Board Members


 


Steering Committee/Board Members

DONNA CLEAVES - Donna is an area native. She received a Health and Human Service Degree from The University of New Hampshire. Her employment background includes Head Start, Community Action, Texas A&M Medical Biochemistry Department, and Southern NH Hospital. Later she studied Advance Skin Therapy at the CEH's Institute, and holds a NH Esthetics License, and a practice in Wolfeboro.
   Her Interests Include: Nutrition, Gardening, Wildlife, Land, Water, and Historic Preservation, Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Holistic Medicine, World Peace, and Art.
   Favorite Quote: "Be the Change You Want to See in The World". Mahatma Gandhi

 

RITA ROBERTS -  I was raised in a farming community turned suburb 30 miles outside Chicago and have resided in Wolfeboro for the past 30 years. I have always loved good quality, fresh and well-prepared foods. Even as a working art student in Santa Fe I would spend my earnings at top restaurants in lieu of eating mass-produced cafeteria food.
   In 1990, I picked up the book “Diet for a Poisoned Planet” by David Steinman and have never looked back. How food is produced means everything to me. The widespread use of toxic pesticides in big industry farming is harming our soil, our water and ultimately us. I was anxious to stop supporting a food system that didn’t support us - so I joined a local food co-op. I felt fortunate to have access to organic foods and was happy to be supporting organic growers and the planet. Later, when some stores were experimenting with selling organic produce, I wanted the organic scene to become the norm so badly, I would buy the damaged organic produce to help keep demand high.
   Big Ag hasn’t changed much since my early co-op days but the opportunity to create a more sustainable local food system has. People are ready to see change and support each other now.
   In my constant struggle to practice what I preach… I live off the grid in a lovely strawbale home with my husband and two children.
   I am truly honored to have been part of creating Wolfeboro Community Food Co-op.

 

MAUREEN BOORNAZIAN - Maureen is known for her volunteerism with hospital events, and other community endeavors.  She has an interest in nutrition, and is skilled at developing vegetarian recipes with her husband. Her interest in the Coop is to guarantee a wide variety of organic products for the local community.
   Maureen attended the University of Rhode Island School of Nursing, and after raising a family is presently seeking to return to the nursing field.
   Other interests include, hockey, walking for health, and traveling.

 

GENE LEONE - Gene is a CPA and founding partner of Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, Professional Association, joining the firm in 1974. He is known throughout the firm, and by his clients, for his creative work on tax and estate planning issues. He has also achieved extensive success in the areas of tax audits, business sales and purchases, succession planning, and business and retirement planning.
   Gene began his professional accounting career in 1968. Prior to joining Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, he worked for the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP for six years.
   With a professional background of more than four decades, Gene has a wealth of knowledge to share with clients and colleagues. He has also extended his expertise to students at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he taught finance as an adjunct professor.
   Today Gene attributes his success to his creativeness and hard work. Gene was raised in Verona, New Jersey and currently resides in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He and his wife, Molly, have one daughter.


IVETTE RUIZ BABYLON – Ivette is a CPA with over 25 years’ experience in public and industry accounting and finance.  Ivette holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Florida and a Master of Professional Accounting degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  After working in Public Accounting and in accounting and finance for a large, publicly traded company in the Telecommunications Infrastructure industry, Ivette founded Babylon Consulting, LLC where she has been responsible for client services for a wide range of clients, providing outsourced CFO services for small to mid-size private entities, assisting in initial public offerings, other special accounting projects, drafting business plans and forecasts and providing due diligence services for mergers and acquisitions.
   Ivette also serves on the Board of Directors and volunteers for several local organizations including The Lakes Region Humane Society (President), GALA/Global Awareness, Local Action (Treasurer), the Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association (Treasurer) and The Kingswood Theater Boosters (Treasurer). 
   Ivette enjoys gardening and has practiced sustainable living in her own household for over 20 years, composting food waste, collecting rainwater and conserving energy.  Ivette is committed to helping develop educational programs and activities that generate community involvement and excitement over simple and sustainable living.  When not working, Ivette can be found in her garden, sailing, horseback riding, cycling or with her dogs.

 
 

Wolfeboro Community Food Cooperative
50 Bay Street, Wolfeboro, NH

DON SHURE – Don is our one man building committee. Don has wished to remain behind the scenes but has none the less been an integral part of making sure Wolfeboro Community Food Co-op happened. In October of 2015 Don offered to hold a building he had just purchased for the Co-op. At that time the building was a run-down gutted out research lab that had been empty for years. Don went to work recreating the inside and outside to our specifications and at no charge to us. Amazing! With his attention to detail, the building became the perfect place for us to call home. We would not be where we are today if it hadn’t been for Don’s generosity.  Thank you, Don.