Board of Directors
Board of Directors Monthly Meeting Dates 2014
All Meetings take place at 5:30 in Starrlight Meadery.
Current Board – May 2014
Kathy Mohr, co-President
Kathy became a member of the board in 2008. She moved to NC in 1967 from western Pennsylvania and acquired land in Chatham County. She is an avid organic gardener and has enjoyed traveling to China and observing intensive gardening and agriculture in that country. Kathy retired from UNC-CH after along career in scientific research. She grew up on a farm and has an appreciation for supporting local agriculture and the availability of locally produced food. Support of the local economy through Chatham Marketplace is an important commitment to her.
Kathleen Conroy, co-President
Kathleen 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, Secretary
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.
Katie 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 fulltime; 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.
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