About our Board
Menomonie Market’s owners elect the Board of Directors (BOD) at the annual general ownership meeting held each fall. The co-op has 7 directors who each serve a 3-year term. There are open positions each year and any co-op member can be nominated to serve.
Menomonie Market operates under a system called Policy Governance, developed by John Carver in the 1970s. In this system, the only employee that the Board of Directors (BoD) oversees is the General Manager (GM). The GM, in turn, oversees all other employees and the overall operation of the store.
The main job of the BOD is to hire/monitor the General Manager, communicate the needs and desires of the membership into a “plan”, and make sound financial decisions for the co-op.
To assure that the GM is operating according to the values of owners, the BoD creates policies that the GM is required to follow. The GM is responsible for two kinds of policies. Ends Policies are a vision of what the BoD sees as the ideal result of the co-op’s operation; Executive Limitation Policies describe actions and conditions the BoD requires the GM to avoid in operating the co-op (for example, unwarranted financial risks, poor working environment, loss of value to customers).
Board members commit to confidentiality, attending regular and special meetings fully prepared, sharing ideas, acting in a professional manner, attending training sessions, taking on leadership, serving on committees, and avoiding conflicts of interest.
Serving on the board is voluntary, however board members receive a monthly stipend of $50 credit at the co-op ($100 for the President). Directors also get the satisfaction of serving a growing organization that provides the community with quality products and education. Board members have a voice in shaping the future of the co-op while working with a group of people who share a commitment to a democratic process and a sustainable local economy.
Upcoming Board Meetings
Held Wednesdays at 6pm in the MMFC classroom, all owners are welcome to attend.
– November 28
– December 26
– January 23
Current Board of Directors:
Rick Remington, President
Rick grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin. He studied Forestry/Environmental Communication at U.W. Stevens Point and Conservation Biology at Western Kentucky University. Rick has worked in land conservation for over 20 years throughout the Midwest, Maine and Kentucky. In 2002 he moved to Downsville, WI and presently works for a non-profit conservation organization. Things enjoyed in his spare time include: gardening, reading, silent sports, and spending time with wife, Heather and daughter, Amber.
Mariann is an organic crop and livestock inspector who has a passion for organic farming and cooperatives. She and her husband, along with two sons, live on a farm in Elk Mound where they custom raise organic dairy heifers. As a Farmer Ambassador Program Leader within the Organic Valley cooperative for several years, she gained insight into cooperative affairs, the retail setting and the natural foods channel while meeting many organic farmer heroes. Mariann serves on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Board and also as a Regional Coordinator for Renewing the Countryside.
Steve Hanson, Vice President
Steve has lived in Wisconsin for most of his life, and has primarily worked in the computer industry. Currently he runs a web development and hosting shop from a small farm in Downsville, which he shares with his wife and a select group of animal friends. Steve is a prolific blogger, beer and wine maker, and devotee of music.
After 10 years working in food co-ops, Chris decided to try the other side of things for a while. Currently employed as a managing member of a Milkweed Connections, a cooperatively-run mental health recovery team, they are strong proponents of community building through democratic initiatives. Chris’ other passions include martial arts and playing music. When not on the road for work, they can usually be found reading at the Raw Deal Cafe.
Gary is retired from being a school social worker in the Menomonie school district and now works part time as a mental health educator at Aurora Community Counseling. In addition to serving on the Menomonie Market Food Coop board, Gary is on the board for the Bridge to Hope domestic abuse prevention program and continues to be active with the Partners for Resilience Coalition. He enjoys time with his grown children, sharing music and spending time at home with his wife Julianne and their animals.
Wendy MacDougall, Secretary/Treasurer