Management Team

Co-op Staff Contact Information

Our Team


Management Team


Liza Tedesco

General Manager

Liza@chiconaturalfoods.coop
(530) 891-1713 ext. 111

Liza Tedesco began her career in the cooperative grocery sector over twenty years ago while working as a cashier at People's Co-op in Ocean Beach, CA. In 2001, she joined the Wellness Department at CNFC. Her expertise, enthusiasm, and motivation took her quickly from a stocker position to buyer to department manager. In July of 2008, when the need arose for an Interim General Manager, Liza stepped up to the challenge. Almost exactly a year later, CNFC was proud to announce her as permanent General Manager. Working for food cooperatives combines her passion for great food and ethical business management.

Over the years she has cultivated her passion for community cooperation and combined it with her enthusiasm for organizational structure development and strategizing for the future. She views her role as developing a thriving regional economy rooted in a healthy, just, and sustainable food. Liza Tedesco has a bachelor’s degree in Literature with an emphasis in Latin America History and Politics. She has also studied Horticulture, Botany, Field Biology, Entomology, and Human Biology.


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Alissa Ziemianski

Operations director

Alissa@chiconaturalfoods.coop
(530) 891-1713 x123

After a brief encounter with a young homeless man in Los Angeles when she was 9, Alissa decided that her career would be rooted in service to others and support of the local community. In 1998, she joined the flagship AmeriCorps program, City Year. In communities across the country over 8 years, Alissa held a variety of positions that provided her with a solid foundation of expertise in team building, leadership development, program and project development/management, non-profit management, training development, curriculum development, communications, marketing, fundraising and the ability to function with a genuine smile on very little sleep. She left City Year after spending seven months in Texas and Louisiana providing relief and recovery support from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina which included managing over $38mil of cash and in-kind donations, supporting the needs of displaced families living in temporary housing communities and the physical repair of the first elementary school to reopen in New Orleans. While she loved the opportunity to provide direct service to those in need, she decided to share her experience and expertise with a broader audience and moved to Austin, TX where she transitioned to a macro approach of addressing community needs through consulting and training at a local non-profit and through the governor’s foundation. While in Austin, she also served as the Director of Marketing and the Director of Youth Programs for the Austin Film Festival (AFF), and as the Business Manager for Austin-based corporation, AllClear ID.

Alissa found Chico Natural Foods Co-op in 2011 while visiting close friends.  It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the town, and when she came back the next year to find an open position… well, here we are.

As the Front End Manager, Alissa directly manages cashiers, floor supervisors and courtesy clerks, oversees the budget and achievement of goals for the department, participates in store-wide strategic planning and operations, and provides the team with amazing paper/tape collages. And laughs. And coffee when needed. She also helps to manage the Winchester Goose craft beer bar, plays soccer, eats ALL the foods, enjoys her record collection, makes her bed every morning, loves bagpipes and will forever be a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan (one day her loyalty will pay off…one sweet day).


Sarajean weller

DELI Manager

sweller@chiconaturalfoods.coop
(530) 891-1713 x 129

SaraJeans bio coming soon...


Bri Saseen

Sustainability & Facilities Manager

bsaseen@chiconaturalfoods.coop
(530)891-1713 x209

Bri was born in the Granite State of New Hampshire.  She moved to Chico in 2003 and fell in love with the town. Her passion for environmental justice brought her to Chico State, where she graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Human Rights and Environmental Advocacy and a minor in Statistics. Along the way, she worked with several on-campus environmental organizations. After graduation, she worked as the Environmental Coordinator at Lundberg Family Farms. In 2013, she joined the Co-op’s staff, and is currently in charge of the store’s sustainability programs and the physical maintenance of the building.

Bri is passionate about healthy food, and loves to cook with the bounty of the Co-op and the local farmers’ markets. She can often be found relaxing after a meal with her dog and cat, or out enjoying Bidwell Park.


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Amber Sawyer

Produce Manager

asawyer@chiconaturalfoods.coop
(530) 891-1713 x 113

bio coming soon...


