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published Tracey Werner in Announcing the 2017 Board Nominees 2017-08-30 16:02:53 -0400

Tracey Werner

1. Why are you running for the board, and what skill sets do you bring to the table?

I am a current BFC board member who was appointed to the board in February 2016 to complete the term of a board member who stepped down for personal reasons. I also co-chair the Communications Committee and have done so for the past two years.

I have a passion for buying local and supporting local businesses, as well as for the Lehigh Valley as a whole since I am born and raised here. And as someone who moved to downtown Bethlehem last year, I am excited to be playing an important role in making our community grocery store a reality!

I am a self-employed marketing professional who supports the co-op as a volunteer by managing its three social media platforms, coordinating public/media relations when needed, and assisting with email marketing.

2. What do you believe is the value of cooperative enterprise in today's economy?

During my time on the board I’ve twice attended the national CCMA conference on grocery store cooperatives and also attended a quarterly PACA meeting. These meetings and events have taught me a great deal about cooperative enterprise and how we are stronger, as a community as well as economically, when we all work together to make something happen, and that we all play an important role in making it succeed. When we have direct democratic control of something as important as our food source, it improves the quality of life for all residents.

3. What aisle can we expect to see you shopping in when our co-op opens?

All of them! I am a foodie and I like to eat and to cook. So I can see myself shopping in all of the aisles for ingredients I need to make fresh, healthy food at home. I’m particularly fond of fresh fruits and veggies, so if I had to pick just one section I suppose it would be produce.

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published Nominee Q&A: Deb Fritz 2015-09-24 15:30:55 -0400

Nominee Q&A: Deb Fritz

2015 Board Nominee Deb Fritz has been a member-owner of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op since 8/25/2015.

1. Why do you want to be a member of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op Board of Directors?  
I believe in the idea of a grocery store in the downtown area that provides access to healthy foods.  to residents.  I have skills as a national trainer to assist in training and motivating volunteers.  I also have board experience and have served on many boards throughout my volunteer career. Currently I serve on the Northampton County Meals on Wheels board.  It is my belief that supporting local businesses grows and sustains the community therefore I enjoy being an advocate and a voice for supporting local farmers etc.

2. Briefly explain what you believe are two key issues facing the Co-op and how you believe these issues could be addressed:   
First, brand awareness and marketing strategies need to put in place. And second, organizing and utilizing your volunteers is critical.  With both in place membership in the Co-op will grow.

3. What particular skills, knowledge, and/or life experience do you bring to our Food Co-op that enables you to support and advance its mission?   
I am a motivational speaker/trainer and I have trained thousands of volunteers throughout the country. I also have a clear understanding of board development and process. I have experience working on teams and providing team building workshops. In my work, I develop trainings which focus on membership, leadership and mission.

4. What do you see as potential opportunities for the Co-op as it develops long-term strategies?  
Potential opportunities would be to develop new partners, introduce the Co-op to new connections, include businesses in the movement, and provide training for new members on how to get involved.  
 
5. When the co-op opens, what is the first item you hope to put in your shopping basket?  
Fresh locally produced produce.

published Nominee Q&A: Marino Hernandez 2015-09-24 15:28:33 -0400

Nominee Q&A: Marino Hernandez

2015 Board Nominee Marino Hernandez has been a member-owner since 7/1/2015.
1. Why do you want to be a member of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op Board of Directors?

I believe the food co-op can really benefit by use of the internet and collaborating more with members and even other co-ops, and I'd like to bring a greater voice to such initiatives. 


2. Briefly explain what you believe are two key issues facing the Co-op and how you believe these issues could be addressed:

- our movement needs to be a household name. with all the warnings and complaints on Facebook about the factory-food system, people should view our message as a no-brainer. yet not enough do, and food co-ops go through a cycle where they grow in number and then decline. we can reverse this and succeed by connecting co-ops so there's a free flow of knowledge and marketing materials that's freely shared, by everyone.
- we need to involve a lot more members. give people a wider window into the decisions and meetings of the food co-op to inspire collaboration and volunteers. I suggest Periscope app to broadcast live our co-op board meetings. this is a natural fit to one of the core principles of co-ops: transparency, with a 21st century upgrade!

3. What particular skills, knowledge, and/or life experience do you bring to our Food Co-op that enables you to support and advance its mission?

I've volunteered at Rodale Institute to help with farm crops and apple harvest fests because I believe in their mission of transforming the food system.

I believe that to make an impact in the food system, we need to improve things by ten times, not ten percent. Go big or go home.

4. What do you see as potential opportunities for the Co-op as it develops long-term strategies?

We have an opportunity to coordinate, in the open, with other groups looking to transform how business is done: coworking spaces, Rodale Institute, farmers, organic gardeners, and even community colleges that garden and recycle.

5. When the co-op opens, what is the first item you hope to put in your shopping basket?

Vegetables from a local organic farmer with a picture and name.
published Nominee Q&A: Emily Hoffert 2015-09-24 15:27:11 -0400

Nominee Q&A: Emily Hoffert

2015 Board Nominee Emily Hoffert has been a member-owner since 7/1/2013.
1. Why do you want to be a member of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op Board of Directors?
I was involved and an active member in the very beginning until I had to move away. I'm very happy to have moved back to Bethlehem and I'm excited to be involved with the Co-op again.

2. Briefly explain what you believe are two key issues facing the Co-op and how you believe these issues could be addressed:
The two key factors we are currently facing are membership recruitment and management of finances. We need to increase our membership numbers in order to have the financial stability to open our doors and keep them open.

3. What particular skills, knowledge, and/or life experience do you bring to our Food Co-op that enables you to support and advance its mission?
I was very involved and invested in helping my parents open Jumbars when I was in high school. I helped with the writing of their business plan. When my mother passed away in 2008 I took over running the business. I handle everything from staff management, marketing and cash flow management. We were members of the Downtown Bethlehem Association and have several networking connections throughout the city.
 
4. What do you see as potential opportunities for the Co-op as it develops long-term strategies?
With the popularity and success of local farmer's markets and Vegfest there is a burgeoning interest and desire for healthy and natural foods and sustainable living. The market exists here in the valley for the Bethlehem Food Co-op to be successful.

5. When the co-op opens, what is the first item you hope to put in your shopping basket?
Some fresh ground nutbutter, local honey, and raw milk cheese.
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