Board of Directors
4th Year (re-elected in 2016)
Sean has been gradually getting more and more entangled in the Chicago food community over the last few years, and working with the Board is cementing those ties. With years of experience connecting farms to the city (and a penchant for potlucks), Sean is excited to help the Pickle build a store that works for everyone.
2nd Year (appointed in 2014)
A Chicago resident since 2003 and a Dill Pickle owner since 2012, Brian hopes to represent his fellow owners and amplify their voices as the Dill Pickle enters into an exciting time of growth and change. Brian brings to the board experience as a nonprofit communications strategist, community organizer and food literature publisher. He previously co-founded Graze, a food-oriented literary magazine with national distribution that published eight print issues over the course of four years. Brian currently serves as the director of communications for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, where he develops goals-driven campaigns to raise awareness of HIV and support people living with the virus.
3rd Year (re-elected in 2015)
Ryan began his professional career in Chicago working as a business analyst for small and non-profit organizations, where he came to understand the need for social justice and ethical standards in business. In 2009 Ryan realized his passions lied elsewhere and decided to go back to school to become an Acupuncturist. During his time in school Ryan was exposed to cooperative business principles due to his work with POCA (a multi-stakeholder cooperative in Portland) and as a member at the Dill Pickle. After graduating in 2013, along with four other worker-owners, Ryan founded the Logan Square worker cooperative Five Point Holistic Health. Since opening, Five Point has teamed up with the Dill Pickle on many projects inspiring Ryan to become a more active voice in his favorite food cooperative.
2nd Year (elected in 2015)
"It’s an exciting time of growth and transition for our little co-op, expanding as part of a rising populist tide calling for fundamental change in our social and economic systems. And that change is happening! I’ve become deeply aligned with the values of the cooperative movement during my three years working with the Dill Pickle and wish to serve on the board to center those values in leadership decisions. As we lay the groundwork for a much more robust organization, I wish to represent and advocate for the interests of our staff, the 15 and soon over 60 fellow co-op owners whose livelihoods are directly affected by board policy, planning, and oversight of management. Our consumer co-op model is accountable to broad ownership interests; electing staff to the board is a step toward building mechanisms for multi-stakeholder participation in democratic governance."
3rd Year (elected in 2014)
David is a 35-year resident of Logan Square and an early owner of Dill Pickle. David worked as a Peace Corp volunteer in Venezuela in the cooperative movement. Upon his return, he worked in public accounting and then moved on to various business office positions in several not-for-profits. As the senior staff member of these organizations, he was the primary business officer/ accountant and served as the chief financial officer, reporting directly to the treasurer of the boards of directors of these not-for-profits. David is anxious to further the progress of Dill Pickle within the Logan Square and Chicago’s cooperative community. David is currently semi-retired working with small businesses on a part-time basis in their business offices.
9th Year (re-elected in 2014)
A Chicago resident since 1999, Kevin became a Dill Pickle owner in 2007 and was appointed to the board of directors in 2008. With a graduate degree in computer science and a career in higher education, Kevin brings a variety of professional experiences and skills to the board. Prior to joining the Dill Pickle board, he served as treasurer for the Chicago Food Co-op, a local food buying club co-op. More recently, Kevin currently serves as treasurer for Sol House Cooperative, a housing co-op in Palmer Square that he helped launch in 2011.
Jess Dickerson | 1st Year (elected in 2016)
Claudia Richman | 1st Year (elected in 2016)
Beatriz Beckford | 1st Year (elected in 2016)
MANY THANKS to this year's outgoing directors for their service to our co-op community:
Brekke Bounds | 3 years
Christy Prahl | 1 year
Mimi Li | 1 year