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".
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wolfeboro Community Food Cooperative
50 Bay Street, Wolfeboro,
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.