The Kennett Square Food Co-Op board is currently made up of the original incorporators of the business. In the Spring of 2019, the Co-op will hold its first election for up to nine directors and any member-owner may run. Serving as a director is an engaging and enriching experience for anyone who wants to have a positive impact in the Kennett community!
Kennett Square Co-op Board of Directors
Britton Mendenhall (President)
Britton’s passion for sustainability, local foods and a desire to improve the food system has led her to earn a Masters in Public Health after 10+ years in the restaurant industry as a pastry chef. She is currently working as a Nutrition Health Educator at Anchor Life+Fitness in Kennett Square and hopes to use her public health skills to create programs that provide local, healthy food for everyone in the community. Her and her husband Brian love being outdoors, listening to the blues and just welcomed their first child Ember to the world. Her biggest dream for the co-op is to encourage everyone in Kennett to start composting, recycling and buying in bulk! She loves being a part of the Kennett community and thinks Kennett has such an abundance of community spirit and enthusiasm, it is the perfect town for a food co-op.
Maureen O'Shea (Vice-President)
After spending 8 years in West Chester, Maureen was looking for a quieter place to call home. She purchased a home in Pike Creek, DE in 2016 and found herself in Kennett Square quite frequently for social meetings as well as numerous client meetings, quickly falling in love with our small town. She is a local real estate agent with a passion for nutrition, nature-inspired wellness and our local agriculture industry. Her focus on fresh local foods led her to seek out part-time work at a local farm. Continually looking for ways to learn more and be more involved in our local food system, she is more than proud to be an integral part of the founding members of the Kennett Square Food Co-op. Her desire to teach others the value of whole foods from a mental wellness perspective is her driving passion. She knows the negative effects of processed foods on mental well-being and is looking forward to having the co-op in town for easy access to fresh healthy foods as well as an educational resource for the community.
Lee Sausen (Treasurer)
Lee Sausen grew up in Newark, DE and bought a home in the Borough of Kennett Square in 2016. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been in public practice since 2014. Lee contributes his time to several community outreach and development projects, including a municipal finance committee and volunteering for Historic Kennett Square. As a long-time running and fitness advocate, Lee understands the importance of locally-sourced and unprocessed food not only for its health benefits in our community, but for its significant impact on our local economy.
Kevin Booth (Secretary)
Kevin, while proud of his DelCo roots, is glad to be a part of the greater Kennett community and to have the opportunity to serve as the Co-op’s Secretary. He has managed vegetable production at North Star Orchard in Cochranville since 2015. Before that, he worked with coffee and cashew growers in Cameroon and Mozambique as a consultant on organic production and certification. Gardening is both a profession and a passion for Kevin and he views his job as creating the conditions for crops to do what they do best.
To Kevin, food co-ops are tools for communities to reclaim responsibility for their food system.
Southern Chester County has been home to Meggie most of her life, and after 3 recent years living in Philly, she has settled back home with her family in Lincoln University. Through past jobs at The Garage Youth Center and Talula’s Table she got to know Kennett Square; a place with residents, small businesses and non-profits that strive to make their community a better place for all to live in. Her passion for connecting individuals with resources and learning experiences, resulted in 4 years working in youth mentoring programs and now managing volunteers and the intern program for the public radio station, WXPN. The vision of KSFC as a community-hub, a complete source for local and nutritious groceries and a catalyst for further social and environmental progress in Kennett is something she is excited to be a part of!
Josh has a background in forestry and agriculture. He has spent many summers working towards the conservation of natural resources, control of invasive plants and insects, and production of foods for the local communities. Josh was the Assistant Orchard Manager at North Star Orchard for 5 years and just began a career with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Having grown up in a rural and close knit community in the Adirondack State Park in New York; sustainability, community, and food sovereignty have been long been important principles within his life. These are easily seen at his home in Delaware where the yards are full of fruit trees and gardens, growing produce to happily share with friends and neighbors.