Rising Tide Co-op Board Elections 2022

Elections are open from September 2 through October 1

Please, take time to participate in this year’s Board of Directors elections. Our cooperative grocery store operates for the benefit of our owners and is grounded in 7 common principles, which are collectively agreed upon by a global cooperative community. In voting, you are showing your commitment to Cooperative Principle 2: Democratic Member-Owner Control. 

This year, we have 5 candidates for the Board of Directors (listed below) to choose from. You must be an active owner of Rising Tide to vote. If you are not sure about your ownership status or have any other questions please contact outreach@risingtide.coop.

According to Rising Tide’s bylaws, there will be a total of nine (9) directors. Directors will be elected each year to fill vacancies created by directors whose terms are expiring. Directors will be elected to serve for three-year terms. No director shall serve for more than two (2) consecutive full terms.” This year’s ballot includes 3 new candidates and 2 incumbents. Rising Tide Co-op owners may vote for as many or as few candidates as they wish. 

To place your vote, click HERE. You will be taken to an external secure voting site. You must have your Member ID in order to vote. If you have questions or can not locate your Member ID, please contact outreach@risingtide.coop.

Thank you, in advance, for being a dedicated owner of Rising Tide Co-op! 

Save the Date!
Rising Tide Annual Meeting will be held on October 2nd from 1 pm – 4 pm
Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. 

Beth Polhemus: (current Vice President of the Rising Tide Co-op Board) Beth has been a member of Rising Tide for over 13 years. She brings over thirty years of small business expertise, enthusiasm, creativity, and a heartfelt desire to contribute to the Rising Tide community. Her first term on the board has given her a much broader sense of what it means to be a cooperator. Attendance at the 2022 Consumer Cooperative Management Association in Sioux Falls S.D. has further educated and inspired her – reinforcing her commitment to Rising Tide and the cooperative model which she sees as a positive force for change and improvement in our community.

Deb Singer: Deb is thrilled to be a newly settled resident of Maine- being where her passion and heart have led her (living closer to nature.) Discovering Rising Tide has been a joy and aligns well with her commitment to healthy eating/living and supporting local food. She is passionate about Rising Tide’s success now and into the future. A Social Entrepreneur, Deb brings decades of experience working in both retail (Whole Foods for 12 years in leadership roles) and as a supplier of sustainable products to retailers across the US.  She is squarely focused on making an impact on our plastic pollution crisis.  Since 2007 after leading the ban on plastic shopping bags at Whole Foods, her work and passion have been directed toward the elimination of single-use – supporting the reuse movement. She is committed to creating a radical shift in consumers’ mindsets and behaviors away from single-use plastic. She resides in Nobleboro with her partner Bruce, who has been a loyal shopper at Rising Tide for 15 years and shares their home with a blended pet family (2 cats and a dog!)

Robin Perry: Robin has recently made Newcastle, Maine her “home.” She is proud to be a new owner of the Rising Tide Coop, supporting local farmers and giving back to the community. Robin has over 30 years of experience in marketing and management. For the past 16 years, she has supported nonprofits through her work at a woman-owned fundraising agency based in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Robin worked for 15 years for National Geographic, launching local-language editions of the magazine in 20 countries and serving as the Brand Manager for National Geographic in Portugal. Robin loves fresh, local food, the Maine woods, and the smell of salt air, and she looks forward to serving Rising Tide Co-op and the community.

Sean O’Neill: (current Treasurer of the Rising Tide Co-op Board) Sean has been a member of the Rising Tide Co-op since moving to Maine from Oregon in 2015 and has served on the RT Board for the past 3 years. He has over 15 years of experience in the biological sciences with a passion for research and education. Sean spends much of his time on the water for both work and recreation. He is also passionate about honeybees and has worked with a small family apiary for nearly 10 years. Sean looks forward to continuing his work on the Board to further support co-op education and sustainable development outreach.

Tammy Lee: Tammy has been a patron and member-owner for 20+ years and cares deeply about Rising Tide as her primary source for local, organic food, natural medicine, cleaning products, and so much more. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she spent many years working and traveling between Maine and Northern California as a marketing professional and yoga teacher. In 2012, she helped to form Destination Wellness MidCoast Maine, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make health and wellness a mainstay of life in Midcoast Maine; she was its founding president from 2012-2014. She has also been an active volunteer for Bioneers, PopTech, National Ski Patrol, and World Cup Soccer. She is a member of Coastal Rivers, MOFGA, and the Sierra Club. With deep family roots going back generations in New Harbor, she was raised in NH, spent nearly every summer in Pemaquid Beach, and now lives here year-round. She looks forward to supporting Rising Tide’s sustainable growth as a valuable community resource.