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Eric Nelson - President
Eric was first introduced to Orcas Island as a kid when he spent his summers as a camper and counselor at YMCA Camp Orkila. Since then, he has worked in commercial farming operations for the past eight years throughout Washington as well as in California.
Caitlin Leck - Vice President
Caitlin believes nourishing food and regenerative farming can act as mechanisms of progressive social change, and has been acting on this conviction as an activist-farmer for over a decade. She is an anchor farmer in the Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture project, serves as the Outreach Chair for the San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee, sits on the Steering Committee of the Orcas Women's Coalition, and operates her Eastsound-based edible landscaping company.
Anette Bader - Secretary, Board Development Committee Chair
Annette has been interested and active in community building, cooperative and simple living, and organic agriculture for many years. A co-founder of Maxwelton Creek CoHousing on Whidbey Island, and its treasurer for over 18 years, she moved to Orcas Island full-time in 2013 and is the business manager for her partner’s construction company.
Before opening her shop, Springboard, in Eastsound, many people knew Libi as manager at Roses Cafe. Long time resident of Orcas Island, she has been involved in many community efforts. Libi served on the Montessori School Board and was resident liaison to Opal Community Land Trust Board. She is passionate about quality, local and affordable food for everyone.
Erica Ekrem - Member Engagement Committee Chair
Erica grew up on her family's farm where she ate organic vegetables straight from the soil. Now she is devoted to providing access to the same quality of food for her family and community. A resident of Orcas since 2005, Erica serves as a Graphic & Website designer for local businesses and grassroot organizations. She is the Art Director at For The Wild (forthewild.world) and co-owner of Soul Flour Bakery.
Lesley Liddle -
Lesley Liddle is a professional artist, dog trainer and happy musician as well as a dedicated organic gardener. She moved into an old cabin on Orcas in 1977 in order to live a conscientiously good life in a small community. She has been interested and supporting various cooperative efforts ever since, and has been an active member of our co op since it’s beginning.
Tony Grosinger -
Tony Grosinger moved to Orcas Island in the summer of 2018 with goals of reducing his footprint , growing food, and building community. Tony previously served on the board of the NE Seattle Tool Library where he focused on growth and teaching. He is very passionate about creating supportive and sustainable community resources.
Chelsea Thorpe -
Chelsea has worked, learned, and volunteered as a farmer, artist, educator and goatherd for the last ten years or so, moving with constant curiosity and a determination to co-create a just and healthy future for the Earth and its peoples. Chelsea believes in the transformative power of cooperatives as a holistic model to heal and realign communities with their food, fellow beings and environment, and she feels grateful to have the opportunity to serve at this exciting time in the Orcas Food Co-op's history.
Andrew Youngren -
Andrew Youngren grew up on Orcas Island and has been a member of this community for over 40 years. Andrew is the owner of Printshop Northwest, which now has locations in both Eastsound and Friday Harbor.