The Board of Directors encourages owners to attend a board meeting. Please contact any board member, or email email@example.com, in order to receive relevant meeting documents.
Board of Directors Meeting Dates 2019
April 24, 2019
March 27, 2019
February 27, 2019
January 23, 2019
Please contact any board member to find out the start time and location of upcoming Chatham Marketplace Board meetings.
Current Board – 2018/2019
Kathleen Conroy, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Misenheimer, email@example.com
Christine Maurer, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Jennings, email@example.com
Rhonda Mathis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Kolman, email@example.com
Laura Grace, firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Board Bios
David Misenheimer, President
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.
John Jennings, Vice-President
John Jennings manages a group of engineers and has a strong background in technology including construction, electrical, automation, and web technologies. He also has extensive knowledge of business and financial planning – including multi-year plans and budgeting. John has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification which is used to develop business requirements documentation, specifications, schedules and budgets.
He currently has a small side business – Turkey Creek Gardens, LLC – where he and his wife Lisa grow 70% of their families food and sell their excess to Chatham Marketplace and restaurants around Pittsboro. Growing up, his family had a large farm in southern Ohio that he worked on and learned the value of the effort it takes to bring produce to market.
Rhonda Mathis, Secretary
Rhonda Mathis grew up in Sanford but has been in Pittsboro for several years. Prior to moving here when she would visit, she would often go to Chatham Marketplace and feel jealous that she didn’t have this great co-op market near her. Rhonda joined the Board not just because she loves the Marketplace, but also because she cares deeply about supporting and growing the local economy and also about local agriculture and food. The Marketplace is such an important part of bringing safe, healthy food to this community. Another bonus is that the Marketplace supports local growers and makers by selling their products alongside other trusted providers.
Rhonda brings to the Board her experience with Community Development that she gained from serving on a Community Organization in Charlotte. She served for 5 years in the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and President. She worked in a fragile/transitional neighborhood, applying for local and national grants and bringing improvement projects and community building events to the neighborhood. Additionally she has experience with financial planning through her job as a Commercial Project Manager.
Kathleen is a founding owner of Chatham Marketplace, and a returning member of the Board of Directors. She lives with her husband and two sons, and a fair number of happy Dexter cows on Hill View Farm. You can catch her at the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market most Saturdays.
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
Annual Owner Update (May 1, 2018)
(No December meeting.)