Board Of Directors and Management
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.
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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.
Board Vice Chair
Nancy has worked in the affordable housing arena for the past 25 years, most recently serving as Director of Policy and Special Programs for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. She previously taught the introductory graduate course in housing and community development as an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University and served as Senior Management Consultant for the Florida Center for Public Management. Nancy earned both a BA in Humanities and MS in Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State and she was active in the governance and management of the Leon County Food Co-op serving as Board President for several years. Her board service started a life-long interest in training for boards of directors of nonprofits and she continues work to build board capacity at nonprofit organizations around housing development and provision of services for low income renters.
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.
Board Records Officer
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.
David “Kip” Ritchey
Kip is an artist, musician, community organizer, and urban farmer. He’s the co-owner of Smarter By Nature LLC, an urban and rural farming business co-founded by Kip. Through this business he strives to facilitate sustainable relationships between people and the natural environment by providing access to fresh food and education to the local community. Since enrolling in FSU in 2012–where he obtained his B.S. in Sociology–Kip has remained an active member of our community, having a hand in projects ranging from planning the future FAMU Way music park, managing the community garden project in Tallahassee’s Southside community, supporting KitchenShare TLH Project through social media management, and more.
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.
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.
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.
Interim General Manager and CFO
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.