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Food Co-op Annual Meeting
Congratulations to the new Board Members elected at the Co-op Annual Meeting on June 11. More than 50 members and supporters came out to the Kit Clark Senior Center in Fields Corner. We had a great panel discussion on building a grassroots food system in our neighborhoods with Vivien Morris of Mattapan Food and Fitness and the Boston Public Health Commission, A. Bayoán Rosselló-Cornier from the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and the Dudley Real Food Hub, and Darnell Adams from the Food Co-op.
Meet the new Board of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op:
Darnell Adams, DCFC Project Manager
Darnell Adams is a dynamic food entrepreneur and small business coach, who is passionate about accessibility and equity within the local food system. During her 5 years as Managing Director of CropCircle Kitchen, Boston’s culinary incubator and accelerator, she revamped the organization’s Standard Operating Procedures, business training, and the membership application process. She was responsible for managing day-to-day operations, including overseeing all business recruitment and providing technical assistance to the entrepreneurs. She also handled much of the coordination with City and State health agencies. During her tenure at the incubator, CropCircle substantially increased kitchen usage and doubled earned revenue for the organization. Darnell has taught the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification class for the past 6 years and is HAACP certified. Prior to CropCircle Kitchen, Darnell was the owner and Executive Chef of “Eat-In” Style, a catering company she ran for 5+ years. Darnell has a B.S. in Biology and earned a Master’s of Education from Harvard University.
Davida Andelman, DCFC Board Treasurer
Davida Andelman is a resident of Dorchester’s Bowdoin/Geneva Neighborhood in Boston. She worked for 17 years at a Dorchester Community Health Center heading up the community health department. She played a key role in the creation of the Food in the Hood Committee and the Bowdoin/Geneva Farmers’ Market. Davida retired last year from her position at a public health non- profit also located in Dorchester and had been focusing on childhood lead poisoning prevention, asthma and smoke free housing issues. As a resident of Dorchester and the chair of the Greater Bowdoin/Geneva Neighborhood Association, she has been involved in enhancing neighborhood economic development and revitalization, public safety and environmental justice issues.
Johnny is currently the Associate Director of Admissions for the Heller School for social policy and management at Brandeis University. Prior to Heller, Johnny worked for Interise Inc. as the Boston Program Manager where he recruited and cultivated small business participants for their flagship program, the StreetWise ‘MBA’TM. Johnny also previously worked for Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation as the Economic Development Specialist, and served as Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation’s Renew Boston coordinator where he recruited homeowners and small businesses for the City of Boston’s weatherization services program. In addition Johnny was also the Community Outreach Associate for The Food Project in Boston where he worked with local youth, CBO’s and local government services towards a sustainable food system in the inner city neighborhoods of Boston. He holds a B.A. in communications with a focus on journalism from Curry College and an M.B.A from Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Ariel Jacobson is Director of Development and Grassroots Leadership at the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, a national restaurant workers’ organization with close to 13,000 restaurant worker members, 100 employer partners, and several thousand consumer members in 32 cities nationwide. Prior to joining ROC-United, Jacobson was the Program Manager for Economic Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human-rights organization. She has also worked with organizations focused on grassroots community development, the rights of women and Indigenous Peoples, and youth leadership development. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Sharon Higgins is a lead teacher at the Gertrude Townsend Early Head Start program in Dorchester. Born in Barbados, Sharon has lived in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester for the past 22 years. Sharon has a degree in Early Childhood Education from the Urban College of Boston, and is working on a degree in Human Services and Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge. Sharon serves on the Board of the Four Corners Action Coalition, is a section leader in the Nightingale Community Garden, and is certified as a master Urban Gardener by the Boston Natural Area Network. Sharon is an active member of the Asuza Christian community, and has one daughter in the Boston Public Schools.
Chanie Infante, Candidate for Board of Directors
Chanie Infante is a long-time resident of the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester. She has been working in the nonprofit field for many years, first working with children and their families and now in the field of housing with the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership. Her passion for working with people led her to study Human Services at Springfield College. Chanie is involved with several community programs including the Huntington Theater’s Community Membership Program. She is also an occasional blogging contributor on local events.
