Jon Greenbaum, President
Jon lives with his family in Rochester, New York, and has been shopping at food co-ops since 1979 and he is a founding member of the Abundance Cooperative Market. Jon is committed to maintaining the viability of the cooperative model and he is excited about the opportunity to expand the co-op and better serve the community.
Katie Malarkey, Vice President
Katie has served on the Abundance Board of Directors for almost two years as Vice President. She is currently a stay-at-home-mom to her toddler son and baby daughter. Her education includes a bachelors degree in Physics from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters in Physics from Clarkson University. She also serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Parenting Village, a nonprofit organization that seeks to connect and support new and experienced parents locally. Katie fully supports the expansion of Abundance as a means to introduce more of our community to healthy natural and organic foods offered through an innovative and socially-conscious business model.
Max Gianniny, Treasurer
Max is a Rochester native currently working in property management. He became interested in Abundance because of an interest in both healthy food and cooperative ownership. A new location would allow much greater access to the store and help Abundance stay ahead in a fast changing industry.
Daryl Odhner, Secretary
Daryl has been a member of the co-op since the early millennium, and has been on the Abundance Board of Directors since 2006. He works full-time for the New York Department of Labor as an occupational health consultant. Daryl considers the Abundance community as family, and wants to see it have a greater participation and influence among the greater Rochester community.
Maria has had a long, deep commitment to fighting for social justice and stopping the simultaneous erosion of our own health and that of our planet. Co-ops contribute to these goals, which is why she joined Abundance as soon as she returned to Rochester from Ithaca, thereby continuing her long commitment to co-ops over the years. Maria believes that Abundance is a place where values that matter are always in practice. For her, the fact that Abundance is not run to accrue profit for an owner or a handful of owners, but to provide food that is both necessary and delicious while jobs are created in our own community, is also critical to why she joined the Abundance Board of Directors.
Carl has lived in Rochester since 1979. He has been involved in food co-ops all of his adult life and was a member of the old Food Store at the Genesee Co-op for twenty years. He served on the Abundance Board of Directors from 2000 to 2004 and was elected to a new term in 2014. He believes that the cooperative spirit and the cooperative economic model play an important role in sustaining a healthy community and thinks that the new larger store in a more visible location will provide many benefits to Rochester.
Beth has served on the Abundance Board of Directors for more than 5 years. She has served as Treasurer and is currently Secretary. Beth has been an Abundance supporter since its inception. Beth currently works for the American Association of University Women and has a background in marketing and education. Beth attends many co-operative movement events regionally and nationally, and is a strong advocate for strengthening and growing member owned local initiatives. She is very excited about Abundance’s expansion because it offers an opportunity for more community members to be a part of the co-op movement.
Scott Wagner has served on the Abundance Board of Directors for three years. He is lead software engineer and system architect for local technology innovator Vuzix Corporation. In addition to his Abundance service, Scott is a passionate social justice and active transportation advocate. He foresees the growth of Abundance to become a major provider of nutritious, locally-sourced, affordable food to all neighborhoods and demographic groups in the community.
Every year, shareholders come together to discuss the current state of the co-op and to share ideas and feedback about its future. Meetings usually begin with a potluck meal and a little fun before updates are given to the general ownership from the Board and the General Manager, who is tasked with the business operation of the store by the Board.
The Board organizes a series of committees that support different, vital activities of the co-op, such as community outreach, legislative and legal documentation, and much more. Each committee may be made up by Board members, volunteer shareholders, and staff members.
Interested in learning more about joining a committee? Get in touch!
Regular Board of Directors meetings
The Board of Directors meets every second Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. These regular meetings are open to any shareholder to attend.
Other shareholder meetings
Beyond the regular schedule of meetings, shareholders may meet around a specific issue or initiative concerning the co-op. Like all participation in the co-op, it is entirely voluntary and never a mandatory part of being a shareholder.