Council

Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Coop

What Does Council Do?

GreenStar’s Council is its Board of Directors, the governing body that our member-owners elect to make policy decisions that affect the direction of the Co-op and to safeguard our assets. Council works with the General Manager to define how the Co-op’s long term goals will be reflected in store operations, making decisions about expansion possibilities, continuing our comprehensive revision of policies, and much more. Council functions best when it has a diverse and representative membership made up of committed and caring individuals.

Get Involved by Serving on GreenStar’s Council

Typically, five of fifteen seats on GreenStar’s Council will be filled per election.

Co-op owners interested in running for Council must: 

  • Attend a Council Candidate Information Session. These hour-long sessions will be held at various times throughout the year.
  • Attend at least one full Council Meeting. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6:30-9:30 pm in The Classrooms @ GreenStar (702 W. Buffalo St.)
  • During the election period, candidates must attend two member-owner functions: the Spring Member Meeting (held in mid-April) and a Council Candidate Forum (also held in April). These events give Co-op owners an opportunity to meet you and ask questions before casting their vote.
  • Submit the Declaration of Candidacy form by March 1 to appear on the ballot. Voting takes place in April.

Get more information by contacting Council at governance@greenstar.coop.

Read the Council Candidate Application Packet
Apply for GreenStar’s Council

Serve on a GreenStar Council Committee

GreenStar’s Council seeks applications from Co-op members in good standing interested in serving on any of our various committees. You may nominate yourself or another member. Committees play a crucial role in providing research, preparation, and recommendations for proposals and issues to be voted on by Council. Committees have seats for Council members, staff, and other (“at-large”) GreenStar members. Committee members earn a 8% discount on purchases for their work. Learn more or apply now!

Our Board of Directors

Marilyn Chase
Marilyn Chase
President

Email Marilyn

Executive Planning Committee (Chair), Bylaws & Policy Review. Fundraising (Chair), Ombuds (Chair)

Eldred Harris
Eldred Harris
Vice President

Email Eldred

Personnel (Chair)

Krys Cail
Krys Cail
Treasurer

Email Krys

Finance (Chair), Executive Planning Committee, Expansion

Dan Hoffman
Dan Hoffman
Secretary

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Bylaws and Policy Review (Chair), Executive Planning Committee

Ahrayna Zakos
Ahrayna Zakos

Membership (Chair)

Jan Rhodes Norman
Jan Rhodes Norman

Expansion (Chair), Finance

Finance, Personell, Expansion

Laura Buttenbaum
Laura Buttenbaum

Governance (Chair)

David Sibley
David Sibley

Bylaws & Policy Review, Governance, Ombuds

Kara Cusolito
Kara Cusolito

Membership

Hope Spithaler
Hope Spithaler

Diversity & Inclusion, Governance

Debbie Meritsky
Debbie Meritsky

Diveristy & Inclusion (Chair), Fundraising

Brian Lynch
Brian Lynch

Governance

Diane Hillmann
Diane Hillmann

Finance

Vacant Seat
Vacant Seat

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Council Documents

Looking for the GreenStar Policy Book, GreenStar’s bylaws, Council & Committee meeting agendas, minutes, and information?

Click the link below to visit the Council & Committee downloads page to find those documents.

Visit the Council & Committee Downloads Page

GreenStar’s Ends Statements

The Purpose of GreenStar Cooperative Market:

Community

– to Nurture a constructive, dynamic, and supportive cooperative community, and a culture of shared purpose and respect among people of diverse backgrounds.

Cooperation

– to Foster cooperative attitudes, cooperative ownership as an alternative economic model, collaboration among cooperatives and like-minded businesses, and engagement with the larger co-op movement.

Local, Democratic Control

– to Ensure local, democratic control of the cooperative through open participation in and transparent governance of a member-owned retail food store.

Good Food, Plus

– to Provide wholesome, healthy, affordable and ethical food choices, as well as quality goods and services to support a healthy lifestyle.

Sustainability

– to Make a meaningful contribution toward ecological sustainability, including a zero-carbon footprint and increased local and regional food self-reliance.

Education

– to Ensure that its members and shoppers can learn about cooperatives, food, regional and community-based food systems, health, sustainability and social justice.

Fairness

– to Show by example that a successful business can be an empowering and safe work environment, committed to fair treatment of both people and animals, and dignity and non-discrimination for all, including those whose labor produces and provides the goods carried by the Co-op.