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: February 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