Nancy Mathews

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"I believe in food as the foundation of good health. Cooperative food outlets like Bloomingfoods are the most reliable providers of nourishing foods in American communities. I would like to serve on the board of Bloomingfoods to do my part in assuring the effectiveness and future success of this food outlet for the good of the Bloomington community."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I am primarily a consumer on almost a daily basis at Bloomingfoods East. Although I have only been in Bloomington for a year and a half, I previously had a twenty-plus year association with the food coop, Wild Oats, in Williamstown, MA. In the early days I was a weekly volunteer at Wild Oats."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"I am a retired senior curator in the Williams College Museum of Art and taught art history at Williams College. In education and non-profit, committees are the air you breathe. In addition, I have served as a board member of the Berkshire Museum and the community television station, Willinet, both in Berkshire County."
Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.
"I believe that my long experience as a curator dealing with the educational and political issues of "display" may provide insight in the food world. On a more practical level, I am experienced in non-profit budgets and fundraising."

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?

"I think the statement is on target and one of the best mission statements I have ever seen. One example of alignment is that we are in the process of converting half of our property to native habitat."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"Of the four statements, I think the first is primary. But I think the last (education) is one that could use more emphasis."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"All non-profits are challenged by changes in the economic and tax situation today. Differences of opinion in the community also create challenges. But the issues of food and environmental health are now well publicized priorities that BCS can take advantage of."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"As I am new to the Bloomington community, I have a lot to learn. But at the same time, I can bring a fresh eye and an open mind to the enduring issues."
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