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Welcome to our new Board Members!

TPSS Board

2014 Elections for the Board of Representatives began at 9:00 AM on
October 8, 2014 and closed at 9:00 PM on November 8, 2014.

Congratulations to our new 2015 Board Members!


We would like to introduce the newly elected 2015
TPSS Co-op Board of Representatives members.


Robert Anderson

Adam Frank

Paul Richards

David Zuckerman

And appointed to the 2015 Board of Representatives:


Lulu Fulda
New Board of Representatives members are presented in alphabetical order by last name.
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Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson
Why are you interested in serving on the Board?

As a current Representative on the Co-op Board, I am aware of many financial and other issues facing us. I purchased an original Co-op bond decades ago and have shopped at, and am concerned with, the continued viability of our Co-op. Currently, there are areas of strength and areas that present challenges, including the ongoing expansion project and redevelopment of the city parking lot bordering the Co-op property. Current and upcoming issues require steady, experienced and continuing leadership to resolve issues and continue the growth of TPSS.

What experience or involvement have you had with the TPSS Food Co-op or other cooperative enterprises or Boards of Directors?

A desire to serve is necessary for members of the Board of Representatives; also critical is the knowledge and experience to serve capably. As I noted, I currently serve on the Co-op’s Board of Representatives and previously served on the Board subcommittee, the Audit and Finance Committee. I twice undertook price surveys of representative products from TPSS and two local competitors and reported to the Board and Committee. Additionally, I have served on the boards of a school and day care center and a small manufacturing firm. These experiences have prepared me for making sensible business decisions within financial and practical realities. I have served on and chaired many leadership teams, including numerous committees and appointments within the school system, and I supervised over 50 student services professionals dedicated to ensuring educational opportunity for troubled and underserved students. Additionally, within many positions I was involved with personnel and budgeting issues. As a member and former Chair of the Takoma Park Ethics Commission, I deliberated with colleagues to reach consensus opinions on ethical issues brought before the Commission.

What skills, qualities, formal training, education, or professional or volunteer experience would you bring that directly contribute to the mission of the TPSS Food Co-op?

The TPSS Co-op Mission Statement:
Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op promotes healthful living by offering wholesome food, high quality products, and community resources in clean, friendly grocery stores…that you can own!
Central to our mission is cooperation - between and among management, members, community and the Board. My training and experience as an educator, licensed psychologist, business owner and volunteer have all been in the service of others. Formal training, work and volunteer experiences have strengthened my understanding of the group process and the recognition that goals are met through cooperation, not confrontation. Experience mediating conflicts between others, facilitating meetings and coordinating projects has helped me to develop skills that build on similarities, enhance relationships and move events successfully ahead through collaborative efforts. Continuing my work on the Board of Representatives to further the success of TPSS requires such skills.

What is your favorite Co-operative Principle and why?

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND INFORMATION: Co-ops provide education and training for their members and staff so that they can contribute effectively to the success of the co-op. They also inform the public about the nature and benefits of cooperation. The cooperative movement is dependent upon the knowledge of the community, and individuals and communities gain power and self-sufficiency through education. Awareness of co-operative principles underlies our success. Through the educative process, flowing from our principle of Education, Training, and Information, people can gain information and resources to help them make healthier choices for themselves and their families and communities. Additionally, as members of the larger co-operative movement, TPSS can and should learn from other co-ops to sustain and grow our own store and further the knowledge of our community.

Is there anything else you’d like to share or address?

TPSS is entering a phase of uncertainty in growth and expansion. It is critical that Representatives be knowledgeable about co-operatives, business, personnel, and managed growth, in addition to being drawn to serve. Experienced stewardship at this time will ensure continued growth and vitality of TPSS.

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LuLu Fulda
LuLu Fulda
1. Why are you interested in serving on the Board?

I just moved back to MD after spending 11 years studying and working in two culinary and culturally diverse environments (San Francisco and New Orleans). I am eager to become a part of this community and utilize my skills and expertise in food and nutrition to support the co-op and its mission and principles.

2. What experience or involvement have you had with the TPSS Food Co-op or other cooperative enterprises or Boards of Directors?

TPSS is the first co-op I have had the privilege of shopping at/belonging to. After being informed about the board positions available, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to become involved in the community and support the values that I feel are important.

