Monadnock Buy Local, an alliance of 135 locally owned and independent businesses in Southwestern New Hampshire, announced the formation of its first-ever Board of Directors.
“Entering our fifth year, we decided it was time to formalize our organization — to become a stronger advocate for independent businesses, our community and our local economy,” said Jen Risley, Board Member of Monadnock Buy Local. “This movement, both nationally and regionally, is strengthening and it was time for Monadnock Buy Local to do the same.”
Monadnock Buy Local’s Board of Directors includes:
Rebeckah Bullock is the Community Development Specialist at Southwest Regional Planning. She works on a range of assignments from local planning assistance to resource protection, emergency management planning, and community and economic development. Rebeckah also provides grant administration for Community Development Block Grants.
Rich Grogan is the Regional Manager of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. Prior to joining the SBDC, Rich was a professor in the MBA in Sustainability program at Antioch University New England. Rich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Wake Forest University, an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Organizational Sustainability from Michigan State University.
Katy Locke is co-founder and Board President of the Transition Keene Advocates (TKA), a 501(c)3 organization focused on improving the resilience of our community. Katy also serves as the Chair of a TKA subcommittee to launch a local Time Exchange. When not volunteering her time, she works as office manager for Deep Roots Massage in downtown Keene.
Zach Luse is the founder of Paragon Digital Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency serving businesses and nonprofits nationwide. Zach is a firm believer that doing good is good for business. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for Stay Work Play New Hampshire working to keep young professionals in New Hampshire. When he isn’t attached to a computer he might be found at the helm of a sailboat, scuba diving, mountain biking or trying to keep up with his two little boys.
Jen Risley is one of the founders of Monadnock Buy Local, serving on the Steering Committee since 2009. She is Membership & Marketing Manager of the Monadnock Food Co-op and also serves on the City of Keene Cities for Climate Protection Committee and the Southwest Region Planning Commission’s Economic Development Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Antioch University New England.
Mitchell Shakour was born and raised in Keene, and returned to the region in the late 1970s after earning degrees in communications at Syracuse University. He owns and manages The Monadnock Shopper News, a business founded by his father. He has also owned and operated the Northfield Drive-In in Winchester, NH since 1979. He is married and has two children.
Willard Williams grew up in Peterborough and now lives in Greenfield. He and other family members started The Toadstool Bookshop on Main Street in Peterborough in 1972. He has continued to sell books in the store ever since. Willard has served on the Monadnock Buy Local Steering Committee since 2010.