board of directors
Board meetings take place at River Valley Co-op in the community room on the co-op’s mezzanine on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-9:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. The August 2015 meeting will be held August 13. The November 2015 meeting will be held November 18.
Board elections are held every November, in conjunction with the co-op's Annual Meeting.
Dorian Gregory, CPA (Board President) works with the Cooperative Fund of New England, a community development financial institution that is a bridge between socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community-oriented non-profits and worker-owned businesses in New England. As a CPA, she has almost 20 years experience working in a large international firm and a small regional firm, providing audit and business advisory services to wide range of businesses in diverse industries. A lifelong martial artist, Ms. Gregory also owns and operates a Taijiquan and Qigong Studio. She brings to the Board financial expertise, clear communication and strong management skills, as well as her love and enthusiasm for the cooperative movement.
Jade Barker (Vice President) is co-director of The Mediation & Training Collaborative in Greenfield (a program of Community Action), a non-profit providing conflict resolution and communication services. A longtime community activist in her tenth year on the River Valley Co-op Board, Jade believes that cooperation is key to our survival as a species. She brings to the Board strong facilitation skills, a commitment to collaborative problem solving, and a love of all things co-op.
Lynn DiTullio (Treasurer) has enjoyed the past four+ years as a board member and officer. She says, "It's been a privilege to work with this fantastic board and outstanding staff in the challenging and extremely rewarding task of building a local cooperative economy." As a former business owner and manager, Lynn brings to the Board a keen appreciation of the challenges involved in keeping a small business going, meeting payroll, and nourishing that critical connection with member-owners while ensuring that staff feel involved, appreciated, and nurtured to grow as the co-op grows. Her background is in renewable energy and energy conservation, and she loves that the co-op was built with green attributes!
Andrea Stanley (Clerk) grew up visiting her family’s dairy farm in Quebec, Canada. These yearly trips made an impact and when Andrea and her family moved back to the Pioneer Valley in 2008, investing in the local food system was important. It started as being a conscientious consumer and joining River Valley Co-op. In 2010 she started Valley Malt with her husband, trying to fill a gap in the local food system and bring local grain to local beer. They now farm 80 acres of land in the valley, growing organic crops like barley, wheat, black beans, sunflowers and popcorn. Prior to this jump, Andrea was a vocational rehabilitation counselor working with youth to help them find work and careers. With the heart of a social worker and the passion of an entrepreneur, Andrea is most excited about filling more gaps in the local food system and believes that local farmers and processors make tastier, healthier food for our community.
Christine Dutton is a Wellness Manager with Mediterranean Living and also consults in the areas of Human Resources, Project Management and Social Media Marketing. As a member of the Board of Directors of River Valley Co-op, Christine pursues her interest in community-based organizations that directly impact the sustainability of local food systems, and that contribute to our local economy and the quality of people’s lives.
Roslyn Malkin has a strong background in systems thinking enabling her to address issues from holistic and innovative perspectives. Having worked for over thirty years as a psychotherapist, business consultant, seminar leader and spiritual counselor, she is a true community organizer at heart. Roslyn believes in creating successful businesses that also nourish the community using collaborative and creative methods. You will find her spending time in nature, swimming with dolphins and whales in the wild, traveling to sacred sites, and telling bad puns.
Jeff Napolitano works as the Program Coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts. He is a community organizer with a passion for social justice, and a father to two children. Jeff is a native of the Greater Boston area, and moved to Western Massachusetts in 2003. He brings to the Board a perspective on the economic justice done through the cooperative business model and an appreciation for the positive impact the market has on the local economy.
A decade ago, Alex Risley Schroeder re-oriented her work in adult education and workforce development to focus exclusively on strengthening the "green economy" through education, training and policy development. Her commitment continues to be to leverage our increasing focus on sustainability to build jobs and businesses that support communities and individuals. She brings to the Board a thoughtful perspective on the ways local agriculture and local food systems can provide such leverage points, a willingness to learn and work collaboratively, and the belief that much can be solved when we do good work with others.
Max Saito is a professor in the Communication Department at Westfield State University. In addition to parenting four children together with his wife Loran, he also serves as a 5th grade teacher and principal of the Amherst Japanese Language School. Max grew up in a small village in Japan, where he helped his mother to sell her products in a local farmers’ cooperative. He is interested in the ways consumer decisions affect the environment and world peace.