Karl Sabo - General Manager
I knew when making chicken paprikash and chimney cake with my Hungarian grandmother that everything to do with food would be the life for me. Food connects people and can inspire change. I started working in kitchens at 14, went to the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park after high school, and worked many kitchen stations on a 'round the world cruise liner.
When I rose through the ranks to the responsibility of purchasing, I always went for what was fresh, sustainable, and local - on the ocean liner; as Director of Purchasing at the “21” Club in NYC; and as co-innkeeper with my wife Jane Howard at the Deerfield Inn, where we worked for 30 happy years.
After working in Manhattan, I was so pleased to move back to the country. I grew up always being in the outdoors, and rural is what I love. We must support and empower growers, producers, and communities, to keep this beautiful, comestible-rich part of the country sustainable and vital.
We took a year-long hiatus in 2017 to run a small family farm in the mountains of southern Spain, but now I am delighted to be back in MA, and honored to be part of the iconic Creamery with its friendly, dedicated staff, supportive Board, and wonderful community.
Tom Utterback - Grocery Manager
I grew up in the small city of Tullahoma, TN and now live in Conway with my wife Donna Gilman and 9 year old son Avi. My wife is a psychologist in Northampton and my son is a 3rd 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.
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 email@example.com, let any board member know, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Feitner - Cummington - President
Peter has been a resident of Cummington since 1989. Previously of Ithaca, NY, he has worked in a wide array of settings ranging from athletic coach for a collegiate sports team, travel planner and tour leader, arts administrator, potter and small business owner, artist, builder, and on it goes. He has a degree in Business Administration and Management from Ithaca College and served for six years as a Trustee for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. He lives about one mile from The Creamery which has been an almost daily part of his life for the entirety of his residency. He is married to local artist and potter Christy Knox and they have two daughters, Karina and Lilah. He is looking forward to the excitement and challenges of serving on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative and working to ensure the continuing stable and vital presence of the Old Creamery as an iconic part of this wonderful community.
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.