This year the annual Owners Meeting will be held on October 17 at 6pm.

After 5 years of hard work our co-op is finally opening and we have a lot to report on from the last year.

We’ll meet again at the Khalif Event Center on East Wendover Ave. We will fill three open seats on the Board of Directors, hear a financial report for 2015, and get updates on the opening of the store.

2016 Board Candidates

Below you will find brief statements from the candidates for the Board of Directors on why they want to serve our community in this capacity.

Bruce Goode

Tell us who you are.
Prior to moving to Greensboro 1 year ago, I lived in Cleveland, Ohio’s Central area for 30 years. I served 37 years in ministry at the Christian Hope MBC, the last 27 years as Pastor. I have been in the financial services industry 43 years. In 1999, I started my own company, Goode Investment Management, Inc., providing fixed income investment management services to large government and corporate retirement plans. I served 6 years on the Board of Faith Community United Credit Union, two as President. FCUCU’s mission, as a Community Development Corporation, was to provide banking services and products to the unbanked and under severed residents of Cuyahoga County. I served on the Cleveland Scholarship Program’s board for over twenty years. CSP’s original mission was to help inner city school students finding funding for and graduate from college. I served on the First Tee of Cleveland’s Board. I was the President of the Ministers’ Fellowship of the Union District Association of the Ohio Baptist State Convention.

My wife and I recently started Life Is Goode, a non-profit corp., to provide financial capacity education to the unbanked, underserved and those who need financial counseling in this community. If elected to the RCC Board, I think my experiences and desire to serve will add value to the Board.

Why do you want to serve on the RCC Board?
In Matthew 25:40 the King says: to the extent you do it for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me. I consider serving on the RCC Board an opportunity to impact lives in a positive way.

Jessica Jackson

Tell us who you are.
I am a recent college graduate originally from Greensboro, NC, where I attended Dudley High School. After completing college and graduate school in Virginia I moved back home to North Carolina, I currently work for LabCorp in Burlington. I am an active member of Holmes Grove UMC. A am also a mentor for the Big Brother Big Sister Program. I enjoy working with children and promoting healthy lifestyles. I am passionate to support the community that helped nurture and shape the woman I have become.

Why do you want to serve on the RCC Board?
As a Renaissance Community Co-op Board Member I hope to:

  • Show support for an underserved community through a leadership role
  • Represent the residents of Northeast Greensboro and promote opportunities for access to healthy foods
  • be a role model for my peers and younger generations

I hope my dedication to serve in a volunteer position for the community will encourage others to do the same.

Channelle James

Tell us who you are.
I am a native of North Carolina but have lived in Greensboro since 1996. I am a member of St. James Presbyterian Church. I have a PhD in Cultural Studies from UNC Greensboro along with a master’s degree in Public Affairs and Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University. I have been teaching at UNC Greensboro since 1996. My area of teaching and research is social and sustainable entrepreneurship. I am also the President/CEO of Community Ventures Inc. in Greensboro which is a nonprofit that works to support social enterprise and living wages in Greensboro. I am a member of the National Parliamentary Association and Vice President of Beta Iota Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in Greensboro NC. I am a graduating fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.

Why do you want to serve on the RCC Board?
I have experience in entrepreneurship and issue of sustainability. I believe that I can offer the board my expertise as the Co-op starts and grows. I would like to help address food desert issues in Guilford County and this role has the potential to provide me with that experience.

Leo B. Steward

Tell us who you are.
I have been dedicated to improving this neighborhood for almost two decades now. I have worked with community organizers and leaders to bring our co-op to fruition for more than 5 years. I have lived in this community for the past 19 years and have been involved both politically and with social justice issues since relocating here from Georgia. I was one of the original neighborhood residents working closely with the City of Greensboro to determine the future of the old Bessemer Shopping Center and worked closely with F4DC representatives when they became involved in helping us develop the concept that has evolved into the RCC. I am on the board of the Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro, was Chairperson of the Steering Committee which preceded the formal incorporation of the RCC. I was elected the first Chairman of the RCC Board. I am also one of the citizens that has filed suite against the State of North Carolina over the reorganizing of Greensboro’s City Council.

Over the past few years I have been an active member of the RCC Board. I regularly attend The Church of All Nations. I am devoted to equality and justice. I have worked with voter registration for more than eight years now and have worked at the voting polls during election years. Nothing is more important to us as a people than exercising our right to vote!

Although now retired, I have more than 60 years experience as a meat specialist and working in the grocery industry. My grandfather was the first to teahc me the skills of perfectly cutting meats. My family is from Bombay, India. I am bilingual, fluently speaking Spanish, French and Patuai (my native Indian tongue). After retirement, I worked for four years at A&T State University with the Upward Bound program teaching Spanish.

I am married to my beautiful wife, Karen, for 34 years. One of our favorite past-times is traveling internationally and enjoying new experiences and eating!

Why do you want to serve on the RCC Board?
I want to continue working to improve my community and after so many years I definitely want to see the RCC into adulthood.

Casey Thomas

Tell us who you are.
My family is from South Carolina and the US Virgin Islands, and I was born in New York and grew up in India, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Northern Virginia. I came to Greensboro to attend Guilford College in 2006. After living here for ten years and being so enamored with the ways so many of Greensboro’s communities push for justice, their needs and for one another, I decided to put down roots in this city. I have been involved with the RCC since 2013, when I served on the Renaissance Community Cooperative Committee, which developed the by-laws for the co-op. I then filled a vacancy on the board and have had the honor of serving you as a board member. I have helped coordinate many of our monthly community meetings and have facilitated some of them as well. In 2016 I became the Chair of the Owner Recruitment & Outreach Committee. Additionally, I have written the narratives for grants that secured $60,000 for the co-op, and organized an event that raised 12 owners and $1000 in an evening. While we are moving into a new phase that may involve less of that type of fundraising, being able to represent the RCC and tell our story in a way that connects with people across the city and the nation will be useful as a board member. I recently finished a Master’s in Public Health and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNCG, and have five years of experience as an administrative assistant. These experiences have given me a background in accounting, record-keeping, raising funds, mapping communities’ needs and assets, and facilitating meetings. I offer these skills, an understanding of the RCC’s history and a commitment to the co-op and North East Greensboro.

Why do you want to serve on the RCC Board?
I want to continue to serve on the Renaissance Community Co-op board because I want to contribute to growing the cooperative’s membership, and helping to foster community-involvement and ownership of the co-op. The RCC is more than a grocery store. It is an economic engine for growing community-owned wealth. It is the product of the investment of over 1000 people in North East Greensboro and neighbors across the city and country, who believe that this community can not only end a food-desert, but build and own the kinds of resources that will keep it from becoming one again. I believe that community health and community wealth are inextricably linked, and that the RCC’s fight to develop both embody that link. Further, I have really loved getting to know the co-op’s members and would love the opportunity to continue working for you all on the board.


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