Selkie O’Mira: Interim General Manager
Deminique Cole – Front End
Deminique Cole is a 25 year old Rockland local. As well as cashiering at The Good Tern Co-op, she is a figurative and portraiture artist who studied and obtained her BFA at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She loves Autumn and all the things and colors associated with it. You’re likely to see her wearing a burnt orange, mustard, or rust colored outfit. She loves animals, especially squirrels, rats, and pigs. She’s a fan of hardcore, classic rock, classical, and alternative music. And she’s a lover of good, healthy, vegetarian food.
Heather Hynd – Produce Manager
I started working with the Good Tern about 10 years ago by wielding a pick axe to break up the hard pan dirt in what is now our beautiful curb-side flower garden as you enter the parking lot. (Lynn Manning took over the garden the following year) From there I became one of the Board of Directors, and a weekly volunteer produce person, and was frequently found ending the day by helping the closing shift. 3 years as assistant produce manager was good training when Dee left and I was able to step up to produce manager in April 2016. When not at the Co-Op, I enjoy reading, sailing and hiking and of course, working in the garden. I own a small house and 17 acres of Maine woods, just 3 miles from town. My daughter’s chihuahua, Killer, and two cats call it home too, and we often go on ‘hikes’ up our dirt road together, the cats keeping shotgun as Killer scouts ahead. 🙂
Peyton Feener – Front End
“Peyton Feener is a 21 year old Rockland/Camden local. She has been working at the co-op since December of 2012. She began by interning for the Community School (now Wayfinder School) in Camden, four days a week. After she graduated in May of 2013, she was hired to work at the Good Tern. Peyton is the Treats Buyer, the Local Packaged Buyer and a Cashier. She is the 2016 Maine Miss Congeniality for the Maine Lobster Festival, the 2017 Maine Wild Blueberry Miss Congeniality, a drummer in her band “drive by todd.” and a referee and a jeerleader for the Rock Coast Rollers. She likes to spend her time with her boyfriend Randy and her best friends, Ashley and Cassie. Her favorite product in the store is the Rescue Chocolate. She loves hamsters and kitties. You’ll probably see her in brightly colored hair throughout the store. If you have any questions for her, her email firstname.lastname@example.org”
Joanna Grierson: Wellness Co-Buyer
Hi, I’m Joanna Grierson! I’ve been with the Good Tern since the spring of 2012. In my time here I’ve worked as a cashier, and I’ve recently begun working alongside Emily in the Wellness Department. When I’m not at the co-op, I love writing and playing music, finding strange items at thrift stores, and spending time with my husband and two young children.
Rachel Davis: Deli
A well-traveled Montana native, Rachel Davis grew up with rattlesnakes, country music and horses. She spent ten years gypsying across continents, and is enthralled by polar exploration. “All about the dough”, she has been a professional bread baker for eleven years, and has spent the last two years creating inspired dishes and baked goods in the Good Tern Coop deli. She came to this corner of the world to be dissolved in the kombucha brewing, sauerkraut making, boatbuilding, house renovating, beet eating, scape growing, nude drawing, pot throwing, bean boot wearing, cloud watching world of coastal “artsy” Maine. What would make her grateful right now? Nothing more than a Cosmo Magazine, bag of cheetos, and enough lipstick to paint the town red. Stop by to say hello and enjoy some of her fabulous baking!
Sarah Bartz: Deli
A lover of food, Sarah has gardened, cooked, farmed and bowled in seven different states, and across five continents. She hails from Minnesota, and obtained her degree in Environmental Studies, just outside of Chicago. During her college years, she studied abroad in Greece, Turkey, and Tanzania. Currently, she and her partner, Jeff, reside in Rockland; together, they grow nearly all of their own produce. Although potatoes, limes and ginger aren’t a part of their home gardening repertoire just yet, they will be in the future. With their roots firmly planted in Maine, the two never plan to move again. Sarah has been happily working hard in the Good Tern kitchen since 2013, gracing our community with a diverse array of conscientiously prepared salads, sandwiches and soups.
