Ownership and Board

Membership

The co-op is member owned. Our Member-Owners make the co-op possible. You are invited to become a Member-Owner.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors (BOD) consists of 9 members elected by our Member-Owners. Each Director serves a term of 3 years, or other shorter terms when applicable (i.e. if a vacancy occurs mid-term).

Our Board of Directors Meetings are held monthly. Specific dates may change depending upon availability of meeting facilities.

Attending A Meeting

Any Member-Owner is welcome to attend the monthly meetings during the open portion of the meeting. During this time, 10 minutes of every meeting agenda are scheduled for Member-Owner comments or questions. Please keep your comments or feedback within 5 minutes to allow others time to speak.

After the open comments section, please do not join the discussion unless specifically asked. When an executive session is called, Member-owner guests will be asked to leave.

To register to attend a Board Meeting, please send an email to admin@lovettsvillemarket.coop.

MARCH 2024

Monthly Board Meeting:
Thursday, March 28
6:00-8:00pm

Location:
Lovettsville Community Center

APRIL 2024

Monthly Board Meeting:
Thursday, April 25
6:00-8:00pm

Location:
Lovettsville Library

MAY 2024

Monthly Board Meeting:
Thursday, May 23
6:00-8:00pm

Location:
Lovettsville Library

JUNE 2024

Monthly Board Meeting:
Thursday, June 27
6:00-8:00pm

Location:
Lovettsville Library

Joining the Board

The Board election process begins in January with a solicitation letter to Member-Owners calling for nominations. Requirements to run for a Board seat and required tasks are described in detail in the Lovettsville Cooperative Market ByLaws. Before submitting your name for nomination, please refer to Article 4 of the ByLaws.

General Board member time commitment includes: Approximately 8-12 hours/month; Attend regular meetings and work by email; Attend special Co-op events for membership and directorship.

If you want to nominate yourself for Board consideration, send an email letter of interest and include your bio with Subject: Board Nomination to Shelly Tomlinson, Nominating Committee Chair, at Membership@lovettsvillemarket.coop.

Meet the Board

John DeSaix

John DeSaix

Chair

Before joining the Board in 2016, John was a pro bono consultant to the Co-op, facilitating the development of the mission and vision statements and assisting with overall planning and financial analysis. “The pro bono work with the Co-op made me realize starting a food co-op is so much more than opening a store. It’s about delivering good food to our neighbors, supporting local producers and contributing to our local economy. It really is about serving the community.” John has been the Chair for the Co-op Board since 2018 and was the Chair of the Finance Committee from 2016 to 2020.

John and his wife, Suzanne, moved to Lovettsville in 1988 to enjoy the rural life. They converted much of the property to forest and conservation fields, and enjoy growing organic fruits and vegetables. John is retired, having spent most of his career working for NASD (FINRA), the securities industry regulator, and the Nasdaq Stock Market. His work experience includes systems development, financial analysis and strategic planning, including three years as Senior Vice President of Market Strategy at Nasdaq Japan and four years as Vice President of Strategic Planning for NASD.

Julie Harner

Julie Harner

Vice-Chair and Chair, Membership Committee

Julie and her husband, Craig, moved to Lovettsville from Falls Church in January 2017. She spent 35 years at Verizon, the majority of her service supporting the federal government telecommunications and technology. She was responsible for government programs generating $25 million in monthly revenue. She and her husband, Craig, own a small business in Lovettsville. Julie has had a long career on the volunteer side as well. She served multiple terms as PTA president and in other capacities during her children’s elementary and middle school time. Julie also served on the board of the Fairfax Voluntary Action Committee, which identified corporate sponsors to support local projects serving the underserved Fairfax County community. She also supported the Falls Church Community Service board with the inventory and delivery of food items to county clients. Her hobbies are her grandchildren and quilting. After joining the Co-op in 2017, Julie volunteered for several years at the Co-op’s seasonal market. In March 2018, she was appointed to the Board and became Chair of the Membership Committee. In 2020, she was appointed Vice-Chair. Julie also developed the Lovettsville Community Garden under the sponsorship of the Co-op.

Carrie Blough

Carrie Blough

Secretary

Carrie joined the Board as a Director in 2024. Carrie moved to Brunswick in 2013 with her husband, who is a professional chef, and always looking for quality, local ingredients! Now they can find exactly what they need at the Co-op.
Carrie is committed to the vision of the Co-op, and will bring her skills and passion to the board. She has served on other boards in the area: the Friends of the Brunswick Library and the MARC Riders Advisory Council. She currently works at a museum in Washington, DC where she is a curator and registrar. She spends her time gardening, reading, hooking rugs, and playing with her two cats.

