and  is member #248 in the co-op, thus an “early joiner”. She served on the communication committee before it became MOVE, and has been on the board since 2019. Currently, she is helping to research and apply for grant opportunities. She has two adult children and four grandchildren.

Q: Please share any relevant education, employment and/or non-BFC volunteer experiences you have.

A: I have a degree from Moravian College in corporate communications. I am retired from Just Born Quality Confections after almost 22 years, where I was the corporate affairs manager, responsible for the company's philanthropic and community involvement initiatives. During my career I have been responsible for organizational newsletters, annual reports, and general communications. I represented my company on various non-profit boards of directors and community initiatives. 

Since retirement, I continue in many volunteer roles, including the United Way Investment Committee, vice president of Touchstone Theatre board of directors, and as an active member of the Bethlehem Rotary Club.

Q: Please share a statement of why you'd like to serve on the board.

A: I would like to continue on the board to continue to help in fundraising to ensure the viability of the co-op.

Q: Focusing on anti-racist issues is a very important part of BFC's work. Please share your definition of diversity, and your thoughts on how the co-op can work towards it.

A: I believe that there is no better way to focus on anti-racist issues than to model anti-racist behavior, thus the co-op should operate in a manner that is inclusive of everyone in the community. My definition of diversity is the inclusion of people from all races, ethnic groups, religions and political views. The co-op can work towards inclusivity by providing equal access to opportunities and resources to all. 

 

ALEXANDRA HERMAN

Alexandra lives in the city of Bethlehem with her fiance; they have a four-year-old son named Emerson. They recently joined the co-op.

Q:  Please share any relevant education, employment and/or non-BFC volunteer experiences you have.

A: I went to college to be a special education teacher, as I have always been about helping people. I decided to take a different route and start real estate - I have been in real estate for two years now and absolutely love it. My real estate team has a program where we give back to local heroes. This includes teachers, police, firefighters, anyone in healthcare, civil service (the list goes on). This is my way of giving back to those in the community. 

Q: Please share a statement of why you'd like to serve on the board.

A: I want to serve on the board because I want to be a part of a wonderful change in our community. I have so many ideas and ways that I want to bring change to Bethlehem for the better. I am so passionate about recycling, clean water, and clean eating. I am a young woman with a lot to bring to everyone, what better way to do it then by being on the board. 

Q: Focusing on anti-racist issues is a very important part of BFC's work. Please share your definition of diversity, and your thoughts on how the co-op can work towards it.

A: My definition of diversity is the understanding and acceptance that no one person is the same. It is practicing mutual respect for qualities and experiences that are different from our own. We will do this by creating more affordable food options for everyone in the community. We can collaborate with communities of color, especially organizations that value the same things as the co-op.

 

TONY MARINHO

Tony is a Bethlehem resident, and joined the co-op in July, although he says he has been interested and following our progress since his friend Elliot Nolter became secretary of the board. 

Q: Please share any relevant education, employment and/or non-BFC volunteer experiences you have.

A: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. I am the Chef/Owner of Innovative Mobile Catering, which operated in Pittsburgh from 2012-2017. For the past two years I have been serving as the Chef/Secretary of the Portuguese American Club of Bethlehem.

Q: Please share a statement of why you'd like to serve on the board.

A: I believe that I have a very unique skill set that will provide creative, innovative and sustainable ideas to create an amazing experience for the members/shoppers of the BFC. My passion for food and hospitality has taken me on many adventures throughout my career. I would love to share my talents with the co-op and help provide delicious and healthy food to the community.  I will be dedicated to working with the other board members in any way to ensure that the BFC comes to fruition! 

Q: Focusing on anti-racist issues is a very important part of BFC's work. Please share your definition of diversity, and your thoughts on how the co-op can work towards it.

A: Diversity to me means acknowledging and accepting uniqueness. Bethlehem has a very wide range of cultures. It’s my goal to provide assistance with my experience in food. Spotlighting and providing ethnic food will be something I would like to see. Working with local families, it would be great to have a few rotating prepared food items that can provide the community an opportunity to sample and learn more about traditional dishes of different cultures. 

 

Remember to look for your ballots in your email on Friday, September 4 (members only - the ‘primary’ member of each household).

 







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