Valerie Robinson – Marketing
Valerie grew up in the beautiful coastal town of Cushing, Maine, and remembers going to the old coop to buy bulk granola with her mother as a child. She went to college at USF in Tampa, Florida where she got her BA in Communication. She ended up staying in Tampa for a total of six years, where she went on to work in Marketing at Whole Foods Market Tampa (after working at a variety of wine bars and restaurants). Upon her return to Maine, she began working at Dream Local Digital, where she worked for nearly two years. Valerie has always had a love for good food, which further deepened when she spent a season WWOOFing all over France with her life-long friend. There, she learned the process of harvesting Gamay grapes and creating biodynamic wine, harvesting and drying organic herbs, and making herbal creams and salves; best of all, she enjoyed some truly memorable meals with great people. Valerie has been working at the coop since October of 2015. In October of 2016, she gave birth to her son, Max. She now spends her time at home with her family, and doing part-time marketing for the Good Tern. Valerie loves everything about the coop; the people, the wonderful food, and the sense of community it brings.
Lynn Arnold – Local Product Buyer/Manager
A well-loved fixture at the coop, Lynn Arnold has been taking on various roles at the Good Tern for the past 14 years. She was initially hired in the old store as a cashier. From there, she began to work in HABA, eventually becoming the Health and Beauty Buyer and Manager, as well as a back up cashier. Upon transitioning to the current store location, Lynn developed the pet section and expanded the giftie/housewares section. Ellen, the manager at the time, asked Lynn to temporarily purchase the meat products, a job that continues to this day. Somewhere along the way, Lynn took on the local products, dairy, eggs, and fresh bread. She passed along her knowledge of HABA, and now multi-tasks with the buying and maintaining of the pet section, gifts, some housewares, some local products, local dairy, eggs, local meats, meats, local cheese, cheese and bread.
Piper Stiles-Front End
Emily Jeffries – Outreach Coordinator
Matt Whitman – Assistant General Manager
A native Mainer, Matt grew up in a commercial fishing family. He went on to work as a local sternman for ten years, and then spent many years as an appliance salesman for local and national companies. Three years ago, Matt started at the Good Tern as a monthly volunteer. Within his first year, he settled into a weekly role working as a produce volunteer; this position turned into a job as Produce Assistant, which he did for about one year. His multifaceted skills and outgoing personality finally led him to his current position of Assistant General Manager. He is also a student, with his Associates Degree nearly completed in Information and Library Services. His future plan is to expand his education to a Bachelors Degree in History. Matt lives in Thomaston with his wife and two step daughters.
Jacqui Loveland – Front End
Tim English- FFV Program
Tim grew up in Owls Head, Camden & Thomaston. He has lived and traveled all over the world, and is a professionally trained chef and teacher of Qi Gong.
He moved back to the midcoast area, after having lived in Portland, Oregon for nearly a decade (where he managed the famous Elephants Delicatessen). Since moving back to the midcoast area, he has enjoyed getting to know the community, and doing what he can to help make it flourish in health, vitality and prosperity.
Harrison Terrell-Point of Sale Coordinator
Harrison became familiar with the Co-op model having lived in a rental housing co-operative for many years and serving on its board of directors. He returned to the coast of Maine to be closer to family.
Wade Graham – Kitchen Manager
Wade began his culinary training in Columbus, Ohio, at age 19 as an apprentice to a chef from Baden-Baden Germany. He continued to apprentice under three chefs over the course of the next 5 years. For the following ten years, Wade worked as a chef for a couple of different restaurants, as well as a historic hotel. He eventually moved to the front of the house, working as a general manager in fine dining establishments. He ultimately switched gears and went into the wine industry, where he was able to travel to the best wine regions in the United States, Australia and Europe, working as a fine wine distributor. Five years ago, Wade moved to Maine, and hasn’t looked back since. He has been an avid bicyclist all of his life, and raced amateur league for fifteen years. Also an avid motorcyclist (riding since the age of ten), Wade spent eight years teaching the fundamentals of riding with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in Ohio. Stop by, say hello, and try his amazing culinary creations!
Jodi Cooper-Front End
Peals Wrobel-Front End
Eve Hupper – Bulk Buyer
Katherine Davis – Wellness Co-Buyer