Dylan Tellesen

Marketing Director

dtellesen@chiconaturalfoods.coop
(530) 891-1713 x125

As the owner and director of his own graphic design firm, Dylan has managed marketing campaigns for various northern California clients including the City of Chico, Boys and Girls Club of Northern California, Excite!, ProFlowers.com, AT&T, and others. He has guided various companies through rebranding campaigns and worked extensively with architects, interior designers, and construction professionals as part of both expansion and remodel projects.

Dylan taught in the Multimedia Studies Program at Butte College for ten years. His areas of expertise include graphic design, typography, illustration, super graphics, environmental design, multimedia, and the fine arts. He has lead intercollegiate commissions tasked with curriculum revision and is a proven team player who can be counted upon to fulfill his obligations swiftly and completely.

By leveraging over two years as Marketing Manager here at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative and a diverse private sector and educational background, Dylan can draw upon a wide scope of industry and academic best-practices. Dylan has lived in Chico for 15 years, been an active participant in community affairs, and is committed to health of the Co-op and the community it serves.


Holly Riggs

Human Resources director

hriggs@chiconaturalfoods.coop
(530)891-1713 x124

Coming from a business and Human Resources background, Holly is thrilled to be a part of the CNFC team. Shortly after college, she co-owned a retail electronic store in Washington State, managing the business and finances. Using what she learned from that business, she became a small business counselor and SBA lender for 7 years with experience in writing and processing business plans and loan packages.  She then started up and managed Wild Goats Coffee & Cafe in Kent, Ohio in 1996 where much the food served was organic (based on the somewhat limited availability) catering to vegan, vegetarian, and omnivores alike, before selling the business and moving to California in 2003. In 2007, Holly received her MA in Psychology with a focus on Organization Development – not only looking at strategic planning and business systems, but acknowledging the human element as a strong asset of a business. What better place to put that training into practice than in co-operative business! She worked in Human Resources at Ukiah Natural Foods and also as the Managing/Finance Director of Ukiah Players Theatre before moving to Chico in 2012.

Holly loves spending time with her family and stays involved in theatre by serving on the Board of the Blue Room Theatre.


John Campbell

Center Store Manager

jcampbell@chiconaturalfoods.coop
(530) 891-1713 x 114

While working at another Northern California co-op from 2002-2004, John realized he loves what co-ops stand for. In 2010 he saw the posting for Bulk Buyer here at Chico Natural Foods Co-op and quickly applied. John had been working as the Bulk Buyer for slightly more than a year when the Wellness Manager position became available. Previous to taking the position of Wellness Manager all of his prior experience had been on the Grocery/Bulk side of the business. This position has been both challenging and rewarding for John, he has been learning everything he can about supplements and herbs, as well as the ins and outs of successfully running a department here at CNFC. 

John was born and raised in Red Bluff California, growing up in a very outdoor oriented family he learned at an early age the importance of conservation of our wildlife and natural resources.  He enjoys almost anything that involves the outdoors; from disc golf and fishing to hiking and camping.


Topher Dalton

Retail Support Manager

tdalton@chionaturalfoods.coop
(530)891-1713 x115

Born in Bellflower, CA, Topher spent much of his life hopping from state to state as the son of a computer contractor, with stops in Illinois, Florida, Texas, Vermont and, most recently, Utah. It was there that he settled for a time and encountered three things that would prove absolutely life altering. He met his gorgeous and awesome wife Amber (who he now has 3 brilliant and beautiful daughters with), he joined the first of what would end up several bands (no big record deals or anything, but hey, it sure was a LOT of fun), and he got his first job in the natural and organic food world (a career arc that would ultimately lead him to our co-op). Having been raised off and on here in the Chico area, due to grandparents that moved to Paradise in 1980, he’s honored and excited to be part of Chico Natural Foods Cooperative and looks forward to bringing to our co-op over 14 years of experience, a strong passion for local, organic and non-GMO foods, and a firm belief that a co-op can make a difference in the world. If you see him in the store, go ahead and say hello, since he’s always up for a classic high-five!