Melinda K. Plaisier  
Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
I recently moved back to Indiana retiring from 35 years of public service at the federal level devoted to public policy. I am now ready to reengage at the local level and continue to give back. 

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
I was a member of Bloomingfoods Co-op in 1979/early 1980’s before our careers took us from Bloomington. As such, I served as a janitor as well as I delivered bread to local groceries. Being a member at that time was an important part of our community engagement.

What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
I have spent my entire career working at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as globally. All of which required forming and leading effective partnerships and coalitions; working across disciplines; and across governments, industries, and consumer groups.

Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.
I have: worked with groups for 35+ years; effectively developed and managed large budgets; hired, supervised, and developed staff; led and managed organizations and programs; developed and implemented legislation and policies; developed and implemented strategic plans; and led organizational change. I currently serve on a federal level Board of Directors. 

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?
My entire career and life values have consistently been aligned with the principles that all things flow from effective local systems, and that we, as a society have a responsibility to contribute towards and work to ensure those systems provide equity and access to all. 

Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
The primary role should be managing an effective and sustainable food co-op for its members, to enable BCS to make broader contributions to the community. Within that primary role is supporting local producers who are mindful of production methods that contribute to a healthy environment. 

What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
Given the mission and philosophy of BCS, affirmatively working to contribute to food access and education for those in need in our community would be one logical future goal

Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
As stated in why I want to serve, I am now home in Indiana and ready to give back locally with my time, knowledge, skills, and expertise. Serving on BCS Board would allow me to work within a group that is consistent with my core values. 

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