Board of Directors

Roux Nolan

President

Entrepreneurial Management/Food Service

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Roux Nolan

Roux is an accomplished Entrepreneur, and Executive Chef.
Having started his first company at the age of 16 by soliciting investments from corporations and business leaders to teach other youth about entrepreneurship, Roux brings expertise in starting and operating businesses to the RPFC.

Roux is the Principal of a boutique consultancy firm which focuses on software, foodservice, hospitality operations and management. His clients are both large venture capitalists investors that seek to create unique international enterprise to, struggling local small proprietors with limited resources. Roux focuses on training, operations, menu and product development, brand marketing and daily management.

As a Chef, Roux has been part of several award-winning teams including Restaurant Daniel, Brasserie 8 ½ and Jean Georges Vongerichten’s Matsugen while receiving awards for: Best Japanese Restaurant, Best Meal of the Recession, Top 10 Restaurants NYC, and 3 stars from The New York Times. Photographs of his work have appeared in various publications including New York Magazine, Time Out, and GQ. As an Executive Chef, Roux managed approximately $28,000 in daily sales. Roux is a member of the American Culinary Federation, and Slow Food Italia.

In the nonprofit sector, Roux has held leadership roles in various charitable causes including Food Justice, Marriage Equality, and LGBTQ Youth Homelessness. Roux has previously served on the National Arts Committee for GLAAD, a non-governmental media monitoring agency that promotes understanding and acceptance of LGBT individuals by the media.

Roux considers his work with West African and South American refugees to be his most life-changing work. He was tasked with coordinating area volunteer operations in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland which included helping displaced persons living in Red Cross Facilities acclimate and transition to life in continental Europe.

Roux was educated at Franklin University Switzerland, University of Cambridge England, The Marriott School of Management, and The Culinary Institute of America.

Although I have been involved in a variety of industries in various capacities with many different businesses throughout the world, I can honestly say the drive, talent, work ethic, and professionalism of those involved Rogers Park Food Co-op is staggering. This is one of the most passionate and hardworking group of dedicated individuals I have every had the honor of working with. I am impressed by the team every day.”


2016 Board Application

3 year term, expires in 2019

Mary Meyer

Vice President

Finance/Fair Trade

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Mary Meyer

Mary has a wealth of experience centered in community organizing in the Financial and International Fair Trade sectors. Her expertise is in building personal and financial relationships with individuals, business and organizations.

Having been a designated Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and independent financial services consultant for 25 years, Mary has provided employee benefit consulting as well as retirement planning services to business and organizations.

Prior to Founding the RPFC, Mary served for three years as a start-up stage Board Member of Chicago Fair Trade. In this capacity, Mary raised funds for the organization in addition to educating the community about Fair Trade policies.

With an M.A. in International Studies, Mary has taken her expertise global to Guatemala and Peru to market the products of Mayan artisans through MayaWorks and providing nutritional food to malnourished children in the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu with Living Heart Peru. Mary wrote grant proposals, prepared newsletters, held fundraisers and built relationships between Living Heart and the communities it serves.

Mary’s international leadership keenly serves the RPFC in its vision to build connections across cultures and communities.


2016 Board Application

3 year term, expires in 2019

Adam Schwartz

Treasurer

Customer Service/Retail Management

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Adam Schwartz

Adam brings an essential background in retail and customer service management to the RPFC.

For 10 years, Adam has managed branch operations and a team of 18 for the most established specialty spice retailer in the US, producing $900,000 in sales annually. At The Spice House, Adam implemented strategic short and long term plans to maintain year-over-year revenue growth between 10-15% in a dramatically changing and competitive marketplace both online and in local markets.

In this capacity, Adam developed positive and lasting relationships with over 20 vendors, sourced new product lines, forecasted seasonal industry-wide trends in planning for purchasing and marketing, and negotiated wholesale pricing on a wide variety of products to reduce cost and increase profitability. Additionally, Adam has directly worked with the Central Street Business Alliance on multiple committees while promoting the overall success of local retail and nonretail businesses.

In the community, Adam has served as a Kitchen Supervisor/Team Leader for Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry and Community Kitchen, as well as being the Treasurer of the Touhy Avenue Condominium Association.

Adam’s management and organization are invaluable for the financial success and viability of the RPFC.


2016 Board Application

3 year term, expires in 2019

Lin Prucher

Board Member

Education/Coordination

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Lin Prucher

Lin is a respected Educator committed to helping and educating the RPFC community.

Lin has spent the majority of her career as an overseas educator of Mathematics at the British International School in Rome Italy where she served as Vice Department Head of Education. Her leadership position centered on policy and department organization.

As a co-founder of a prestigious preparatory college exam course attracting students throughout Italy, one of Lin’s pupils received the highest marks for college prep GRE in the entire country. Lin has also served as a Student University Counselor for American University Services helping students make next step life decisions.

