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 2015-2016 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.



Rose Ellis, Clerk

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.

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.


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.



Amy Johns

Amy Johns 002Amy Johns came to Williamstown in 1994 to attend Williams College and remembers biking to Wild Oats to get ingredients to make chocolate cake for her friends. She’s been in the area ever since and is now the director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at the college. Amy is passionate about sustainability, social justice, and finding the joy in low-impact living. She, her husband and son live in Stamford, Vermont, in a self-designed solar house and just this year got their first chickens and bees. 


Jay Walsh

Jay-Wild-Oats-2Jay and his wife Dr. Francine Lajoie moved to North Adams 15 years ago to start Living Well Chiropractic and Nutrition. Before taking a more active role at Living Well, Jay worked for the Center for EcoTechnology as a green building rater, and prior to that worked 30 plus years in the green building and design industry. Jay is an active supporter of sustainability issues in the North Berkshire region, particularly in the areas of local food, health, renewable energy, transportation, affordable housing and economic development. He and his wife Francine have two girls ages 8 and 6.