3. What skills, qualities, formal training, education, or professional or volunteer experience would you bring that directly contribute to the mission of the TPSS Food Co-op?

As a dietitian, I can bring my knowledge of nutrition science and healthy lifestyle skills to the Co-op and its members. These days we are bombarded with health related propaganda from a variety of sources, and I think it is important to have someone with a nutrition background on the board to help navigate through the health claims, food trends, and dietary guidelines to simplify healthy eating for our community. I also have over 10 years of experience in the food service industry, working at every level from server to manager. The customer service skills, culinary practices, human resource and management principles that I have acquired will help me to understand the needs of the Co-op customers and staff.

4. What is your favorite Co-operative Principle and why?

That’s an easy one, #7. Working for the sustainable development of communities. To me, sustainability means growing in a way that creates harmony between the earth and all those that live on it. I think it is important for businesses to act in ways that not only benefit their bottom line, but the community they are a part of.

5. Is there anything else you’d like to share or address?

I am a staunch advocate for political involvement. This past April, I had the privilege of lobbying my state’s congressional representatives to support some of the community nutrition related bills on the hill, on behalf of the governing body of dietitians, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I believe in the ‘power of the people’ and our ability to shape public policy.

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Adam Frank
Adam Frank
I am interested in serving on the Board for two major reasons. First, I would like to see that the Coop does not loose the current opportunity to expand and grow on the City Lot. I was a Board Member at TPSS when we were moving from Sligo Avenue to our present location over a decade ago. During that time I was able to work with employees, members, City and County employees, the Takoma Park Council, and the community to make sure that the concerns of everyone were addressed. I feel that the Board needs strong leadership now to make sure that we are not left out of this development. I believe that the skills and experience I have can help the Coop move forward.

Second, I would like to ensure that the Coop continues to meet the needs not just of its members, but of the community as a whole and of the employees of the Coop as well. When I was a member of the Board it was also the time we adopted our current form of operating – policy governance, which basically comes down to allowing the Managers to manage and keeping the board focused on the goals it sets for the management of the coop. I am very interested in getting involved with the Board now to work with them to ensure that this is continued to be implemented in a way that creates a thriving Coop, a Coop that employees want to work for and respects its employees, a Coop that serves its customers and members so that they are happy customers and members, and a Coop that helps its community to be strong.

As stated above, I was previously on the Board of Directors for the Coop for several years. I began my work with the Board around 1994. I became the President of the Board to the end of the 90’s and helped the coop move from its small store front on Sligo Ave to the building we now occupy. I also worked with the Board once the move was made, to transfer over to Policy Governance. I left the Board in 2001 after the birth of my daughter. Since then I have worked with Clowns Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit entity working with groups from Central America that work in those countries providing AIDS and health education. I also worked with the Board at my daughter’s cooperative nursery school.

In terms of skills, I bring an understanding of the working of TPSS Coop and its foundations, an ability to work with various groups and to help them reach accord, and the ability to understand and work with financials of companies (I run my own law firm). When I was previously on the Board I also received training in policy governance, in understanding financials, and in how to facilitate meetings. I am also a trained attorney and am able to understand when certain decisions, etc. may have legal ramifications beyond what the Board and others may realize.

My favorite Cooperative principle is Concerns for Community. The reason for this is it shows that even though we are a business and need to meet the needs of our customers, members and employees, we also need to help our community as a whole. It reminds us of this important responsibility that we all have, but that businesses especially need to remember and act on.

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Paul Richards
Paul Richards
Why are you interested in serving on the Board?

I am interested in serving on the Board of Representatives because I would like to help our co-op thrive and grow, not just to survive. It is currently a good source of healthy wholesome food and it plays an important part in the community, both locally in Takoma Park and regionally in the entire DC area, but it is capable of becoming so much more. I would like to help direct our co-op to become more involved in issues that affect our community, such as GMO foods, sustainable farming practices, consumer education, and ensuring the viability of our local food supply.

What experience or involvement have you had with the TPSS Food Co-op or other cooperative enterprises or Boards of Directors?

I have been employed by TPSS Co-op for over two years as the IT Manager. I am very familiar with the “behind-the-scenes” workings of the cooperative. I regularly try to help disseminate important information via our website, Customer Display screens, receipt messaging, co-op emails, Facebook page, and other communication methods. I believe that the more the average co-op member-owner knows about what is happening at our co-op the more able they will be to participate in guiding the direction we are headed in and molding the future of our co-op.

