The Wild Oats Board of Directors meets monthly, usually on the third Monday of the month, at 7:15 pm at 296 Main Street in Williamstown (next to Wild Oats Market). Board meetings are open to all active 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wild Oats’ Board of Directors for 2016-2017 are:
Shannon and her husband Chris moved to North Adams from Chicago in 2003 and have been active members of Wild Oats Market ever since. Ten years ago they built a house in Pownal, Vermont and started a small farm where they raise lamb, turkeys, laying hens, vegetables, fruit trees and honeybees. Their children Emilia and Luca help them care for the farm. Growing organic food and supporting small local farms is central to their family life. Shannon has a background in public health and community development and is a member of the Pownal planning commission and the Southshire Community School board. She also works with Berkshire Grown to organize the Williamstown Holiday Farmers’ Markets.
Barb arrived in Williamstown 19 years ago with her husband, Mike and seven children and found the beautiful village would become her lifelong home. She became acquainted with Wild Oats in its old location as a volunteer and was the fridge and freezer gal every Tuesday and Thursday. Growing up in a family catering business led her to have her own and went on to have a career in marketing focusing on growing retail businesses. After moving to Massachusetts she got involved in the event business and managed events from 150 to over 6,000 people. Barb has always been interested in healthy eating and lifestyle which led her to become a graduate of Institute of Integrated Nutrition in 2012. She loves the vision and mission of Wild Oats and hopes to be a beneficial part of helping to shape its future.
Rose 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.
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.
Amy 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.
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.
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 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.
Jay 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.