Board Members

Colleen Valko, President

TERM: First elected in April 2017; Current term expires April 2025.

After growing up in southeast Michigan, Colleen studied Food Industry Management at Michigan State University.  Her career has been rooted in the natural and organic food industry where she is currently a business analyst for a purchasing cooperative that supports natural foods stores nationally. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys challenging herself with new recipes and finding ways to enjoy every season in Northern Michigan.

Kaitlyn Burns, Vice President

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.

Holly Jo Sparks, Secretary

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. 

Cy Agley, Treasurer

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. 

Kathy Baylis Monteith

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.

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.

Tricia Phelps

TERM: First elected to the board in April 2022; Current term expires April 2025.

Tricia Phelps is the CEO of Taste the Local Difference, a women-owned and operated local food marketing agency for the state of Michigan. She loves swimming in fresh water lakes, reading fiction, and cooking new things in the kitchen. 

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

TERM: First elected to the board in April 2015; Current term expires April 2025.

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.

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 were $32 million in 2021 and are forecast at $34 million for 2022.