John DeSaix, Chair
John and his wife, Suzanne, moved to Lovettsville in 1988 to enjoy the rural life. They converted much of the property to forest and conservation fields, and have an organic vegetable garden that doubles as a deer/rabbit feeding station. John is retired, having spent most his career working for NASD (FINRA), the securities industry regulator, and Nasdaq. His work experience includes systems development, financial analysis and strategic planning. Before joining the Board, John was a pro bono consultant to the Co-op, facilitating the development of the mission and vision statements and assisting with overall planning and financial analysis. “The pro bono work with the Co-op made me realize starting a food co-op is so much more than opening a store. It’s about delivering good food to our neighbors, supporting local producers and contributing to our local economy. It really is about serving the community.”
Julie Harner, Vice-Chair and Chair, Membership Committee
Julie is a recent transplant to Lovettsville from Falls Church where she worked for Verizon for 35 years. Her volunteer record is extensive as well having served multiple terms as the PTA President during her children's elementary and middle school years. Julie also has served on the Fairfax Voluntary Action Committee and the Falls Church Community Service Board. Her favorite hobbies include her grandchildren and quilting. As a newer Loudoun County resident, Julie is learning the ways of the land which includes gardening and farming. She also volunteered at the Co-op's 2017 Outdoor Market hosted at the Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue station.
Ellis Burrus, Secretary
Ellis graduated from the University of MD with a B.A. in English (and a minor in organic chemistry). He has lived in Brunswick for the past 40 years. He is the Treasurer of the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC) and actively participates in Brunswick Main Street activities. He has been shopping at the Common Market in Frederick for nearly 40 years and looks forward to the Lovettsville Cooperative Market opening.
Karen Hignite, Treasurer
Karen has lived in Lovettsville since 2000. She retired after 23 years with the National Wildlife Federation. Prior to working at the NWF, she worked for Congress doing casework and legislative research, then moved into the consulting arena conducting IT systems analysis for various branches of the military. Karen has managed to grow vegetables & flowers on the rooftop of her apartment on Capitol Hill, various townhouse backyards, and community gardens. She loves to shop farmers’ markets and find new ways to cook whatever she finds.
Glenn Willard, Director
Glenn is originally from Michigan and has lived near Hillsboro since 2000. He has been married for 37 years, has 12 children and ten grandchildren. He has practiced political law at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP in Washington, DC since 2003, and was previously counsel to a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission. He strongly believes in the cooperative business model, seeing in cooperatives the potential for them to be, as Pope Francis said, a "healing economy in the insidious sea of the global economy. A true economy supported by people who have only the common good in their heart and mind.” Specifically, he sees the Lovettsville Cooperative Market as a communitarian alternative to the chain store business model, a means by which all can participate in a fair, humane, local and sustainable economy.
Pamela Baldwin, Director
Pamela Lane Baldwin is a retired Foreign Service Officer with USAID. She and her family operate WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard in Lovettsville, where they grow wine grapes, raise sheep, host weddings, and operate a B&B farm-stay cottage. She has been involved in the Lovettsville Co-op since its first organizing meeting in 2010, held in the WeatherLea Farm barn.
Merle Russ, Director
Merle Russ has over 40 years of specialized experience in business development, contract management, and project management, both as a senior officer in the U.S. Army and as an executive in four Fortune 100 companies. Merle and his wife, Ellen, moved to Loudoun County in 2013 when they bought a farm outside of Lovettsville. They built a six-acre vineyard that now produces wine grapes for local wineries. Merle is a former member of the Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Council and has been an active member of the Loudoun Winegrowers Association and the Virginia Vineyards Association for over 12 years.