Board of Directors

Kinga Walker-McCraven (President)

A native of Pelham, Kinga Walker-McCraven is an Interdisciplinary Artist, Educator, and Entrepreneur. After spending time in Chicago traveling with her Body Art business, ROOT of FIVE, as well as working as a Teaching Artist, Artistic Director and Performer, Kinga returned to the valley in 2017. Kinga has been committed to carving out creative and equitable environments by uplifting marginalized voices and challenging biased ideologies that are often manufactured within institutionalized spaces. She is currently building her own business, Counter Culture Educator, with her spouse in the Pioneer Valley, and is excited to be a part of the growing Common Share Food Co-op community. During her free time, Kinga loves being with nature, dancing, gardening, cooking, advocating for self-health and wellness, and spending time cuddling with her spouse and pooch.

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JuPong Lin (Secretary)

A Taiwanese-born immigrant to North America, JuPong Lin moved to Amherst in 2016 and was shocked to find that Amherst did not have a food coop! She is a cultural worker and organizer, interdisciplinary decolonial artist, institutional activist and educator who works at the dynamic edges between art and activism, culture and nature. In 2014, JuPong co-convened a study group on Cooperative Praxis at Goddard College (where she directs the low-residency, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program) that explored the ways that higher education could adopt a multi-stakeholder cooperative model. JuPong is thrilled to be a part of the cooperative movement that’s inspiring communities to organize how we live and thrive and eat together!

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Sue Morrello (Treasurer)

Sue has lived in Amherst for 23 years and is grateful to have landed here. Her three kids attended the Amherst Public Schools, where she volunteered as Treasurer for the PTOs for 17 consecutive years. She is also involved with the Amherst community serving on the Town’s Recycling Committee, chairing the local chapter of the Fresh Air Fund, and running the Town’s Summer Ultimate Frisbee League. You will likely find her swimming at Puffer’s Pond and watching movies at Amherst Cinema, her favorite gems of Amherst. Since her children are now graduated from college and launched, she has the time (and desire) to work on making the Common Share Food Co-op a reality. She believes it will make Amherst stronger and more sustainable. Most important to her is the sense of community it will foster.

Staff

Emily Chiara (Community Engagement Coordinator)

A native of Northampton, Emily has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food justice work for many years. She returned to the Pioneer Valley three years ago after working on farms and with food education organizations in North Carolina and Guatemala. She recently completed her MS in Sustainability Science from UMass where she focused on the power of community institutions to support resilient and just food systems. She is excited for the opportunity to engage with the greater Amherst community and help create an inclusive co-op experience. You can often find Emily experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen, hiking and biking around the valley, or working in her garden.

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