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2014 nominating committee candidates

The nominating committee’s responsibilities are to recruit and screen candidates for PCC’s Board of Trustees. Committee members are elected for one year.

Below are the candidates for the 2014 election:

Karen Gaudette Brewer

I think of PCC as a Northwest institution that stands as a beacon of local pride, healthy eating and wellness, and sustainability. PCC must make decisions that enable it to continue to serve its community and to hold fast to its quality standards.

The PCC board’s primary function is to develop, evaluate and oversee the implementation of policies that provide direction to the co-op, guide management and govern the board’s own actions. In short: help PCC be a good steward in the community, serve its community, and grow responsibly.

The nominating committee recruits and screens for candidates who would relish and thrive in that important trustee role. I would be proud to work with others on the committee to identify outstanding board candidates.

I served for more than two years on the University of Washington School of Communication Alumni Board, most recently as their recruiter. My decade as a newspaper reporter taught me how to work well with others in high-pressure situations. My time as a food writer at PCC and now at Allrecipes has further cemented my diplomacy skills and ability to continually work with others toward a larger goal.


I value PCC not only as a source for nourishing food, but also as a model of how a cooperative business committed to sustainability, natural and human resources can thrive and enhance our community.

Trustees to the Board are important in setting the long range vision of PCC and promoting its continued success. As a member of the nominating committee I would assist in recruiting, interviewing and selecting board candidates for presentation to PCC membership. I served in this role in five previous years and would enthusiastically welcome serving again.

Prior work experience includes 18 years in human resources (HR) management in technology and university settings and four years owning and operating a small organic clothing business. In my role as a senior HR director at Microsoft, I provided guidance and counsel to executives on organizational and leadership issues, and managed a diverse team in delivering HR services for 7500 employees, including training and development, employee relations, recruiting, performance management and compensation.

My education includes a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and completion of the Executive Leadership Program at Seattle University. I was a Certified Compensation Professional during my tenure in HR.

I would like to contribute to PCC’s continued success and would welcome serving another year on the nominating committee.

Leanne Skooglund Hofford

I joined PCC years ago when my children were very small, and I was learning how to support their healthy development by preparing nutritious meals made with organic produce. Since then, PCC has continued to be an important part of my family’s life: My children landed their first jobs at PCC and I’ve contributed to the Sound Consumer for many years as a freelancer.

Through these experiences, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the many ways that PCC contributes to creating and sustaining a healthy community: by supporting local producers and the protection of local farmland, providing an excellent workplace to its employees, effectively advocating on critical food and sustainability issues, and much more.

I bring more than 25 years of experience as a nonprofit professional focused in the areas of advocacy, communications and fundraising. I have worked with many different boards to help them promote the missions of the organizations they serve and have served on two nonprofit boards myself. I earned a Master of Arts from Georgetown University.

It would be an honor to be able to contribute to PCC’s continued success by helping to select a strong slate of board candidates as a nominating committee member.

Julie Tempest

It is an honor to serve on the current PCC nominating committee and I would like to return for a third term. My background includes public policy, business management and marketing consulting for the organic and natural products industry. I received an M.B.A. from the University of Washington.

The Nominating Committee is tasked with recruiting, interviewing and selecting highly qualified PCC members to run for the Board of Trustees. I gained a deep understanding of PCC’s policy governance model, board leadership, membership values and the long-term vision of the co-op during my service on the PCC board from 2004-2009. This experience provided me with valuable insights for developing the criteria and selection process for new board candidates, as well as personally evaluating their commitment to PCC’s values. I feel very confident in the process and in the candidates that our nominating committee put forward for the PCC membership to consider.

As a PCC member since 1999, I am committed to preserving the long-term health and sustainability of the co-op through strong board leadership. My background combined with my board and nominating committee experience give me a unique perspective when evaluating future trustees for PCC. Thank you for considering me for service on the 2014-15 nominating committee.

Sara Walsh

My understanding of PCC’s business and mission has been developed through more than fifteen years of working for the co-op.

I started at PCC working in the stores as a person-in-charge. I was promoted to assistant store director and worked alongside many of the store directors within the stores for nearly five years. I moved to community relations about ten years ago and have been managing that department for eight of those years. I believe this history has given me a deep understanding of PCC’s operations and our members’ desires to see our co-op continue to grow.

It would be exciting to be involved in PCC governance — to help select board candidates who would work hard to fulfill PCC’s long range vision of sustainability.

I love PCC and am very committed to doing my best to help move forward and maintain PCC’s place in our communities.

Visionary leadership from our board and nominating committee members will play a major role in the success of our co-op in the coming years.

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