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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wild Oats’ Board of Directors for 2013-2014 are:
Alison Kolesar, President
Alison and her family became members of Wild Oats soon after moving to Williamstown in 1984. She has served on several different boards within the community and currently organizes a monthly home-delivered meal for some 65 elderly and needy recipients in Williamstown through St. John’s Church, to which Wild Oats contributes. Alison works as an artist, illustrator, editor and writer. She has been a member of the Wild Oats board since 2008.
Mary Alcott Ferger, Vice 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 Vice President. Learning more about the cooperative business model and working with the congenial and professional Wild Oats staff and board for the past three years have been particularly rewarding.
Bill Gentry, Treasurer
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.
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 eight 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.
Mary Alvord MacDonald
Mary MacDonald relocated to Williamstown ten years ago from New York City. After three years teaching at Mount Greylock, she moved to Lenox Memorial Middle and High School where she chaired the English Department. She is now principle of Mt. Greylock High School in Williamstown. Mary was a board member and the academic coordinator for Greylock ABC for six years. She is committed to local agriculture and food production.
Rick is the founder and product designer of Morgenthal Frederics Opticians, a group of seven eye-wear boutiques in Manhattan, Boston and Long Island. After selling the business in 2006, Rick and his wife Leslie moved to Pownal, Vermont to resume their work in the fine arts. Since that time they have been members and avid supporters of Wild Oats Market. Rick believes strongly in local and sustainable food practices, and is a proponent of the farms and CSAs in the region.
Rebecca has been a reference librarian at Williams College since 1996 and a member of Wild Oats since 2003, when she moved to Williamstown from Stockbridge. She is interested in serving on the Wild Oats board because she believes in all aspects of its mission to support sustainable food production and promote healthful eating. Rebecca also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Milne Library in Williamstown.
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.
Dave moved from Saint James, New York to Williamstown over a year ago with his wife Kate Caton. They are both enamored by the beauty of the area and its wonderful people, and seek to become 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.