Board of Directors

The Medford Food Co-op is owned by community members who purchased a share of stock. Owners elect a board of directors from among owners in the community. The board of directors carries out the mission and vision of the cooperative with a focus on its long-term direction. The board hires the general manager (GM) to develop and implement business operations commensurate with the co-op's mission and vision. The GM is responsible for following policies established by the board governing management and operation of the co-op.

The board uses a system of governance called policy governance. Policy governance differentiates and defines the roles and responsibilities of the board and the GM. Policy governance is a system to organize the work of the board, as well as for the top leadership team of the co-op. It is a system for the board and GM to collaboratively function together. You may not be familiar with this system even if you have experience serving on a board. To learn more, read the board's Introduction to Policy Governance.

Medford Food Co-op Board of Directors meetings are the third Monday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at law offices of Jim Sims, located at 225 West Main Street in downtown Medford.

The Current Board of Directors

Jim Sims

Jim has been a resident of Jackson County for 36 years. He is an attorney at the Center for NonProfit Legal Services. Over the years, he has served various community organizations including as the Chairman of the Board of Southern Oregon Public Television, as an Ashland City Council Member, and as President of the Ashland Food Co-op during its start up years.

Kellie Hill
Vice President

Kellie is a Nutrition Therapist and proprietor of The Right Plan Nutritional Counseling. Kellie instructs cooking classes and advises clientele on finding optimal health using nutrient dense whole foods. She has authored two books: The Right Plan 2 Week Fat Loss Program and Cleanse & Detoxify Your Body.

Debi Boen

Debi has been an active volunteer throughout Jackson County, serving such programs as the American Red Cross, Jackson County Public Library System, WinterSpring, and the State of Oregon Department of Human Resources. Until recently, Debi owned and operated "EditPro", an editing and administrative support service.

Fran Batzer

Fran is a Home Set-up Trainer and a Holistic Health Coach, certified by the Gerson Institute and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Fran works personally with her clients to help them bring health and balance back into their lives.  Fran is also wife to Russ Batzer, a mom, and grandmother.  She retired in 2011 after 20 years in the design field to pursue her passion for holistic health.

Patty Casebolt

Patty is the clinical director of Medical Eye Center in Medford.  She serves as a volunteer on La Clinica's customer service committee.  Patty grew up on a small farm in the valley where quality, healthy food was abundant.  As an adult, Patty has discovered the healing aspects of a healthy organic foods diet. 

Kristi Schoenbachler

Kristi is the Chief Financial Officer for Medical Eye Center. She is a CPA and has many years of finance experience in retail organizations prior to joining MEC. She currently serves as the Board President for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon, and previously served on the Board of the Southern Oregon Humane Society.

Robin Simpson

During Robin’s tenure as a middle school teacher in Central Point, she applied for and received a health and wellness grant for the school district. This was the beginning of many guest speakers, education classes, and exercise classes in the district as well as the creation of the Rogue Valley Health Fair, which Robin grew and moved to the Armory the following year.