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The voting period for our annual Board of Directors runs from Friday, August 16th through Monday, September 9th. This year's Board of Directors Election has 4 vacant seats, with 6 candidates running. Find the candidate bios below. Three seats are for three-year terms and one seat is for a one-year term*.

  • 2019-2022 (3 available seats)

  • 2019-2020 (1 available seat)

Voters may select up to 4 candidates. The voting period for our annual Board of Directors election runs from Friday, August 16th through Monday, September 9th.

*Unless otherwise agreed among the candidates, candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be given the longest available terms (see Bylaws Section 4.3)


How to Vote

The voting period for our annual Board of Directors runs from Friday, August 16th through Monday, September 9th. Any Co-owner that is considered active* as of Thursday, August 15th is eligible to vote in this year's election. When you are ready to vote, you will need the following information:

  1. Username. This is your 8 digit Co-owner number (starts with 40XXXXXX). This can be found on the back of your membership card, on the bottom of your shopping receipt, or by asking one of our cashiers.

  2. Password. This is the last name of the primary account holder, all lowercase.

Once you have this information, click the button below to access the online voting portal, log in, then cast your vote. Voters may opt to fill out a paper ballot instead. These are available at both of our grocery stores. 

Thanks for making your voice heard!

If you have any trouble logging in or voting, please contact us at [email protected] or call Mo at 208.472.4541.

*An active Co-owner is defined as having equity in the Co-op and having made a purchase within the last year.

 

2019 Board candidates

Read the bios of all 6 candidates below!

 
 
"Passionate Advocacy for Healthy Food, Excellent Staff, and Satisfied Members"

"Passionate Advocacy for Healthy Food, Excellent Staff, and Satisfied Members"

Rob Anderson

 I moved to Idaho in 1977 and, ever since joining the Co-op in 1978, I have been a huge supporter.  My day job involves being a trial attorney with the Boise law firm Anderson, Julian & Hull LLP, where I specialize in civil litigation and construction law.

 Being a lawyer necessarily teaches you the merits of being organized and the skill to try to resolve disputes before they get too complicated. In the years I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board, I have tried to provide a legal perspective to the Board’s deliberations. More importantly, I believe I have helped the Board stay focused on the key issues we face and assisted when we needed to resolve differences and move the Co-op forward.

 As the Vice President of the Board, I look forward to continuing to participate in our efforts to support our great staff and members, who make us the best place to shop in the Treasure Valley.

 
"Local Food Advocate, Creative Communicator, Relationship Builder"

"Local Food Advocate, Creative Communicator, Relationship Builder"

Jamie Hausman

Jamie Hausman was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, and after graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism she became a freelance writer. In addition to writing for print and digital magazines, she launched two farmers markets in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Boise, Idaho, in January 2017 with her golden retriever Hooch, and her boyfriend, Owen, seeking new adventures. She writes for Territory magazine and enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time at the Boise Farmers Market.

 
"Passionate Advocate for Empowering People to Vibrantly Engage in Life”

"Passionate Advocate for Empowering People to Vibrantly Engage in Life”

Alex McNish

The Boise Co-op plays an essential role in Alex’s life as a foundational source of local, organic foods, goods, and services provided by wonderful community-spirited and knowledgeable people, of which many Alex is blessed to call friends. Alex has shopped at the Co-op since the late 1970’s and became a Co-Owner in 1980. Starting in 1996, Alex loved her nine years on the Co-op staff working in Customer Service and is honored to serve on the Board representing our Co-Owners the past four terms, recently as:

  • Board Secretary – 2016 to Present

  • Governance Committee - Present

  • CEO Search Committee Co-chair – 2018

  • GM Search Committee Chair – 2016

  • Reach Out Committee (formerly Membership Linkage) since its formation in 2012, Chair – 2017 and 2018

  • Co-op Experience Team - 2018

  • Numerous outreach events

Alex is fortunate to shop at both Boise Co-op locations with the North End being close to her work and she is so glad we opened the Meridian Village location for it is close to her home.

