2018 Member Vote Details

Hello Urban Greens members,


Below are the details for the annual member meeting along with information related to the two voting initiatives.


The Annual Member Meeting

Where: Bell St Chapel


(Official business starts 5:45, food, festivities and pie contest to follow)


Vote: Council Member Elections - 7 candidates for 7 open seats

The council is nominating 4 current council members whose terms are up for re-election to the cooperative council, as well as nominating 3 new member to serve on the council:

Philip Trevvett (current council vice-chair)

Cassie Tharinger (current council member)

Pearl Smith (current council member)

Allyson Brathwaite-Gardner (current council member)

Rachel Miller (new council member nominee) 

Samantha Morse (new council member nominee) 

Dee Walls (new council member nominee) 


If possible: please vote online before the meeting! This will help us reach quorum, and make sure we are hearing from as many members as possible. Members should receive an email with a link to the ballot during the week of April 15. The ballot will come from Urban Greens Food Co-op, with an address of invitations@app.electionbuddy.com. If you do not receive a ballot by the end of the week, please email us at info@urbangreens.com.


Council Candidate Bios:


Allyson Brathwaite-Gardner

Allyson is a licensed counseling psychologist in RI and MA. Her main interests are in college mental health, delivering culturally competent care and strengthening community in urban neighborhoods. She has a ¾ time appointment as a therapist at Brown University Counseling and Psychological Services. She also maintains a small private practice and an adjunct appointment at URI/Downtown Campus. Allyson has taught one or two college courses every semester since 2008 at the University of Rhode Island. She has taught a psychology course on Intimate Relationships as well as the Psychology of Social Behavior. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, during her doctoral training, she taught and developed several courses on diversity for undergraduates and graduate students. Allyson was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in Queens, New York. She is married with a six year old son, Myles.


Pearl Smith

Pearl became interested in Urban Greens Food Co-op and serving on the board for many reasons. Being part of the Co-op allows her to challenge the food choices determined by large multi-national corporations. On a personal level, after spending a career asking folks to sign a union card, work a phone bank, attend a meeting, or contribute to a PAC, she was ready when was asked. Pearl believes there is no  better way to serve a community than to join the efforts to make food choices local and accessible. 
As a research and political staff member for two large labor organizations in DC for two decades, she supported organizing campaigns and coordinated GOTV efforts around the country. In retirement, Pearl owns a small editing and research business for local clients that share progressive values. As a volunteer, She has taught strategic research at CWE Providence and the Boston Labor Guild, helped with fundraising for NAMI of Bristol County and handled media for 3,000 member union retirees group. As part of the Co-op's community investment group, she witnessed the work of staff and volunteers. She feels privileged to join this very talented and hard working community affecting change in and around Providence.


Cassie Tharinger

Cassie has been involved with Urban Greens Food Co-op in various capacities since 2004, when she first became active in the UG Buying Club, and has been involved with assorted community initiatives in the city relating to food, farming, & the arts. She has worked professionally in arts administration, farming and orcharding. Currently, she is the Market Manager for a year-round farmers market at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI, and is the Director of the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, a tree planting program that engages communities throughout Providence. Cassie grew up in the food co-ops of Vermont, and believes strongly that the cooperative economic model is a powerful and radical one; one which empowers individuals and communities and can help bring health & equity to our food system.


Philip Trevvett (Vice-Chairperson)

Philip works at Harvard Medical School in the Center for Biomedical Informatics. He has lived primarily in Providence since 2002. He has volunteered with farming & food businesses and organizations such as Red Planet Vegetables, Beltane Dairy Farm, and Farm Fresh RI, and is an avid community gardener. He believes strongly in the need for regional food systems and local infrastructure and sees food co-ops as a key piece of the puzzle.


Rachel Miller

Rachel has worked in movements for social, racial, & economic justice for twenty years. She moved to Providence in 2003 as the director of RI Jobs with Justice where she led the union and community coalition in campaigns for worker rights, immigrant rights, and equitable development. Since leaving JwJ in 2010 she focused in on what makes organizations thrive, on building anti-racist organizational cultures, and on how organizations can raise the money they need to support their mission. She has been an excited sidelines supporter and member of the Urban Greens Co-op for many years and is thrilled to see so many years of hard work materialize in the building going up in her West End neighborhood.


Dee Walls

After growing up in the midwest, Dee graduated from Ohio State University in 2012 with a BS in microbiology. In the time following, they have worked as a high school science teacher and a technician in a food microbiology laboratory. Dee currently works as the food safety coordinator for Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative based in Masssachusetts that is committed to fair trade, sustainable global agriculture, and worker ownership.


Samantha Morse

Samantha came to Urban Greens because of her strong interest in environmental sustainability as it relates to health and food sector waste. She has consulted in a variety of organizations building better operational systems and coordinating volunteers, a role she recently assumed at Urban Greens. She has an extensive background working with refugees, both here and abroad. As director of the Asylum Program for Physicians for Human Rights, Sam managed all aspects of their program to support torture survivors seeking political asylum in the United States. Sam currently lives in Providence with her three children, husband, and very hairy dog.