Co-op Staff Contact Information
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David was born and raised around the Sacramento area. After moving to Chico in 2013, he stumbled upon the Co-op and saw they had a posting for a Lead Cashier position. Over the years David worked his way up to Floor Supervisor and now to Floor Manager. During his time at the Co-op, David has learned and to value organic, healthy, and sustainable foods. The Co-op business model is something he loved right from the start and has kept him coming back for more.
David enjoys watching movies and playing video games during the winter and skateboarding and hiking throughout the summer
SENIOR packaged Manager
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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 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 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.
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Jarrad is a West Coast guy with southern roots. He has been a culinarian for over 20 years, working as a Head Chef in Bend, Oregon until moving to Chico in October of 2018. He believes in healthy, organic, and sustainable food and wants to put key emphasis on regional and seasonal produce whenever possible here at the Co-op. Jarrad has a Culinary degree in sustainable food systems, and was a builder of the organic herb and flower garden outside of Cascade Culinary Institute in Bend, an Earth Advantage certified facility.
Jarrad likes to spend his free time outdoors, travelling, eating locally, and exploring peaks and rivers. He’s looking forward to spending more time in California.
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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 joined the Co-op in 2013 with nearly 15 years of experience in management, consulting, team and leadership development, program development, project management, training and curriculum design, public relations, marketing, and fundraising in both the social profit and business sectors. In the social sector (City Year, Greenlights for NonProfit Success, OneStar Foundation, Austin Film Festival), she served in multiple capacities including direct service support to under-served schools and communities across the country, as well as, consulting and training to organizations on the front lines of addressing their community’s greatest needs. In the business sector (AllClear ID), she worked with highly stressed, and sometimes high-profile, clients under federally-mandated deadlines due to breaches in their data security. This broad spectrum of responsibilities while working with diverse clients and teams, communities and operational/cultural structures has provided Alissa with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in positions of leadership– achieving goals and inspiring others to high performance.
As the Operations Director, Alissa oversees the Marketing, Produce, Packaged, Deli, Front End, Facilities and IT departments.
Human Resources & FINANCE director
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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.