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Sound Consumer | August 2004

PCC Board Report

2004-2005 PCC Board of Trustees and management
2004-2005 PCC Board of Trustees and management: Chantal Stevens, Tracy Wolpert, Alexander Rist, Kathy Barry, Reed Schilbach, Don DeSantis, Bill Roach, Julie Tempest, Bob Cross and Mary Simon

At the June meeting, the board appointed Julie Tempest to replace Kim Norton, who resigned recently. When a board member resigns, PCC Bylaws call for the nominating committee to recommend one or more persons to the board as a possible replacement. The nominating committee, having just gone through a recruiting and vetting process that produced five candidates for the 2004 election, recommended that the board consider the two candidates who were not elected.

Norton, who was elected in 2003, relinquished her seat due to an extraordinary amount of unforeseen work-related travel. In a message to members, Norton said, "Thank you to everyone who voted for me in last year's election for giving me the opportunity to serve the PCC community. I have truly enjoyed my service on the board of trustees. I deeply regret that I have had to resign my position for professional reasons, but I have great faith in Julie Tempest to serve you well."

The 2003-2004 Board Chair Chantal Stevens noted that "Kim was a tremendously hard-working board member, devoting many hours to board meetings, store visits and two board task forces — Linkage (as chair) and Sustainability. We wish her well."

Tempest will complete the remaining two years of Norton's term. "I am pleased to represent the PCC membership on the board and hope to make a valuable contribution toward PCC's continued success. Congratulations to Kim for her accomplishments on the Board," said Tempest.

The 2004-2005 board was seated at the June 29 meeting. It elected Mary Simon to serve as chair for this term. Simon is in the third year of her first term as a PCC trustee. She's an ombudsman and conflict resolution consultant, and is an Issaquah shopper.

She notes, "My colleagues on the board and I anticipate a very productive year. This is a crucial time for PCC as we work with management to consider the issues that attend the formation of growth strategies. As always, we encourage member feedback and ideas on all co-op related matters. Members should always feel free to write us at the co-op office, e-mail us at or look for us at store events."

Other members of the board:

Kathy Barry:

Bob Cross: Second term (third year). Recently retired general manager of University Book Store, Inc. Windermere resident and View Ridge shopper. Don DeSantis: Second term (second year). Certified Public Accountant. Served on PCC Board 1983-1985, PCC Finance Committee 1981-1985, adjunct professor in graduate tax program at Golden Gate University.

Alexander Rist: Second term (first year). Economist, former head of transportation policy section for the Swiss government. Worked on creation and implementation of a corporate environmental policy for Co-op Switzerland (second largest retail organization). Currently an economist with King County Solid Waste Division. Greenlake shopper.

Bill Roach: First term (first year). Former supervisor of market development at King County Metro. Developed Flexcar, UPASS, Vanpool and various other public/private partnerships, now semi-retired working on special projects for Metro. Particularly interested in member development. Greenlake and Fremont shopper.

Reed Schilbach: Second term (second year). On the board of the Pacific Northwest Sacred Harp Singers since 1990. Served on PCC's board from 1989 to 1995, from 1996 to 1999, and now serving second consecutive term. Has served on numerous PCC committees and task forces. Long-time staff member at Ravenna store, now at Fremont store.

Chantal Stevens: Second term (first year). Fish biologist by training. Has worked in natural resource management and environmental issues since 1984 for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, People for Salmon, and currently as executive director of Sustainable Seattle. Issaquah shopper.

Julie Tempest: First term (first year). Former director of business development for The Hartman Group, a consumer research and consulting firm specializing in the organic and natural industry. Greenlake shopper.

July board meeting

Look for a report on the July board meeting in the September Sound Consumer. The board will not meet in August. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28 at 5 p.m. at the co-op office. Member comments will be heard at 7 p.m.

Talk to the Board

Linkage Task Force Chair Alexander Rist says, "Again, this year, we will make regular 'Talk to the Board' visits to each store for face-to-face conversations with members. The board will have a booth at the Issaquah Healthy Living Fair on August 28 and 29. We are eager to meet as many members as possible."