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 Baord 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 are:
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.
Barb Dohaney, her husband and seven children moved to Williamstown in 1997. She attended Dalhousie University in Commerce & Finance and in 2012 received her designation as a Board Certified Drugless Practitioner in Holistic Nutrition. Barb joined Wild Oats board in 2016 and has been a loyal member for over 20 years. She and her family love Wild Oats and deeply value its commitment to provide access to healthy food choices and the support of our local producers. Barb is very excited to be part of the future growth and success of Wild Oats as an integral part of our community.
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.
Sarah Jacobson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Williams College. She completed her PhD in Economics at Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College. In her work, she is very involved with mentoring as well as with a variety of initiatives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has been a member of the co-op since arriving in town in 2010, but her interest in natural foods and her involvement in food co-ops go back to her youth.
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.
Jeff and his wife Robin Brickman joined Wild Oats in the 1980’s. While raising their two sons in Williamstown, he served for 17 years on the Williamstown Finance Committee. Now retired from teaching physics at Williams College, Jeff joined the Board in April 2020. He and Robin are also CSA members at Mighty Food Farm and are big fans of fresh local produce. Jeff hopes to help Wild Oats plan for a sustainable future.
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.