I was born and raised in Salem. We moved to Silverton 23 years ago to raise our two boys. My ex-husband is from Silverton and he made a great choice in bringing us all here.
I worked at Silverton Hospital for 16 years and an additional 2 years when it converted to Legacy Silverton Health. My career was in hospital IT. I am now a Certified International Health Coach. I help people achieve their health and lifestyle goals and work to educate our community in the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.
I am owner #36. I became an owner at the first pop-up because I believe eating local and supporting local is always the right thing to do. I started volunteering in the summer of 2018. As an above average healthy person, I was having a difficult time finding good, healthy food in our grocery stores. I thought if I was having a difficult time then how will my clients navigate it. That is when I made the decision to become more involved with the co-op and get a store opened that I could call home and my clients would feel successful when shopping.
I love this community and the people in it. Bringing this co-op to life will benefit so many of us in so many ways. I am excited to part of this movement that is going to make this community that I love more connected. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
I arrived in the Willamette Valley in 2012 as an intern at GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society which is an educational homestead five miles south of Silverton. What started as a dream to experience living off the land, has turned into a life-long passion for sustainability, organic food (or what our grandparents used to call – food), connecting with the rhythms of the Earth, and being involved in the great community of Silverton. With a background in nonprofit management & leadership, I have held various leadership roles at GeerCrest Farm, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, and Silverton Toastmasters. In my job at GiGi’s Playhouse Down syndrome Achievement Centers, I currently oversee training for staff and volunteers within the fast-growing company and formerly coached startup teams in opening their brick and mortar location. The more I learn about how co-ops provide an alternative to big companies, the more excited I get to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to nutrition, local economic systems, and energizing citizens to be change makers. Co-ops are all about power to the people and it is time for our money, resources, energy, and food to unite! Together we can create a more resilient community for years to come and that starts with one of our basic human needs – Food.
Marc van Anda
I joined the Co-op in July 2017. You can, too! Let's open the doors to a really cool community-owned grocery store. Silverton people share a strong civic spirit and an interest in growing, eating, and having year-round access to real food. What a great place for a food co-op! For 20 years I helped run a worker-owned co-op retail bicycle shop, and I saw what co-op economic and organizational principles bring to a business and to a community. When I’m not working (paralegal now) or updating Co-op spreadsheets, I’m off digging in the garden or riding my bike.
I was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon, over 20 years ago. I have been in the administrative field for my entire career, holding such positions as: Office Manager, Executive Assistant, Rent Assistance Analyst, and most recently, Corporate Performance Specialist. I am currently taking a career break to renovate my “old” new home here in Silverton. I am an apprentice-level beekeeper and have two cats, Charles and Frankie, and a life partner, Mike Martin. I also have two grown daughters, Donna and Desi, a granddaughter, Jocelyn, and a grandson, Wyatt.
I am a SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) volunteer (since 2014) and have served on two boards, Lake Oswego Toastmasters (Treasurer 2006 – 2008) and Evergreen Housing, Inc. (Secretary 2001 – 2004).