Board of Directors

Springfield Food Co-op Board of Directors, 2019.
Top, L-R: Neomi Lauritsen (General Manager), Jane Sandelman, Marianne Chapin, Lindsay Post, Sarah Bolaski.
Bottom, L-R: John Vorder Bruegge, Steve Greene, Brooke Decker, Caitlin Christiana.
(Missing from photo: Alysia Wolf)

Lindsay Post – President

Lindsay began her career in holistic healing at the Springfield Food Co-op as the wellness buyer from 2008-2011. She has been a self-employed massage therapist for over 6 years. She is so excited about expansion because it means that the co-op will be able to offer more to our members and community. As a former employee of the co-op, she is so impressed by the transformation in leadership we’ve seen over the past few years. She can’t wait to have lunch in our new space! 

Brooke Decker – Vice President, Secretary

Brooke has been on the board since 2011. She has served 5 years as president. Her background includes Organic Vegetable Gardening, Beekeeping, and Food Systems Education. She is so excited to be part of this exciting project with the Springfield Food Co-op. She sees this project as great potential to strengthen our local community, food system and economy in a unique and dynamic way.

Steve Greene – Treasurer

In 1975, Steve opened a restaurant in Springfield, and has worked in and around Springfield ever since. He and his wife have been members of the Co-op through several iterations – first buying groups, then as a neighbor with the tire store and now to the location tucked behind the local liquor store. He has worked in the Springfield area for the last 44 years and has been on the board for 8 years. It is with great pleasure that he is involved with the Co-op currently as it makes a move to downtown Springfield, where we hope to bring new vitality to a town that has seen better times.  He believes the Co-op will bring new life to the area, which should attract young families, raise home prices, provide a town of some 11,000 people with a coffee shop, deli, health food store, and alternative shopping experiences.

Jane Sandelman – Director

Jane spent 25 years in Metro, NY working in consumer products marketing before becoming a self-declared corporate refugee in 2002 and moving to Vermont with her husband to reopen the shuttered Inn at Weathersfield.  After establishing a reputation as one of the top Farm to Table destinations in Vermont and 10 years of hospitality, they sold the inn. Jane now runs her own marketing consulting business working primarily with small farms and cheesemakers. Jane joined the Co-op in 2013 and has served as Vice President. “I’m thrilled to be part of the Co-op expansion team.  It’s wonderful to work on a community project with my neighbors, bringing even more local food to more people. I’m hopeful that we, as a Co-op, can be a part of the economic engine to redevelop this beautiful and historic town.”

Caitlin Christiana – Director

Caitlin joined the Board in 2017 because of her enthusiasm for the potential expansion project and the incredible positive impact it could have on both the Co-op and the community. Caitlin is the Executive Director of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. Caitlin and her fiancé Sam own a 1920’s bungalow in Springfield, where they live with their feisty tiger-cat, The Cheat.

Marianne Chapin – Director

Marianne moved to Rockingham from Connecticut two years ago and was so excited when she found out there was a food co-op nearby. She has always believed in holistic alternatives. She was a massage therapist for 18 years, and is Reiki Master, a Therapeutic Touch practitioner, and a certified Trigger Point Myotherapist for canines and equines. She currently teaches spinning (stationary biking) and yoga at Fit Flex in Bellows Falls. She owned a yoga studio for 12 years in Connecticut before moving to Vermont. She is so excited to be a part of the expansion of the Springfield Food Co-op and thinks it is absolutely fantastic for all the surrounding towns to have such an amazing co-op in their backyard.

John Vorder Bruegge – Director

After more than 20 years as a member, John joined the Board of Directors of the Springfield Food Co-op in 2018. Since arriving in Vermont more than thirty years ago, he has been part of a co-op community: first working at the Middlebury Natural Food Co-op and, after moving to Windsor County, volunteering at the Upper Valley Food Co-op and then the Springfield Food Co-op. John has taught at C.A.M.P. – the Claremont Alternative Middle School Program, and as a correctional educator for the Community High School of Vermont at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. John is excited at downtown Springfield’s revival and the role that the Co-op can play offering a range of wholesome, local and regional products for the community and making downtown a vibrant place to shop, visit, live, and thrive.

Sarah Bolaski – Director

Sarah came to the Co-op in March 2018. She decided to join the board because of her passion for local foods and wanting to be involved in her new community. Having worked on organic vegetable farms for a few years, she realized how important the local food web is. Moving on to a full time career meant that she had to give up farm days, and she wanted to make sure she was still doing her part. That is when she decided to join the board. She manages the front end of an Environmental Laboratory in Lebanon, NH named Endyne. She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. In their free time, Husband Ben and Sarah love to kayak, swim and hike, and they also love good VT beer.

Alysia Wolf – Director

Alysia Wolf became a member of the Springfield Food Co-op in 2004 after relocating to Vermont. A graduate of UCONN with a BS degree in Pathobiology and minors in Chemistry/Biology/CDT and CVN in Veterinary medicine. Yoga, dance, martial arts, and skiing are a few of her favorite things. The recent addition of being a member of the Co-op Board and its growth is one of the ways Alysia enjoys staying involved in the community while helping others support whole-body wellness.

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