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Tacoma Food Co-op elects new leaders

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
November 29, 2011 2:23 pm

Five new members have been elected to the Tacoma Food Co-op’s board as the organization moves into operational mode for its new Sixth Avenue store.

That store opened in a former grocery at Sixth Avenue and Junett Street in September after several years of fundraising and planning.

“We’re entering an exciting new phase of managing what is essentially a fledgling start-up,” says Mandy Landa, TFC’s new president. “The new board brings a great mix of experience and knowledge that our members should feel really confident about.”

Several TFC board members remain on the board including Landa, Casandra Gorell, Molly Archer and Robert More.

Newly elected board members include: David Foster, an architect; Jennie Agard, an information technology and accounting specialist; Philip Cowan, executive director of Tacoma’s Grand Cinema; Liz Kaster, a commute trip reduction specialist and long-range planner for the City of Tacoma, and Dawn Quinn of the vegan blog VeganMoxie.com.

Landa, Archer, Foster and Agard will serve as TFC’s board executives.

“We’re off to a great start, and we hope the best is yet to come,” Landa said. “This is a board that loves Tacoma, is passionate about improving the health of our people and our planet, and will elevate the co-op into a vibrant, successful local business. We’re looking forward to what the next year will bring.”

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