Director Profile: Deb Trocha

Quick Stats Start of Board Term: 2022 CW Membership: Organizational, with Indiana Cooperative Development Center Favorite Co-op Principle: It's a tie! Principles 5 and 6 First Exposure to Co-ops: Winning an REC essay contest as a high school junior Vision for Cooperative Advocacy: Adequate funding     What brought you into a career in cooperatives?  It was kind of serendipity. I was on the Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) board. As an original ICDC board member, I helped hire the first director. She came to us through a housing background and lasted [...]

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Director Profile: Kate LaTour

Quick Stats Start of Board Term: 2024 CW Membership: Organizational, with CoBank Favorite Co-op Principle: Principle 7 – Concern for Community Landed in Co-ops Because: Saw the need for business succession! Vision for Cooperative Advocacy: Robust cross-sector enabling environments   What brought you into a career in cooperatives? I think the first time I really started working with co-ops was when I was in the Senate. We had heard a lot about small businesses closing because there was not a succession plan in place, so we were looking at legislation that would [...]

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Director Profile: Tamah Yisrael

Quick Stats Start of Board Term: 2023 CW Membership: Organizational, with Columinate Favorite Co-op Principle: Principle 7 – Concern for Community First Encounter with Co-ops: Technically, the New Orleans Food Co-op Favorite New Orleans Food Staple: Red Beans and Rice   What brought you into a career in cooperatives?  To keep it real simple, it was my connection to the New Orleans food Co-op. When I moved to New Orleans, I really wanted access to healthy, clean foods. The New Orleans Food Co-op was one of the few places I could shop! After [...]

By |2024-02-28T15:51:45-08:00February 27th, 2024|Director Profile|1 Comment

Director Profile: Fred Medlicott

Quick Stats Start of Board Term: 2024 CW Membership: Organizational, through the Northwest Cooperative Development Center Favorite Cooperative Principle: Principle 5 - Education, Training, and Information Favorite Cooperative: Rainbow Grocery Years Living on a Boat: 13     What brought you into a career in cooperatives? I usually say I was a pissed off wage worker. I was a mechanic, I worked in kitchens, I was a delivery driver for bakeries, wine companies, and stuff like that. I loved food and working in the food system, but hated every aspect of working [...]

By |2024-02-20T11:47:45-08:00February 16th, 2024|Director Profile|1 Comment

Director Profile: Karen Tyler-Ruiz

Karen Tyler-Ruiz Quick Stats Start of Board Term: 2022 CW Membership: Organizational, with the Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE) Favorite Co-op Principle: Principle 6 - Cooperation Among Cooperatives Favorite Co-op:  Pingree Detroit Co-op Advice: Collaborate out of principle, not just for survival   What brought you into a career in cooperatives? It’s been circuitous! Cooperatives are a place for agency and wealth building. That’s a huge part of what I have been trying to do during my career, so this fits. If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be [...]

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Director Profile: Kristin Forde

Kristin Forde Quick Stats Start of Board Term: 2024 CW Membership: Organizational, with the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Favorite Co-op Principle: Principle 6 - Cooperation Among Cooperatives First Bit by the Co-op Bug: Driving cab with Union Cab of Madison Co-op Claim to Fame: Co-founder of MadWorC   What brought you into a career in cooperatives? I was a middle school teacher. I was in my fifth year of teaching when I hit my burnout point. I decided to take a summer’s leave of absence and drive cab, chill out, [...]

By |2024-01-30T12:55:09-08:00January 29th, 2024|Director Profile|0 Comments

Director Profile: Kirstie Boyette

Kirstie Boyette Quick Stats Start of Board Term: 2023 CW Membership: Organizational, with Cooperative Development Foundation Favorite Co-op Principle: Principle 5 - Education, Training, and Information First Encounter with Co-ops: Credit unions and Rural Electric Co-ops, growing up in rural America Years in Co-ops: 7 years - 2 with NCBA CLUSA and 5 with CDF   What brought you into a career in cooperatives? I’m an accidental cooperator! I grew up in rural America, so I had a little bit of an understanding of co-ops. We were members of a credit union, [...]

By |2024-02-02T09:50:29-08:00January 23rd, 2024|Director Profile|0 Comments
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