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 door 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, including 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 2019-2020:
Eileen and her two girls have made Williamstown their home for the last 15 years. Eileen holds a BS in Nutrition from The University of New Hampshire, and is a registered dietitian, who recently completed a certification course from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Acadamy. She works part time at the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA and maintains a part time, private practice, in Great Barrington, MA. A long time owner, Eileen is excited to provide nutrition-minded insight to board members as they shape policy and the direction of the co-op.
Tom and his wife Melissa both retired in late 2015 and moved soon thereafter from the Detroit area to South Williamstown. After receiving his MBA from the University of Michigan, Tom worked at General Motors for twenty-five years in the areas of finance, labor relations and health benefits administration. After leaving GM in 2008, Tom helped set-up and manage a $60 billion health care trust for 800,000 UAW auto retirees. Tom and Melissa have two grown children living in New York City.
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.
Marc has been an owner since the 1980’s and previously served on the Board of Directors from 1995-2002. For most of his life he’s made his living working in small businesses, like InTouch Massage in Williamstown, which he opened in 1996. This experience has made him keenly aware of the myriad of challenges involved in running a successful business in Massachusetts. His interest in serving again on our Board stems from a desire to help shape its future direction and continued success.
Margaret’s service is inspired by her desire to help ensure that the co-op can continue to provide the community with local, healthy, sustainable products in a cooperative setting. Margaret has been a member of both Wild Oats and Caretaker Farm since moving to Williamstown in 2003. She is also a deacon at the First Congregational Church, Williamstown and a past two-term Williamstown Elementary School Committee member and chair. Originally trained as an attorney, Margaret is currently the Director of Gift Planning at Williams College.
Lee arrived in Williamstown in 1988 to teach biology at Williams College, where she met her husband, Jay Thoman, who still teaches chemistry there. They have been Wild Oats members for about 30 years, and Lee used to volunteer in the refrigerated, produce and bulk departments. Lee now calls herself a food activist, having been involved in the campaign to preserve Caretaker Farm, and on the boards of Berkshire Grown and Hoosac Harvest. She is interested in making sure that everyone has access to healthy, local food.