Dan Esko - Interim General Manager
With over 20 years experience in the cooperative grocery, retail service, and local food space, Daniel has developed a wide breadth of skills in business management, retail store operations, finances, fundraising, human resources, and business development. He has worked in various positions from entry-level up to senior management for the Kushi Institute Store, Whole Foods Market, Shire City Herbals, and the Berkshire Food Co-op. After serving as Berkshire Co-op's General Manager from 2016 to 2018, Daniel took on the role of Project Manager shepherding this Southern Berkshire mainstay into a brand new 14,000 square foot store that opened in June of 2019.
Committed to strengthening and growing cooperative enterprise locally and across the country, he has worked with the greater co-op community to support local farmers and food producers, help sister co-op's improve their retail operations, and build a vibrant local economy based on stakeholder partnership and cooperation. Raised in the hilltown of Becket, MA, he now lives with his wife Sheri and their three children in Dalton, where he enjoys cooking, back yard gardening, spending quality time with his family, and playing music.
Tom Utterback - Grocery Manager
I grew up in the small city of Tullahoma, TN and now live in Conway with my 9 year old son Avi, a 4th grader at Conway Grammar School. I have experience in grocery management from River Valley Co-op, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. When I'm not working, I love playing with my son, going to movies and lately, learning pottery. I am a big fan of wood fired pizza and the food of Southeast Asia.
I care about co-op principles such as honest and open business practices, democratically elected leadership, shared responsibility and social awareness. Particularly at the Creamery, I was drawn to the challenges we are faced with here as we strive to continue to be a vital part of the Hilltowns. I fully expect us to get over the hump next year and become self-reliant. It's my goal everyday and it's what excites me to come to work.
Stanly Langston - Kitchen Manager
Food was all around when I was growing up. I decided that if I learned how to cook, I would never go hungry. I got my culinary degree from Johnson and Wales and went on to work at Leslie College, Boston University, and Harvard School of Government. I opened a few restaurants in the Boston area - mostly creative new American cuisine. I also had a side business making BBQ and specialty sauces on the Cape.
I was born and raised in Malden but my three grandkids all live in Western Massachusetts now. I worked as a culinary instructor at Smith Vocational for a few years, and managed the food service compnay at the Academy of Charlemont for six years. The Creamery is an interesting new challenge for me. I care a lot about food quality and see a lot of opportunities here for new ideas. I love to get inventive in the kitchen. For me, cooking is a way of life.
Your Board Welcomes Your Help and Ideas
The Co-op Board of Directors includes longtime Hilltown residents as well as relative newcomers. We are farmers, lawyers, parents, community leaders, business owners, social-change activists, artists, “foodies,” public interest advocates, and community builders.
We are volunteering our time, expertise, and creativity because we support the Old Creamery and we believe that people can accomplish more by working together than they can on their own.
The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Sustainability Library up behind the store. Any changes to the date, time or location of regular board meetings will be posted in the store. Past Board minutes and agendas are also available to Member-Owners in a binder upstairs in the library or upon written request. We welcome the participation of Member-Owners in our meetings. We also welcome and encourage Member-Owner participation in our sub-committee work and/or as a volunteers for projects at the Co-op.
Click here to see a current list of Committees you can join to get more involved!
If you have time or particular talents that you would like to contribute to our cooperative journey send a message to the general manager firstname.lastname@example.org, let any board member know, or drop us a line at email@example.com.
Katy Eiseman - Cummington - Board President
I grew up at the other end of Hampshire County, in Pelham. After a few years in Washington and New York studying and practicing law, I came back home to Western Mass, moving to Cummington in 2004. I've been a morning baker at the Creamery, worked on Only One Cummington Volume II, and ran the Blue House Café in Haydenville for five years with my husband. I've also worked with It Takes a Village (the Hilltown Village) and with the Hilltown Land Trust. When the Kinder Morgan pipeline threatened the region, I founded the Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, which I still run. My two kids attend RH Conwell in Worthington. I now serve on the Cummington Planning Board, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Creamery Board and help develop a shared vision for what we want our co-op to be, and a path to realize that vision.
Peg Cowen - Cummington - Vice President
I have lived in Cummington for 30 years and witnessed the transformation of The Old Creamery from a simple country convenience store to a vibrant and thriving cooperative that feeds, employs and serves as a meeting place for so many of us in this region. Thanks to the vision, dedication, hard work, and generosity of so many people, The Old Creamery's future looks bright.
For the past 18 months, I have been a member of The Creamery's Outreach Committee; I served on the finance committee at the West Cummington Congregational church for many years, and on the board of directors of the Worthington Health Center for three years; My husband, John Bye, and I founded and ran Berkshire County's 3rd CSA from 1996 - 2008. I am a clinical social worker, with a private practice in Northampton and Springfield.
I'm excited to see the directions we, the Member-Owners, will decide to grow The Co-op. How will we evolve as an employer? How will the Creamery grow in its role as a key institution in the local community? How will The Co-op participate in critical debates and actions regarding larger, global issues? The Co-op Member-Owners have the opportunity to embrace these challenges and I am honored to serve on the board as we turn toward these exciting questions and possibilities.