santa fe community coop

ethical food


The development of the cooperative is being managed by its founder, our developing Board of Directors and an able Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will expand to include individuals who bring valuable expertise to some area of our cooperative’s planning, marketing or operations.

Cynde ChristieCynde Christie is a retired accountant whose business expertise helped guide many struggling businesses to success. Her internship at the IRS afforded her inside knowledge that proved very helpful to her clients for over 25 years. After selling her accounting practice, Cynde worked as the Marketing Director for a DOD think tank.

Upon retirement, Cynde and her family relocated from the Central Coast of California to Santa Fe. As an avid volunteer, organic gardener and trained cook, Cynde had been involved in a number of community-based organizations, including over five years at Kitchen Angels as a cook and driver.  In addition to her volunteer work, Cynde has pursued a life long dream of becoming a water colorist.

Richelle Elder, living in New Mexico since 1986, has 20+ years of experience in the natural food industry across grocery, household, body care and produce. She established the first all organic and local produce department in New Mexico and worked with the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) as a produce consultant after winning a NCGA award for outstanding Produce Department. She has extensive, well-established working relationships with area farmers and has been an effective advocate of local and sustainable agriculture in New Mexico. The daughter of a dry land wheat farmer in Western Kansas, she has deep respect for the people who work the land and for the value of the food they grow. Richelle understands the challenges facing small-scale independent local growers.

Her marketing experience includes work with the marketing team at The MarketPlace and the creation of their “Miles to Market” campaign. Her success bridging the gap between local farmers and consumers with local and sustainable food has helped build a stronger food community

Beyond her natural grocery food experience, Ms. Elder completed  a Permaculture Internship at Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, a high altitude demonstration forest garden and training facility located 7200 feet above sea level and toured permaculture sites in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Baja. Her interests include woodworking, organic gardening, alternative building, sustainable living and holistic health. She is, like many of us, a Kitchen Angels volunteer.

Don EmeryDon Emery is Co-Founder and Partner of 20/80 Ideas, a Web-marking services company that pioneered Search Segmentation marketing. Professor Emeritus of Marketing, San Francisco Sate University, his business skills span entrepreneurship, leadership and management, and marketing, with substantive successes managing growth, motivating teams, and developing effective business plans. A founder and principal of Emery Consulting, a full-service marketing management-consulting firm that works with early stage technology companies, Don facilitates the development strategic business plans for start-ups seeking funding and coaches entrepreneurs to achieve next-level growth strategies. He also obtains and manages Google Awords Grants of up to $480k for web advertising.

Dr. Emery serves on the board of One Economy, a non-profit organization bringing broadband internet access to low-cost, government-assisted housing residents. In addition to his service to a number of emerging hi-tech businesses, he serves on the Board of the Farmers’ Market Institute.

When not growing, cooking or eating food, Don can be found looking for lost balls on the golf course or fly fishing for native trout.

51451cdfb5337.imageTony McCarty  Mr. McCarty has been the Executive Director of Kitchen Angels since 1993. During his tenure, he moved the organization from its original location at the Westminster Presbyterian Church kitchen to the National Guard Armory kitchen, and then led a successful capital campaign to build the Coll-Green Angel Depot, an entire facility devoted to ending hunger in New Mexico. Mr. McCarty has guided Kitchen Angels to become one of Santa Fe’s best known and best loved non-profit social service agencies. He has supervised all aspects of the agency and has developed innovative fund raising projects to support the organization. He has established many positive long-term relationships with numerous local organizations and co-chaired the committee that successfully established, by resolution of both governing bodies, the City & County of Santa Fe Advisory Council on Food Policy. Currently, Mr. McCarty is a driving force behind the Northern New Mexico Service Providers Alliance, a multi-agency coalition of non-profits whose mission is to “collaborate in providing comprehensive services to individuals in need, and to work together to effect systemic change.”

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ane Schwartz, MA CCC-SLP, is a dedicated and energetic member of numerous Santa Fe organizations, where she has been recognized for her leadership and accomplishments. Notably, she was Deputy Field Organizer and Voter Registration Coordinator for Santa Fe County during Obama’s 2012 Political Campaign. She has also worked with the New Mexico National Guard Family Program, Envision Santa Fe, the Social Justice Committee of Temple Beth Shalom, the Interfaith Alliance Homeless Shelter, and Kitchen Angels. She is a mother and grandmother, and a Speech Pathologist in private practice in Santa Fe.

Jane will be joining our Board of Directors and, with Carol Baumgartel, is leading our Membership Drive.


JuliaJulia Takahashi has nearly 40 years of experience in green architecture and community planning. Julia is currently the principal of the design and planning firm, Takahashi Associates, and the president of Diisyn, an online magazine for green architecture and design. She has worked on projects as varied as comprehensive land use planning for the Navajo Nation to the design of award winning affordable housing and child care centers. She has been active in sustainable growth and water issues for many years and has served on a number of local boards and committees.

Ms. Takahashi has been involved in sustainability planning and management as Executive Director for Sustainable Communities, Inc. and first chair of the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission for the City of Santa Fe; Director of a $33M Economic Development Grant Program for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development; and Community Development Consultant and Planner in Southern California.

Ms. Takahashi currently lives in Nambe and has a small irrigated field and a large kitchen garden. She is an avid cook with adventurous tastes and has a great interest in “farm to table”. “Each of us needs to take responsibility to find out where our food comes from – don’t just depend on some label.”


Brendon Tompkins joins the Santa Fe Community Coop’s Advisory Board with a strong background in retail ownership and management. He managed both a natural food store and a natural food cooperative, and he owned and operated a certified organic farm in Western Colorado that raised fruit, vegetables, goats and chickens. His solid grocery retail expertise includes operations, staff training, and organic/natural foods education.  Among his many accomplishments, Brendon spearheaded and ran an ongoing mountain bike race while owning and managing a successful bike shop in Colorado for nearly 12 years.

His non-profit experience includes a stint as a green team coordinator on 13 campuses, promoting eco-friendly practices through educational programs that included presentations, special events, and up-to-date research on new technologies and ideas. He has served on the Board of several non-profits and a charter school.

An active volunteer at the Interfaith Community Homeless Shelter and the facility manager for the Santa Fe Resource and Opportunity Center, he is a stay-at-home dad, home schooling his son, Dakota.


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