Donna Aitoro Williams
Donna Aitoro Williams 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.
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 is the Co-op Voice’s 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.
Carol Coogan 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.
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Thomas Washington 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.
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Jennifer Betsworth 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.