Board of Directors

The Board of Directors encourages owners to attend a board meeting. Contact can be made with either of the co-chairs (Tom Morris or Sarah D’Amato in order to receive relevant meeting documents. 

Board of Directors Monthly Meeting Dates 2016

May 25, 2016

All Meetings take place at 5:30 in Jenny McLaurin’s studio at Chatham Mills


Current Board – June 2015

Kathleen Conroy
Sarah D’Amato
Jamie Saunders
Katie Niver
Tom Morris
Doug Wakeman
Jenny McLaurin
Debra Cameron

Chatham Marketplace Board of Directors, 2015


Kathleen Conroy

Kathleen-bio-picKathleen Conroy previously served on the Chatham Marketplace Board from 2004 to 2010. She grew up in Tarboro, NC and graduated cum laude from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. After a few years in New York City, she moved to Chatham County with her husband in 1996. She has a background in sales, marketing and product management. Kathleen lives on a small farm south of Siler City with her husband and two children. They raise vegetables, fruits, goats, bees and chickens. They have recently begun expanding their operation to include cattle for grass-fed beef. Kathleen has returned to the Board because of the mission of Chatham Marketplace and believes this co-op can thrive in our community

Sarah D’Amato, co-President

Sarah wanted to run for a Board of Directors position at Chatham Marketplace because she wanted to give back to the Co-op in ways that would best utilize her skills and other strengths (other than grocery shopping and eating!)

Sarah believes that her experience in food service and food service management will bring a different perspective to the Board and will be particularly helpful in assisting the Co-op.  As a former training manager for a large restaurant franchise, she was involved in all aspects of food service, including recruitment and training of management, food preparation and service, marketing, and other business development.

Additionally, as an attorney, Sarah is familiar with the various legal aspects involved with the Co-op and its Board, including premise liability, labor and employment law, contract law, and the laws regarding the responsibilities and liabilities of a Board.

“I truly enjoy grocery shopping. Whenever I travel, I always make it a point to go to a local grocery store or market and allow myself time to browse the shelves for unique items and soak in the cultural snapshot that it provides.  I believe that looking at Chatham Marketplace through the eyes of a first-time visitor offers much insight into what our community is all about,” says Sarah.

Tom Morris, co-Presdient


Tom Morris previously served on the Chatham Marketplace Board from 2006 to 2012. He continued to volunteer service on the Finance Committee after rotating off the board in 2012.  Tom has a background in Information Technology and cyber security. He has lived in the Triangle area since the late 1970’s and moved to Chatham County in the mid 1990’s. Tom returned to the Board to serve the mission of Chatham Marketplace as a vibrant element of our community.


Doug Wakeman

doug.wakemanDoug Wakeman serves as Professor of Economics at the Meredith College School of Business, where he also once served as Acting Dean.  He has broad experience in business finance, and in organizational management of non-profit enterprises.  A native of New Jersey, he moved to Chapel Hill in 1974 to attend UNC, where he (finally!) earned a Ph.D. in economics in 1986.  He has lived in eastern Chatham County since 1993, and has eagerly shopped at Chatham Marketplace since the first week it was open.


 Katie Niver, Secretary

SKatie Niver became involved with the co-op when she started working in the coffee bar while she was in college; spending afternoons cooking and serving community meals with Food Not Bombs after class, she felt inspired to find more meaningful work than just another restaurant job. After several years of working in deli and kitchen, she continued to develop her passion for cooking delicious, healthy food and community outreach.

When she left the Chatham Marketplace to pursue her passion of horticulture full time; she knew that she still wanted to continue to be involved in the co-op. Now Katie hopes to spread the cooperative values, reach out to connect with owners, and enjoy the fun atmosphere and staff she has grown so fond of over the past few years.

Jamie Saunders, Treasurer



Jamie Saunders moved to Chatham Co. in 2007 and lives near Bynum. After 40 years of working as an artist, designer, craftsman and scientific illustrator, she followed a life-long interest and attended the Natural Chef Program at the Central Carolina Community College. Currently she is a local cook, with a focus on preparing quality food in the community, and is an advocate for local food and local farms.


Policy Governance

The Chatham Marketplace Board of Directors uses a framework called Policy Governance to define the role and function of the Board and the General Manager. Policy Governance allows the Board to maintain complete accountability for the Co-op, but, insures that management decisions are left in the hands of the General Manager.

The principles at the core of the Policy Governance system are:

  • Governance is a function of ownership, not management;
  • Boards are the highest authority under owners;
  • Boards operate by consensus and speak with one voice;
  • Boards are accountable to owners for everything within the organization;
  • Boards need to empower those to whom they delegate authority while remaining fully accountable for the use of that authority.

Under the Policy Governance framework, the Board has defined Ends Statements, policies outlining our Governance Process, policies outlining the General Manager’s role, and policies defining the relationship between the Board and the General Manager. All owners are encouraged to read and understand our Ends and Policies

Board documents and materials

Articles of Incorporation

Executive Limitations Policies

Board GM Relationship and 4-Governance policies

Minutes from previous meetings

Click on link to download document.

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February 4, 2014

December 2, 2013

October 21, 2013