Susan Quarles


Susan is the current President of the Co-op Board of Directors and has been a member of the board since 2014. Susan has been a member of the Co-op since moving to Bozeman with her family from New York City in 2005. Susan graduated from Purchase College, and worked at NBC News in New York, where she met her husband, Geoff Stephens. Susan subsequently graduated from New York Law School and became a trial attorney with a Wall Street law firm. After arriving in Bozeman, Susan worked for several years as an adjunct instructor at MSU and has served as a board member and President of both the Bozeman Public Library Foundation and the Bozeman Actors Theatre. In addition to spending time with Geoff and their children Katie, Ben and his wife Anjuli, Susan loves to travel and is an avid knitter and enthusiastic home cook.

Election Questions

From a Board perspective, what do you think are important issues facing the Co-op?

As Board President, I understand that it is essential for the Co-op to continue fulfilling our mission of providing access to healthy food for all of the community in the face of rising competition. This mission includes providing responsibly sourced food at a reasonable price and supporting other community organizations that help those in need. It is also vital for the Co-op to continue to set an excellent example as an employer and community leader.

What strengths would you bring to the Board?

In addition to almost seven years on the Co-op board, I have professional experience as an attorney, an adjunct instructor at MSU, and prior board memberships. These positions required hard work and exceptional organizational skills. As a trained mediator, I am proficient in finding compromise and creative solutions to difficult problems. I am passionate about food and cooking and I love increasing my knowledge and awareness of food issues in service to the Co-op.

What aspects of the Co-op Board of Directors do you find of interest?

I am particularly interested in identifying new and creative ways for the Co-op to serve our rapidly expanding and diversifying community, while continuing to address increasing competition. I am excited to help the Co-op become even an even more attractive shopping destination for young families and a broader constituency of Co-op members and the community. I also really love working with the members of the Co-op staff who are amazing colleagues and teammates.