Alex has been a member of the Treasure Valley Community since 1971, having raised two children mostly as a single parent, and feels privileged to have worked for mission-driven organizations for 20+ years. Since 2012, Alex has enjoyed working for Jannus, Inc., a diverse health and human services organization currently with one of their sponsored programs, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Alex’s additional community involvement includes serving on the Idaho Mediation Association’s Board as Secretary and as Chair of their Annual Conference Committee.

Alex respectfully asks for your vote to enthusiastically serve another term on the Boise Co-op Board of Directors.

 
"Caring Community Leader, Effective Advocate; Locavore; Good Listener and Communicator”

"Caring Community Leader, Effective Advocate; Locavore; Good Listener and Communicator”

Sue Reents

Sue Reents, a loyal customer of the Boise Co-op for over 30 years, has an extensive history of community and public service, as well as a background in the financial securities industry. She served in the State Senate from 1989-1996, representing District 19. Following her retirement from the Senate, she worked for Idaho’s public health districts, then as a lobbyist for non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on public health and access to primary care. Most recently she worked as a fundraising consultant with an emphasis on non-profit organizations.

She has played a leading role in the founding of several organizations - The Downtown Boise Association, Coalition for a Healthy Idaho, and Idaho Voices for Children. A former board member of Boise WaterShed Exhibits and City Club of Boise, where she was Treasurer and Chair of the Program Committee, she continues to serve on the committee that plans and secures sponsorship of City Club forums. She also serves on the Christ Chapel Historical Society Board that sets policy for the use of the Chapel located on Boise State University campus.

She holds a B.A. from University of Oregon and has completed additional coursework in public administration from Boise State University and basic civil mediation from University of Idaho School of Law. She and her husband, Henry, have lived in Boise since 1969 and have two grown children, Stephanie & Scott, both Boise High School graduates, who are married with families and live on the east coast.

 
"Environmental Responsibility, Compassion Without Conditions, and Never-ending Room for Growth"

"Environmental Responsibility, Compassion Without Conditions, and Never-ending Room for Growth"

Ashley Robinson

Ashley Robinson is a Senior Executive at Emerging Concepts, a family of companies that are focused on using proprietary data analysis and market expertise to generate strategic planning and financial success within the retail and restaurant industries. 


She has two decades of experience helping retail concepts expand their business. While most of her previous clients look to profits as their primary mission, she has had the honor to work with companies in line with her own passion as well.

The World Wildlife Foundation understands that issues like Food Waste, are directly connected with Climate Change and Endangered Species. The restaurant industry is one of the largest opportunities to curb food waste, and she has been working with the head of Food Waste at WWF to create initiatives that will help restaurants curb food waste while also improving the bottom line.

Her husband has also been passionate about local food and farmers, and co-created a documentary called, “to Live Local” which outlined the importance of local farmers and eating local to reduce the carbon footprint in the grocery industry.

 

"Long Time Boisean, Local Business Owner,Co-Owner Relationships Are KEY"

Tana Ruud

Boise has been my family’s hometown since I was a child, and I’ve had the great pleasure of serving on the Co-op’s Board of Directors these past 2.5 years. I’ve truly enjoyed making connections with our dedicated employees, with our vital members, and representing our Boise Co-op.

 Working in advertising for a large retailer, in marketing for Idaho non-profits, and owning a successful photography business for the last 15 years has helped me feel a sense of closeness with the community. With my small business, I know the importance of local and I’ve learned how to evolve and thrive despite the changes that face me. I enjoy being involved in the community, and being a familiar face at Co-op events and representing the Board

 Having been raised by wheat farmers and cattle ranchers, a father who was president of his city’s community garden - the Co-op has a sense of home to me, and I feel most connected to my roots when supporting local agriculture.  I value living in an area that embraces the quality of life offered here in the Treasure Valley, and I believe in the mission of the Co-op, encouraging others to embrace their vision of a local and health-conscious lifestyle.