General Manager and Staff

Gwen Schmidt is the General Manager of SLO Natural Foods Co-op. Gwen is in charge of store operations and oversees the staff of the Co-op.


Board of Directors

SLO Natural Foods Co-op is owned by our membership and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Co-op is in the process of recruiting new Board Members, especially those qualified for and willing to serve in officer positions. For complete information and an application, see our Board Candidate Application Packet.

We encourage Co-op Member-Owners to attend our monthly Board Meetings, now being held on the first Thursday after the 18th of each month. Each meeting opens with a public comment period so please arrive a few minutes early if you wish to speak.

We hope you will come and get to know your Board and learn about your Co-op's activities and plans for the future. Be informed! Get involved!

On November 9, 2017, the Board voted to meet every other month. The next meeting will be Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 5:30 PM, location to be determined.


Our Board of Directors are:

Eric Michielssen, President

Robert Hyde, Treasurer

Barrie Ellis-Valencia, Secretary

Kellye Grayson, Member-at-Large

Dan Niles, Member-at-Large


Board meeting, 2016. Slo natural foods Co-op members are always welcome to attend.

Clockwise from left: Co-op member greg ellis, Board member Barrie Ellis-valencia, VP & Acting Secretary Suzan ehdaie, Board member Pavlo rudakevych,  former board president aimee wyatt, and general manager gwen schmidt.



The current Bylaws for SLO Natural Foods Co-op are here.

The proposed changes to the Bylaws (voted on and approved at the Dec 13, 2016 Special Members' Meeting) are here.