Apr 04

Election/Annual Meeting Reminder

Elections and Annual Meeting Notice

Our Annual Meeting of the membership this year will take place on Thursday May 4, 2017 from 5:30-7pm in the Main Market Co-op Deli. There will be complimentary beverages and appetizers as well as an open meeting of the membership and board of directors, with updates on 2016 business and 2017/18 plans. The annual meeting also marks the conclusion of the election process with announcement of our new board directors.

This year, we have five candidates and four open seats to fill. Please exercise your membership rights by participating in this important process and playing a role in the future of your Co-op! Take a look at the candidates below (bios coming soon), followed by voting instructions at the bottom of the page.


Chuck Faulkinberry

Director, Hemmingson Center and Auxillary Services, Gonzaga University

Chuck Faulkinberry grew up in a military family and lived most of his childhood in the Middle and Far East. He moved to Spokane in 2010 and has found his permanent home after having a nomadic life.

Chuck earned a business degree in Hospitality Management from Florida State University. Utilizing his background and degree Chuck retired from a thirty-year career focused on college campuses providing leadership and management for university dining programs in 2015. He was hired by Gonzaga University to create and lead a new organization that manages the John J. Hemmingson Center for the campus.

Chuck’s passions go beyond his professional career. He has spent thirty years with the Boy Scouts of America in various capacities. He has also assists people with disabilities find their place in the world by providing opportunities, support and insight. He works to change paradigms and supports individuals with disabilities in obtaining occupations. Chuck recently led a 600-member national business network group focused on people with disabilities.

Chuck attributes his passion for food and food accessibility to his grandfather. A restaurateur and descendant of 10 generations of farmers. He taught Chuck the principle of farm to fork within his family business. He also inspired Chuck’s views on food accessibility to all members of a community.

Chuck lives on a small family farm with his wife, Pat their golden retriever, sixteen chickens, seven goats and 150,000 honeybees. Chuck and Pat’s son is married and lives in Portland, OR where he is an energy analyst. Their daughter, is a recent MFA graduate of the California School of the Arts and works in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, California.


Tim Herold

Recent graduate of University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

Tim Herold grew up in Spokane, graduating from Gonzaga Prep in 2005. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 with a BA in political science, before returning to UW to earn his Master’s of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2015. His interests center around creating livable and inclusive communities through improved public transportation and infrastructure, local food and urban farming movements, and smarter land use policy decisions. Additionally, Tim spends his time working on his photography, organizing for progressive change with Democratic Socialists of America, reading vociferously, and occasionally performing as a DJ sets and stand-up comic around town. He loves Radiohead, British comedy shows, board games, and locally crafted microbrews.


Tamy Knight Roloff

Tamy is a midwife, has experience with organic retail, and currently works for Global CompuSearch in the Accounts Receivable Department.


Tamy grew up in Spokane, graduating from Ferris High School and EWU with a business focus. She began helping women have babies in 1985, and has been a licensed midwife since 2003. After having 4 children, with the help of a midwife, Tamy founded a full service natural food store in 1989. Some may remember the store, Total Health Foods Natural Grocery and Cafe, which focused on organic foods, local suppliers, herbs and educating the consumer. She closed it in 2013 and has been working as a midwife, birth educator, manufacturer of bulk herbal tea combinations for women and their families, and has recently begun a Masters Degree Program at Gonzaga in Organizational Leadership. Tamy loves to travel and recently went to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. She has 14 grandchildren and considers her family her most fulfilling and satisfying work.


Tamy began learning about natural and sustainable living from her midwife and mentor, Sister Marie Ladd, in 1980. She wanted her children to have the very healthiest lives possible, and was highly motivated to learn all she could. From there her work in retail and educating women and their families took a high priority, as she wanted everyone to benefit from optimum health and the food that sustains that. Wherever she has lived and traveled she has found the local expressions of organic, sustainable & local food sourcing. She believes in the benefit of co-ops and when she moved back to Spokane, Main Street Market Co-op, has been her go-to natural and organic food store. She is excited to be running for the Board of Directors as she has much to offer in supporting the direction the co-op is growing.

Sheri Shields

Current board member running for a second term. Sitting Vice President.

Sheri has been in love with the Pacific Northwest and specifically Spokane since her 1st visit in 1986; as a result she moved to Spokane the day after graduating from High School. She has been co-owner of several businesses, including a stress reduction and wellness center, is a mother to 3 daughters and lover of nature and music. Sheri attended SFCC and earned her BA from Gonzaga University.

Her passion for wellness lead her to become certified as a Holistic Health Coach, now she leads workshops and works with individuals and groups; supporting people in making positive and sustainable lifestyle choices.

“As a health coach and fellow being on this planet I believe it is imperative that people have affordable access to high quality foods and products that are NON-GMO and Organic. I believe by supporting local farmers, producers and businesses who follow sustainable practices it is a win win for us, our community and our planet. I believe an awakening is happening across the planet that begs for the education of our communities on such matters. These beliefs are being modeled in the daily operations and management of Main Market; as a board member I strive to build on these values and further the mission of the co-op.”


Sarah Schwering

Senior Director of Marketing and Communication, Gonzaga University

Sarah Schwering is the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at Gonzaga University where she supports many of Gonzaga’s academic programs and departments as well as larger initiatives like Gonzaga Day and communications for the Gonzaga Will Capital Campaign. Sarah earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration (’04) – with concentrations in marketing, human resources management and entrepreneurial leadership – and an MBA (’07) from Gonzaga. 

Previously, she worked for Desautel Hege Communications as an account director, serving a wide range of clients with branding, marketing, writing, planning, research, media relations and communications training needs. She also served as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga in the School of Business Administration for four years.

Schwering has been involved in both the Gonzaga and Spokane communities, serving on the Gonzaga MBA/MaCC Executive Committee Board, International Trade Alliance Board, Spokane Junior League Board, Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Board (Chair) and more. Sarah and her husband Tim live in Spokane with their two sons, John (age 6) and Paul (age 4). 

How To Vote

Follow the simple instructions below to ensure that your vote gets counted.

Thank you for supporting your local Co-op!

Notice On Voting By Mail 
The Board of Directors has ordered that the vote of the members may be taken by mail with the same effect as if taken in-person at the annual meeting. Members choosing to vote by mail may cast their ballot as follows:
(1) Print out a copy of your ballot- PDF or Microsoft Word
(2) Mark your ballot – you may vote for any four of the five candidates listed.
(3) Print or type your full name in the space provided at the bottom of the ballot.
(4) Sign and date your ballot in the space provided.
(5) Place your ballot in a sealed envelope addressed to:

Main Market Co-op
Attn: Annual Meeting
44 W. Main Avenue
Spokane WA 99201

(7) Send the envelope by US Mail, postage prepaid, or physically deliver it to Main Market and deposit it in the ballot box provided.

Your printed ballot may also be turned in at the co-op before deadlines below OR there are printed copies available at the co-op with a ballot box at the front of the store for your convenience.
Ballots must be received by the close of business on May 3, 2017. Members present at the Annual Meeting (05/04/2017 @5:30 PM in the deli area at the Co-op), and who did not submit a ballot, will have an opportunity to vote at the meeting. All votes must be received before 6:00 pm on the date of the Annual Meeting.

 All ballots will be opened and counted at the annual meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
Only those persons who are members of Main Market Co-op as of April 4, 2017, will be entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the annual meeting of members or any adjournments thereof.
By order of the Board of Directors

Michael Hazel, Secretary

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