We would like to introduce you to the Rising Tide Board of Directors:
Graham Walsh, President, has been a patron of Rising Tide since the early days when the location was what is now the “Woman of Substance” building. He is a regular face at Rising Tide, often times visiting more than once a day to shop. Walsh enjoys assisting patrons, tidying up if he sees the need, engages in conversation with staff and customers, and provides suggestions when appropriate. While the Shop Manager and Director of Admissions and Sales for the Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Walsh oversaw daily operations, managed the physical plant, and acquired materials for traditional boat building programs. Currently, Walsh works in Advertising at the Lincoln County News, which keeps him connected to the community on many levels.
Beth Polhemus, Vice President, has been a member of Rising Tide for 10 years and brings her small business expertise and passion for food and sustainability to the Board. After thirty years of restaurant operations, she’s aware that she is still learning about the impact she can and should have as a business owner. She brings that sensibility along with enthusiasm, creativity, and a heartfelt desire to contribute to the Rising Tide community to her role as a board member. Beth enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with cooperative governance.
Meeting Dates for 2021
April 27 @5:30pm
May 25 @5:30pm
June 29 @5:30pm
July No Meeting
October 26 @5:30pm
November 30 @5:30pm
December 21 @5:30
Board Minutes (to be posted)
Sara Rauscgenberg, Secretary, is passionate about the quality of food and where it comes from. She believes local, sustainable food is important to the health of our planet and our society. Rising Tide promotes these values and shares her interest in educating others about responsible food choices. Sara has been a member-owner for over a decade and became a board member to play a more active role in helping the Co-op grow and succeed. She brings her analytical and organizational skills from her science career to help Rising Tide achieve its goals. She enjoys being more involved in the Rising Tide community and introducing others to the Rising Tide experience
Sean O’Neill, Treasure has been a member of the Rising Tide Co-op for four years and recently joined the Board to further support co-op education and sustainable development outreach. Sean is a biologist and educates students and community members about Ocean Science Research. He enjoys using his experience to work and communicate with the cooperative membership.
Kevin Posman has been with the Rising Tide Board of Directors for over four years. Through this time he has had the opportunity. to get to know many of the staff and members of Rising Tide, which has allowed Posman to understand the challenges and opportunities of food cooperatives. Posman has been fortunate enough to attend training and meetings, enabling him to better formulate opportunities while working with board members and member-owners, and staff to help build a vision for Rising Tide.
Judy Bernier has been with Rising Tide as a consumer and member. She is a fan of grocery stores and bodegas in general and likes perusing them for new and interesting items. In the ’90s as an interior designer, she worked on the design and layouts for the “big Y” chain of supermarkets, researching buying behavior and how color and design can influence sales. She approaches issues in a holistic manner and then quantifies results with data. She believes that at the end of the day, you want your shopper to have a good experience in the co-op so they will return and tell their friends. She feels that staff should feel good about working at the co-op, and vendors who supply the store to feel good as well. She understands that it’s a balancing act and there are a lot of personalities and egos involved so you have to remain objective.
Beth, Sean, Sara, and Judy are great examples of member-owners stepping into the role of board members. Member-owner participation is crucial to a healthy Board and cooperative.
The Board is always looking for interested member-owners to get involved in cooperative governance. The Rising Tide Policy Register contains the most concise definition of the Board’s role: “Acting on behalf of our member-owners, the Board ensures that our co-op produces benefit and value while avoiding unacceptable actions and situations.” The Board does this through the completion of monitoring reports in collaboration with the General Manager. The Board is also responsible for communicating to the membership updates, and plans for the business. Together, the member-owners, the Board, and the General Manager chart the course for Rising Tide and its vital role in an increasingly dynamic business climate.
If you’re interested in attending a board meeting via Zoom or have any questions for the board, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next Board Meeting is on March 23rd at 5:30 pm. We hope you’ll join us!
The Rising Tide Board of Directors