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Board of Directors

All meetings are typically held in the Community Room* from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., generally the fourth Thursday of every month. Exceptions, especially for the holidays, occur. Owners are welcome!

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates

*meetings will continue to happen virtually until further notice

 Thursday, January 28th
Thursday, February 25th
Thursday, March 25th
Thursday, April 22nd
Thursday, May 27th
Thursday, June 24th

 

Please contact the board at board@commonmarket.coop if you wish to discuss a specific topic. Please note: the Board of Directors is not directly involved in store operations.

Please view the Co-op’s governing documents for more information on how and why we function: BylawsArticles of IncorporationEnds PolicyPolicy Register

The Common Market Board of Directors consists of 9 Board members who each serve a 3-year term. Get to know your Board members by reading their bios below.

Megan Schneebaum, Board President - Term expires in 2022

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
I would love to be fluent in another language, or learn to play a musical instrument.

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
That’s a little like asking me about who my favorite child is… I love SO many things at the Co-op! If I have to narrow it down I would choose from either the bulk department or produce. I love, love being able to purchase as many items as I can in bulk without contributing to wasteful packaging! And in produce I love all our beautiful, fresh organic and local produce especially. We really have an amazing selection. But then again I also love shopping in Wellness…

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?
Probably some type of berry. There are so many great edible berry varieties on the planet. Maybe a blueberry? They are small, versatile, easily transportable, can be used fresh or dried or frozen, and are great by themselves or to complement other ingredients…

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
I live on a small farm/homestead in Eastern Frederick County with my partner and our four homeschooled children. When I have extra time (haha, whatever that is) I love to read about organic and sustainable farming practices, herbalism, wild plant identification, and self-sufficiency. Also I love to hike, camp, go on road trips, and eat foods from around the world.

 

Annie Marshall, Board Vice President - Term expires in 2023

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
I took a few years of Latin in high school, and I loved it. It would be terrific to build on those distant memories and devote a decade to really getting it. After that, maybe Irish Gaelic! Or cake decorating.

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
Our Produce Departments at both stores are total rock stars, and I adore anything I buy there. But Bulk is secretly my tip-top favorite department – I can reveal that French Indigo Lentils are the greatest legume in a great department in a great Co-op.

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?
An avocado! Because we’re the good kind of fat. And I identify with the avocado’s quirky and delightful unpredictability – plus its versatility, total deliciousness, and affinity for toast.

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
I like knitting, coffee, and overstuffed couches. Best of all, I like to combine those things: you can often find me on the couch, drinking coffee and knitting. I also love to swim.

John Clarke, Board Secretary - Term expires 2022

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
Kung-Fu, cause “they’re fast as lightning!” and as an art form it is simply amazing!

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
Freshly brewed Stage-line coffee from the Cafe, because I can’t shop… or do anything without it.

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?
Potato. Although not the most attractive vegetable, they’re hardy, versatile, agreeable, and go with anything! Oh yeah, ’cause I’m Irish.

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
Finding a perfect cup of coffee, watching movies, craft brews, listening to the Osees, photography, watching the Baltimore Orioles!

Stephanie Walker, Board Treasurer - Term expires 2021

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
I’d love to learn beautiful, urban, edible landscape design.

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
Garrett Valley Farms Black Forest Ham is my go-to purchase!

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?
I’d be some sort of pepper, not sure if I’m spicy or sweet though!

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
In my spare time I enjoy engaging with my church, financial coaching, gardening, and playing with my son.

John Beutler, Board Director - Term expires in 2023

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
Brazilian Portuguese language.

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
Michelle’s granola original.

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?
Well, uh, mushroom!

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
Woodworking, gardening, bicycling.

Zoë Brittain, Board Director - Term expires 2021

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
To speak French with such a beautiful accent that even my Parisian French professor from college couldn’t scoff at me. That, and dance with abandon.

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
Good Belly probiotic juice. It makes the best smoothie base and ensures that even my most “off the rails” smoothie concoctions taste good. And, all the gorgeous produce – CM has the best!

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?

I know it’s been said already, but I’ve got to go with mushrooms. Mushrooms are the fruit of mycelium. And mycelium is like a living internet and an advanced society all rolled into one. I’m not calling dibs on that whole miraculous organism; I just want to be a part of it!

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
I’m a podcast junky and a forest rambler. Both of those things provide me information on how to live in the world as it is now. Taking clues from nature, literature, history, and people I admire so I can be a better human. Also, assembling puzzles that are slightly too difficult.

 

Evan Rosenberg, Board Director - Term expires 2021

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
More about finance and investing.

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
Those cranberry squares, they are so good, I wonder if they are legal to sell in Maryland.

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?
I would probably be an onion, many many layers, used in so many foods, a “must have” in our pantry.

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
Music, audio systems, travel, hiking

Robert Wolpert, Board Director - Term expires 2022

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
Learning how to cope with the realization that at age 85 I cannot do nearly what I used to do.  Vision is different, as is memory.

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
My must have item is the granola.  Second would be the local fresh fruit and veggies.

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?
I would be a blueberry bush—they bear delicious and nutritious fruit year after year with minimum care.

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
Working with the finances at the local VFW and American Legion Posts.  Also, I am on the Finance Committee of the Residents’ Association here at Homewood.

Alecks Moss, Board Director - Term expires 2023

If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
How to properly identify all the plants in our region!

What is your must-have item at the Co-op?
I’ll have to agree with John B., Michele’s Granola is a must, but I prefer the Almond Butter flavor.

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be, and why?
This is a surprisingly tough question. I’d say a local Honeycrisp apple because it’s something I look forward to each year. A somewhat tough, crunchy exterior, but once you bite into it–just as sweet as can be.

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the Co-op?
Making fresh tea from the garden, learning about the fascinating, nutritive uses of herbs and edible plants, playing games (my favorite is Egyptian Rat Screw), and going for walks outside with my family.