Board of Directors

A Message from MoCo Board Chair,

Carol Lauber

We’re open! Congratulations!

Opening MoCo has been a tremendous community achievement. We have an beautiful store right in the village, full of local healthy foods and products. Our General Manager, Mike and awesome staff are working to make MoCo the co-op we’ve all envisioned. We are learning and growing. MoCo is now nearing 1,000 members. An amazing accomplishment that shouts the enthusiasm for MoCo’s mission which is "…to create a community-owned food market, committed to the health and well-being of all people, emphasizing local and organic products, and supporting a dynamic community accessible to all."

Please Come, to 46 Pleasant St in the village of Morrisville.

Share, your 2 cents while you are in the store.

Participate, in the MoCo community.

Shop, enjoy the healthy bounty of northern Vermont.

It is your store and you’re participation is essential to our long-term success.


I’m available for your comments or questions. See you in the store!

Carol Lauber

Important Notes & References

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Michael Rooney

CHAIR/// Michael has a broad range of experience from Digital Marketing and SaaS technology, to his current venture: Hill Section Farm. Michael is co-owner of Hill Section Farm, and also a New England Masters Skier.

Hill Section Farm is an organic, non-GMO, wholesale small fruits, grass fed and grass finished beef cattle farm. Michael has been a competitor in New England MAsters Skiing from 1967 through today.

New England Masters Skiing is a tremendous experience for anyone over 18 interested in Alpine Ski Racing. You will never meet a nicer, kinder, more enthusiastic crowd from 18 to literally late 80s. They are all serious ski racers at all different skill levels. You will always find someone better and someone worse in every run. Great competition at all levels and even more fun.


Nancy Banks

TREASURER /// Nancy has over 30 years financial management experience including work as an internal auditor. Most recently she worked as the Business Manager for a non-profit collective in Boston. In addition, she has served on numerous boards including two school committees and a local farmers market when she lived in Massachusetts.



Tricia Follert

SECRETARY /// Tricia has been an active participant in the development of the co-op since its infancy. AS one of the original members of the task force that surveyed the Morrisville community to determine needs and identify areas for improvement, Tricia has advocated on behalf of MoCo and has been integral in ensuring that the co-op became a reality.



Jack Pickett

Jack passionately believes that MoCo will help to make Morrisville a "whole community." By having access to a market that supplies locals with quality local products, as well as the best from beyond, MoCo has the opportunity to feed the heart and soul of the community. In addition to cooking and working in the food service for 37 years, he also has extensive catering experience with local clients for private events. Jack also wrote a food column for the Stowe Reporter for almost five years. Having been involved with the MoCo Task Force from Day 1, he brings passion and food industry know-how to the table. Jack lives with his family in Morrisville.



Julia Scheier

VICE CHAIR///Julia has only been in Vermont for a few years but has enjoyed immersed herself in the local food scene. She is proud to have a vibrant co-op right in town that provides outlets to local farmers/producers, offers good quality food, and fosters a greater sense of community.

Julia works as Operations Director at Salvation Farms, a nonprofit in Morrisville that strives to build resiliency in the state's food system through agricultural surplus management. Prior to her time in Vermont, she worked at a small-town coop and inner-city preschool in Massachusetts and on a 45-acre diversified organic vegetable farm in the Adirondacks.

Julia holds a M.A. in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, with a focus on non-profit management and social entrepreneurship. In 2017, she received a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Marlboro College.



Elly Ventura

Elly Ventura resides in Hyde Park and is the Outreach Manager for the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District. She brings with her robust knowledge of local organizations, events, and culture.


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Lisa Zinn

Lisa is a aculty member at Northern Vermont University - Johnson where she teaches environmental science courses and is helping to developing a Sustainability Certificate program.


Carol Lauber

Carol's father grew up on a dairy farm and her mother on a crop and livestock farm, both still in operation. Her respect for farming and farmers brought Carol to join our board, as she sees MoCo as an important part of “cultivating” farming in Lamoille County.

Carol worked as a registered nurse for 30 years and now owns a regional small business. She has lived and worked in St. Louis, Memphis, Houston, Beijing, and, for the past ten years, Morrisville.



Larry Gibs

My name is Larry Gibs. My wife & I have lived in Hyde Park for four and a half years. During this time we have seen the Morrisville Co-op going from a vision to a fully operational store. My career in both the technology and insurance industries has focused on contract management, contract negotiations and process management/control. I believe these skills along with my experiences in my family’s business would be an asset to the Morrisville Food Co-op.