Meet Us

KCFC is owned by its members. We use a cooperative business model encoded in our bylaws, which govern how the Co-op must function to ensure that democratic member control is maintained. In the Membership Contract you sign when joining, you accept the bylaws as fundamental rules that govern us.

In accordance with our bylaws, the member-owners elect a Board of Directors to oversee the executive operations of our co-op. The Board is accountable to the member-owners. Democratic control ensures that the business maintains adequate strategic, financial, and social health. KCFC Board elections occur annually for terms of 3 years.

The governance model further empowers the Board to create member committees, each of which must include a Board member, to implement and execute activities of the Co-op as needed. The Board is also responsible to hire and manage the General Manager, who is accountable to it.

Meet our General Manager

Mike Richards General Manager

Mike has been in the natural foods industry since 1997. He came to KCFC from Creekside Co-op in Elkins Park, PA, where he originally set up the meat and seafood department and then became the  Operations Manager. Prior to that, he spent 18 years working for Whole Foods. Although he doesn’t live in the area, Mike spent time in the River Wards neighborhoods and was attracted to them because of their very strong sense of community. He has 2 teenagers so, in his words, “now my hobbies are soccer practice and chauffeuring.” Mike enjoys being outside, especially for skiing in the winter and hiking at any time of the year. When it comes to food prep, his favorites are soups and stews. 

Board of Directors

Directors at Large

  • Ruth Brown
  • Jeff Carpineta

 

  • Luis Cruz
  • Daniel Hyrowich

 

  • Nadia Schafer
  • Mark Shackelford-Rowell

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