Board of Directors members are elected at the annual owner meeting, held between April and June of each year. Terms are staggered, so the number of seats up for election will vary from year to year. Board member terms begin on July 1 of the year the member is elected and run for three consecutive years. In the event that a board member resigns in the middle of their term, the board may appoint a new member.

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News from our Board of Directors

At Maple City Market’s Board of Directors January board meeting, we accepted the resignations of two directors: José Chiquito and Rebecca Yoder Smucker. We want to thank Rebecca and José for their service to the Maple City Market, and share a bit about what’s next for them.

Rebecca Yoder June 2016

Rebecca originally came to know Maple City Market through her work at the Elkhart County Clubhouse, who provides employees to the market through the Transitional Employment Program. Rebecca, a trained Social Worker, has been involved with MDC (Mennonite Disabilities Committee) Goldenrod and Center for Healing and Hope. Rebecca is leaving Maple City Market’s Board as she and her husband, Levi, will soon be relocating from Goshen so that Levi can enter a medical residency program. Rebecca and Levi also just welcomed their first child.

While we will certainly miss Rebecca’s presence on our Board and in our community, we also know she will be a tremendous asset to whatever co-op she lands near. During her visits with Levi to the cities where they might relocate, Rebecca visited seven different co-op groceries: People’s Food Co-op (Kalamazoo, MI); Basics Cooperative Natural Foods (Janesville, WI); Willy Street Co-op North (Madison, WI); Newark Natural Foods Co-op (Newark, DE); Ypsilanti Food Co-op (Ypsilanti, MI); People’s Food Co-op & Cafe Verde (Ann Arbor, MI); and New Pioneer Food Co-op (Iowa City, IA). We wish Rebecca and her family the best of luck as they embark on this new phase of their journey.

José Chiquito June 2016

José is the youngest person to ever join Maple City Market’s Board. He is a recent graduate of Goshen High School and a current student at Goshen College. During José’s time on the board, he learned much about co-ops. Last year, he attended a conference in Florida on the topic of worker co-ops, and his interest in this area continues to expand. José is a member of the Goshen Latino Advisory Committee, and he has been active as a community organizer.


Jose’s resignation from the Board comes as his leadership of the Indiana Dreamer’s in Action (DIA) organization grows. José and his organization were in Washington, D.C. from January 17th through the 19th to lobby legislators for a Dream Act, and they will continue to organize as the push for a Dream Act goes on. We wish José success and peace as he pursues this goal. Below is a link to a video campaign that Jose helped produce and encouraged us to share.

Both Rebecca and José joined Maple City Market’s Board in 2016. The Board will now seek to fill the remainder of their terms, which run through June 2019, with the appointment of two Board members. In addition to these appointments, the Board of Directors is seeking several candidates for the Board for terms that will begin on July 1, 2018.

The Board is looking for candidates who are enthusiastic, and we are seeking for our Board to reflect our community through diversity. Should you have interest in joining the Board, or if you have a recommendation for a candidate, please send a message to If you yourself have interest, please indicate whether you would be interested in filling a currently vacant seat, or if you would be interested in running for election to the Board this summer.


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Call for Candidates

Seeking 2018 Board Candidates

Calling all Cooperators! Maple City Market Co-op seeks a diverse pool of candidates representing different backgrounds and experiences to serve on our Board of Directors. Many different skills and expertise add value to the board’s work directing the co-op. Most importantly, we are looking for people who are enthusiastic and committed to the Co-op’s mission and work. The board is looking to expand from a total of seven to nine directors, with a four seats up for election this year.

Candidacy & Election Timeline:

  • Saturday, March 31, 2018: Deadline to submit application for candidacy
  • Thursday April 19, 2018: The board will announce slate of candidates, voting begins
  • Thursday May 18, 2018: MCM Annual Meeting, Voting Closes & Election Results


  • Contact:
  • Attend a short informational meeting at the co-op:
    • Wed March 14 at 12:00pm
    • Thurs March 15 at 4:30pm
    • Mon March 19 at 4:30pm
  • Attend an upcoming Board Meeting:
    • Mon March 19 at 5:30pm at the co-op
  • Download the full Board Candidate Packet here!

Brian Wiebe, 2010-2018, Chair


Brian has worked as an educator for 25 years in early childhood, middle school, high school and higher education as teacher and administrator, serving for 10 years as Executive Director of the Goshen College Music Center. He played a significant role in Elkhart County’s strategic planning process beginning in 2010 that led to the creation of the Horizon Education Alliance (HEA) in 2012, and he became HEA’s first executive director in October 2012. He has a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University and a master’s in Intercultural Leadership from Goshen College.

Phyllis Miller, 2011-2020, Secretary

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Phyllis has lived in the Goshen area for most of her life. Born and raised on a farm in Middlebury she learned a true appreciation for the earth and all it provides. As well as the importance of granting nature the respect it deserves. She also learned the incredible power of a strong community. Phyllis is a Registered Nurse and has worked at Elkhart General for 30 years. She was elected to the MCM Board in 2011 and is truly honored to serve owner/members & the Market in this role.

Amanda Qualls, 2015-2018

Amanda Qualls Winter 2015Amanda Qualls is the Director of Human Resources for Ballotpedia, the encyclopedia of American politics, which offers nonpartisan information on congress, courts, policy issues and more. Amanda earned her Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Notre Dame. She was first elected to the board in 2015, and she is thankful for the opportunity to serve the Maple City Market and its owners.

Eric Amt, 2015-2019

Copyright by Lindahl PhotographyEric’s roots run deep at the MCM. His mother was an original owner-member, and his wife is a former member of the board. As a business owner, Eric has had extensive board experience. Among those, he was the original chair of the board and founding executive director of the Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, Ind. Eric hopes to help the market continue to grow its healthy food and educational offerings. He sees the market as a key factor in a healthy community foodshed.

Deana Cook, 2017-2020

New Board Member, Deana Cook, is a Nurse Practitioner that practiced 11 years at The Center for Cancer Care at Goshen Hospital. Deanna‘s experience with patients motivated her to “focus on disease prevention through lifestyle modifications, mainly focusing on diet”. Deanna would like to support the co-op in helping the community to eat healthier.

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