Meagan Weatherby Co-PresidentMeagan Weatherby
President

Meagan developed an abiding love for movements that build fair, cooperative economies while working at Cooperative Federal, a community credit union in Syracuse. She is responsible for program sustainability, grants management and outreach at Coop Fed, where she has worked since 2005. Meagan decided to serve on SRFC's board because she thinks that strengthening and scaling authentic community-owned, economically and environmentally responsible businesses is critical work. (As if that isn't reason enough, the meetings usually have snacks.) She volunteers for the advisory council of Eat to Live Food Cooperative, and delights in being an active member of her community garden. Raised in New Britain, CT, Meagan earned a BA in Women & Gender Studies and English from Syracuse University in 2005. She lives in the Westcott neighborhood with her husband, cat, and housemates.
John Craddock Board MemberJohn Craddock
Vice President 

John is a part of the Dean’s office in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, where he runs a media production unit that creates graphic design, video and still photography products. He is also a filmmaker and has his own production company which has produced both documentary and narrative films. John volunteers his time and skills to help produce and direct videos for numerous non-profit, arts and political organizations. He worked in and managed a family-owned boutique for 5 years while in college, giving him a thorough understanding of the challenges that can face small retail businesses. He spent his high-school and college years living in Asheville, NC and since then has worked in a number of other cities. John first came to Syracuse for graduate school in 2002 and in the process found the Syracuse Real Food Co-op and is now on the Board of Directors.
Abigail Henson Board MemberAbigail Henson
Secretary

Abigail is a Natural Gourmet Chef and the owner of LOFO, a farm-to-table establishment located in downtown Armory Square. Her passions in tea drinking, food, and travel have taken her around the world and back landing her in her hometown Syracuse where she hopes to inspire a more progressive food scene. Raised with an edible lawn, her suburban parents set the tone for eating what can be grown as close to home as possible. She continues to spread a similar message daily weaving the fabric of surrounding farms into her menu- showcasing options that get people of all food preferences excited to eat around the same table again.
Larry Rutledge TreasurerLarry Rutledge
Treasurer

Larry has been a member of the Syracuse Real Food Co-op since the mid 1970’s and on the Board of Directors since 1987 with a year or two out three years ago. He has worked in construction and property development and management his entire adult life. Larry’s experience will come in handy as the Co-op considers relocation. He thinks we need as many examples of cooperatives in our local and the larger community as possible. Larry’s tenure shows him to have the commitment to the Co-op that is needed to help the Co-op move into the future and will be looking for younger cooperators to join the Board of Directors in days to come.
Andrew Erickson Co-PresidentAndrew Erickson
Board Member

Andrew and his wife have been members of the Syracuse Real Food Co-op since they purchased a house in the Co-op neighborhood in 2012. Andrew is passionate about Syracuse and taking part in community development. His job as a Construction Project Development Manager for Home HeadQuarters, Inc., actively involves him in revitalization activities across the City and gives him a unique angle to approach the many issues that a board member must face. Andrew also serves on the board of the University Neighborhood Preservation Association.
Debra Lee Gertz SecretaryDebra Lee Gertz
Board Member

Debra Lee Gertz has been a member of the Syracuse Real Food Coop since she arrived in Syracuse in 1982. She was a working member in the early years, and this is her second term serving on the Board. She is learning a lot in her current role as Secretary. Debra Lee lives in the Westcott neighborhood and she practices acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Briana KohlbrennerBriana C. Kohlbrenner
Board Member

For the past several years Briana has hosted many community events, projects, and jobs that have been heavily involved in the arts. While she wants to continue to create art-related events for the general public to enjoy, she's interested in expanding her community-related experiences beyond this scope. Briana feels that joining the SRFC board will help her reach this objective; as well it will provide her with the opportunity to continue to serve her community in a beneficial way that is important.

Steve Morris pic CACSteven Morris
Board Member

Steven was a Rochester native before opening Mello Velo, a bicycle shop of which he is the co-owner and manager. He studied Natural Resource Management and Forestry at SUNY-ESF. Steven is also a firm believer in community involvement, hard work and making things happen. At home, he enjoys vegetable gardening and cooking. For the past 10 years he has come into the Co-op on a semi-regular basis, mainly looking for specialty items for himself and the shop cafe. He has been serving on the Board, filling an unexpired term, and finds it very rewarding.

Tom TaylorTom Taylor
Board Member

As a young person growing up in Syracuse Tom has always felt that the Co-op has been a special organization and a wonderful place. Upon moving into the University area, he became a member and regular customer of the store. As his home and family have grown and settled in the past few years he has hopes and desires for a long living and improved Co-op. With Tom's time and efforts he would like to serve the SRFC in its operations and growth. Briana's and Tom's pictures should be in the file as they were used in the candidates statements section of the website. When you are done with the candidates statements section you may make it inactive and temporarily remove from drop down.

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