Add Cooperative to your Resume
Although we are currently not hiring we are always excepting resumes from people sharing our passion for food and community. Stop by the Coop today to drop off a resume and inquire about upcoming positions. Download an application here
Working for the Coop is rewarding in many ways. Employees have the opportunity to connect with local farmers and producers, have a hand in choosing the items we carry, and influencing their community through a responsible business model.
Who is the Coop
The Coop employs a wide range of individuals with very impressive backgrounds and knowledge We share a common goal of providing top quality products for our customers. Stop into today to meet our friendly staff who will be happy to answer your questions, and even better, meet you too!
Our staff strives to provide customers with the best in quality all while keeping your health and the environment in mind. We take the time to research products with just the right ingredients. We also work closely with local producers and take pride in our professional relationships with them. We are concerned about the larger issues facing future generations and put customer service in the forefront. You are invited to come visit us. When you do, make sure you ask any staff member what it is they especially love about the Food Coop. You will certainly see sparkles in our eyes while answering.
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Keith DiPietro, General Manager
Keith is married with five children, mostly grown. He graduated from CSUC in California. After college, with no money he bought a drive-through dairy business. Not too long after that, he started an ice business that went crazy in three cities. Eventually, he sold both businesses and purchased a liquor store. While operating the liquor store, he opened a Gold's Gym and Fitness center. Keith's family and him moved to Colorado approximately 10 years ago. He worked as a financial planner at a local college for approximately two years. The past 8+ years he has worked for Natural Grocer's in Castle Rock as a store manager. His management style is best described as servant leader. His passions are business development, relationships, family, and lots of fun.
Chris Coen, Produce
Chris comes to Fort Collins Food Coop from Ann Arbor, MI, where she put in a few years at the People's Food Coop. She has been with our coop for 16 years and currently serves as produce buyer, and part of the management team. When she's not at the coop, she enjoys spending time with her husband Rick and her kitties Wag and Tumbleweed. She like hiking, cooking, and sewing. Her most favorite local coop product is Ela Family Farms peaches—hands down!
Kalidas, Refrigerated, Frozen, and Bread
Kalidas is originally from New York and came out here after living in various other states of mind. He does a little of most things at the Coop, especially heading up the Perishables and Frozen foods departments. Outside the Coop he exist with aplomb and his favorite thing to do is to be clear and focused. From the shelves of the coop Kalidas enjoys apples and carrots.
Trinity Bigford, Deli and Catering
Trinity is originally from green New Hampshire which is where she first gained her appreciation for fresh veggies and farming (organic by nature). Trinity now works at the Coop as the Deli and Catering Manager (YES! We do catering!). Outside of the Deli at the Coop she is obsessed with Rocky Mountain Orchards preserves! They are all natural, local and bursting with flavor. While not making deli-licious creations she enjoys riding her bike, cooking, baking and exploring all sunny Colorado has to offer! Her favorite thing in the ENTIRE world is when people over-react positively about what they are eating.
Stephanie Bublitz, Cheese/Health and Beauty
Stephanie runs Cheese and Bodycare. A strange combination that makes for a fun day at work. In addition, she assists Chris in Produce to help keep the veggies happy. When not at the Coop she can be found gardening with the radio up, hiking in the foothills with her dog or cooking with friends. She is also passionate about living locally, sustainably and ethically. She has a goofy little greyhound mix named Bumble who is oh so good at getting himself into trouble. When not begging for a belly rub, he can be found raiding the raspberry bush.
Andrew Kilpatrick, Design and Marketing Coordinator
The last name might sound familiar. He is a family member of Muck Kilpatrick. Andrew graduated from St. Mary's University in 2011 with a degree in Grahpic Design. He also likes to volunteer for worthy causes.
