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
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.
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.
Zoila currently serves as Physician Extender – Athletic Trainer for Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic and also provides freelance yoga instruction and part-time bookkeeping services. She has worked in sports medicine for over ten years and is passionate about the power of nutrition and fitness to improve injury rehabilitation. 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.
Erik has 13 years of progressive financial and relationship experience in both banking and business management. He has served as Vice President, Senior Business Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo since 2011 and he previously served as Chief Operating Officer of A&E Wholesale, a grocery/convenience supplier. Erik earned a BS in Economics from the University of South Alabama and a MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Erik is active in Tallahassee, serving on the boards of the United Way of Big Bend and the Downtown Redevelopment Commission. He is an avid runner with a goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.
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.
Named one of Tallahassee’s 25 Women You Need to Know for 2019, Talethia is an avid advocate for Leon County, specifically the Bond Community which she has called home since attending FAMU twenty years ago. She remains there now with her husband and seven children, supporting the neighborhood’s growth as President and founder of the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association. However, her work extends well beyond her neighborhood. Talethia continues her commitment and advocacy through public speaking, volunteerism and service via board work with agencies like Kids, Inc. of the Big Bend, Early Head Start, CACA Head Start, The PHI Center, Tallahassee Lenders Consortium, and committees like the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention (ECOP) task force, the Leon County school district advisory committee, and Title I advisory committee.
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.
Mark has worked in grocery retailing for over 30 years, mostly in the natural foods and co-op sectors. His work includes supporting the opening of 25 stores, remodeling over 30 and providing consultation to several more. Mark has worked with several cooperatives, including Kokua Market Co-op in Honolulu, HI and he was the opening General Manager for Elm City Market Co-op, a start-up in New Haven, CT. He most recently served as Operations Manager for Alfalfa’s Market stores in Boulder Colorado. Mark has a passion for art and attended the California Institute of the Arts and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
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.