Board Members

Holly Jo Sparks, President

TERM: Has served on the board since April 2014; current term expires April 2024.

Professional community, cooperative and economic developer, Co-Founder & Principal at Collective Seeds Consulting Co-op; also Executive Director for the MSU Student Housing Co-op. 

Kathy Baylis Monteith, Vice President

TERM: Elected to the board in April 2018; current term expires April 2024.

Founder and owner of Center for Body Awareness providing Physical Therapy, Feldenkrais and Pilates-based rehabilitation.  Kathy and husband Scott enjoy cooking, skiing, paddle boarding, and navigating the waters of the great lakes.

Kaitlyn Burns

TERM: First elected to the board in April 2012. Term expires April 2023.

Kaitlyn is a consultant for Cloud for Good, working with non-profits and higher education institutions. She holds an MBA in Design and Innovation Management. In her spare time, she can be found outside adventuring with her family.

Colleen Valko, Treasurer

TERM: First elected in April 2017; Current term expires April 2022.

Colleen Valko is the Purchasing & Production Control Manager for Food For Thought, a local organic & natural food manufacturer. She studied Food Industry Management at MSU and is passionate about food systems and our local food economy. In her spare time, she gardens, cooks, and explores the great outdoors.

Marty Heller

TERM: Elected 2021. Current term expires April 2024.

Marty Heller works as a sustainability consultant for the US food and agribusiness sector with the Dutch firm, Blonk Consultants, and is a senior research specialist with the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems. He also has experience as a local farmer. When not studying food system sustainability or chasing his 2 young kids, Marty might be gardening, djing and producing music, biking, cross country skiing, or marvelling in the natural beauty of northern Michigan.

Laura Cavender

TERM: First elected to the board in April 2019; Current term expires April 2022.

Worked for Oryana as a food educator for many years and is currently an innkeeper in Leelanau County. Has a passion for healthy food and sharing knowledge about the relationship between good food and vibrant health.

Chris Miller

TERM: Has served on the board since April 2013; Current term expires April 2023.

Employed at Oryana since 2010, Front End Manager. Married to wife Patti and father to Lilia, Maya, Ellisyn and Everett. He loves spending time with his family and having interactions with the community and its members

Chuck Mueller, Secretary

TERM: First elected to the board in April 2015; Current term expires April 2022.

Chuck has been married 43 years and has 5 grandchildren and two adult children. Chuck is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a MSW, class of ’77.  His career has been working with families and children at Community Mental Health, Child and Family Services and TBAISD .  Chuck enjoys spending time with family, volunteering in the community, and enjoying our natural resources.

Cy Agley

TERM: Elected to the board in June 2020. Term expires April 2023.

Cy Agley manages eCommerce and Brand Partnerships for TentCraft. Outnumbered by his wife Emily and three girls Grace, Emersyn, and Hazel (as well as two female dogs Elsie and Sadie), Cy appreciates a good tea party but also spending time outside enjoying outdoor adventures. 

Steve Nance, General Manager

Steve likes to call himself an unintentional, intentional grocer. After a career that has run the gamut from single proprietorship to decades spent at two of the world’s largest corporations, he jumped into the co-op world when Oryana needed a leader to navigate a post-recession recovery. Steve was not a stranger to the co-op, however; he had previously served on the Oryana Board of Directors. In its search for a new General Manager, the Board in 2010 decided to take a chance on a non-grocer and Steve took the helm of Oryana. Like most businesses, Oryana experienced bumps in the road, but the co-op grew to more than $17 million in sales. Steve then negotiated the acquisition of a second store by purchasing a competitor, Lucky’s Market, from bankruptcy, all while a pandemic was raging. Oryana sales exceeded $26 million in 2020 and are forecast at $32 million for 2021.