A Platform for Impact

The Co-op IMPACT Conference brings together an ambitious docket of speakers representing educational institutions, foundations, law and accounting firms, government agencies and international development organizations—all with the overarching goal to advance the shared interests of the cooperative ecosystem. 

Get to know our 2018 presenters and panelists below.

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, Staff Ruminant Nutritionist,  Organic Valley

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, Staff Ruminant Nutritionist, Organic Valley

Hilary Abell, Co-Founder,  Project Equity

Hilary Abell, Co-Founder, Project Equity


J. Erin Baize, Program Analyst,  Farmer-to-Farmer Program

J. Erin Baize, Program Analyst, Farmer-to-Farmer Program

Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Division,  CoBank

Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Division, CoBank

Ben Becker, Project Manager,  Willy Street Co-op

Ben Becker, Project Manager, Willy Street Co-op

Kelsey Billings, Director of Government Affairs and Sustainability,  National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Kelsey Billings, Director of Government Affairs and Sustainability, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Kristy Bowers, General Manager,  Boise Co-op

Kristy Bowers, General Manager, Boise Co-op


Jan Brown, Executive Director,  Montana Cooperative Development Center

Jan Brown, Executive Director, Montana Cooperative Development Center

Ellis Carr, President and CEO,  Capital Impact Partners

Ellis Carr, President and CEO, Capital Impact Partners

Kim Coontz, Executive Director,  California Center for Cooperative Development

Kim Coontz, Executive Director, California Center for Cooperative Development

Daniel Fireside, Capital Coordinator,  Equal Exchange

Daniel Fireside, Capital Coordinator, Equal Exchange

Shiranthi Goonathilkaka, Director of Engagement and Membership,  Assoc. for Black Economic Power

Shiranthi Goonathilkaka, Director of Engagement and Membership, Assoc. for Black Economic Power

Christina Jennings, Executive Director,  Shared Capital Cooperative

Christina Jennings, Executive Director, Shared Capital Cooperative

Quentin Kidd, Dean, College of Social Sciences,  Christopher Newport University

Quentin Kidd, Dean, College of Social Sciences, Christopher Newport University

Sheila Ongie, Sustainability Manager,  National Co+op Grocers

Sheila Ongie, Sustainability Manager, National Co+op Grocers

Heidi Traore, Business Development Manager,  National Co+op Grocers

Heidi Traore, Business Development Manager, National Co+op Grocers

Raynardo Williams, Operations Manager,  Seward Community Co-op

Raynardo Williams, Operations Manager, Seward Community
Co-op

Erbin Crowell, Executive Director,  Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Erbin Crowell, Executive Director, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Sarah Gallo, Director of Federal Affairs,  CHS Inc. Government Affairs

Sarah Gallo, Director of Federal Affairs, CHS Inc. Government Affairs

Camille Kerr, Advisory Board Member,  start.coop

Camille Kerr, Advisory Board Member, start.coop

Bruce Mayer, Partner,  Wegner CPAs

Bruce Mayer, Partner, Wegner CPAs


Stuart Reid, Executive Director,  Food Co-op Initiative

Stuart Reid, Executive Director, Food Co-op Initiative

Russell Tucker, Chief Economist,  National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Russell Tucker, Chief Economist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Emilia Istrate, Vice President of Resource Development,  NCBA CLUSA

Emilia Istrate, Vice President of Resource Development, NCBA CLUSA

Jennifer Seeker Conroy, Senior Product Manager,  CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions

Jennifer Seeker Conroy, Senior Product Manager, CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions

Rebecca Dunn, Executive Director,  Cooperative Fund of New England

Rebecca Dunn, Executive Director, Cooperative Fund of New England

Noémi Giszpenc, Executive Director,  Cooperative Development Institute

Noémi Giszpenc, Executive Director, Cooperative Development Institute

Margaret Lund, Principal,  Co-opera Co.

Margaret Lund, Principal,
Co-opera Co.

Jerry McGeorge, Vice President of Cooperative Affairs,  Organic Valley

Jerry McGeorge, Vice President of Cooperative Affairs, Organic Valley

Associate Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics,  Cornell University

Associate Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics, Cornell University

Jordan van Rijn, Senior Economist,  Credit Union National Association

Jordan van Rijn, Senior Economist, Credit Union National Association

Larry Elworth, Principal,  Center for Agricultural Partnerships

Larry Elworth, Principal, Center for Agricultural Partnerships

Paul Giudice, CEO,  CoMetrics

Paul Giudice, CEO, CoMetrics


Bonnie Hudspeth, Member Programs Manager,  Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Bonnie Hudspeth, Member Programs Manager, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Mike Keyser, CEO,  BARK Electric Cooperative

Mike Keyser, CEO, BARK Electric Cooperative

Nancy O'Connor, Director of Outreach and Education,  The Merc Co+op

Nancy O'Connor, Director of Outreach and Education, The Merc Co+op

Susanna Schultz, Marketing Director,  Central Co-op

Susanna Schultz, Marketing Director, Central Co-op

Megan Wall, Director, Farmer-to-Farmer Program,  NCBA CLUSA

Megan Wall, Director, Farmer-to-Farmer Program, NCBA CLUSA