Board of Directors

JuPong Lin Headshot

JuPong Lin (President)

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!

Alex Kent

Alex Kent (Ex Officio, Former President)

Originally from Brooklyn NY and New Jersey, Alex Kent has lived in downtown Amherst since 2001 and has never looked back. Amherst has been an excellent place to raise his three children (now 30, 23 and 23 {stepsisters}), and to develop connections with people in this liberal and intellectually vital community. As a self-employed Japanese-English translator, he spends much of his time either working at home, in the town’s coffee shops, or at local libraries. Helping to create a true community market fills him with excitement and hope. An amateur woodworker and avid cyclist, Alex enjoys the natural beauty surrounding Amherst. One of these days in the not-too-distant future, you’ll surely see him pedaling up to the Common Share Food Co-op to do his marketing and to meet friends and neighbors. He looks forward to seeing you there!

Becky Reed

Becky has lived in Amherst since 2012 when she fell in love with a farm. She is setting up a homestead to provide much of her family’s food. She is passionate about food quality and access and hopes to see a thriving local economy of farmers and consumers in the coming years. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and is acutely aware of the importance of food in maintaining health.

Elliott Crowe

Elliott Crowe (Secretary)

Elliott Crowe moved to Amherst in September, 2011 from Burlington, Vermont. He has worked for Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools for the last three years, supporting students with autism during the school year. From the time he arrived, he was impressed with the level of community commitment to local agriculture in the Pioneer Valley. His biggest frustration at living in Amherst was that it did not have an excellent grocery store downtown. He missed shopping at his old co-op, City Market, in Burlington! One day in May, 2012, Elliott attended an interest group meeting at Food For Thought bookstore about starting a food co-op in Amherst, and he knew that he wanted to be involved. When he’s not teaching or working to promote the idea of Common Share Food Co-op, Elliott spends his time playing Magic: the Gathering, watching films, and learning about evolutionary biology.

Sue Morrello Headshot

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.

Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke is a long time labor and community organizer in Western Massachusetts. He has worked in Amherst for nearly a decade in different capacities from student organizing, union organizing, political campaigns, and representing workers in negotiations. From this experience he knows fighting for justice and building new democratic institutions go hand in hand. The Common Share Food Coop presents the opportunity to expand in practice the ethical commitments of cooperatives to multi-stakeholder governance and food liberation for all.
He lives in Holyoke with his partner Alyssa and their two goofy cats, Pepper and Mimi.

Arleen Thomson

I have been a nutritionist in the Amherst area for 45 years and am passionate about developing our own food co-op.

In the late 70’s I was the first person hired to begin the WIC Program in Franklin County after working as a nutritionist for the North Adams program.  WIC is now in Franklin Hampshire and Hampden County.

I have also worked with hospitals, university and college health centers, and in private practice.

I have a deep understanding of the nutritional needs of the community.


Emily Chiara

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.