The Board of Directors encourages owners to attend a board meeting. Contact can be made with either of the co-chairs (Tom Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katie Niver (email@example.com) in order to receive relevant meeting documents.
Board of Directors Meeting Dates 2017
January 25, 2017
Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings take place at 5:30 in Jenny McLaurin’s studio at Chatham Mills.
Current Board – 2016/2017
Sarah D’Amato, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Niver, email@example.com
Tom Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny McLaurin, email@example.com
Debra Cameron, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Misenheimer email@example.com
Sasha Konkel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Kolman, email@example.com
Current Board Bios
Sarah joined the Board of Directors 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-President
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.
David Misenheimer, Treasurer
David Misenheimer has been volunteering his time and energy to Chatham Marketplace since before the store opened. He served on the Board previously, from 2008-2011. David has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from NCSU and has worked at the U.S. EPA for over 29 years. His management, data, and financial experience should serve the Marketplace well. A native North Carolinian, David has lived in Pittsboro for 32 years where, with his wife, Jan, they’ve raised their 3 sons. His current passions are cycling, hiking, backpacking, and cooking.
Katie Niver, Co-President
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 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.
Sasha Konkel, Secretary
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
Minutes from previous meetings
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(No December meeting.)