How the Board Works

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.

Owners, run for your Board!

Board Recruitment 2019

Owners, join your board of directors!

The success of our co-op is thanks in part to the service of our co-op’s board of directors. The board is made up of nine democratically elected owners empowered to govern the co-op. Board leadership is essential to the success and growth of our co-op, its values, and the positive impact on our community. Every year the co-op needs owners to be candidates to run for the co-op’s board in the annual election, and the time is here.

Would you like to be considered to contribute to this important work?


2019 Board Application

Deadline: March 8, 2019

Questions? Email [email protected]

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.

Board Meetings

Meetings are held from 6:30–9:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora.

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

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

Theresa Bindig

Vice President | 2019

Theresa Bindig lives in East Aurora with her husband and three children. She is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist doing Nutrition Counseling/Consultation through her small private practice in JoyWheel Yoga and Wellness on Main Street East Aurora.

Gary Kimmel-Hurt

Board Member | 2019

Gary Kimmel-Hurt has recently retired from Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Buffalo, where he worked in fund development and also volunteered as a hospital advocate. He is the former owner of East Aurora Locksmith.

Andrew Layer

Board President | 2021

Andrew is an engineer at Moog and an EAHS graduate. He and his wife Holly have been members of the co-op since returning to Western New York four years ago. Andrew has held various engineering roles at General Electric and Moog over the past ten years. In addition to his technical background, he has an MBA from Indiana University with a concentration in strategic planning.

Bethany Markovich

Board Secretary | 2021

Michael McClaren

Board Member |  2020 

Dale Morris

Board Member | 2021

Tom Ruhland

Board Treasurer | 2021

Robyn Young

Board Member | 2021

East Aurora Co-op Market

EACM exists to create a vibrant, healthy community in the Southtowns by providing access to fresh, local and wholesome foods to everyone.

Open to Everyone 7am – 9pm DAILY 
591 Main Street, East Aurora NY 14052
PH: 716-655-COOP (2667)
Email: [email protected]