At our March annual meeting and homebrew social, there were as many candidates up for election as there were seats, so the slate was unanimously voted in. Erin Malone returned for a second terms, and we welcomed two new board members to take over from Robin Sutphen and Beth Hayden, who concluded their terms of service to the co-op:
Heather Wright is an employment and labor law attorney who focuses her practice on cooperatives and socially-minded businesses. Prior to practicing law, Heather worked for over a decade as an HR Director and consultant, where she worked with numerous food co-ops across the country on start-up and expansion projects. She teaches in the MBA in Sustainability program at Marlboro College and lectures at conferences across the country. She has a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law and a B.S. in Business & Human Resource Management from California State University.
John Eustis lives in South Burlington, and is married with 2 teenage daughters. He's a big beer fan and has been home brewing for about 25 years (although he's am strictly an extract brewer). He's a veterinarian and have bought and sold one veterinary clinic in Colorado. After moving to Vermont in 2005, he opened and still operates Orchard Veterinary Hospital in South Burlington. As a board member, he brings experience in starting and operating a small business, managing people, and navigating all the other hurdles and everyday hassles that every business owner faces, as well as knowledge of how to excel in customer service, which has been critical to the success of his hospital.