Carmen Byker Shanks lives, works, and plays in the Gallatin Valley and uses Co-op food to fuel her activities. She has been a member of the Co-op since 2011, when she moved to Bozeman for work as an assistant professor of Food and Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University. She is keenly interested in both educating students about and researching topics related to how the nutritional quality of food systems can promote human health. Carmen loves her food and nutrition work so much that it spills into her personal favorite hobbies – cooking and eating quality foods and then engaging in beautiful Montana outdoor activities to burn it off.
Cameron Hildreth has been a Working Member of our Coop since she moved here in 1995. Elected to the Board in 2001, she has served on every Board Committee except the Finance Committee.
She has enjoyed being a part of the three major expansion projects during her tenure and in the last 2 years, she served on the Design Team for the Coop: the Whole Block.
An avid knitter, Cameron owns Stix, a retail yarn store located downtown.
She and her husband, Peter, share their home with Severus, a Wheaten Terrier who has stolen their hearts, and 3 young(er) adults when they are home.
Susan has been a member of the Co-op since 2005, when she moved to Bozeman with her family from New York City. Susan is an attorney who is a graduate of Purchase College and New York Law School. After graduating from college, Susan worked at NBC News in New York, where she met her husband Geoff Stephens. Susan spent several years as a litigator for a Wall Street law firm before deciding to become a full-time, stay at home mother to her children Ben and Katie. After moving to Bozeman, she spent several years as an adjunct instructor at MSU and was a member and President of the Bozeman Public Library Foundation Board. She currently is a board member of the Bozeman Actors Theatre and volunteers to provide legal assistance to low income clients. Susan is an avid home cook who is always interested in learning new ways to shop for, store and prepare food in a responsible and conscientious manner.
Jeff Batton is a serial entrepreneur who has been a growth-stage executive for many businesses and investors throughout the region. His experience includes long-term leadership roles with a long list of well-known local businesses including PFL, Foundant Technologies, Wisetail, Yellowstone Grassfed Beef, The Natural Baby Company, and Blackmore Sensors & Analytics. He has also provided short-term strategy and consulting work to a much longer list of “Main Street” businesses. Most recently, Jeff has worked to bring innovative growth capital to a wide variety of local businesses, from tech startups to organic farms. Jeff lives in Bozeman with his wife Jennifer and two children, Kaia (5th grader at Morning Star) and Parker (freshman at Bozeman High).
Hyun is a stay-at-home mom to a six-year-old who attends Irving Elementary. She recently moved to Bozeman a little over a year ago from Phoenix. Here, she has found a true community of active, happy people who love where they live. She loves to cook and feed people healthy meals. Whether it’s biking, hiking, skiing, walking or ice skating, she loves to get outside and explore this area. Hyun is committed to spreading and keeping the spirit of community alive here in Bozeman.
Jennifer moved to Montana in 1995 and has since worked for city, county, state and federal government. She recognizes the importance of supporting our local economy and has been a strong advocate for community-owned businesses, protecting local farms and sensible land use planning. Jen loves the outdoors, gardening, time with friends, good food, riding bikes, traveling, yoga and animals. Working with fellow board members and Co-op staff has been a privilege and great joy.
Matt Skoglund has lived in Bozeman with his wife, Sarah, since 2008. Matt is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Illinois College of Law. Along with Sarah, Matt is the founder and owner of North Bridger Bison, a holistically managed bison ranch located 30 miles northeast of Bozeman in the Shields Valley. Prior to starting North Bridger Bison, Matt was the Director of the Northern Rockies Office for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he worked on various conservation issues in Montana and the Northern Rockies for almost ten years. Matt is passionate about local food, and he loves to hunt, garden, cook, and search for morel mushrooms in the spring. But, more than anything, Matt is proudest to be the dad to his and Sarah's two kids, Otto (5) and Greta (2).
Micah Coburn (they/them) is an Indigenous Montanan from the Jocko Valley and the Flathead Reservation. Local foods were a part of Micah’s upbringing and, in high school, they helped start an organic produce company in Arlee. After graduating, they moved to Missoula to study Social Work while also working for a few non-profits. Upon receiving their degree, they felt the need to nurture their love for local food systems and accepted a job at the Good Food Store as the perishable buyer. In 2017, Micah moved to Bozeman with their husband, Christopher, to pursue Biological Engineering at MSU. Since graduating, Micah works at the Center for Biofilm Engineering and is thoroughly enjoying life without homework. With their free time, Micah is excited to be be more active with the Co-op, both by serving as a board member, and by indulging in more miso brown butter cookies!
Scott and his wife, Lauren, moved to Bozeman in 2014. After spending his childhood in the Mojave Desert of Southern California he went north to the Redwood Forest. Here he completed his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Interpretation at Cal Poly Humboldt. He fell in love with the wildness of Montana and Wyoming during a 2005 summer internship as an Interpretive Ranger in Yellowstone National Park. Scott has worked at the Community Food Co-op for over six years. During this time, he has been the Center Store Manager and Assistant Produce Manager. Currently, he is the Purchasing and Merchandising Manager for both Co-op locations and continues to further develop his understanding of how to support our community by offering great food. When not working he loves to mountain bike, hike, and explore the amazing eco-communities of Montana with his wife and son Kellen.