BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ANGIE NOLL

Angie was born and raised in Virginia. She moved to Fredericksburg in 1990 to attend Mary Washington College (as it was known then). She earned a B.S in Psychology in 1994 and put her degree to work in social work. She has worked for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board for the past twenty years. Angie and her husband James have three daughters and first became involved in cooperatives through the Fredericksburg Cooperative Preschool, where Angie served several terms on the board. She is passionate about healthy eating, so when she heard there was a group of people talking about starting a food co-op, she eagerly joined in to serve on the founding board. She loves the idea of creating community around local food and is dedicated to making the Fredericksburg Food Co-op a reality!

BRAD SMITH

Brad considers himself a global citizen but claims Fredericksburg as home. He has been member of the Food Co-op since 2017. He also serves on the board of Downtown Greens, and is an active member of the Fredericksburg Community Supported Agriculture Project. In addition to food justice and all of the Co-op’s core values, Brad is passionate about youth advocacy, veteran issues, conflict reconciliation, restorative justice, interfaith/intercultural dialogue, literacy, and fostering healthier civic/democratic norms and institutions. Brad works as a contractor with the Department of Defense, consults for a small research, analysis, and problem solving firm, and writes essays, fiction, and poetry whenever he has time to spare. He is a passionate life long learner and enjoys taking time to engage in both formal and “informal” education opportunities. He has a B.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University with a focus in the Middle East and North Africa.

ELS VAN WINGERDEN

Els and her husband Andy Craig moved to Fredericksburg in 2003 after living and traveling all over the world. They now live on the beautiful Rappahannock River and love this small but active community. They became member-owners of the Fredericksburg Food Co-op in 2017 as local and healthy eating is a priority and the Co-op’s mission statement resonated strongly with Els. She has enjoyed volunteering for events and has been working on several committees in order to make the Food Co-op a reality. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. In her professional life she worked primarily for and with multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, WHO, UNDP and others concerned about improving conditions in developing countries. She’s also been involved in educating children who are on the Autism Spectrum and has been active on the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee.

GERALD ANDERSON

Gerald is an 18-year resident of Fredericksburg and has been on the Food Co-op board since 2016. He has served as Treasurer for the past three years and is responsible for the financial records of the Co-op and for keeping it in good standing with the State Corporation Commission. In addition, he served on the Member Loan Campaign Committee and the Site Selection Committee. Mr. Anderson brings more than 50 years of relevant experience directing and managing projects and organizations. For the past 15 years he has served as Project Director for BENMOL Corporation, a small property development and management firm in Alexandria, VA where he directs and manages corporate activities such as project planning, feasibility studies, architectural designs, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing designs; construction management, and permit and variance requests. For the past six years, Mr. Anderson has taught college chemistry part-time at Germanna Community College as part of his effort to give back to the community for the career he enjoyed for more than 35 years in environmental science and engineering, principally with the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago, IL. Mr Anderson is married to Mary (Newman) Anderson and has two stepsons (David Austin Woodard and Cameron Woodard). He has a B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL.

JONATHAN STEVENS

Jonathan has extensive experience in the fields of human resource consulting and financial planning, as well as prior service on community boards. With an undergraduate degree from Yale, and a Master’s in Public Health Administration from UNC, he ran a PPO health care network for John Hancock. He has been a financial advisor and Certified Financial Planner® practitioner. Previously, Jonathan was a board member of a conservation group in Westport, MA and more recently started a charity that directs 100% of its revenues to needy elementary school students. Jonathan is an experienced co-op member, both with a rural electric co-op, and with the outdoor equipment company REI. Jonathan is an avid composter and gardener, hoping to someday harvest organic produce year-round, from the 8-foot-square raised garden plots in his backyard. Jonathan and his wife Peggy moved to Virginia in 2015 and they live in the Braehead Woods neighborhood of Fredericksburg. Jonathan says, “I love to work with dedicated groups of people who aim to do great things for our community. I know we have a winner with the Food Co-op!”

KATHY CARMINE

Kathy and her husband, Scott, are long-term residents of the Fredericksburg area.  They have one daughter, Lexi, who is also active in the Fredericksburg Food Co-op.  Kathy graduated in 1993 from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Since that time frame she has worked at GEICO Insurance.  She has had many years of experience in planning, management and working with others to accomplish common goals.  In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, working out at the gym and spending time outdoors.  Healthy eating and fitness are a priority to Kathy and her family.  She is very excited about using her experience in planning, management and working with others to help the Fredericksburg Food Co-op thrive.  Everyone should have a Co-op in their area to enjoy local and organic foods and to meet so many members of the community!!

MICHAEL SPRAGINS

Mike and his wife Beth moved to Fredericksburg from North Carolina after retiring 6 years ago. Mike has a B.S. degree in Business from Wake Forest University and a J.D. degree from Drake University Law School. After spending several years as an active duty lawyer in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Mike helped found the Paralegal Technology Program at Johnston Community College and led it for nearly two decades. He then spent several years leading the Business, Public Service, and Technology Department at the college. He is a certified Mediator and founded the Mediation Center at the college, which he also supervised for several years. An avid photographer, Mike enjoys shooting landscapes in the U.S. and Europe. Mike and Beth also enjoy kayaking on Lake Mooney, volunteering at the local library, and preparing heathy food.

RICH LAROCHELLE

Rich is currently an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) where he co-teaches a course on Cooperative Business. He is Chair of the Cooperative Development Foundation, a national c (3) organization that supports the creation of cooperatives as a way of positively impacting economic and social problems. Rich worked for cooperatives for 40 years prior to moving to Fredericksburg in 2014 with his wife Linda who is an accomplished artist and retired art teacher. Rich was Senior Vice President at the Cooperative Finance Corporation until retiring from there at the end of 2013, and Legislative Director at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association where he worked for 12 years. He began his coop career in 1974 with the Rural Electrification Administration (now RUS). Rich was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2017. Rich is active in volunteer activities and is a founding director of the Fredericksburg Food Cooperative. Rich and Linda have two sons, Jeremy who is a professor at UMW and David who lives in California. They are proud grandparents.

VALERIE SETZER

Valerie lives in the Fredericksburg area with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. She is interested in plant-based eating, health, sewing/knitting/crochet, walking/hiking, and family time. She retired on January 3, 2013 after a 34-1/2-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where she served as an air traffic controller, a training manager, quality assurance manager, and at FAA HQTRS Terminal Operations in Washington, DC as an airspace manager. She has a B.S. degree in Adult Extension Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Valerie is an active volunteer whose service includes: her church’s board of trustees as a member, vice president and president 2013-2016; service on the Fredericksburg Food Access Forum, and the Community Food Enterprise effort (2016-present); a founding board member of the Fredericksburg Food Co-op (2015-present), including as a member/vice chair and chair of the board of directors; and the Fredericksburg Spinners & Weavers Guild (2008-present).