Meet the Board of Directors

Dave DeBlander

I began my business and co-op career in 1974 as a member of Nature’s Bakery coop in Madison, Wisc. In 1976, along with my wife, Kate, we opened a macrobiotic organic foods restaurant and bakery and operated them until 1990 when we moved to Pensacola. I started a carpet cleaning company here in Pensacola, Pro Clean Restoration and Cleaning, which I continue to own and operate. My wife and I (and our daughter and now son-in-law and grandchildren) have been eating a macrobiotic diet since 1974 and love the fact that we can purchase all the necessary food to maintain that diet at Ever’man. As a board member, my desire is to see the store run as efficiently as possible in order to have the lowest prices, the most pleasant atmosphere and the happiest employees. I also would like to see Ever’man lead the way in educating the community about the benefits of eating organic foods.

Kelly Oden

I’ve been privileged to serve on the Ever’man Board of Directors for the last three years. In that time, I’ve learned how to best work on a cooperative board and the dedication it takes to align decision making with both our Ends Statement and the seven cooperative principles. I’m proud to be a part of Ever’mans’ vital health and wellness work in the community and to continue in my role as a director. I have been interested in healthy living for over 25 years and I love the fact that Ever’man is a trusted source for those looking to eat wholesome, nutritious food and learn new skills for developing a healthy mind, body and spirit. For the past ten years, I have led the creative team of a local publishing company. This experience has helped me to hone my leadership and organizational skills and has given me a broad understanding of our community as a whole, as well as the opportunity to develop valuable contacts at all levels of local government and industry. My daughter and I shop at Ever’man daily and we love the sense of community offered by our local cooperative and the friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Lauren Southern-Godwin

I have a B.S. from Boston University in TV/Film and Educational Media and have been a teacher at Montessori School of Pensacola for over five years. I see being an Ever’man board member as a chance to help spread the importance of healthy food options in our community. I have experience with management, environmentally and socially conscious organizations, and in the arenas of education and awareness. Having worked in media (PBS, BBC in London, and children’s publishing), I know that what is presented to the mainstream public is not normally healthy and/or green. Also, having been a teacher, I see what children eat, and how obesity is on the rise, and believe that it starts at a young age. I am the children’s coordinator for the local Greater Good Music, Art, and Children’s Festival and also volunteer with the children’s activities of another festival in Live Oak, FL. I hope that Ever’man will continue to be a leader in health, wellness and community service.

Eric Schneider

With my 17 years as an Ever’man member and prior 7 years as an Ever’man board member, I am committed to representing the Ever’man membership by promoting member value and a higher quality natural food shopping experience. I have held various positions on the Ever’man Board and understand that a cohesive Board provides the synergy for a quality member experience. The critical difference for Ever’man to stay competitive is to provide more quality organic and all-natural product options at a reasonable cost with customer education and satisfaction as a core value. I was engaged in the planning process for expanding the current store and believe that Ever’man is set to expand further into the community (locally and beyond) as an educational and local product outlet for the environmentally aware consumer. I have an interest in seeing Ever’man utilize creative concepts to promote healthy lifestyles to the underprivileged community as well.

Lynn Jackson

It has been my privilege to serve on the Ever’man Board of Directors for the past six years. I am a native Pensacolian and lifetime member of Ever’man. I love this area and have a commitment to see our community thrive, especially in the areas of health and wellness. My long-time experience as a member, teacher, business owner, retreat presenter and leader in the local health and wellness community gives me a unique insight into the needs of the Ever’man community. I have studied and applied many whole food and wellness principles to create a healthy lifestyle for myself, my family, my many students and business clients. My year of experience in the field of health and wellness is a valuable asset to the Ever’man Board. I am honored and thrilled to continue to serve on the Ever’man board!

Tara Jones

It is my honor and privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op. Healthy organic food is a priority for my family as it is for yours. Supporting local suppliers through economic partnerships is a connection I highly value for the community. To maintain the momentum of Ever’man, we must collectively push for more market share of downtown Pensacola. I will use my background in marketing and sales to further educate the community on the value of a local co-op. I hope to bring ideas which will facilitate partnerships with other organizations that hold the same social responsibilities as Ever’man. Together we can streamline the balance of healthy living for all of Pensacola.

Jena  Melançon

As an Ever’man Board member, I am interested in contributing to the long-term health of our community. I admire the co-op’s educational and outreach programs, and participating in realizing its vision is exciting. As a participant of the City of Pensacola’s International Relations Advisory Board, the University of West Florida International Advisory Council, and Board of Directors of the North Hill Preservation Association, I see the opportunity to serve on your Board as a wonderful growth opportunity. And, as executive director of a local nonprofit, I want to put my organizational talents towards a cause I admire, as change starts at the local level.

Sandra Kaye Smith

I intend to uphold the values, honesty, social responsibility, and care of the community set forth in the Ever‘man Code of Ethics. My character, reputation, and commitment to the Pensacola community represent these values. I have always trusted Ever‘man to direct and advise me on my health and wellness needs. As a spokesperson for the recent grand opening, I shared how the staff makes your shopping experience a family affair by offering genuine interest in the need for quality and friendly service. My qualifications include strategic planning, human resource management, project development, and community leadership, and I appreciate the opportunity to enhance this experience as a Board member.

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