Board members are elected for three-year terms. The first year in each listing is the year the board member was elected.
Melissa Morin | 2013/2018 | Board Chair | Board Development Committee
I am excited to be serving on the Co-op’s Board of Directors. It’s a great way to be involved in making nutritious food accessible for everyone, developing a healthier food system, and supporting a fair, local economy – all of which are things that get me going! I’m eager to dig into implementing the Co-op’s strategic plan and see co-op principles in action, especially as they relate to increasing the availability of healthy food and reaching the diversity of folks in Whatcom County. When at work, you’ll find me in the Healthy Communities program at the Whatcom County Health Department, connecting with community members to promote tobacco-free living and improve access to healthy foods and to places to be physically active. When at play, I’m most likely to be found in a bookstore, a kitchen or the mountains.
Caroline Kinsman | 2013/2018 | Board Vice Chair | Finance Committee
Growing up on a small, family-owned dairy farm in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, I learned at a young age the value of a community connected to its food. Because the Co-op’s strategic plan so closely aligns with my personal ambitions for the future of our food and with my work as marketing manager with Scratch and Peck Feeds, the work of the Board shines even brighter to me. In my happiest environment, my husband Jesse and I raise two spunky daughters with tremendous zest for life. As a family, we protect and enjoy the outdoors—dirt, rivers, campfires, a touch of adrenaline—and hold experiential moments very dear. The Co-op is an essential community hub on so many levels—for farmers and producers, healthy economic growth and local business development, families, consumers and as an educational resource. And I am eager to serve these communities.
Brent Harrison | 1987/2016 | Finance & Farm Fund Committees
I am on the Board because I enjoy working with a group of committed people who share my enthusiasm for fostering co-op principles and specifically the values of our Community Food Co-op. I am a long-time local organic farmer who is dedicated to maintaining the rich, natural environment Whatcom County enjoys. I offer modest involvement as a mentor in Sustainable Connection’s Food to Bank on Program, and also enjoy volunteering with NSEA (Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association).
Megan Westgate | 2010/2016 | Board Development Committee Chair
Growing up, my parents were members of the Brattleboro Food Co-op in Vermont and the delicious smells and cozy feeling in that store set the stage for a lifelong love affair with co-ops. In my twenties, I worked as the outreach coordinator at the Food Conspiracy Co-op in Tucson, gaining a deeper appreciation of the cooperative principles and learning about policy governance. As the executive director of the Non-GMO Project, I work with natural food retailers and producers across North America, and bring a broad perspective to my role on the Co-op Board. I am a dedicated yoga practitioner and enjoy baking, crafts, and gardening. My husband Noah and I live on a beautiful five-acre homestead on the Y Road with two cats, chickens, turkeys, an Anatolian Shepherd, and lots of wildlife. We welcomed our first baby, son Robin Wilder, in February 2014.
Margaret Ingebrigtson | 2016/2019 | Member Affairs & Farm Fund Committees
I have worked on organic farms in Whatcom County for the past seven years. I am passionate about strengthening our food system, building local resilience, and providing access to healthy food. I have experience in leadership roles as a farm manager, and have experience working collaboratively with a group of people on the Twin Sisters Farmers Market. On the Board, I look forward to serving as a voice for the local farming community and an advocate for the continued support of local farms. My background in farming has helped me to recognize the connection between soil health, plant health, and personal health. For each of these areas to thrive, a vibrant local food system is necessary. My work has allowed me to be very connected to our local food system, and I will apply my knowledge to contribute to the Co-op’s goal of local food system development.
Laura Ridenour | 2014/2017 | Farm Fund Committee Chair
My life has revolved around food or farming beginning with my childhood on a large farming commune and working for my father’s organic food business. In my early twenties, working with the California farmers who created organic certification led to my passion for advocacy and nonprofit management. I earned a bachelors in food systems and social change, and a masters in the sociology of food. I believe the cooperative model is exemplary of the future of business. As the former manager of Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program, and co-founder of the Whatcom Food Network, I hope to contribute to our Co-op’s local food economy strategies and to enhance member engagement. As a mother, I hold dear that our Co-op is cultivating healthy food culture for our next generations. I love Kundalini yoga, cooking and sharing meals, bicycling, and playing with my young son.
Ceci Lopez | 2016/2017 | Finance Committee
I am passionate about alternative forms of business and hope to use all my academic, professional, and personal skills to further the goals and plans of the Co-op. I am a partner with Gravis Law, PLLC, and recently accepted a faculty position at Fairhaven College, where I will direct the Center for Law, Diversity and Justice. I earned my law degree from the University of Washington (UW) School of Law and stayed an extra year to obtain a Master of Tax Law. Prior to attending law school, I managed a low-income farm-worker housing program in Bellingham. I volunteer at the UW low-income taxpayer clinic, serve as vice-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Pro-Bono and Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics committee, and have volunteered with the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. As a 10+ year Co-op member, I both appreciate and support the continuous efforts this organization musters to bring us clean, just, and sustainable sources of foods in a way that minimizes our impact on the earth, and maximizes our human values.
Zach Zink | 2015/2018 | Board Development & Farm Fund Committees
I’m honored to join the Board for the first time in 2015. I work as an organic farm employee for Growing Washington in Everson, the site manager of the Bellingham Farmers Market, and have served on the board of Tilth Producers of Washington. My passions are cooking from scratch, gardening vegetables and flowers, taking care of animals, and promoting local food and farming through farmers markets. think that locally produced food, organic farming methods, and folks cooking from scratch are the foundations of a healthy community. I look forward to bringing informed and practical ideas to the table whenever the Board has the opportunity to nurture the local food system.