The Votes Are In For Our Board of Directors

All 4 open seats on the Friendly City Food Co-op Board of Directors have been filled. Please welcome the following candidates who will begin their new term in December 2019.

Angelo Arecchi
Kelly Hilliard
Noel Levan
Liz Swank

As an owner of the food co-op, you have governance rights, including the right to vote in a Board of Directors election and the right to run for a seat on the Board. If you are interested in running simply fill out and return this application. You may fill out and submit an application at any time – however, the selection of candidates for the 2020 election is now closed.

The staff runs the store and is overseen by the General Manager, who is hired by the Board, and reports monthly to them on progress towards achieving goals and upholding values of the co-op.

Current Officers / Board of Directors

Lindsay Martin – President
Julie Jenkins – Vice President
John Paul Ashenfelter – Treasurer
Aniko Safran* – Secretary
Angelo Arecchi
Allie Jensen
Kelly Hilliard
Noel Levan
Liz Swank
Jennifer Walsh

If you have questions or comments for the Board, please contact them at

*In accordance with the Friendly City By-Laws, the Secretary does not have to be a Board Director.

Friendly City’s Ends Policy

Friendly City Food Co-op exists so that the Shenandoah Valley has: A vibrant, local economy; Fair and friendly relationships; Healthy, informed consumers and producers; And a healthy environment.

Friendly City’s By-Laws

Click here to view or download our by-laws. Contact us to learn more about our food co-op.

Policy Governance Information

Our Board governs through a process called Policy Governance. The model emphasizes the board’s role in clearly stating what the organization is to accomplish (Ends Policies) while avoiding unacceptable actions (Executive Limitations Policies). The Board also writes policies about its own governing process as well as policies that describe its relationship to the General Manager. As you examine our policies, it’s important to understand that the Board’s job is to explain through its policies what it expects of the organization and then delegates all related issues beyond the written policies on Ends and Executive Limitations to our General Manager. So, as long as the General Manager accomplishes our Ends and avoids those situations described in Executive Limitations, the board is satisfied. We as a Board strive to do our job and allow our General Manager to do the work we delegate to her/him. The General Manager demonstrates accountability to the Board by producing regular reports explaining how he/she is complying with Board policies. For additional information about the model go to: