The Wild Oats Board of Directors meets monthly, usually on Monday, at 7:15 pm at the co-op. Board meetings are open to all member-owners of the co-op. The Wild Oats Board of Directors represents the interests of co-op members—overseeing co-op operations, setting membership policies, and ensuring that the principles of the co-op inform all of its activities. To contact the board, please email

Wild Oats’ Board of Directors for 2014-2015 are:

Mary Alcott Ferger, President

After living and teaching in Montreal for 26 years, Mary and her husband moved to Williamstown in 1996 and were delighted to discover Wild Oats Market and Caretaker Farm in their new community. Shopping at food co-ops that are dedicated to providing local, organic, and fair trade products has become an increasingly important part of her life over the years. She has been a member of the Wild Oats board since 2010 and currently serves as President. Learning more about the cooperative business model and working with the congenial and professional Wild Oats staff and board for the past several years have been particularly rewarding.

Bill Gentry, Vice President

After several years as a frequent visitor to the Berkshires, Bill Gentry moved from New York City to the Williamstown area to teach economics at Williams College. Bill along with his wife, Dana Pilson, and daughter, Katie, quickly became frequent shoppers (and members of) Wild Oats. They enjoy the high-quality, healthy food along with the sense of a community-oriented store.



David Vogel, Treasurer

Dave moved from Saint James, New York to Williamstown a few years ago with his wife Kate Caton. They are both enamored by the beauty of the area and its wonderful people, and are actively engaged in supporting the community. Dave is an avid environmentalist both professionally and in his personal life. He became interested in serving on the Wild Oats board because the principles and mission of Wild Oats are aligned with his beliefs and practices, i.e., environmental stewardship; social responsibility; sustainable, healthy living; and support for the community and local food growers.


Karen Bucky, Clerk

Karen came to Williamstown in 1989. She has been a reference librarian at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute library for several years. Her husband teaches at Williams College and her two daughters are in high school. She has been a member of Wild Oats since 1990 and has watched with interest and appreciation as the co-op has grown and changed, serving the community by engaging with issues of sustainability and choice to provide healthy, environmentally responsible food. Over the last ten+ years she has become increasingly concerned about issues around food and sustainability, and about working at the local and personal levels to make a positive environmental impact through choices about the food we eat and the resources we use.

Margaret McComish

Margaret has been a member of Wild Oats Market since moving to Williamstown in 2003. To date, the focus of her local volunteer work has been on the Williamstown Elementary School Committee and as an active member of the First Congregational Church. She has professional experience as a lawyer; financial advisor; and non-profit fundraiser. Through her board service, she is eager to learn more about the co-op world and help ensure that the community continues to have a place that provides local, healthy, sustainable products through an equitable business model. 


Allison O’Rourke

After almost a decade of spending every weekend in the area, Ali and her husband, Phil, moved from New York City to Readsboro, Vermont in 2013. Ali is the Investor Relations Officer at Berkshire Bank in Pittsfield. She has been a customer and member of Wild Oats Market for many years and believes strongly in supporting local and sustainable food practices. With the recent birth of her daughter, Ali is excited about the opportunity to raise her child in such a conscientious community.


Gerol Petruzella

Gerol Petruzella is a Berkshire native, growing up in Pittsfield, then returning to Williamstown after grad school and teaching at Mt. Greylock for five years. He currently lives in Bennington and works at MCLA as Coordinator of Academic Technology and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy. Gerol considers local-based, sustainable food practices and infrastructure to be central to any viable community.


Lee Venolia

Lee came to Williamstown in 1988 to teach biology at Williams College, and has been a Wild Oats member almost that long. Shortly after her arrival she met and married her husband, Jay Thoman. They have two children. Lee resigned her college position to raise her family and discovered her true passion is food.  She volunteers for Berkshire Grown and Hoosac Harvest and works to keep farmers farming and providing fresh food to all.



Rose Ellis

Rose EllisRose came to Williamstown in 2000 to serve as School Superintendent of the Williamstown Elementary District. During her 15-year tenure, her role as Superintendent expanded to include Lanesborough and the Mt. Greylock Regional School District.  Rose has presented at national and international education conferences and has served in multiple leadership capacities. Locally, she has served as the president of the Berkshire County Superintendent’s Roundtable and as a board member of the Williamstown Community Chest. She deeply values having a food cooperative in Williamstown, and she looks forward to actively supporting the accessibility of fresh, healthy food choices for her community. She lives in Williamstown with her husband, Steven Green.