Board of Directors

Please allow us to take the time to officially introduce ourselves! We hope that our faces are familiar to you if you have come to meetings or other co-op events.

Board Elections are open to any interested member-owner during the next election. Contact us for more info.

Board meetings are always open to the public. View our calendar.

Elisa Joy ‘EJ’ Payne

Elisa Joy ‘EJ’ Payne

President

As far back as she can remember, EJ has been in love with the land and all that it produces. From operating a retail garden store and produce farm to connecting people to our local natural areas, EJ has worked to embody the culture of protecting our environment through action, outreach, and community engagement.

EJ and her husband both grew up in the Cedar Mill area, but have called Downtown Hillsboro their home for more than a decade. EJ enjoys gardening, outdoor recreation, watching soccer, and volunteering. As a graduate of the Leadership Hillsboro program, she is always looking for ways to improve community.

Brandon Iwasaki

Brandon Iwasaki

Vice President

Brandon recently moved to Hillsboro to an 18-acre farm. The farm was developing sustainable agricultural systems that work in harmony to produce high-quality goods while improving the environment. It invigorated his passion for not only the farming lifestyle, but to support hard working farmers. Co-ops build community and define a part of the community. Brandon is excited to be part of that community and help make it happen.

Tobi Page

Tobi Page

Treasurer

Tobi is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the owner of Eating is a Lifestyle, a nutrition counseling practice in Portland. Tobi and her family moved to Hillsboro in 2016 and are excited to help bring the Co-op to our community. Tobi’s passion for “healthy food for everyone” has carried her through her career in nutrition education with OSU Extension Service and Bob’s Red Mill to helping individuals establish healthier lifestyles in her private practice. Her favorite activity is exploring the world of food, and she is always open to trying new delights!

Adam Simantel

Adam Simantel

Secretary

Adam is a Hillsboro resident who would love to shop at local grocery store that offers high quality affordable food, with an emphasis on local producers. Adam believes everyone benefits when the distance is reduced between food sources and consumers. He believes we are lucky to be surrounded by phenomenal agriculture here in the Tualatin and Willamette valleys, and he likes that the Co-op will emphasize those ties between local farmers and consumers. Strengthening that relationship is great for everyone!

Dale Case

Dale Case

Board Member

Dale’s goal for retirement was to volunteer, and he has done just that for the last four years to a high level of personal satisfaction. Besides his service to the Co-op, he is currently a volunteer in a middle school reading intervention classroom and he teaches an intermediate adult ESL class. In addition, he is also a large-scale home gardener.

Sarah Nachtigal

Sarah Nachtigal

Board Member

Sarah has lived in Hillsboro for most of her life. She believes that in order to grow a good community, people should do what they can to add value back into their community. The Co-op is something that could be a great value to our community, and she is excited to be a part of that development. Sarah recently completed her Masters in Business Administration at PSU, and she will be using this degree to help the Co-op grow into its full potential.

Paul Hanford

Paul Hanford

Board Member

Paul grew up in the greater Seattle area. Early recollections of PCC Community Markets and the co-ops in Olympia confirm his support of these vital hubs. Interior cities like Boise, Missoula and Nelson B.C. cemented his resolve that the cooperative is an anchor for civic life and a banner example of community pride.

Paul studied agroecology and biochemistry at Evergreen in the early 1980s. In the early 1990s, he moved to Portland and began a quarter century in produce retail. Paul opened and managed three separate departments for as many grocers. The supply chain, the personnel, the communities served and the celebration of the agricultural abundance has kept him busy ever since.

Paul’s commitment to locally-sourced and organic fruits and vegetables continues to grow. The industry is changing and to see that first hand has been edifying for him. Paul wishes to bring his knowledge and understanding of the business to Hillsboro Food Coop and the board specifically.