What skills, qualities, formal training, education, or professional or volunteer experience would you bring that directly contribute to the mission of the TPSS Food Co-op?

As the IT Manager for the co-op, I currently maintain the TPSS Co-op website and all of the computer systems at the co-op. I compose the emails that are sent to our member-owners about twice a month that keep them informed of important information about their co-op. In addition to my computer skills, I am a team player that has the best interests of our co-op in mind. I have run the cash register when we were short staffed. I have stocked the shelves when orders came in late. I even answer the phones regularly. In short, even if it is not in my job description, I have done whatever I could to help service the needs of our member-owners and customers whenever possible.

What is your favorite Co-operative Principle and why?

My favorite cooperative principle would be “Democratic Member Control: Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.” What that means to me is that this is OUR co-op, and if our co-op is to be successful it is just as much up to our member-owners as the management staff to determine the direction our co-op is heading. The more that our member-owners become involved in the future of our co-op, the more successful I believe we will be.

Is there anything else you’d like to share or address?

I am looking forward to working toward the Co-op Expansion Project, and sincerely hope that we will be able to work together with the developer who will be chosen to improving the Takoma Junction area. I believe that this above all else is most important to the future growth of our co-op right now.

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David Zuckerman
David Zuckerman
1. Successful democratic governance requires active member participation. As a current Board member, I hope to continue to serve TPSS Co-op for another term. As we approach a period of significant turnover at the Board level, a certain level of stability and institutional memory is critical in order to ensure effective governance at TPSS Co-op, especially as we move forward with expansion. I want to continue to help TPSS Co-op thrive, serve and expand its role as an important community institution.

2. I have been a current Board member since early 2014 and have been a TPSS Co-op member since January 2012. Since joining TPSS Co-op’s Board earlier this year, I have served actively, ensuring that TPSS Co-op is both properly managed and proactively engaging the community. I have represented TPSS Co-op’s Board at the national conference for consumer cooperatives in June, as well as attended optional board trainings, in order to be a more effective board member as well as share other best practices with the rest of the Board.

Prior to my time at TPSS Co-op, I helped co-found CHUM, Inc. (Co-op Housing University of Maryland), a start-up student housing cooperative based at the University of Maryland (UMD). Incorporated in late 2009, I along with a few other individuals organized the first year of students living together. By spring 2010, we became a group of 18 students connected by the collective goal of creating autonomous, democratically run student housing at UMD. Today, CHUM is a certified 501(c)(3), with nearly 45 members across six houses.

3. Currently, I am a full-time employee at the Democracy Collaborative, a nonprofit that focuses on promoting best practices in community and economic development, including the positive impact that cooperatives can have on community stability and wealth building. Through my experience at the Collaborative, which began with part-time work in 2008 and became full-time employment in 2012, I continually learn about leading examples of democratic and community ownership, and bring that learning and my passion for it to TPSS Co-op.

As a result of my work at the Democracy Collaborative Collaborative, I believe that my desire to strengthen and explore how different types of democratically controlled, community-based organizations can more effectively serve their communities aligns well with the mission of TPSS Co-op. I am strongly committed to the principles of cooperation, democratic control, sustainability (economically and environmentally) and community.

4. Members economic participation. Shared ownership of resources between individuals and communities is essential to ensuring that both the individual and community thrive. Without community assets that are fixed in the community, connection to place is limited, threatening the foundation of stable communities. At the same time, opportunities for individuals to build wealth through ownership (versus just income) are critical for ensuring a level of security day to day. As a result, “members economic participation” encapsulates this idea by stressing the fact that a portion of wealth remains under control of the community while a small portion is distributed broadly and equally to all of the member owners of the organization. It represents the beauty of the cooperative model for strengthening individuals and local communities.

5. I love food — most importantly tasty food that is ethically and sustainably sourced. This passion, as well, is another reason that I want to continue to serve on TPSS Co-op’s Board of Representatives. I ask for your vote and hope you will consider me for another term.

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2014 Board Nominee Packets:

Nominee Applications will be accepted between August 17 and September 17 October 5 2014.

Prospective board members should download all of the following PDF files and become fully familiar with them.

Please contact boardelections@tpss.coop with questions, comments or concerns.

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