UG Member Meeting Vote Details
Council Member Elections
The council is nominating 5 current council members whose terms are up for re-election to the cooperative council, as well as nominating 1 new member to serve on the council:
Antonieta Falconi (current council Secretary)
Byron McMasters (current council member)
Quatia Osorio (current council member)
Barbra Revill (current council member)
Joanne Rich (new council member nominee)
Georgina Sarpong (current council member)
Council Candidate Bios
Antonieta Falconi (Secretary)
Antonieta is currently the CFO at Social Enterprise Greenhouse (formerly Social Venture Partners RI). Her prior experience includes work in small business development for Social Enterprise Greenhouse and for the Latino Economic Development Center in Washington DC. She also worked in management consulting and as general manager of a small corporation. Through her work and personal life she wants to support businesses with a social and/or environmental mission. She is particularly interested in organizations that help improve our food system. Antonieta and her husband live on the West Side and became members of Urban Greens Food Co-op immediately after moving to Providence 4 years ago.
Byron specializes in intellectual property and technology law, counseling clients through all aspects of protection, commercialization and enforcement. Byron also litigates complex business disputes and advises clients on general business, employment and tax issues. Byron has served as lead or associate trial counsel in numerous cases for clients across a variety of industries in state and federal courts throughout the country, including patent, trademark, trade secret, software and commercial contract cases. Because he is a business lawyer first, Byron approaches intellectual property and technology issues not as isolated concerns but from the perspective of his clients’ global business goals and strategies. Prior to law school, Byron worked in a high tech environment performing computer code development and quality assurance testing.
Quatia Osorio, affectionately known as "Q," is a born and raised Providence resident from the Southside of Providence. As a graduate of Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Q is now the owner of Mama Blu Diaper Service, a cloth diaper service based in Providence, and a certified full spectrum doula. She is also a member of Unified Solutions, a nonprofit grassroots organization that encourages organizations to offer strategies and solutions to improve the lives of those they serve, and the owner of Our Journ3i, a community based initiative focused on promoting maternal and infant support against health disparities, especially within the African American demographic. Through these experiences and connections to the community, Q is committed to adding her voice to Urban Greens, and helping to support the Co-op’s community engagement.
Barbra’s introduction to co-ops began when volunteering at the Flatbush Food Co-op in Brooklyn, NY working for the family membership hours. Later, she was hired as staff and worked the register, and stocking dry goods. After graduating from SUNY Purchase, where she also worked at the on-campus co-op, she moved to Portland, Oregon. A decade in restaurant service led to a job at New Seasons Market, a progressive neighborhood grocery store, where she worked all aspects of the full-service deli and café. After moving to Providence and spending several years in food-manufacturing sales, she’s glad to be involved with Urban Greens. Besides talking about food and markets, Barbra enjoys photography, cooking with her husband, and playing with their dogs.
Joanne Rich (new nominee)
Joanne Rich became involved with Food Co-ops as a working member of the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn in the early ‘90s. She’s lived in Europe and the Caribbean and has worked in independent school admissions and fundraising. As a volunteer, staffer, and board member of Southside Community Land Trust, local agriculture and food security became issues dear to her heart. She’s been an Urban Greens member for many years and is thrilled to pitch in to getting the co-op down the homestretch to opening.
After graduating from Johnson & Wales University in ‘11 with a Bachelors of Science in Food Service Management, Georgina devoted her time to volunteering with Southside Community Land Trust, the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation board of directors, and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council. She now serves as Markets Program Manager at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, where she helps coordinate, promote, and organize year round farmer’s markets. As a unique connection to the rich network of RI farmers and producers, Georgina is interested in offering her time and resources to the success of Urban Greens, specifically around store planning and inclusion.
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