Meet the Abundance Board of Directors

The Abundance Board of Directors is what makes Abundance Food Co-op a democratic form of business.

The Board is made up of shareholders who are elected by fellow shareholders to represent their interests. Term limits, regular meetings, and other conditions outlining how the Board works can be found in the Abundance Food Co-op By-laws. The vision for the co-op outlining it’s purpose is contained in the Abundance Food Co-op Global Ends Policy.

Shareholder Resources

Max Gianniny, President/Treasurer

Term: 2018-2020
Committees: Linkage, Board Dev, Governance

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.

Paula Hansen, Vice President

Term: 2019-2021
Committee: Linkage

Originally from Long Island, Paula has lived in Rochester since 1976.  She shopped a the Genesee Food Store on Monroe Ave and, with her spouse Susan, became a shareholder at Abundance soon after the move to Marshall Street.  A retired Rochester City School District teacher, she continues to volunteer in an elementary school and loves working with students who are just learning to read.  She has also been active with the Master Gardeners of Cooperative Extension, enjoys camping and kayaking  around our area.

Peter House, Secretary

Term: 2019-2021
Committee: Governance

Peter has lived in Rochester since 1990. He was a member of the former Genesee Co-Op Food Store, and has been on the Abundance Board for most of the past 10 years. He is a special education teacher, and a minister, serving as the Summer Minister at the First Universalist Church. Peter has sung with the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus since 1990, serving several terms on that organization’s Board of Directors. Peter and his partner Michael, an avid gardener, live in the Upper Monroe neighborhood with their dog Ollie, and their cats Lauren and Mary Beth.

Philippa Proudfoot

Term: 2019-2022
Committee: Linkage

Philippa Proudfoot has been involved with Abundance Coop since its beginning and shopped at the old Genesee Coop Foodstore in the 1970’s. She served on the Abundance board of directors from around 2009 to 2013, early in the search for a new location. She lives in Rochester and is a clinical social worker in private practice. Look for Philippa on the 2019 Board elections ballot.

Jon Greenbaum

Term: 2019-2022
Committees: Linkage, Board Dev

Jon Greenbaum lives in the city with his family. This is his second stint on the Abundance board. He first learned about coops as a freshman in college and has been involved ever since. As the produce manager of the Foodstore on Monroe Avenue, Jon got baptized in the business and helped the effort to launch Abundance after the Foodstore collapsed (while working as a management trainee in the produce department of Wegmans). In addition to the Abundance board, Jon also served on the Mayor’s Owner Worker Network, an initiative focused on launching worker coops. Look for Jon on the 2019 Board elections ballot.

Melanie Popick

Term: 2019-2022
Committee: Board Dev

Melanie is a lifelong Rochester resident and has been a member of the Co-op since the beginning. She is a nutritionist by trade and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, specializing in vegetable growing, composting, organic practices, straw bale gardening, raised bed gardening, vertical and container gardening. Melanie is passionate about the environment and access to clean, healthy food for all. She looks forward to applying the same standards used to nurture a healthy garden to grow the Co-op and its impact in the community.

Staying Connected

Annual meetings

Board & Shareholder Meetings

The Board of Directors meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. These regular meetings are open to any shareholder to attend.
The Board organizes a series of committees that support different, vital activities of the co-op, such as community outreach, legislative and legal documentation.
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.
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.