Each candidate has provided responses to a standard list of questions to help you determine your vote:
1. Why are you interested in serving on Harvest Moon’s Board?
I have a strong belief in volunteerism and the Ten Cooperative Values listed in the board packet mesh well with my own foundational values. As a Rotarian, and past president of the Orono Rotary Club, I strongly believe in Service above Self. As a person raised in the Catholic tradition, I believe in sharing Time, Talent and Treasures with others. Seven years on the Orono Foundation for Education Board provided me a unique opportunity to share my professional experience and knowledge. My other volunteer activities do not as directly utilize my professional skill and I think that Harvest Moon would benefit from these specific skills.
2. What qualifications do you have that would be most helpful to the Board?
My professional qualifications as a Certified Public Accountant would be valuable to the board. In addition, my long time standing in and connection to the community would also be helpful.
3. What excites you about Harvest Moon’s future?
I believe Harvest Moon is an incredible asset to our community. It provides access to organic and locally grown foods products, which is appealing to many community members, but I think that is just one aspect of what makes it an asset. The physical location of Harvest Moon is in the center of our community, with its proximity to the schools. I can envision it as a heart of our community. It’s a wonderful spot to meet your neighbors and friends for a light meal and a cup of coffee. I have seen tutors meeting with students and other community members enjoying the hot and cold buffet. I would like to explore how the coop can reach out even more to the local community, perhaps in conjunction with Orono Schools and or Community Education. I would like to learn more about the vision and passion of current board members and the community and see how my unique perspective and skills can help further common goals. If I were chosen for the board, I would spend significant time listening, asking questions and reading before making suggestions.