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Ypsilanti, MI 48198
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Meet your Co-op Board

About the Ypsilanti Food Co-op's Board of Directors

It is the mission of the Ypsi Food Co-op to provide high quality food and goods, produced ecologically and sustainably, while practicing cooperative economics. Our membership owns the grocery business and Co-op members comprise the Board of Directors which oversees its operation. The Board ensures that the Co-op continues to provide excellent service and quality products, while fulfilling our commitment to the greater community. The Board members are volunteers who set long-term goals and policies for the Co-op. They work regularly with the general manager to ensure that the Co-op's health, stability and service to its member-owners and community remain in top notch shape. Download our YFC Ends Statement and YFC Policy Register. Minutes from recent meetings are available as a PDF to download at the bottom of the page.

Click to email the entire Board (board@ypsifoodcoop.org) as a whole. To contact individual directors, see below.

2019-2020 Board of Directors – Click on the name to read a bio.

•    Don Broersma 
•    Susan Carter 
•    Steve Somers
•   Alison Foreman
•    Cheryl Weber
•    Tessa Sarapo 
•    Celeste McClellan 

Celeste McClellan  is a lifetime supporter of environmental and social justice causes and proud to be a member of the Ypsilanti Food Co-op. In 1993 Celeste amd her spouse Barbara settled in Ypsi. Her first experience with the Co-op came during a walk through the neighborhood, when she noticed the “Open to the Public” sign. She was very pleased with the produce and grocery offerings, and felt very welcomed by the staff. She began shopping there regularly and joined shortly afterwards. Celeste had a life in Europe, where she worked as a musician for 12 years. This strongly impressed upon her the importance of having patronage to local shops.This also gave her the valuable perspective on social consciousness. She believes that serving on the board is something she could do to contribute to the Co-op we all appreciate so much..



Tessa Sarapo is a resident of Ypsilanti who loves our local food scene. She ran for the board to become more involved in the community. Tessa has visited numerous other co-ops throughout the state and is a regular attendant of our local farmer's markets. She also has a background working in the natural foods industry and shares our passion for natural, organic and fair trade foods.Tessa works for Eden Foods and has attended many of our nation's largest food trade shows. Her experience is a welcome addition to our Board and we hope you will give her a warm welcome.








Susan Carter has been a resident of Ypsilanti for over 10 years. She loves her community. She is a wife, mother, and a massage therapist. By way of introduction, my name is Susan Carter. I currently live in Depot Town. I’m a mother, a wife, an animal advocate, a massage therapist, and a small business owner. I’ve been a resident of Ypsilanti for 13 years and I absolutely love this community. I believe in the Co-op and what the Co-op stands for as well as the vital part it plays in this community. For the past year I have been the Vice President for the Co-op board and I have truly enjoyed the experience. I believe in compassion and peace and strive to foster that in all aspects of life.
Having been on the board for the last year I feel we are doing really good work and I enjoy the collaboration that the board has. I feel I offer and can continue to offer a balance to the board and look forward to the continued growth of Ypsilanti Food Co-op.
My past experience with co-ops is that of a board member for the past year as well as a shopper at the co-op. In my role as Vice President of the board I would like to believe my service thus far has both improved and supported the co-op.
The co-op gives me a community based store, which supplies my family with healthy food as well as supplies my massage practice with oils both essential and massage based.
I believe I’m a good listen as well as my dedication to my community and I can commit to the required meetings and commitments a board member has.