Apart from academia, Lin serves as the International Coordinator for an international organization on four continents that promotes healing through coordinated action and meditation. Lin is also the founder of an international chapter of, La Leche League, a World Health Organization Partner which seeks to inform and support breastfeeding women throughout the world. Lin currently resides in a housing cooperative in Chicago and has attended educational trainings and conferences in The Hague, Stockholm, and Nice.

Lin supports educating the community on a broader perspective on the relationship of food and health, a core RPFC value.


2016 Board Application

2 year term, expires in 2018

Corey Pagán-Banks

Board Member

Volunteerism / Activism

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Volunteerism and community activism are the hallmarks that make Corey the dedicated Husband, Father, and community leader that he is.

Corey is the founding member of Northside P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Work, Educate and Restore). Having started as an local group on addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty within the community. Northside POWER as a initiatives center around Economic and Social Justice including, Neighborhood Safety, Affordable Housing, Jobs Training, Mass Incarceration, Democratic Participation, Environmental Protection and Workers Rights.

Recently, Corey took part of the the Immokalee protests against the slave-like conditions of wage abuses and physical cruelty that are so pervasive within our agricultural industry.

Aside from his activism on racial, social, and economic justice, Corey works with the Chicago Park District by helping youth develop healthy and active lifestyles and critical team building skills and has coached our community youth football, basketball, track and field, and wrestling programs.

Corey’s passionate commitment to healthy lifestyle and wellness for the community and example of the progressive movement of which the RPFC is a part.


2017 Board Application

1 year term, expires in 2018

Patrick Scanlan

Board Member

Grocery Industry / Operations

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A Rogers Park native, Patrick brings direct experience and expertise within the Retail Grocery Industry.

Having worked with some of the largest natural food retailers in the country for 7 years, Patrick has a fundamental understanding of how grocers operate and function. He has served as a manager and pre-opening team member to an area natural food retailer and has worked with teams of 60 grocers for one of the most successful groceries in the country. Patrick has worked with various departments that include hiring, merchandising, signage, department layout, and training of new crew members both pre and post opening.

He managed and oversaw an internal food donation program that sought to take non-sellable goods to area charities on a daily basis.

Aside from his work, Patrick is an active member of the Honors Student Club and the Ecology Club at Oakton Community College and he plans to transfer to a four year program to complete his nursing degree.

Patrick's understanding of Grocery Operations will be instrumental in helping us bring our community vision of a Retail Food Cooperative to the community.


2017 Board Application

3 year term, expires in 2020

Dr. Molly Doane

Board Member

Anthropological Research and Scholarship / Cooperatives /h3>

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As Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American and Latino Studies at The University of Illinois Chicago, Molly brings a background of scholarship and research to the RPFC centered around environmental politics, alternative markets and commodities, and social movements within Mexico and the United States.

Additionally, Molly serves as an Adjunct Curator at the Field Museum. Her research includes work on cooperatives that sell, market, and produce organic crops. Her scholarship on organic farming in Wisconsin, organic fair trade coffee producers in Chiapas, Mexico, and current research on community gardens within Chicago and how they promote human and environmental wellbeing in urban communities, perfectly align with the vision and mission of The Food Coop.

Molly has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Wenner-Gren Foundation. Awards for her publications include: Best Social Science Book on Mexico 2012 and the Junior Scholar Award 2008.

Molly is the Co-Editor of a new environmental book series, and is involved with student organizations, sustainability initiatives, and social justice initiatives at UIC.

Molly’s contribution as an anthropological food researcher within the community gives depth and meaning to the work of not only the RPFC, but food cooperatives and ethical food producers throughout the world.


2017 Board Application

3 year term, expires in 2020

Miles Faciane

Board Member

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With degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Northern Illinois University, Miles helps organizations achieve their goals by developing robust information systems. These information systems provide tools for reporting and benchmarking to help set future goals, tools for storing historical data while being readily accessible, and automation to increase efficiency of routine tasks.

As a Web Developer for the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Miles ensures that the organization’s software systems are responsive and intuitive. He ensures that the donor management software is secure and any payment information is managed with utmost confidentiality.

These systems are integral in reducing administrative costs so that more of the money donated can be used for ensuring the access of food, medicine, housing, and safe passage of the elderly and children that are persecuted because of the their religious beliefs and heritage throughout the world.

Miles work has also volunteered as an AmeriCorps member working with Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps to assist individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin. He also founded a chapter of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, a national society dedicated to educating and fostering of leadership within the LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields.

Miles experience with diverse communities and compassion for others will bring much needed insight to the board of directors and his expertise information systems could prove invaluable as go into our owner loan and capital campaigns.


2017 Board Application

1 year term, expires in 2018


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