How does the Board work?

Your Board of Directors steers the path of EACM toward the future. The board is made up of nine owners just like you, chosen by annual election. This is where the true power of co-op ownership comes into play. Unlike corporations, co-op board elections are democratically run — owners all have an equal vote. Board members serve staggered 3-year terms.

Why does the Board exist?

Board members represent member-owners to ensure that their needs are met and support the General Manager to maintain the vision and ends of the co-op.

What does the Board do?

CREATES CO-OP POLICIES The board’s primary role is to oversee the direction of the co-op through EACM’s general manager through the creation of board policies. EACM employees, as directed by the GM, manage day-to-day operations like stocking, cooking, ordering, marketing, product selection and administrative duties.

ENVISIONS & EVALUATES The board conducts its ongoing work at monthly board meetings. At these meetings the board monitors policy compliance, understands the co-op’s finances, plans activities to engage owners, discusses the future and evaluates their work.

See for yourself! The best way to understand what the board does at the co-op is to attend a board meeting and see for yourself. Meeting information is to the right.

Interested in joining?

To learn more about board service and upcoming board elections, send us an email at [email protected].

Board Meetings

Board meetings are generally held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm. Meetings are currently held virtually.

Member-owners are welcome to attend regularly scheduled board meetings! If you are interested in attending, please contact [email protected] in advance of the meeting for information

Meet the folks who govern the co-op on your behalf.

Amanda Punaro

President | 2025

Gary Giovino

Vice President | 2025

Lesley Carlson

Board Treasurer | 2026

Drew Beiter

Board Member | 2024

Susan Benz

Board Member | 2026

Sara Herrmann

Board Member | 2025

Brian Russ

Board Member | 2024

Luke Wochensky

Board Member | 2026