From the Board of Directors

March 14th 2019

by Rachel Mitrani, Board Treasurer

Happy almost Spring to the Provender Community! This is the time of year that always brings excitement for what is new and flourishing right beneath the soil. I start thinking about what seeds I am going to plant in my garden and what adventures are to come as the weather starts to warm up. I am looking forward to another year of abundance and possibility.

Provender is also under transition as we have hired a new Executive Director, Abigail Harris. She has experience in successfully steering organizations towards achieving common goals using strategic thinking and marketing strategies. Abigail has years of experience as a business owner and understands the value a member organization such as Provender can bring to its membership. She also has a deep passion for the natural products industry and will bring a fresh eye to our membership.

The board looks forward to the next few months as Abigail and Vicki work together to ensure a smooth transition. Vicki has agreed to stay on until the 2019 conference is completed. The board is forever grateful for all Vicki has done in the past 2 years as the ED to keep us on solid footing and moving forward.

We will have an opportunity to get to know each other better during our upcoming board retreat on the Oregon Coast in April. The agenda includes strategic planning, marketing strategy and new member benefits and programming. We would love to know what the membership would like to see in these areas. Now is a great opportunity to be a part of the conversation and you can reach out anytime to Abigail or any board member to share your thoughts.

The Provender Alliance would not exist if it wasn’t for our membership and our allies in this healthy products movement. Provender keeps us educated and inspired to wake up every day, work hard, and do our part for the Planet and the People. Here’s to keeping moving forward!