DNF CO-OP Board of Directors
The Durango Natural Foods Board of Directors is elected by the owners from amongst themselves. Each board member brings a variety of professional and personal interests and experiences to the group, forging a Board of Directors committed to fulfilling DNF’s mission, maintaining its quality and financial stability, and providing strategic planning for its future.
Your Board of Directors
Cody Reinheimer | President | Terms Ends 2021
Cody Reinheimer has been eating organic his entire life and is a long time supporter of co-ops. He knows that eating great helps us feel great! He is passionate about protecting and enjoying our environment, locally and globally. He has lived in Durango since 2008, arriving as a student of diversified farming and permaculture. He has been part of several farms, has been an educator in various forms, managed the Durango Farmers Market for 4 years, and now makes his living as a DJ. He thrives on building community and having fun with his daughter, friends and family. He is honored to serve the community by being a motivated board member working towards a bright future for our co-op through creativity, cooperation and positive communication.
Weston Medlock | Vice President | Term Ends 2023
My degree in Sustainable Development has allowed me to dissect the many theories of sustainability and develop a multifaceted approach to social equity, environmental conservation, and localized economics. I recognize the urgency to restore local agriculture and promote democratic food systems that will foster a healthy community. With my experience in community organizing and former president of a nonprofit, I hope to empower the local food community of Durango, seek strategic partnerships, and loyally serve the members of the DNF cooperative.
Elizabeth Shephard | Board Member | Term Ends 2023
Elizabeth, aka Eliza Jean, has been a DNF member for 13 years. Raised in a rich co-op /whole foods family tradition, Elizabeth is a past working member of the Olympia Food Co-op in Olympia, WA, volunteer for Durango Nature Studies and the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. Her organizational management and outreach work began at Oklahoma State University where she served international graduate students seeking admission. She excelled in outreach and management roles for Heartwood Institute – Open Sky Wilderness Therapy – Turtle Lake Refuge - and Animas Valley Institute; organizations that promote awakening, health, and depth in the human experience. Currently, the owner of Aligned Transformational Bodywork, she is a seasoned LMT, business innovator, organizational queen, content creatrix, and event producer. She is the founder of Confluence, providing synergy-based solutions for entities enacting positive social change. In 2008, Elizabeth co-founded the Community Dance Sanctuary, in Durango, CO, seeding the ecstatic dance community that flourishes today.
Don Lewis| Treasurer | Term Ends 2023
Mary Katherine | Board Member | Term Ends 2022
Katherine has lived in and enjoyed Durango, Colorado for 39 years. She is a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in addiction of substances both prescribed and non prescribed. She was introduced to Durango Natural Foods early in her years of living in Durango. She worked as a volunteer for the Coop initially when we were a little tiny store with the big heart that we still have. Katherine served on the DNF board of directors commencing from 1994 for a total of six years. Katherine has a private therapy practice ie. Katherine Therapy Associates. Katherine is adjunct faculty at Southwest Colorado Community College/Pueblo Community College since 1991 teaching a variety of psychology and sociology courses.
Katherine enjoys all Durango has to offer for healthy living: she loves the Animas river, swimming, hiking, yoga, hula hooping, biking as well as walking.
Katherine looks forward to assisting with progress in the DNF store for both employees, board members, Coop members and all who shop at our coop.
Theo Reitwiesner | Board Member | Term Ends 2022
I have lived in the Durango community for the past three years. I moved here in 2017 from Colorado Springs, Colorado where I was born and raised. I am an avid climber, skier, river person, pursuer of adventures of all varieties. I also love music and play in several groups around town. Embracing the magic of community within Durango and the wild that surrounds us has filled my cup over the past three years. I will graduate this summer from Fort Lewis College with degrees in both Adventure Education and Psychology and I am employed as a field guide at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. I was an employee at DNF from 2018-2020 and I am stoked to continue to serve this cooperative as a member of the board. I believe in nonviolent communication as well as transparency and work to embrace life authentically. I see conflict as an opportunity for growth and I look forward to building the Co-op with all of you in the coming years.
Victoria Mordan| Secretary | Term Ends 2021
Before landing in Durango, Victoria served as the Partnerships Coordinator at a North Philadelphia public school. Driven by her passion for community development, social equality, education, food, and writing, she spearheaded the Farm to Families initiative, facilitating the purchase and distribution of fresh, affordable weekly boxes of produce and provided nutrition education for the students, families, and community.
After graduating from Moravian College with a B.A. in International Management & French, Victoria lived in Colombia for a year, where she ate super-locally, purchasing her produce exclusively from the Mercado de Villa de Leyva (farmers market). While abroad, she worked for an adventure sports company, managing their publicity and interpreting for tourists.
Victoria is thrilled and eager to work with the other board members towards DNF’s goal of a thriving, informed, locally focused community. Food is an opportunity to share conversations, connections, and culture. And co-ops exist to serve their community.