Current Board Members
Gwyneth is passionate about our Co-op’s quality of service delivery and the availability of safe, healthy organic and GMO-free natural food for our owners and community. She joined the AFC Board of Directors in 2004. She served as Board President for eight years and as Secretary for three years. Other leadership roles at the Co-op include serving as the Chair of the Board Executive Committee for eight years and serving as Chair of the GM Search and Hiring Committee. She served on the Board Finance Committee for eight years and was Chair of the Board Development Committee for three years. She also is currently serving as chair of the ByLaw Committee.
A creative visionary who views the “big picture” as an avenue to solve issues and concerns, she believes in the importance of collaboration with others and has conducted numerous workshops on team-building, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and communication skills. Gwyneth fosters equity, provides innovative leadership and is an avid supporter of public health safety. Advanced skills include leadership, organizational development, team building and conflict resolution. Encompassed in these include a value based approach to prevention, open systems focus and change, strategic planning and mediation.
Gwyneth is a Registered Professional Nurse – Retired and has served forty-two years in leadership positions. Twenty-five of those years, of which fifteen were served as Administrator, was with an organization with seven diverse divisions, one a non-profit food share! She has earned three undergraduate degrees and a Masters Degree in Public Health Medicine with a minor equivalency in Business Administrative Management. She received a post–graduate certificate of honors and achievement from the Public Health Leadership Institute for Scholars, a program sponsored by the University of California and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta Georgia. She is a native Oregonian and has had numerous professional affiliations. She served on two Governor Taskforces and was Chair of the Oregon State Conference of Local Health Officials for several years. She was a clinical instructor and Adjunct Professor for Leadership and Management with the Oregon Health Sciences University and also served as an Adjunct Professor for Southern Oregon University. She is very enthusiastic and values empowering and mentoring others!
Sustainable living has been the focus of my life for the last 40 years.
Raising a family on a small farm in Danville, CA, I headed up a county 4-H program where animal husbandry and horticulture were integrated into a program of environmental consciousness.
For the last 25 years my husband and I ran an organic fiber farm that was part of local college curriculum in the Napa Valley, helping adult students and their families to adapt the principles of organic living. During that time I also help to establish a Waldorf style Charter School in the Valley that emphasized the sustainable earth teachings of Rudolph Steiner.
I have been working with the Master Gardeners in California and Oregon since 2000, practicing and teaching the concepts of individual responsibility for sustainable gardening practices. I look forward to working with the Ashland Food Co-op Owners to continue on this path.
I have been an employee of the Ashland Food Co-op for eight years, and customer service is my favorite part of the job. Serving on the Board as Staff Director is a great way to serve the owners and staff of the Ashland Food Co-op. I am passionate about my family, and my community. I am very grateful for the opportunities that working at the Co-op has presented such as great benefits, learning opportunities and friendships.
Jeff Golden attended Harvard University as a National Scholar during the height of the Vietnam War and decided to swap the Ivy Halls for 20 acres in the backwoods of Oregon and a used chainsaw. He chronicled that journey in the book Watermelon Summer (Lippincott & Co, 1971). After a decade building homes, guiding whitewater river trips, and working in the forests of the Cascade Mountains, Jeff dropped back in to earn a Masters in Communications degree from Stanford University.
He has spent the last 25 years in politics, broadcasting and editorial journalism and organizational consulting. His political career includes service as a Jackson County Commissioner, Chief of Staff to the Oregon Senate President, and Environmental Policy aide to the City of Portland. During those years he wrote Forest Blood (Wellstone Books, 1998), the pre-eminent novel of the Northwest timber wars. His stand for responsible forestry made him the target of an unsuccessful recall campaign financed by national timber corporations, and earned him the first nomination ever from the state of Oregon for the JFK Profile in Courage Award, which partly sparked his newest book, UNAFRAID: A Novel of the Possible. Before hosting and producing Immense Possibilities, he hosted The Jefferson Exchange, a popular daily NPR talk-show on a network of northwest stations.
Jeff lives in Ashland, Oregon, and makes a decent effort at staying balanced with cycling, rafting, music, acting and unpredictable adventures with his grown son and daughter.
Gary has lived in Ashland for 25 years. He was the creator, owner, and manager of Beardsley's Natural Foods, a distributor of organic, natural, and specialty foods from 1988-2006 in Ashland. He is presently a Business Coach/Consultant in private practice. He also facilitates Peer Discussion Groups of Business owners under the umbrella of Thrive. He is the Business Coach for KSKQ 89.5 Community radio in Ashland. He is active in the leadership of University Toastmasters and a member of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.