Welcome to Co-op Democracy Central
This site was created to provide a comprehensive context for member-owners of Central Co-op who want to learn more about the petition calling for vote to remove two trustees, and for all interested workers, shoppers, and community members who want to be well informed.
Please read more about the allegations here
We encourage Central Co-op members to participate responsibly, asking questions and getting information before taking action.
Kristina Kokonis and Claudia Kienholz served on the Central Co-op Board of Trustees that successfully led the Co-op through two years of leadership transition to the hiring of a new general manager, and into the best position it has been in for many years.
Owners with concerns about the Co-op have every right to present them to the Board, to ask for investigation and response, in a constructive and respectful manner.
Requiring Central Co-op to hold a Special Meeting and conduct an additional vote will require a significant expense of Co-op time, labor and money. We believe that a recall vote will not benefit the Co-op and these resources could be better spent for the greater good of the Co-op.
Listed below are Central Co-op Owners; signing in opposition to the recall. Please feel free to add your name to this Statement of Support.
Scott McClay, member/owner 1982-present, worker 1992-99
Ruby Phillips, member since the beginning of the co-op, and former staff member/produce manager (1984 – 86)
Gary Moresky, Board, 1978. Staff, 1978-80. Member/owner 1978-present.
Donna Lewen, member/owner since about 1986, former in-store volunteer
Carla Curio, Member/owner 2010-present
Jordan Van Voast, member/owner since about 2002
Roger Wechsler, Founding organizer of Central Co-op, 1978; Member, Board of Trustees, 1978-1980
John Andrew, Founding organizer – 1978; Member, Board of Trustees, 1978-1980. Member/owner 1978-present.
Greg Vinson, owner for about 30 years, former member of the Product Issues Committee; former in-store volunteer
Max T. Walsh
Rick Harlan, member/owner since about 1998
David Kositsky, member/owner since 1978
Emily Arfin organizer of Central Co-op, 1978; Member, Board of Trustees, 1978-1980; member/owner, 1978-present
Stefanie Brendler, owner # 4043408
Robby Barnes/Sylvie Kashdan, owners since 1980s
Jen Hydrick, owner and former deli worker