Co-op Voice Team

Editorial Board

Bob Jacobs

img_0856Bob became an editor for the Co-op Voice in September and has been a shopper’s helper at Honest Weight for about two years. He has also been a teacher, an editor, a landscaper, an advocate at a homeless shelter, a coffee and papaya farmer, a beekeeper, and an appraiser for the state. Bob loves the people and energy of the Co-op and looks forward to his new role here.

    Paula Weiss

    Photo of Paula WeissPaula, co-founder and Director of Children at the Well Youth Storytellers for Peace & Understanding, has been an HWFC member since the eighties, when she first arrived in Albany. She has studied, researched, published and taught in the field of reading education, been an academic editor, and currently co-edits the Co-op Voice.

      Donna Aitoro Williams

      img_2002Donna is a writer and teacher who has lived in the Capital District since 1989. A long-time member of the Co-op, she remembers the store on Quail Street, and the days when shoppers there “had much smaller notions of ‘personal space’.” With her daughter, Antonia, she supports causes for social justice, peace, and reconciliation, causes that they both share with Honest Weight’s. Being a member of the Co-op Voice team is a welcome change to her editing job in higher education. She looks forward to serving the community she’s known for so long, to connect them to each other, and to the progressive world beyond.

        Copy Editors

        Alana Sprague

        Alana started shopping at the Co op in 2011, when she found it necessary to follow a gluten free diet. She became a shareholder later that year. In 2014 she started working in grocery. Realizing that she wanted to be more involved with the Co-op, she just recently joined the NEC.

          Elaine Hills

          Photo of Elaine HillsElaine is the Co-op Voice Lead Copy Editor. She is an anthropologist and epidemiologist who has most recently adventured as a stay at-home mom.  She has been a member of Honest Weight since 2002.  She has previously worked in Outreach, as a Cashier, and as an Orientation Leader.

            Design Team

            Carol Coogan

            Photo of Carol Coogan

            Carol is an artist, illustrator, and designer who creates weekly op-ed art for the Altamont Enterprise, holiday cards & stationery for Crane & Co., plus designs logos, music CDs, marketing materials and more. She created the Times Union newspaper’s Backyard Naturalist feature, which she wrote and illustrated for 10 years. During the pre-computerized age of the mid 1980’s, Carol helped put together earlier incarnations of the Honest Weight Coop Scoop publications. She’s happy to be involved again during the digital age. Her website is www.carolcoogandesign.com.

              Web Content Managers

              Kaetlin Sprague

                Gregory Pedrick

                Greg has been an HWFC member-owner since 2005. He lives in the northern Adirondacks in a timber-frame house he designed himself and had built by a neighbor and friend. He practices conservation and “simple living” in everyday activities. His goal is to consume less, and have less of an impact on the planet. Enjoys all outdoor activities, his Golden Retriever (best pal), and local food & libations. He is an electrical engineer by degree(s), but takes as a compliment: “You don’t act like an engineer…”

                  Voice Writers

                  Karla Guererri

                  KarlaKarla is an Educator who lives in Troy New York. She has been a member of the Honest Weight Food Co-op for several years.

                    Tom Washington

                    Tom is Head Librarian at the Albany Academy for Girls. He has been a Co-op member since relocating to Albany from Washington, DC in 2015.

                      Advertising and Subscribers

                      Erin Coufal

                      Erin is the Communications Manager at a local nonprofit organization, vegan mom of two amazing kids, and passionate about connecting the community and local businesses. 

                       

                        Sandra Montest-Hoff

                          Richard Clandorf

                          Richard has a BFA in lighting and set design and has been an antique dealer for most of his adult life. He has owned antique stores in Manhattan and Upstate New York. For the last 35 years has produced antique shows up and down the East Coast.  He now lives in East Chatham and is actively involved in singing, cooking, and creating works of art. Richard, as an owner-member of Honest Weight, serves on both the Co-op Voice and the Honest Arts Committees. 

                            Webmaster

                            Jennifer Betsworth

                            jennifer-betsworthJennifer found the Co-op in her quest for a good bulk department soon after moving to Troy in 2013, and became a member not long after that. She enjoys working in and being continually inspired by the bulk department’s offerings. A lover of words, old buildings and beautiful natural places, she relies on the Co-op, her garden, and a little culinary creativity to fuel her adventures.

                              Staff Support

                              Janet Sorell

                              Janet is Honest Weight’s Owner Services Coordinator. She has been a member since 1992 and worked in a variety of departments, mostly the Front End, before being hired as a Front End Floor Manager in 2014. Janet Became the Owner Services Coordinator in February 2016.