Karen Hignite

Karen Hignite

Director

Karen has lived in Loudoun County for more than 30 years, with most of those years spent in Lovettsville. She has been a member of the Board since 2013, and has served as Treasurer for the past 6 years. Prior to the Co-op opening, she was responsible for the financial records of the Co-op and for keeping in good standing with the State Corporation Commission and the Virginia Department of Taxation. She was a major force in developing the first Co-op Seasonal Farm Market in 2012, and has been an active coordinator in each successive market through 2019. Karen started her life in DC working for a series of Members of Congress doing casework and legislative research. She then moved into a 35 year IT consulting career as a training specialist and systems analyst managing projects for branches of the military. Seeking a less “structured” employment environment she accepted a job designing databases for the National Wildlife Federation. Karen spent her last years there managing their document management records retention system, and the in-house photo library licensing images for use by staff members, and negotiating image donations or discount pricing from photographers and studios. She now enjoys retired life in the farmlands of Northern Virginia.

Caroline Ahern

Caroline Ahern

Treasurer and Chair, Finance Commmittee

Caroline and her husband, Frank, moved to Lovettsville in 2016, trading in their 100 year old row house in downtown DC for a 100+ year old farmhouse on a winding dirt road. Since moving to Lovettsville, they’ve welcomed two sons to their country brood and also added a dozen chickens, a garden, and a puppy to their farmette, which they hope to expand in the coming years. Caroline is currently the Senior Vice President of Finance & Accounting for EB5 Capital, a real estate investment firm in Bethesda, MD. In her current role she manages all corporate finance and accounting functions including financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, treasury, and income taxes, as well as human resources and payroll. Prior to her current role at EB5 Capital, she was the Assistant Controller for the Washington Commanders. Caroline studied finance, accounting, and Spanish at the University of Richmond where she graduated summa cum laude in 2008. Upon graduation, Caroline passed the CPA exam in Virginia while starting her career as an auditor at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (formerly Beers + Cutler). In her spare time she enjoys trail running, cooking, traveling, and chasing after her two young sons. Caroline has served on the Lovettsville Cooperative Market‘s Board of Directors and Finance Committee since January 2020 and is now the chair of the Finance Committee. Caroline is passionate about the Co-op’s mission, especially its quest to serve as a hub for community building, gathering, and learning.

Ellis Burruss

Ellis Burruss

Director

Ellis graduated from the University of MD with a B.A. in English (and a minor in organic chemistry) and has lived in Brunswick for the past 40 years. As an independent business owner (Bellwether Printing) Ellis understands the issues facing small businesses in our community. He has shown his commitment to the community by volunteering his time and energy to a number of community organizations including: the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (currently treasurer); the Brunswick Planning Commission; Downtown Revitalization Committee ; Brunswick Museum Board of Directors ; Brunswick Economic Team ; the Brunswick Library Board of Directors; and actively participates in Brunswick Main Street programs. Ellis joined the Lovettsville Co-op Board in 2015 and has served as both secretary and vice chair.

Glenn Willard

Glenn Willard

Director

Glenn is a long-time resident of the Hillsboro area (originally from Michigan) and has been on the Board since 2016. He has practiced political law at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (including its legacy firm, Patton Boggs, LLP) in Washington, DC since 2003, and was previously counsel to a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission. Since 2015 he has also been on the board of the Catholic Climate Covenant, which helps guide the U.S. Church’s response to the moral call for action on climate change. He has been married for almost 40 years, and has 12 children and 18 grandchildren. He strongly believes in the cooperative business model, seeing in cooperatives the potential for them to be, as Pope Francis said, a “healing economy in the insidious sea of the global economy. A true economy supported by people who have only the common good in their heart and mind.” Specifically, he sees the Lovettsville Cooperative Market as a communitarian alternative to the chain store business model, a means by which all can participate in a fair, humane, local and sustainable economy.

Petrina Dawson

Petrina Dawson

Director

Petrina and her husband Dave moved to Lovettsville in 2013 where they are enjoying the company of their two ornamental draft horses and two dogs. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. She joined the Co-op Board in 2021 and has volunteered over the past 2 years on the Membership Committee in various capacities.

In 2009, she moved to the DC area from New Jersey to take a position as Counsel with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where she worked on capital markets issues and helped resolve failed institutions during the financial crisis. She currently serves as Senior Cross-Border Specialist in the Division of Complex Institutions Supervision and Resolution of the FDIC. Prior to joining the FDIC, Petrina was Managing Director and General Counsel of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services in NYC.

Over the years, Petrina has volunteered in many civic activities and professional programs, including serving on the advisory board of the “Back to Business Group” of the American Bar Association, a group dedicated to returning women to the practice of law after taking time off to raise children. Petrina has an undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics and a JD law degree.