Nancy Lee moved to Dorchester in 2011 and is an economist by training. She is the program evaluation and research manager at Interise, a non-profit that supports the growth of small businesses in urban communities. Previously, Nancy was at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy as a Research Associate in economic development and urban sustainability. Nancy is a Project Management Professional (PMP) who is experienced in taking large undertakings and breaking them into manageable tasks and defining metrics to measure progress. Skills she brings to the Dorchester Community Food Co-op include data collection (e.g. Census data, surveys), data analysis, strategic planning, and project/task implementation. She is serving on the DCFC board because she wants to see the community benefit from a food co-op that will help address issues like food availability and job creation.
Jennie Msall, DCFC Board President
Jennie Msall has been a resident of Dorchester since moving to the Boston area five years ago. She has a B.A. in urban studies from Vassar College, and currently works as the Supply Chain Coordinator at Oké USA, a fair trade fruit company owned by Equal Exchange. She manages the complex logistics of a small banana farmer supply chain, and organizes consumers and college students to shift supermarkets and institutions towards more ethical and sustainable banana options. Previously, Jennie was a Community Food Associate at The Food Project, a Boston-based non-profit organization. As the Community Food Associate, she worked on projects aimed at increasing food access in Dorchester and Roxbury. She also serves on the board of Boston Community Cooperatives, a non-profit organization that provides infrastructure to housing cooperatives in the Boston area.
Lynn Murray, DCFC Outreach and Education Organizer
Lynn Murray is an event manager at the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network based at the Museum of Science in Boston. A big believer in connecting those with the least access and privilege with critical and plentiful resources, the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network provides creative technology and art tools to underserved youth. Lynn has more than ten years of experience in community organizing and outreach. Prior to working at the Museum of Science, she organized low income women and women of color in the Cambridge community. Lynn is passionate about community building, food empowerment, and developing leadership among all marginalized people. She completed a degree in Women’s Studies at the University of North Texas and completed the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program at the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, California. She has served and contributed to numerous local women’s organizations including: The Boston Women’s Fund, Reflect and Strengthen, The Black Women’s Health Study at Boston University and The Women’s Center in Cambridge. She has lived in Dorchester for 15 years.
Claire Raymond-Gooden has lived in Dorchester’s Bowdoin/Geneva Neighborhood for the past 28 years. She has a B.A. in psychology from Cambridge College, and currently works as the site coordinator for the Family Resource Center, a program of The Family Nurturing Center. In her position, Claire has developed and coordinated family events and activities, including a parent support group and many other support programs for parents. She also facilitated and coordinated, three 15 week nurturing programs for families in the Dorchester neighborhood. In addition, she has worked with many neighborhood agencies and organizations focused on strengthening families. Previously, Claire was a co-chair of Dorchester’s Neighborhood Response Team and Bowdoin/Geneva Main Street.
Jenny Silverman, DCFC Capital Coordinator
Jenny Silverman has been involved in the Cooperative movement for more than 35 years. As one of the founders of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op, Jenny has worked for the past four years as the Project Manager. She is now turning her attention to raising the capital for the new store. Previously Jenny worked for more than two decades at Red Sun Press, a printing and design worker co-op in Boston. During this time, she served as Sales Manager and President of the Board, and was instrumental in expanding Red Sun’s sales to include municipal and state contract work, as well as increasing sales in the non-profit, cooperative and socially responsible business sectors. Jenny was an active member of the Cambridge Food Co-op when it transitioned from a buying club to a full service store in the mid 1970’s. Jenny is also the Education Director at Boston Workmen’s Circle, and directs a staff of 10 teachers serving over 100 children. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Jenny has lived in Dorchester for 31 years. Her two children are graduates of the Boston Public Schools, and she is excited to be joining her neighbors tending a garden plot at the Nightingale Urban Garden in Dorchester.