The Sitka Food Co-op is currently led by a five-member Board of Directors who serve three-year terms. We are elected by Co-op members and serve a critical role in overseeing and guiding our Co-op’s success.
The Board is available to answer questions, give updates on the progress of the Sitka Food Co-op, and provide more information. Please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Krystina Scheller – Chair (term ends March 2023)
Krystina is originally from Hawaii and has always had close relationship with the land and water around her. In 2015, Krystina moved her family and her Arctic sailing business to Sitka via the Northwest Passage. Her passion for the environment and sustainable living has taken her to some of the most remote parts of the Northern Hemisphere including the Central Arctic Ocean, Northwest Greenland and Ellesmere Island. During her voyages she has seen firsthand the devastating results of climate change, the disappearing sea ice and the side effects of industrial practices in remote locations. Her lifelong relationship with the natural world and firsthand knowledge of the affects of climate change motivated her to join the SCS Board. She has a degree in Political Science and Economics from Drew University.
Robin Welling – Vice Chair (term ends March 2024)
I am a newcomer to Sitka, but a long-time supporter of co-operatives. I was a member of food co-ops in my home state of Minnesota and in northern California. I have lived in two housing co-operatives in which the sharing of food was a cornerstone of our community. I believe everyone should have access to food that is sustainably grown and distributed, healthy, and affordable.
When I left Arcata, CA in September 2020 for a job in stream restoration, I was thrilled to discover that a community as small and remote as Sitka’s supports a thriving food co-op (here’s to bulk quinoa and black beans!). A food co-op is unique in that it is not just a place to buy good food, but also an organization that serves its members and the community at large. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board, and excited to help the co-op grow its membership and reach.
Evanne Kegley – Secretary (term ends March 2022)
I moved to Sitka in summer 2018 and started volunteering for the Co-op as soon as I found out about it. For me, mindful eating is an act of self love. We all deserve the access to affordable fresh food so we can eat like we love our selves. As a veterinary nurse, nutrition is something I find myself constantly preoccupied with, for myself, my family and my furry friends.
Joining the Board has helped me feel so connected to my new neighbors. I’m very grateful for the chance to be a part of something that has brought me and my family so much nourishment and profound sense of community. It is my pleasure and honor to serve this fellowship, especially during this exciting transitional time.
Hannah Green – Treasurer (term ends March 2023)
Coming from mid-Michigan, I thought moving to Sitka three years ago would have challenges. I wasn’t sure exactly what they would be, but very quickly learned food security was a unique one I was not prepared for. Thankfully, the Co-op is available to the community. Since becoming a part of the Co-op, I have learned so much from the members and am able to provide healthy, organic food for my family.
Prior to arriving in Sitka, I was a co-owner of a craft brewery and a catering coordinator at a large convention center. From scheduling and ordering supplies, to brewing and problem solving in a fast paced environment, this has given me the unique perspective of both the business and hospitality aspect of a community organization. However, the Sitka Food Co-op is the first board I have been on. This has been a wonderful group to be part of. With the various strengths of each member, it is exciting to see what we are accomplishing.
James Swift – At Large (term ends March 2022)
I came to Sitka from So California in 1971. Got a job on a Commercial Fishing boat and eventually got my own boat. I like to call myself retired, but I still make a couple 5-7 day fishing trips each year. I‘ve served on the AMSEA (Alaska Marine Safety Education Association) Board for, 9 years. Many years ago I was on the SAFV (Sitkans Against Family Violence) Board as well… and I was President of ALFA (Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association) way back in the 90s. I have been involved in many Community based non-profits over the years, and am happy to be involved with the Sitka Food Co-op.