The Creamery Board of Directors is elected by member-owners to provide leadership and fulfill the Co-op’s Ends.
The Board includes longtime Hilltown residents as well as relative newcomers. We are farmers, lawyers, parents, community leaders, business owners, social-change activists, artists, public interest advocates, and community builders. We are volunteering our time, expertise, and creativity because we support the Old Creamery and we believe that people can accomplish more by working together than they can on their own.
The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8PM (currently via Zoom). We welcome Member-Owner participation!
Schedule of Meetings 2020:
Jan 14, Feb 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8
Any changes to the date, time or location of regular board meetings will be posted in the store. Past Board minutes and agendas are also available to Member-Owners in a binder upstairs in the library or upon written request. We welcome participation of Member-Owners in our meetings. We also welcome and encourage Member-Owner participation in our sub-committee work and/or as a volunteers for projects at the Co-op.
If you have time or talents that you would like to contribute to our cooperative journey send a message to the general manager firstname.lastname@example.org, let any board member know, or drop us a line at email@example.com
To learn more about how our cooperative is structured and governed, please read our Co-op Bylaws, Mission/Ends Statement, Policy Governance Manual, and Director’s Information Packet:
Our 2020 Board Members
Katy Eiseman, President – Cummington
I grew up at the other end of Hampshire County, in Pelham. After a few years in Washington and New York studying and practicing law, I came back home to Western Mass, moving to Cummington in 2004. I’ve been a morning baker at the Creamery, worked on Only One Cummington Volume II, and ran the Blue House Café in Haydenville for five years with my husband. I’ve also worked with It Takes a Village (the Hilltown Village) and with the Hilltown Land Trust. When the Kinder Morgan pipeline threatened the region, I founded the Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, which I still run. My two kids attend RH Conwell in Worthington. I now serve on the Cummington Planning Board, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Creamery Board and help develop a shared vision for what we want our co-op to be, and a path to realize that vision.
Peg Cowen, Vice President – Cummington
I have lived in Cummington for 30 years and witnessed the transformation of The Old Creamery from a simple country convenience store to a vibrant and thriving cooperative that feeds, employs and serves as a meeting place for so many of us in this region. Thanks to the vision, dedication, hard work, and generosity of so many people, The Old Creamery’s future looks bright.
For the past 18 months, I have been a member of The Creamery’s Outreach Committee; I served on the finance committee at the West Cummington Congregational church for many years, and on the board of directors of the Worthington Health Center for three years; My husband, John Bye, and I founded and ran Berkshire County’s 3rd CSA from 1996 – 2008. I am a clinical social worker, with a private practice in Northampton and Springfield.
I’m excited to see the directions we, the Member-Owners, will decide to grow The Co-op. How will we evolve as an employer? How will the Creamery grow in its role as a key institution in the local community? How will The Co-op participate in critical debates and actions regarding larger, global issues? The Co-op Member-Owners have the opportunity to embrace these challenges and I am honored to serve on the board as we turn toward these exciting questions and possibilities.
Paul DiLeo, Treasurer – Plainfield
I have been coming to Plainfield with my wife Cynthia for 30 years, camping first and moving here full time 20 years ago. We’re raising two kids, Claire and Celeste, who have been in Shawn Thayer’s 4H sheep club for 15 years and built a flock of Border Leicesters. We also grow peaches, apples, have horses and chickens, etc. I’m the founder and a managing director of Grassroots Capital, a B Corp and Public Benefit Corporation which manages investments in microfinance, affordable education, and other “social impact” businesses in Africa, Latin America and South Asia and am on the boards of several such companies and investment funds. In this capacity, I travel a fair amount which has limited my local engagement, but over the years I have been a Board member of the Hilltown CDC and on various Plainfield Town committees. My travel schedule is now relaxing a bit so I look forward to working with all the Creamery’s current and future stakeholders to move it into the future, continuing and expanding its role as a resource for everyone who lives in and visits in these Hilltowns.
