2017 Board of Directors Candidates & Statements

Alessandra Belfast Coop Board of Directors Candidates 2017Alessandra Martinelli has served on the BOD for the past three years and is currently the Board President. She is seeking another term on the BOD because she is dedicated to ensuring a future for the Co-op. The Co-op found a place in Alessandra’s heart by bringing together people and food, it is the embodiment of her long-held belief that food is community glue. In addition to serving on the Co-op’s BOD, she also helped to start the Water Street Learning Center and has served on its BOD for two years. Alessandra also is the shepherdess of Spring Fed Farm in Northport and mother of four.

Betsy Belfast Coop Board of Directors Candidates 2017Betsy Garrold has served on the BOD since 2012. Betsy is a strong and passionate activist who believes that cooperatives are a radical economic model that is desperately needed in these tumultuous times. She is seeking another term on the BOD to be a voice of resistance against mainstreaming and corporatization that is the current trend in the cooperative world. Betsy served for three years as the state party co-chair for the Maine Green Independent Party, she currently serves on the board of Food for Maine’s Future, is a member of MOFGA’s El Salvador Sistering Committee, and a worker-owner at Fedco Seeds.

David Belfast Coop Board of Directors Candidates 2017David Balicki has worked in the financial industry for over 25 years, holding various positions in management, education, project teams, etc, and would bring his skills in problem solving and interpersonal team building to the Belfast Co-op’s BOD. David would like to see the Co-op maintain its focus on the local community while incorporating best practices that will keep the Co-op healthy and successful. Aside from his current occupation as a corporate facilitator, David is a family man who was raised on “you are what you eat” and values the Co-op as a place that helps him raise his own children with the same principles.

Shannon Belfast Coop Board of Directors Candidates 2017Shannon Grimes manages nutrition incentive programming at Maine Farmland Trust, helping to increase access to local food. She came to Maine for College, after growing up in New Zealand and Montana, and has now lived in the Midcoast for about 3 years. She loves cooking, dancing, and being outside, and is always looking for more delicious vegetable recipes. She’s excited to have an opportunity to contribute more to the Belfast community and the Co-op’s mission.


Violet Belfast Coop Board of Directors Candidates 2017Violet Jastram is a spirited community activist with a background in social policy and environmental science. Her passion for the Co-op stems from her pursuit of community resilience and social justice through local food systems. If granted a seat on the BOD, Violet will be a voice for the needs of members, as well as an advocate for increased sustainability and localization of the organization. Violet is currently homesteading in Belfast with her husband where they are working on planting fruit and nut trees.

Five candidates are running for five open seats this year, so all seats are uncontested – you can vote for as many of the candidates as you wish! Voting is happening now through April 23.


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