Caroline W. Tracz, Outreach Director/Supplements/Grocery
You can take the girl out of Chicago but you can't take Chicago out of the girl! Caroline loves her Italian beef, sausage and of course, bacon. Caroline has a degree in Business Management and has worked at Zanies Comedy Club in Illinois and People's Grocery Co-operative in Manhattan, Kansas. You may find her running around the store helping in different departments or smiling at the Farmer's Market booths and various community events. A must have in her refrigerator is Rocky Mountain Orchards Jalapeno preserves and Horsetooth Hot Sauce! Always up to shenanigans, she enjoys frolicking, baking, gardening, swimming, crafts, costumes and cooking feasts for her friends.
Oakley Davis, Bulk and Herb Goddess aka: Oak, Young Oak, Strong as Oak, Oak Tree, June Bug
Oakley comes from the far off land of Oz. aka Manhattan, Kansas. In 2012 Oakley graduated from Kansas State University (Go Wildcats) with two degrees in Psychology, Family Studies, and minor in American Ethics. Oakley has been to over 300 concerts, most of them with the love of her life, Dustin Shaw (A close personal friend of the Co-op). Oakley enjoys spending her free time with her cat Bumble Bee, being amongst the outdoors and looking for a loveable Corgi puppy to smother with love. Oakley has a wonderful infectious laugh and long beautiful dreadlocks.
Taya Kohnen, Known Allies: Ms. Taya, T, The Coop’s Princess, The Coop’s Quiet B.A. or BigBuckHunter code name T.H.O.T.E
According to the Google-Machine-Wikipedia the name Taya refers to ‘Princess’ or ‘Goddess’ hence the name The Coop’s Princess. Ms. Taya has been shopping at the Coop for almost 24 years. Her parents, Dan and Katie, have been member-owners of the Coop for many years. Ms. Taya is N.O.C.O-F.O.C.O (Northern Colorado Fort Collins) homegrown, but has traveled to and lived in many places of the world. Taya has used the restroom in Canada, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Western and Central Europe, Mexico, Spain and most recently Alaska. Before living in Alaska, Taya worked at the Coop for over a year and a half. Her work ethic and attention to detail is a welcomed return to the Coop. According to Taya, the biggest reason(s) for returning to the Coop is Oakley, Trinity, Keith, Caroline, Chris, Brian, Stephanie, Rachel, Kyledas, Theron, Amber, Taylor, Dale, Tara and Kiri. Oakley June Davis, the Bulk and Herbs Goddess and Taya’s bestie and confidante, describes Taya’s return as the second coming. “Taya is the Coop. I couldn’t be more excited to work with one of the Cooperative’s cornerstone employees. To quote Macklemore we’ll dance and we’ll cry and we’ll have a really really really good time!”
Theron Welch, Man of Many Hats aka: Pure Heart Davis
Like Young Oakley, Theron comes from a far off land of Kansas. Theron is old friends with Oakley “June Bug” Davis, which explains why his nickname is Pure Heart Davis. Theron’s background mostly consists of blue hues, but he also enjoys autumn ambers and oranges. Theron has an A.A.S. electrical engineering and renewable energy degree, but his biggest accomplishment is overcoming his greatest fear...his co-worker, Trinity Bigford, and a man named Ken, from Copos. Theron enjoys music, food, beer, and playing disc golf with his best friend, Elliot Cooper. Theron has family and their mostly awesome. According to Theron if he was a vegetable he’d be garlic, because everyone loves garlic and if you don’t.. you should! Theron recently moved to Fort Collins to join his soul mate, Savannah.
Kiri Safter, Staff
Kiri Safter has lived in Fort Collins since 1973, been a coop member since 1974 and a staff member in 1975 and of course today. Kiri loves seeing old friends around the coop and making new ones too. She says her shifts at the coop register are brief, filled with love and joy educating, connecting, and serving this amazing enlightened community of FC. Outside of the coop she is a facilitator of peace circles, offers spiritual companioning as a soul friend, and helps people de-clutter their world of unwanted possessions.