Management Team

The co-op's management team are in charge of the store's day to day operations and it is their job to drive the co-op to fulfill our Ends. Virtually every initiative that management pursues in the course of a year is guided by an element of these policies. Click on the images below to email a particular manager, or contact the store at 785-843-8544.

Rita York-Hennecke General Manager

Rita York-Hennecke

General Manager

Zac Hamlin Human Resources Manager

Zac Hamlin

Human Resources Manager

Linda Cowden Produce Manager

Linda Cowden

Produce Manager

Nancy O'Connor Director of Education & Outreach

Nancy O'Connor

Director of Education & Outreach

Valerie Taylor-Richardson Marketing Manager

Valerie Taylor-Richardson

Marketing Manager

Martin Maigaard Food Services Manager

Martin Maigaard

Food Services Manager

Jason Lovell Finance Manager

Jason Lovell

Finance Manager

Lowen Millspaugh Merchandising Manager

Lowen Millspaugh

Merchandising Manager

Chris Babcock Center Store Manager 

Chris Babcock

Center Store Manager 

Employees of the Month



Owen Murphy, Deli Specialist

Owen is always friendly, efficient and helpful. He works hard and deserves recognition for it. Owen puts in great work everyday here at the co-op and is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done - whether he is scheduled or not! 

His efforts are helping to lead our great deli team towards operational excellence and his passion is greatly appreciated.

High five, Owen!



Karli Aitken, Head Cashier

Karli is a keystone on the Front End team. She is a go-to person for both shoppers and coworkers. 

Karli cares about how things are done and keeps her eyes on policies and procedures to make sure they are relevant, understood and followed.

She is not afraid to step up and take on new tasks because she knows that is work that makes the co-op stronger.



Tonya Loewen, Bakery Assistant

Tonya is a superstar! She is very organized and has an amazing eye for detail. She has a super strong work ethic and always goes above and beyond. 

She takes the initiative to find creative solutions to the problems we face. Her coworkers feel extremely blessed to have her! 



Laura Marsh, Education & Outreach Assistant

In less than a year, Laura has become invaluable to the co-op. She is a pleasure to work with, coming in each day with—in her words—“a clean slate, prepared to do [her] best.” And, do her best she does, from leading store tours, to representing us at community health fairs, to making apple cake for 400 middle schoolers, to moving huge piles of mulch, to helping clean and organize the store. Laura has a can-do attitude and great work ethic. She is capable, adaptable, very smart and so fun! It’s amazing how much she accomplishes each week. Thank you, Laura, for all you do for our co-op.  


Rhiannon Pearson, Scanning Specialist

Rhiannon has really stepped up and embraced the challenges within her position—troubleshooting register issues, communicating with service providers, finding new solutions to old problems, and learning from her peers here and at other coops. Throughout our expansion to the library and the transition of our Internet to MidCo, she was committed to ensuring that the co-op could run as smoothly as possible. In addition, Rhiannon is excellent at making everyone feel welcome at the co-op. She is always willing to drop what she’s doing to answer phones, organize shelves, bag groceries and she even jumps in to help shoppers at the registers. We are so thankful to have her.



Chris Taylor, Produce Assistant

Chris arrives at every shift with enthusiasm and a positive attitude that elevates the mood and environment of the entire department. He is engaged and focused on the tasks at hand; he gets right to work; and, he is diligent about maintaining a well stocked and abundant sales floor. Even when working solo, he is able to keep the department running smoothly.  Chris is an ambassador of hospitality and customer service. We are lucky to have him on the team and are thankful for his commitment and stellar work ethic!