Board of Directors

The Greene Hill Food Co-op Board plays an active role in the business and operations of the store and its programs. Directors shop at the store, attend the Co-op’s monthly general meetings, serve individually as liaisons to the Co-op’s member committees, participate in long-term project planning, and are available in emergency matters. Board members are elected by the Co-op community at large; the roles of president, secretary, and treasurer are held in compliance with New York Cooperative Corporations Law and do not reflect a hierarchical structure within the Board or the Co-op community. All Co-op matters are decided by the Co-op membership through majority vote. Collectively, the Board of Directors upholds the bylaws of the Co-op and seeks to foster a welcome environment for current and potential members. You can reach all Directors by emailing [email protected].


Cecile Arnaud-Gbongbro

Cecile Arnaud-Gbongbro

Clinton Hill resident Cecile Arnaud-Gbongbro has been a member of the Greene Hill Food Co-op since 2012 and a member of Park Slope’s co-op since 2009. On the French Mediterranean shore where she is from, cooperatives are commonplace, so Cecile grew up familiar with the positive influence of such enterprises on the individual and community. Having attended a school focused on fine arts, Cecile earned a Management degree from ESM in Avignon. Mosaic has been her trade for the last 20 years; she produces custom pieces for retailers such as Cheryl Hazan Mosaic and Ann Sacks as well as private collectors. A lover of plants and gardening, Cecile brings to the Co-op Board a commitment to cultivate a sense of belonging among the community at large. Liaison to Information Technology and Membership Committees.


Christopher Gollmar

Christopher Gollmar

Chris Gollmar lives in Crown Heights and can be frequently seen going for a run in the neighborhood. He is an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn. Chris loves to cook and bake bread; he also keeps a rooftop garden and creates sound art. Since 2014, Greene Hill has not just been where he buys most of his food, but a place for him to connect with folks who share values around food, justice, and labor. Having broken bread with co-opers in Oberlin, Madison, and Durham, Chris has experience building consensus within cooperative organizations. As Board director, Chris aims to have the Co-op be a stable business that nurtures a culture of transparency and member empowerment and engagement.


talmageMatthew Talmage

Matthew Talmage has been a member of the coop since about 2011 and has worked in a number of capacities. He helped set up the in-store shift positions and schedule structure to get the store up and running and then helped the revamp to get us open 7 days a week. For the last year I have been active in figuring out our lease situation and working towards finding us a new location. I would like to continue those efforts as a board member and reach out to other like minded organizations like the Central Brooklyn Food Coop to ensure the success of our coop beyond the lease term we currently hold.
Engagement is one thing I’d like to focus on as a board member. Simply stated, we need to foster more leadership in the ranks of our members. We all have great ideas, we just need to work on those ideas as individuals and motivate others to help realize those ideas and work as teams/committees.
I have many more ideas as to the future of our coop, so when you see me at the store, ask me what they are; tell me some of your own ideas about the present and future of the Greene Hill Food Coop.

CTravers

Christina Travers

Christina Travers is a founding member of the Greene Hill Food Coop. After a a four-year hiatus, she is back and ready serve as a Board member! Christina is the Vice President for Capital Strategies and Treasurer of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national non-profit that equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people can thrive. Christina is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, completing her service in Zambia, Africa. During her tenure in Zambia, she was charged with providing education on nutrition, food security and aquaculture in a rural village. Christina lives in Bed Stuy with her pug, Bobo, and is an avid gardener.


Roles and Responsibilities

President

  • Signs off on legal documents
  • Ensures that the Board fulfills its commitments to all members of the Co-op

Treasurer

  • Presents finance report at monthly General Meetings
  • Ensures that Finance Committee is maintaining bills, payroll, and taxes and complying with state regulations

Secretary

  • Ensures that minutes are taken at Board Meetings by rotating secretaries
  • Posts minutes on Web site, if rotating secretary does not

members in space Current and former Board members include DK Holland, Jeannie Hamilton, Keith Almon, Lauryl Berger-Chun, and Renée Renata Bergan.