Board Of Directors and Management

Our Board

The Board of Directors is the governing body for the members of Community Co-op Market and is responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of all of the co-op's members. This work includes developing clearly stated expectations through written policies; delegating responsibility and authority; and monitoring compliance with written policies.

By focusing on the big-picture vision of our co-op, the board ensures that we position our organization for the maximum benefit of our members, while anticipating trends and values which may have a critical impact on our relevance and survival.

Have a question for the Board? Email them at board@communitycoopmarket.coop.


Board Members

C.E. Pugh
Board Chair

C.E. has worked in food retailing for over 40 years in all aspects of retail food store management, operations and new store development. His experience includes direct oversight of over 30 store expansion and new store development projects, nine of which were acquisitions, on behalf of both family and cooperatively owned food retailers. C.E. began work with NCG in 2008 to create and lead the NCG Development Cooperative through its successful start-up phase. In 2012, he became NCG’s first Chief Operating Officer. C.E. became NCG’s interim CEO in April 2018 and was hired as CEO in March 2019. C.E. has worked to launch the CCM concept since 2013 evaluating three separate acquisition opportunities that did not prove feasible. He was raised on a family farm in southwest Virginia.

 

Zoila Rivera
Board Vice Chair

Zoila is an athletic trainer and private yoga instructor. She has worked in sports medicine for over ten years and is passionate about the power of nutrition, fitness and overall health. Zoila earned a BS in Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida and a MS in Sport Management at Florida State. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is known to visit the co-op daily.

 

 

Dave Blackburn
Board Financial Officer

Dave has worked in food co-ops for over 30 years and has served NCG since the reorganization in 2004 as Director of Purchasing and Eastern Corridor Development Director. Dave has led the NCGDC since 2012 overseeing over eighty expansion projects. Prior to joining NCG, Dave worked in co-op development as Executive Director of the Cooperative Grocers’ Association, Northeast and as an area manager of the Manager-on-Contract program with Northeast  Cooperatives overseeing the operations of eight retail food co-ops. He also has over fifteen years of retail management experience with food co-ops in Michigan and Minnesota. Dave earned a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Intercultural Administration.

 

Rosemary Mahoney
Board Records Officer

Rosemary is a senior level consultant with over 30 years of experience on international and domestic cooperative development projects supporting over 25 start-up cooperatives and 15 non-profit and cooperative boards. Rosemary’s work includes both international cooperative development projects as well as non-profit and cooperative business development projects in the U.S. She is the former CEO of CoMetrics, founding partner of MainStreet Cooperative Group, LLC, Director of New Venture Development for Cooperative Solutions, LLC, Executive Director of Cooperative Development Services (CDS) and Regional Director for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Rosemary has extensive board experience and currently serves on the boards of The Access Challenge, CoMetrics and NCGDC. She was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in recognition of a career spent fostering the cooperative movement around the world. Rosemary was raised on a family farm in the Midwest and has her master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois.

 

 

Amber Hall
Board Director

Amber was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.  As a personal injury attorney, she has made a name for herself as one of Florida’s Superlawyers (Rising Star, awarded in 2020) and National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (Civil Plaintiff, 2019-Present). She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida (UF) Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida. After graduating, she had the opportunity to work in a well-known, nationally-recognized law firm that specialized in wrongful death and personal injury. At that time she was in charge of the majority of their Florida litigation caseload, giving her great experience in all aspects of legal proceedings. Now as an independent business owner, her primary focus is personal injury and wrongful death claims. Amber is a passionate advocate in the fight for justice for all.

 

Wisnerson Benoit
Board Director

Wis, a lover of all things cooperative and local, is a North Florida transplant currently “living his best life” in the beautiful Tallahassee community.  As an early career urban strategist Wis specializes in the areas of land use planning, community development, and hazard mitigation with a keen interest in sustainable and circular systems. He has spent several years in the grocery industry working with awesome individuals at a rival grocery store (it rhymes with Schmader Schmoes). Wis received a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. Wisnerson has spent over a decade as a community agent lending capacity to several community campaigns, projects, and organizations in an effort to be the change he wishes to see.

 

George Raúl Audi
Board Director

George holds a Ph.D. in Health Services, Policy and Management from USC-Arnold School of Public Health, a MBA from East Carolina University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill.  He is a tenured professor at Florida A&M University where his research focuses on Multi-Hospital Systems, Health Disparities and Medical Marijuana. He is from Wilmington, North Carolina and loves the distinct differences, but many similarities between Tallahassee and Wilmington. George was drawn to become a board member of the co-op because, “This is a great organization that provides an anchor for citizens, especially children and young adult with respect to nutrition literacy, which is a major health issue plaguing our population today. I am very privileged to be part of an organization that is truly trying to change that.” 

 

Felicia Coleman
Board Director

Felicia is a marine ecologist who studied for over 30 years the ecology and behavior of reef fishes – including their relationships with other species and within the habitats critical for their success. More recently, she has focused on evaluating how (and whether) science is included in the laws and regulations that affect their conservation. She worked with the National Academy of Sciences to produce three books on various ocean-related topics. She is an Aldo Leopold Conservation Fellow, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, and former Director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (2006-2020).

 

Angelique Taylor
Board Director

Angelique is a regenerative small-scale farmer and digital creator who co-owns the business “Smarter By Nature LLC”. Through this business, she strives to facilitate sustainable relationships between people and the natural environment by providing fresh food and education to her local and online community. After graduating from Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Angelique has been an active member in the Tallahassee community, developing and managing community gardens as well as local farmers markets. Over the past few years, Angelique has shared her agriculture journey which helped to grow her social media audience to over 20k supportive followers. Using multiple social media platforms, Angelique provides educational content about growing food and advocates for the support of local food systems.

 

 

 

    

 

Management

Troy Bond
CEO (starting 5/30/22)

Troy Bond is the CEO of Community Co-op Market. After becoming a Certified Integral Yoga Instructor in 1990, he worked as a Stress Management Specialist with the Dean Ornish ‘Reversal of Heart Disease Program’ at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. He witnessed first-hand how a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, meditation, and stretching could make substantial improvements to the quality of life in heart disease patients. Troy’s experience with the program convinced him to dedicate his career to promoting a natural diet for health and well-being.

In 1998, Troy opened a small natural grocery in his hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa. He sold the store three years later, and he was hired for the Store Team Leader position with Whole Foods Market in Winter Park, Florida. His team doubled sales in two years earning him Regional and National All*Star Awards in 2003. He has since worked as a GM in both independent and co-op natural food stores, most recently at Berkshire Food Co-op in Massachusetts, where he led his team to increase sales by 45% during the pandemic.

While he continues to practice Zen meditation and yoga, Troy also enjoys gardening, making pizza from scratch, and running. He is the proud father of two children, a son in college who’s a picky carnivore and a vegan daughter in high school, both of whom challenge Troy’s menu planning on a daily basis.  

 

Benjamen Goldberg
Interim General Manager and CFO
ben.goldberg@communitycoopmarket.coop

Ben worked with New Leaf Market Co-op for over 18 years and served as Finance Manager since 2007. He served as both General Manager and Finance Manager of the co-op from 2018 to 2020. Ben attended Florida State University, majoring in business.