Cora came to Fairbanks for a visit in the summer of 1984. She decided to make it her home when she fell in love with Alaska’s beauty; its people and its frontier spirit.
Cora studied Business Management at the University of Alaska from 1991 – 1994. She went on to obtain her real estate license in 1994 and though now employed by the State of Alaska, she continues to dabble in real estate by providing consulting and referral services to selected individuals and groups.
Though a tested gardener, she has always been passionate about fresh local food. However, it was not until recently that she realized the importance of knowing the origins of food and the importance of sustainable agriculture in Alaska and the world.
Cora was introduced to Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market (Co-op Market) while employed to assist her good friend, Helen McLean, the General Manager for Risse Greenhouse with a marketing and customer service campaign. With Helen’s catering and food service experience, and Cora’s assertiveness, they both rallied around the Co-op Market’s efforts along with their first major fundraiser. The people and the cause have challenged them both to greater efforts for the Co-op Market.
Cora has served as a director on both charitable and professional boards in all positions and understands the importance of their structure and governance in relation to the overall goals and objectives of an organization. She is proud to be a director at large for the Co-op Market and hopes to infect others with her energy and enthusiasm towards this community and cooperative effort.