Board of Directors
Our voluntary Board of Directors is elected by the Membership. The Board provides long-term leadership and guidance for the Co-op. The Board is comprised of 2 At-Large seats, A Founder Representative, and one representative each for the Consumer, Producer, and Worker members. The current Board was elected in September 2011.
Lucian has lived in and raised his family in Gainesville for the past 30 years, and is an active member of our community. He has served on various boards: City of Gainesville Greenspace Advisory Board, Cerro Osa (Co-operative Eco Lodge), Gainesville Builders
Association, & Florida Tibetan Buddhist Center.
He owns and operates Atlantic Design & Homes, which has been named the EPA’s “National Builder of the Year” for its pioneering work in building energy efficient homes. Other noted achievements are: Grand Aurora Award for “Best Community in the Southeastern United States; local recognition for “Ethics in Business”, “Gainesville’s Best Builder” and Alachua County’s only designated “Clean Builder of the Year”.
Lucian is also active in a local Men’s group, Gainesville “New Warriors” which advocates a new paradigm for men to be present and accountable in their families and communities.
Doug Nesbit has lived in Alachua County since 1982. Raised on his parents’ farmland north of High Springs (the current home of Swallowtail Farm CSA), Doug lives in northeast Gainesville with his wife Shanna and their two children. He is a carpenter and contractor specializing in outdoor living spaces and interior renovations. He has served on the City of Gainesville’s Development Review Board for two years. Doug enjoys cycling, playing soccer and disc golf, and exploring north Florida’s springs and rivers.
Doug was motivated to run for the Co-op Board during his work on the construction of the store. As a contractor, one is required to pay attention simultaneously to the overall plan and direction of a project, and the smallest details of construction. This ability, along with Doug’s organization and communication skills, will serve the Co-op members well.
Wes is a transplant from Plano, Texas and has lived in the community since 2007. He currently lives in northeast Gainesville with his wife Gretchen and son Cedar. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in environmental engineering. He currently works as a residential and environmental designer in and around Gainesville.
Wes was one of the original seven founding members of the Co-op and volunteered on the Steering Committee until the store was opened July 2011. He worked on the design of the interior space and build-out of the Co-op and has designed numerous organizational and graphic items for the business structure and marketing material of the store. Occupying the founders seat, Wes will strive to maintain the original vision of the Steering Committee and founding members.
Neal has lived in Gainesville since 1999 and joined the Citizen’s board in January 2011. He teaches Geography at Santa Fe College with an emphasis on global environmental and sustainability issues. He is restoring his historic bungalow and introducing sustainable living systems and a primarily edible landscape. Neal previously lived in the New Brunswick, New Jersey area where he did his graduate work in Geography. He is a member of the George St. New Brunswick Co-op – a volunteer for 5 years, bulk manager for 1.5 years and interim general manager for 1.5 years. He has 20 years experience in food service, including restaurant, wholesale, family-run supermarket, and natural food retail. Neal’s joys are his 4 year old daughter and anything that intersects grooving with nature, environmental stewardship, and community-building, Originally from Massachusetts, he Prius’s north each summer to visit family – exploring natural sites, natural foods, and natural communities along the way. His Boston accent can currently be heard in the produce area on weds mornings – for a limited time only!
One of the Co-op Founders, Gretchen has been working closely on the development and management of the Co-op since inception, August 2007. Before that, she gained professional experience wtih a multi-national accounting firm and local, organic chefs in San Francisco. It was here that she fell in love with the abundant local food systems of Northern California, and dreamed of creating a similar vision in her hometown of Gainesville. While the corporate route did not fit her entrepreneurial spirit, she gained a lot of business and financial skill sets there and from her education at UF and USC’s Masters of Accounting Program, which have aided her current endeavours. A Yoga Instructor and Spiritualist, small business consultant and Director of Cooperative Communities, Inc., Gretchen is both enthusiastic and grateful to help the Co-op blossom.
Travis Mitchell graduated from the University of Florida, achieving a major in History and a minor on Organic Crop Production in 2008. Mitchell’s Interests include creating sustainable food systems using policy, design, social services, and community organizing. He first volunteered for FOG four years ago and has now been working for FOG on a variety of projects for the past three years. He helped initiate the Alachua County Farmers Market EBT Project and co-founded the urban gardening network Grow Gainesville.