Meet Your Board

Common Ground Board of Directors


Common Ground is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Nine Common Ground owners, elected by the ownership, are on the board at any given time. They meet regularly and report on the state of the co-op at the Annual Meeting of owners every autumn. The Board also oversees elections and recommends updates to the Bylaws, the legal documents that define and guide the co-op. Directors must look after the best interests of the co-op as a whole in a changing business environment. That means that policies and practices at the Co-op may change over time.

Come see the Board in action! Meetings occur the second Monday of every month from 6:15-8:15 pm in the Urbana Civic Center.

Each fall we hold elections for open Board seats. The 2016 election took place from Saturday September 10 to Sunday September 18, with 382 active owners voting. You can see the results here.


Newly Elected Board Members

Julie Zilles


Board Member Since April 2012
Current Term: Fall 2016-Fall 2019

I believe in Common Ground and our Ends – building community, strengthening cooperatives, educating, and contributing to a healthy local food chain. I believe Common Ground is a place where individual participation can make a real difference, presenting a hopeful alternative to divisiveness, corporate greed, and environmental degradation, and I want to do my part to sustain and strengthen this hopeful vision.

Ted Veselsky

Ted Veselsky

Current Term: Fall 2016-Fall 2017

The interaction the Co‐op has with the community to educate on eating local and eating healthy is something that has become very important to me. I would love the opportunity to share this resource with others.

Tom Howley


Current Term: Fall 2016-Fall 2017

The “Four Ends” of Common Ground definitely resonate for me. Fostering an inclusive community is a value that I have passionately supported in both my professional and my personal life.

Kristin Walters


Current Term: Fall 2016-Fall 2018

For years I have designated the CGFC my “happy place"...I look forward to collaborating with a diverse group of owners to creatively problem-solve and enthusiastically learn.

Marissa Stewart


Current Term: Fall 2016-Fall 2019

My vision for Common Ground is to be a true community hub where all people in our community, across all backgrounds, feel welcome and have access to local, healthy, and affordable food and education.

Margaret Johnstone


Board Member Since May of 2016
Current Term: Fall 2016 - Fall 2019

Common Group Food Coop represents a community grocery store and educational tool that are missing in today’s society...I would like to be elected to the board to be part of the bridge between the Co-Op and the community. As someone who plans on raising children in the Champaign-Urbana area, having access to local foods is essential and important to not only my family but everyone in the community.

Current Board Members 

Magdalena Casper-Shipp


Board Member Since 2014
Current Term: Fall 2014-Fall 2017

Charles Delman


Board Member Since 2015
Current Term: Fall 2015-Fall 2018


You can always ask in store for a printed copy of the Board's Minutes.

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017 (meeting 1 and meeting 2)

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015