Board of Directors

Meet the co-op board. We’re community-owned and these owner-elected representative oversee our grocery store. Interested in joining the board? Click here to find out how.

Andrea Larson Perez

The Astoria Co+op is an important part of my life! It’s where I spend the majority of my food and wellness dollars, where I connect with the local food economy and enjoy meeting friends and newcomers in our community. I strive to offer some benefit to the organization that means so much to me. Being a member of the Board is truly an honor and privilege I value.

As far as my background goes, my career was spent in public relations, marketing and sales primarily in the publishing industry. Locally, I offered consulting services to local businesses in the healthcare and fishing industries, among others. After writing for others for years, I decided to move into that arena for myself. I have authored two local history books with Arcadia Publishing: Camp Rilea and Astoria in Vintage Postcards. Other than the long list of writing projects I will be working on over the next twenty years, I devote my time to my family, travel and other artistic endeavors.

It’s worth noting I worked part-time at the co-op for nearly 3 years. I enjoyed every single minute of that experience! It was a logical progression for me to seek membership on the co-op Board to contribute in a new way. I am so happy my interest has been supported by co-op owners.

I am a native Floridian. I moved to Sacramento, California after high school and made my forever move to the Lower Columbia in 1994 first residing in Ilwaco, WA and Astoria in 1998. My husband and our two sons enjoy calling Astoria home.

Angela Sidlo, Vice Chair

I have called Clatsop County my home for the past 27 years.

Growing up in rural Nebraska, my Grandfather owned a small grocery store. Coming into the co-op gives me that same feeling, knowing everyone by name and knowing that you are supporting a local community.

I feel honored to be a board member and supporter of the growth of the co-op. As a Holistic Practitioner and Health Coach in the community, the co-op is in alignment with my values and belief that healthy individuals create healthy communities. The co-op is a great place to start.

Allie Evans

My name is Allie Evans. I have a daughter, Maya, and son, Orrick. I am a Naturopathic Physician and know firsthand the effect that food has on our overall health. The more we consciously choose what to put into our bodies, the better we feel which means better interactions with others, rippling out to spread the vitality and joy to the entire community.

For me, the co-op represents this intersection of community and food. When we shop here we know that our dollar is benefiting not only our health but our environment, the person who produced the food, as well as our local economy. It is for this reason that I am honored to serve on the Board. We are so blessed to be able to simultaneously build our health as well as that of the planet and our community. I love the sense of community we have as we fill our baskets here, seeing familiar faces, exchanging recipes, getting excited about new produce. I am thrilled to be a part of ensuring that the co-op maintains its health and vitality.

Norma Hernandez

I was born and raised in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and prior to moving to Astoria in 2003, I lived in the northeast for 20 years, both in New York and Boston. I moved to Astoria to work at an oyster company in Bay Center, WA. where I became aware of the needs and challenges of the Latino community in the region. My passion for social justice kept increasing after working as executive director of Lower Columbia Hispanic Council and then working for the Clatsop County Public Health, currently as a WIC coordinator.  I also serve on the board of North Coast Food Web, and Astoria Parks.  You can listen to me on  Sonidos Latinos on KMUN 91.9 FM, monthly.

Todd Holm

My partner Lyuba and I moved to Astoria in 2008 when I accepted a regional position with US Bank. Before that I lived in Vancouver, Washington for pretty much my entire life. We enjoy fishing, crabbing clamming and foraging for mushrooms.

I discovered our co-op within days of being here and I joined the instant I was offered membership. We enjoy the best produce in Clatsop County, great organic products and the “full circle” mentality that our co-op supports. I cover the Oregon Coast and travel quite a bit within the northwest corner of our state and have been to several other co-ops and I must say that what we have here is very special indeed. The staff is phenomenal and it makes for great shopping every time I go there.

I was thrilled when I was asked if I was interested in being a board member and I am looking forward to helping our store grow and continue to flourish as we move towards getting a larger facility.

Venus Fromwiller

My family has lived in Astoria since 2006.  We love living on the Best Coast, especially here on the North Coast and feel very fortunate to call this place home. My education, career and hobbies have always been wellness-focused. I believe good food, good nutrition and good people play a key role in wellness and disease prevention. The co-op includes all of these things and plays a vital role in the health of individuals and our community and also in the health of our local economy and environment.  I have enjoyed seeing the co-op grow and welcome new members. My hope is that the co-op is the place where people can get all their grocery needs met, in a welcoming environment, knowing they are receiving quality food at a competitive price while supporting their community.

Terrance Stearns

In the 25 years I spent in Seattle I was an Executive Chef for a software company as well as a performing artist. However, Seattle lacked the tight knit community which I found instantly upon moving to Astoria. The co-op perfectly embodies this welcoming environment and I was immediately impressed with the variety, quality, and service it offered. From my experiences farming with family in Vermont to the several positions I have held in the food service industry, conscious cooking has remained a value of mine. I am proud to be part of a business that shares this regard for the importance of organic, healthy eating. I look forward to feeding and educating this wonderful community through my work at the Astoria Co+op.

Ryan Newstrum

A native of Seattle, I spent nearly 23 years working for REI, America’s largest consumer cooperative. From my beginnings working a graveyard shift stock position to eventually planning the company’s revenue, traffic, and membership budgets, I have an intimate understanding of many of the challenges a co-op faces. My long tenure allowed me to see how we all benefit when integrity and nurtured humanity is a business priority, and the consequences to culture, morale, and community when it isn’t. 

I strongly believe in the co-op’s commitment to a thriving local economy and am heartened to have firsthand experience in seeing that their service and donations are given in earnest. Serving on the co-op’s board of directors allows me to use my prior experience to contribute to the co-op’s health, as well as gain a more intimate understanding of the community’s varied perspectives and priorities.

I’m so happy to have relocated to Astoria with my family in mid 2019. This PNW gem has everything I need and nothing I don’t. I look forward to connecting with you all in the arts, outdoors, and produce aisles!

Erin Kester

Erin Kester

I grew up in a small community in Central Wisconsin, but have called the Pacific Northwest home for over 20 years.  I work for a renewable energy company where I engage in regulatory and policy issues to ensure the continued development of renewable energy resources in the Western U.S. Joining the Co-op Board fulfills my desire to contribute meaningfully to the North Coast community and work with a local business that has shared values and makes a big impact.  It’s been exciting to watch the Co-op transition into the beautiful new store – increasing opportunities for local growers and suppliers, as well as expanding job opportunities for the local economy.

My partner Ryan and I spend a lot of time restoring our 1917 historic craftsman home with the hope that it will be enjoyed by many for another 100 years. When we are not working on house projects we like to get outside as much as possible camping, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.