Edith "Edie" Burkey (President)
As a shopper at Weaver’s Way Co-op in Chestnut Hill, PA and as someone who almost moved to Brattleboro, Vermont just because they have a terrific food co-op, I am passionate about what a food cooperative can do for a community. I joined Kennett Community Grocer to work diligently to make this place happen. Building community relationships, reaching out to others with a passion for local foods, providing an economic engine for our community members and encouraging the sharing of our rich diversity are what Kennett Community Grocer is all about.
Britton Elwood (Vice-President)
Sometimes you need to start small to make a big impact, and I believe the retail food cooperative is the perfect model to begin healing our national food system, one community at a time. My passion for sustainability, local foods and a desire to improve the food system has led me to earn a Masters in Public Health after 10+ years in the restaurant industry as a pastry chef. My previous experience and current role as Operations Coordinator for the Kennett Food Cupboard (KACS) has taught me how to work diligently in challenging situations while successfully engaging with the community. I hope to use my public health skills to create programs for the co-op that provide local, healthy food for everyone in the community.
My biggest dream for the co-op is to encourage everyone in Kennett to start composting, recycling and buying in bulk! I love being a part of the Kennett community and think Kennett has such an abundance of community spirit and enthusiasm; it is the perfect town for a food co-op.
Erin Selfe (Secretary)
I grew up in Wilkes-Barre, PA, traveled the country, and lived for several years in the Pacific Northwest, Pittsburgh, and Skippack, PA. In 2012, I settled here in the southern tip of West Chester, PA. I've three boys ages 17-23, one very active pug, and an Australian Shepherd. I play the djembe, congas, and love outdoor activities, especially walks in the woods, kayaking, and just sitting and listening to the trees.
I offer my professional and personal skills and resourceful "can-do" attitude to help Kennett Community Grocer establish itself in our local community and economy. I am passionate about educating the general public about the improvements and benefits of a local co-op. I look forward to brainstorming ideas and contributing to decisions that will help keep this goal moving forward and open those doors very soon!
From a career perspective, I am currently an Officer and Vice President of Information Technology at Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company. I held senior leadership roles for several commercial and life insurance companies focused on data solutions and IT strategy. I am on the Board of Directors and a PAC Trustee for PAMIC, an association of small-mid size mutual insurance companies in Pennsylvania and the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Firemans Museum. I previously owned and operated a healthy vending business dedicated to providing nutritional snack alternatives in schools, businesses, and various recreational facilities.
Lindsay Cook (Treasurer)
My husband, Nate, and daughter, Zoe, moved to Kennett Square in 2019. I joined Kennett Community Grocer because I have a passion for healthy eating and a strong commitment to helping our farming community. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a BS in Business Administration and a Masters in Taxation, I love analyzing data and helping people use numbers and finance to better their lives.
I plan to use my skills to further the growth of our movement, protect our Member-Owner equity and be prepared to help us obtain the financial tools needed to open the doors.
Adam Peterson (Board Member)
I joined Kennett Community Grocer to help propel us from a Movement to a future co-op grocery store. I offer 25+ years of experience leading creative teams in a wide range of industries including software, medical/pharma, music and entertainment, direct marketing and health/wellness. I have a passion for creating customer experiences that bring people together through a strong message and compelling brand.
Paige Britton (Board Member)
I am a new attorney working at Lupton Law LLC in West Chester, a small immigration law firm. I have two young adult kids, both in Pittsburgh at school this year. My husband and I live in Quarryville, PA (Lancaster County), but he is from CA and I am from the D.C. area. I used to home school my kids and study legal issues for fun -- now I work full time and sleep for fun. Before my kids were born, I taught elementary school in the Avon Grove and Solanco School Districts. My husband and I were married in Kennett Square!
Tracy Bhalla (Board Member)
My husband, son, and I moved to KSQ in 2015 with my husband's job. My career path has been more unorthodox: I trained as an architect; worked as a teacher for 11 years (in England and Bermuda); ran a haulage company with a truck and a plane for 2 years; owned and rented out 5 properties in Alabama for 10 years; owned, managed and worked in two organic restaurants (simultaneously) for 3 years; have worked with Neal's Yard Remedies as an Ambassador for about 10 years now (love their products); and currently own my own aromatherapy business having accomplished a long-time ambition of becoming an internationally certified aromatherapist three years ago. I think my broad experience and love of good food and education led me to get involved in KCG and I am committed to spreading the word amongst our community about how much more a food co-op is than just a store.
Henry Schlimme (Board Member)
I am honored to serve as a board member for our coop. I have lived in Chester County for my entire life and currently reside in Kennett Township with my wife, Becka, and our three children. I am currently a Senior Vice President in charge of resource and capacity planning for a 6,000 person department with a budget of over $400 million per year. In my professional experience I have gained valuable insights into financial management, risk assessment, and strategic decision-making while partnering with executives in HR, Finance & Risk. My focus on resource optimization and capacity planning allows me to contribute effectively to the co-op's operational efficiency and sustainability. I have previously served several years on the Board of Directors of the Avondale Fire Company where I assisted with budgeting and presenting to local municipalities for funding and was an active volunteer firefighter.
I am deeply committed to supporting our coop's mission of providing local, affordable, high-quality products to our community while fostering a sense of collaboration and shared responsibility. I look forward to working with fellow board members and the coop community to ensure the long-term success and growth of Kennett Community Grocer.
Philippe Mazur (Board Member)
Born in Normandy, France, I relocated to the USA with my wife eighteen years ago. My career spanned roles as a Grocery Store Director for two prominent retailers in France and later as a Store Manager in the USA. I played a key role in establishing a new 13,000 sq ft store, overseeing a team of 49 individuals.
With 14 years of experience as both a manager and director of stores, I have cultivated a deep understanding of the retail industry, managing teams, and ensuring operational efficiency. My successive store leadership roles allowed me to sharpen my skills in strategic planning, products sourcing, and operational management. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to leverage my expertise for the benefit of the co-op and its community.
The prospect of being a member-owner goes beyond just the products. It provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share a common interest in promoting fresh, organic choices. I am thrilled to be a part of a community where I can meet wonderful people and contribute to the success of a store that reflects our shared values.
Norah Roth-Moore (Board Member)
I am a former attorney with a background in corporate restructuring. I left the legal profession to stay home with my four children. I am passionate about healthy food—I enjoy gardening and cooking—and I love reading and spending time in nature.
I am deeply invested in community and environmental sustainability and equity. I believe the co-op will fill an important role in the local food chain, increasing the availability and accessibility of healthy and sustainably produced food to families in the area.
I bring with me years of experience in law, including contract negotiation and review. I have an abundance of energy and determination to make our community more resilient, equitable, and sustainable for the future.
Victoria Wiedwald (Board Member)
In the recent past I spent 10 years serving as a committee person and board member of a kennett township political party. Currently I am membership director on the county board of directors of Chester County Democratic Women’s Leadership Initiative (CCDWLI) which brings in national speakers as a fundraiser to enable us to encourage women to run for office and contribute to women’s campaigns. In my professional life before retirement, I was a director for a New York City company who worked with Fortune 500 companies helping develop national product launches. More recently I worked as Marketing Director for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra just before retiring.
I am energetic, enthusiastic connector of people within a community. My background in marketing is where I see myself being the most valuable in furthering the ambitious yet realistic goals of KCG.