 Cheryl WeberCurrently, I have been serving as the Ypsilanti Food Co-op Board, President. The first year of this term, I was a regular board member, learning Policy Governance. With this investment in time, I hope to serve for more years on the YFC Board. I am very proud to be a part of the food oasis!
I came to EMU to be a teacher; other talents led me into crisis intervention, peer counseling, psychology, and mental health work. Along the way, I ran a convenience store, increasing it’s business 300% (not too hard as it was run poorly before). Currently, I am the Assistant Director of a non-profit drop-in center for mental health consumers. I participate in our larger community on advisories for AAATA and a member of The Ypsilanti Thrift Shop. In the past, I have been a participant with Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, and City of Ypsilanti Planning Department, Non-motorized Committee, plus involvement in several local initiatives.
I would like to continue to serve on the YFC Board for several reasons. After having served the first year, of this term, with Board members who brought us into policy governance; I can clearly see the value of developing some depth of experience on our Board. The first year is spent listening and learning the bones of each policy as we consider them. The next adds some flesh to the bones, as we work to get new members up to speed. Having also come through some critical decision points, and helping to bring the YFC toward a more stable future, it only makes sense to stay on the path. Our Co-op is a dynamic organization that may grow in fits and starts. Cooperatives have an important role to fill, shoring up economic opportunities for our region. I want to participate in that process. Responsibly phased expansion has positioned us for growth, from a still relatively small co-op, to an even stronger future.
My experience with YFC goes back to its beginnings. I participated in what we called a bag co-op; a list was compiled and distributed. Each person or household checked off what they wanted. Someone compiled an order then a buying trip to Eastern Market was made to buy directly from farmers. Some volume discounts were to be had but, the effort was very work intensive. We had a lot of interesting times bagging things up. I followed into our first storefront on Sheridan St., and on to the campus location at Perrin St. and volunteered there for a bit. Then on to bigger, better things where we are now, on River St. I served on the board briefly, before we had computers. Imagine hand written financial statements. Fast forward twenty years, occasionally volunteering, and often shopping. Here I am serving on a much more sophisticated board.
I bring patience to the Board for the processes of change and growth. I listen more than I speak. When I speak, it is to clarify, or to reach understanding. Understanding does not always mean agreement but, generally goes a long way toward reaching larger, productive goals. From my various experiences in business, I bring perspective. I do not know as much as I learn. I am civic minded and active. I may not attend every committee or event but I am looking forward to attending training again, the board retreat seminar, as well as learning from other Co-ops at the Cooperative Café.
YFC is an important, and integral part of my life. Involvement has created community, cemented long term friendships, and shaped how I think about many, even most considerations, in life. The food co-op is part of who I am. From this I hope to continue contributing to our Ypsilanti Food Co-op. 


Don Broersma is serving on the Board in order to help the Co-op become better. Don believes the Board can help with the store expansion, help guide the Co-op through the tough times of lower income and higher competition, and help reinforce and spread the positive influences the Co-op has brought to Ypsilanti. He is personally invested in cooperatives because of their member ownership and their volunteer and cooperative nature.

Don has been with the Ypsi Food Coop since 1980 as a volunteer, a coordinator, a regular member/shopper, and plus brings 8+ years of Board experience to his current position.

Don is an independent contractor/handman who does maintenance and landscaping for the Millworks Partnership and YFC. As such, he is around most days and has good knowledge of the store business and Coop finances. He loves reading on retail food industry, GMOs and organics, and other food news. 




Steve Somers was born in New York City and raised in Berkeley, California. He relocated to the Ypsi-Ann Arbor area in 1979. His father taught statistics and sociology at UC Berkeley. Steve has been involved with music (guitar) since the age of eight. He received a masters degree in music from EMU in 1986. Steve has been active as a music educator, musician and music producer for many years. He is currently teaching at the WCC youth program, Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra (non-profit) and Dennis’s Music. He also owns and operates his own music production company (Alley Records) and is a band leader (Steve Somers Band) as well as a solo performer (jazz-classical-blues). His wife Valerie is a professional vocalist and they have three daughters ages 11, 14 and 16. He has been involved with various community activities which include WEMU, The Neutral Zone, TCW2 and others. Steve has been an Ypsilanti Food Co-op member and regular shopper since the 1980’s. He has seen the Co-op grow and would like to assist with the continued expansion, improvements, community education and whatever else is needed to make the Co-op thrive.

Alison Foreman


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