Co-op Board

The second principle of the 7 Cooperative Principles, the internationally-recognized guidelines for all cooperatives, states that cooperatives must have "democratic member control" and be run by a democratically elected board of representatives. Board members are elected by all active member-owners of the Co-op for three year terms, and may be re-elected for repeated terms.


2019 Board Election Results

Rob Smith and Kristen Ekstran were re-elected to the Skagit Valley Food Co-op Board. The Board is happy to welcome Wayne Rushing as the Voting Staff Representative and Tim Penninger as the Non-Voting Staff Representative.

Your Co-op Board of Directors and Staff Representatives

  • Tom Theisen, President
  • Mike Hackett
  • Brad Claypool
  • Rob Smith
  • Kristen Ekstran
  • Casey Schoenberger
  • Wayne Rushing, Voting Staff Representative
  • Tim Penninger, Non-Voting Staff Representative
  • Tony White, General Manager

The Board of Directors typically meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:45 a.m. in the Co-op room 309. Monthly Board meetings are open to all owners of the Co-op.

View the Approved Board Meeting Minutes for: April 2020.


  • Owner/members are welcome to address the board at our meetings at either the beginning or the end of the meeting. While the board encourages member/owner input the board may not be able to add topics raised by owner/members to that day’s agenda. Owner/member comments should address board related (non-operational) issues and will be recorded in the meeting minutes.

Any owners wishing to have the floor to speak at a Board Meeting are asked to sign up ahead of time by contacting the board. Those who have signed up will have priority in each member-comment period. Contact the Board Directly: board(at)skagitfoodcoop(dot)com

Typical Agenda for Board Meetings:

  1. Member Input (up to 15 minutes)
  2. Review Minutes of Previous Meeting
  3. Old Business
  4. New Business
    1. General Manager’s Report
    2. Staff Representative’s Report
    3. Other new business
    4. Member Input