Meet the Board

Who are the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors are local Co-Owners who volunteer their time to the co-op. The Board meets bi-monthly & acts on the community’s behalf to bring the cooperative vision to life. We are currently in transition after our very first elections in February 2022 where the Co-Owners of the co-op voted for the incoming Board of Directors.

Incoming Board of Directors

Ellery Richardson

President

Ellery is an environmental attorney and owner of a small farm in Whites Creek.

Ellery helped found the Nashville Food Co-op because she believes in supporting local businesses to better our community. She believes that if we want a resilient and sustainable food system, we have to vote with our dollar.

William Crenshaw

William is a finance, strategy, and transaction advisor for privately held businesses and assets. He is also a recovering CPA.

William joined the Nashville Food Co-op because he believes in equal opportunity to healthy food options, the importance of sustainable agriculture practices, and the generational implications of supporting Nashville’s underserved, all for the benefit of our future. He supports the initiatives that further the vision of the Co-op: strengthening our communities and building upon our local farmers.

C.J. Sentell

C.J. is the CEO of The Nashville Food Project.

C.J. joined the Nashville Food Co-op to help build a food system in Nashville where everyone has access to the food they want and need. Prior to the Food Project, C.J. served as the curriculum director of Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, and was the founding farmer operations manager of the Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative. C.J. began farming in 2009 in Joelton and currently owns and operates a grass-fed cattle concern in the Ozark Mountains.

Ursula G. King

Ursula King, MSc in an ecologist, specializing in soil and water health particularly in agricultural and river systems, ecological education, policy, and advocacy. Ursula is a member of the planning committee of the TN Local Food Fund.

Ursula joined the Coop to ensure that there would be a stable place for farmers and other local value added food makers to sell food to the community and for the convenience that would bring beyond Farmers Market hours.

Andreas Bastias

Andreas is a frontline worker in the solidarity economy, a student of co-operation, and an organizer.   

Andreas joined the Nashville Food Co-op because he believes in the transformational power of community co-ops to create a just, equitable, and sustainable society. He is informed and inspired by 7+ years of service at Three Rivers Market food co-op and his graduate studies through the International Centre for Co-operative Management.

Kathleen Turchi

Kathleen is the owner/operator of Maritime Bread Co.

A native of North Carolina, she first fell in love with co-ops as a college student in Chapel Hill, visiting Weaver Street Market weekly. Kathleen is currently involved in local food as a bread vendor at farmers markets. She is thrilled to be part of the team to bring a community grocery to Nashville.

Alex Abels

Alex currently works as the Director of Sponsorship for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to spending more time invested in the community and creating a better Nashville.

 Alex started his career as a small business owner in his hometown in Ohio, and ran a car repair garage for three years. He then moved to Nashville and took up banking. After five years of being a banker, Alex found an opportunity with the Nashville Chamber Of Commerce.

Alex joined the co-op because he believes in facilitating a way to provide high quality food options to our local community.

Outgoing Board of Directors

 

Jon Loyd

Jon is a professional musician (keyboardist) and professional piano technician.

Having been a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn, NY, Jon knows the value of a food co-op and how it serves the community in a unique and meaningful way. He joined the Nashville Food Co-op excited about all the possibilities only a food co-op can fulfill — plus all the amazing locally grown food all in one place seven days a week.

 

Austin Warehime

Austin is an attorney at Ortale Kelley Law Firm.

Austin joined the Nashville Food Co-op because he wanted to be a part of a solution to our current environmental crisis. Co-ops dramatically reduce the impact of food on the environment by reducing food waste and focusing on locally sourced foods, which cuts the need for long food distribution chains.

 

Keri Barnes

Keri is a consultant in the R&D industry.

Keri joined the Nashville Food Co-op because she wants to support local and sustainable food sources while developing community knowledge on ways to minimize plastic and waste in our daily lives. Co-ops offer democratic member control which means our community gets to decide what we want in our store, offering the possibility of supporting local organic farms and removing the use of single use plastics.

 
 
 
 

 

Nelson Guillen

 

Nelson is a humanist and a mechatronics apprentice.

Nelson joined the co-op because he wants to take action and participate in the changes needed to transition to a more equitable, just, and sustainable society. He believes that our society must reconnect to community and nature to alleviate and solve the issues we face as a collective.

Board interest

Serving on the Board of Directors

Interested in participating on the Board? The Board is elected by the Co-Owners of the co-op. Elections generally take place in February of each year. For further questions, reach out to us at info@nashvillefood.coop to find out more!