Board of Directors

Roux Nolan

President

Entrepreneurial Management/Food Service

roux@rogersparkfoodcoop.com

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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

mary@rogersparkfoodcoop.com

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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

adam@rogersparkfoodcoop.com

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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

Barry Weinstein

Board Member

barry@rogersparkfoodcoop.com

Barry Weinstein

2018 Board Application

Cristina Santoro

Board Member

cris@rogersparkfoodcoop.com

Chris Santoro

Cris’s diverse background brings strategic alignment and organizational efficiency to the RPFC Board of Directors.

Cris grew up in New Jersey, starting her professional career in wholesale operations for a global high fashion brand at the age of just 15. After graduating Quinnipiac University with a degree in International Business, Cris began working in sales for a large industrial distributor and would eventually relocate to CO for a role based in program development and project management. In 2009, Cris moved to Chicago to focus on experiential marketing where she was responsible for developing strategic corporate partnership programs, pitching to C-suite executives to grow an annual fundraising goal of $30M+, and executing program tactics related to large meetings & events. In 2017 after a successful corporate career, Cris became a certified Project Manager (PMP) and transitioned to independent marketing consulting. She now helps small businesses assess their marketing programs, align strategy and resources, and implement action plans that drive revenue generation.

In her time outside of work, Cris has been living out her passion to serve as a community ally, wellness advocate and environmental steward. She works with Mercy Housing as a certified Adult Literacy Tutor and serves on the Auxiliary Board for Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping schools, families and communities take action to get every child healthy, active and ready to learn. Cris also strives toward a zero-waste, chemical free lifestyle and enjoys helping others takes small steps to eliminate waste and toxins from their homes.

Cris is a versatile leader focused on efficiency, but she’s also got a great sense of humor and loves to make people smile. Her impact on the Co-op will blend discipline, organization, and fun to accomplish our goal of having a community-owned grocery.

2018 Board Application

Jillian Jason

Board Member

jillian@rogersparkfoodcoop.com

Jillian Jason

2018 Board Application

Miles Faciane

Board Member

miles@rogersparkfoodcoop.com

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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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