Sadie Stull, Clerk – Plainfield
I have enjoyed living in Plainfield for the past 23 years. I have been a member of several co-ops over the years, starting with a co-op in Northampton, MA in the late 1970’s. I am a strong believer in co-operatives. I look forward to bringing my enthusiasm for working with others and problem solving. I have run a small construction business for over 20 years, and been involved with many community organizations such as the Hilltown Seed Saving Network, Raspberry Hill Community Garden, and the Plainfield Cultural Council. I currently serve on the Plainfield Agricultural Commission and the Plainfield Council on Aging. I value the Old Creamery Co-op as a place to shop, have a meal, and meet other members of the community.
Peter Feitner – Cummington
Peter has been a resident of Cummington since 1989. Previously of Ithaca, NY, he has worked in a wide array of settings ranging from athletic coach for a collegiate sports team, travel planner and tour leader, arts administrator, potter and small business owner, artist, builder, and on it goes. He has a degree in Business Administration and Management from Ithaca College and served for six years as a Trustee for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. He lives about one mile from The Creamery which has been an almost daily part of his life for the entirety of his residency. He is married to local artist and potter Christy Knox and they have two daughters, Karina and Lilah. He is looking forward to the excitement and challenges of serving on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative and working to ensure the continuing stable and vital presence of the Old Creamery as an iconic part of this wonderful community.
Marty Schotz – Cummington
Martin is a recently retired physician who has been living in Cummington for the past ten years. He is a student of Nonviolent Communication and is active in the community on issues of justice, democracy and peace. He is a jazz drummer. He thinks the Creamery is a vital institution and would like to see it prosper and serve everyone in the community.
Seva Water – Cummington
I moved to Cummington in 2015 to start a nut farm with my partner, Kalyan. We are both committed to growing nutritious food and soil using regenerative farming practices and have felt very at home here in the Hilltowns. I grew up in Northfield and spent a few months traveling in South Asia after finishing school. Prior to finding land I worked with refugee and immigrant farmers in Worcester and West Springfield and was involved in local anti-racism and food justice work. I now work part-time at the Hilltown CDC and serve on the Cummington Cultural Council. My hope for the Creamery is that it can provide access to good food for all Hilltowners while reflecting the unique values and character of our whole community. As a board member I am committed to improving outreach, communications and community engagement and I look forward to the opportunity to help set a new course for the future of our store.
|Board Member||Year Elected||Term||Expiration||2021 Annual Meeting|
|Peg Cowen||2018||3 years||2021||Vote|
|Paul DiLeo||2019||2 years||2021||Vote|
|Katy Eiseman||2019||3 years||2022|
|Peter Feitner||2018||3 years||2021||Vote|
|Martin Schotz||2020||3 years||2023|
|Sadie Stull||2019||3 years||2022|
|Seva Water||2020||3 years||2023|
Join a Board Committee
Member-owners are encouraged to get more involved in the co-op by joining a Board committee. Committees assist the Board by generating ideas to overcome challenges and “doing the work” to fulfil the Co-op’s mission & ends. Currently committees, descriptions, and meeting dates are listed below. To join a committee or contact a committee chair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Engagement Committee
Advance initiatives to deepen member-owner engagement and ownership stake in the Creamery, including revising the Ends/Mission statement, improving communications, implementing food access affordability programs, and organizing volunteer opportunities. Join an action-oriented sub-committee or start your own! Meets: Monthly, Third Mondays. Chair: Sadie Stull
Develop initiatives to build bridges and strengthen relationships with the town of Cummington and other local Hilltown businesses and non-profit organizations. Meets: Monthly, Third Tuesdays. Chair: Peg Cowen
Finance Committee (Invitation-Only)
Monitor the Creamery’s financial position and make recommendations to the Board as appropriate. Chair: Paul DiLeo. Additional Members (2020): Katy Eiseman (Board President), Sadie Stull (Board Clerk). Note: if you are interested in serving on this committee please contact the Chair with your skills/background to seek appointment.
Offer support and human resource services to staff by regularly reviewing employee policies, conducting surveys and exit interviews, and fostering a healthy and attractive work environment for current and prospective employees. Meets: As Needed. Chair: Sadie Stull
Communications & Marketing Committee
Strategize around developing and maintaining clear communications with member-owners and the community. Engage with marketing efforts to improve store branding and merchandizing in keeping with the Creamery’s Ends. Meets: As Needed. Chair: Katy Eiseman.