2018 Board Candidates Info

Hope J McLean

Owner since 1993

 

Describe your involvement with Deep Roots Market. Include amount of time spent and specific activities, if appropriate.

Employed by Deep Roots Market from 2006 to 2011 as Bookkeeper/Human Resource manager

Describe any volunteer or paid experience relevant to serving as a co-­op board member.

Member of the Deep Roots Market Board of Directors since January 2017. Currently serving as Vice President. From April 1996 to April 2004 was Owner/Manager of the GrapeVine Café and Juice Bar (a vegetarian restaurant). Coordinated all aspects of running this natural foods restaurant with a staff of eleven to fifteen part-time workers. Duties included staff training, menu planning, marketing, financials, customer service, and day-to-day operations. From April 1985 to August 1994 was Operations Training Manager at American Express. Handled staff performance and development, payroll, budgets, and project coordination.

What do you see as Deep Roots Market's role in the broader community?

As a health food co-op, Deep Roots Market represents a commitment to a healthful lifestyle and should promote this image through food choices,  wellness/beauty products, educational opportunities, and community events.

Personal statement, including anything you feel is relevant to your candidacy.

As a long-term Owner of Deep Roots, I have supported the co-op in many ways: frequent shopper, volunteer, employee, and active owner. I have several years experience in bookkeeping and all aspects of financial management for small businesses. This includes  eight years as owner/manager of the GrapeVine Café and Juice  Bar and three years as part-­‐time bookkeeper for Maids of Honor.  I’ve also taken several business/management training courses at GTCC and  while working at American Express. I view current Board membership as  a continuation of my dedication to Deep Roots and the values it represents.    I am pleased with what has been accomplished in the last year, enjoy working with  other Board members and with our new General Manager, and would consider it a privilege  to continue working toward making Deep Roots a community beacon and financial success.

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Stefan Hauke

Owner since 2015

 

Describe your involvement with Deep Roots Market. Include amount of time spent and specific activities, if appropriate.

 

Our family joined DRM after moving to Greensboro from Wisconsin in 2015. Shortly after joining, DRM changed direction away from natural foods. Concerned by this move, I got involved in discussions regarding the role of DRM in the community. I was appointed to the Board in January 2017 after members of the previous board had resigned due to a fallout with DRM owners. As member of the board, I championed the return of DRM to its original mission, to provide healthy natural foods to the community. Involved in the GM Search Committee, I recommended the appointment of the current General Manager to her position. Furthermore, I initiated marketing innovations, such as the new annual Owner Survey. As a small business owner myself, I helped DRM to improve the financial condition to foster the growth of sales.

Describe any volunteer or paid experience relevant to serving as a co-­op board member.

  • On the Board of DRM since January 2017
  • Established a small business “World Artisan Guild” in 2007, representing rural women co-operatives from Morocco in North America
  • Developed World Artisan Guild from a start-up to a financially stable importer of ethically sourced raw materials for the natural cosmetics industry
  • Worked twelve years in marketing and business management positions at two large manufacturers of consumer goods
  • Long-time member of the Organic Trade Association
  • Speaker and panelist at international and domestic natural food conferences
  • Member for life of two food co-operatives in Wisconsin
  • Board member of the Hessen – Wisconsin Society, an organization fostering the friendship between the USA and Germany
  • Consumer of natural and organic foods for more than twenty years, triggered by the BSE crisis (Mad Cow disease) while living and working in London, England

What do you see as Deep Roots Market's role in the broader community?

• The most trusted food retailer in Greensboro, where consumers can shop knowing that the products they purchase are safe
• Provider of natural foods, health & beauty and laundry products that do not poison members of the community, sold at fair prices
• A happening and friendly place in downtown, which attracts shoppers through an exciting shopping environment and interesting products, as well as organizer and host of exciting events
• A long term viable, financially stable community co-op

Personal statement, including anything you feel is relevant to your candidacy.

DRM has the potential of being the most trusted and most exciting grocery store in the Greensboro. Refocusing on natural foods last year was just the beginning. I would love to continue to work with the fellow board members, the General Manager, the DRM owners, and community members to lead DRM into a bright future.

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Theresa (Tracy) Furman Lamothe

Owner since 2001

 

Describe your involvement with Deep Roots Market. Include amount of time spent and specific activities, if appropriate.

I began shopping at Deep Roots Market in 2000, and became a member in 2001. At the time I was a new mother and really focused on the availability of organic baby food, local produce, eggs and vitamins. I have continued to shop and followed the happenings and changes
ever since.

Describe any volunteer or paid experience relevant to serving as a co-­op board member.

I have participated in the local farmers markets since moving to Greensboro in 2000, and as a chef I spend a fair amount of time learning and thinking about the impacts of big food and mass farming. I enjoy visiting farms and local vendors I work with. I have served on several boards in different roles (President, Vice President, Treasurer and at large), YWCA of Greater Baltimore, The Historic Aycock Neighborhood Association, Our Community Charter School, President of the City Arts Drama Center Booster Club and currently Treasurer of Deep Roots Market. I was an accountant in Baltimore specializing in nonprofit accounting and tax filing. I have owned two restaurants and helped open the Market at Traveled Farmer. I also have Blue Spoon Cooking School that teaches cooking to adults and teens.

What do you see as Deep Roots Market's role in the broader community?

Deep Roots current location offers a huge opportunity to reach the immediate community and expand the membership. As Deep Roots grows it will need to expand offerings to meet the needs of the store’s neighbors while still meeting the needs of the founding principles. It can be a “both/and”. By offering the neighbors and existing members things they “need” without compromising on our core principals, it opens the door for education opportunities and expand the base of locals wanting and desiring health and nutrition. It is important that we build a sustainable local food business that can support local vendors to help us move away from the mass farming/big food system.

Personal statement, including anything you feel is relevant to your candidacy.

I would like to be a part of the Deep Roots board of directors because I want to commit my time and abilities to an organization dedicated to making lives healthier. I feel that Deep Roots is at a growth point and look forward to being a part of this huge asset to Greensboro. I have been so proud of the progress made in the last year with our new general manager. Our current board is strong, works well together and is 1000% committed to offering Greensboro a healthy, natural and community owned store that wants good health for everyone.

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Tia Cromartie

Owner since 1997

 

Personal statement, including anything you feel is relevant to your candidacy.

Hi. I am Ms. Tia and I have served on the Deep Roots Board of Director as a re-elected vice-president. Recently, I had time to sharpen my skills by attend other community meeting and organization. I hope to see everyone at the annual meeting so I can hear you and you can see me.

Hope all is well with our owner and let make 2018 better than our past.

Love Ms. Tia Cromartie

 

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