Lee Van de Water

Position: 
General Manager

A North Country native, Lee has been exploring the American West since leaving the area in 2005. After studying classics at St. John's College in New Mexico he spent time researching powder skiing in Utah and wilderness trail work in Idaho and Montana. He spent a few years coordinating the now defunct Missoula Community Food Co-op before joining the Western Montana Grower's Cooperative, learning loads about local food and cooperative business along the way. He's excited to be back in New York and grateful to his partner Nicole for joining him on this latest adventure.

Andy Peet

Andy Peet
Position: 
Lead Buyer

Andy has lived in Potsdam his whole life. He enjoys the community aspect of the Co-op. Working here provides the opportunity to serve the members of his hometown. He loves the quality and affordability of the bulk, produce, and local meat departments at the Co-op. He also buys lunch from the Carriage House every day and it never gets old. Outside of work, Andy enjoys music, sports, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessie Larose

Position: 
Grocery Buyer

Where are you from?

I was born in Massena, NY. My family moved around a bunch but always within a 20 mile radius. I graduated high school from St. Lawrence Central in Brasher, NY and moved to Potsdam in 2007, where I live now with my partner and our two children, Elliott and Jude.

What do you like about working at the Co-op?

Bakari Adams

Bakari Adams
Position: 
Produce Buyer

Originally from Arkansas, Bakari has lived in Potsdam for over six years. A textile artist, Bakari enjoys spinning, weaving, and naturally dying wool. He enjoys photography and is a hiker. Bakari’s favorite things at the Co-op are the organic fruits and vegetables.

Chris Affre

Chris Affre
Position: 
Carriage House Manager

Chris began his work at the Potsdam Co-op thirteen years ago. It was then that he, along with several other member-owners, built the wood fired oven that he now lights fires and bakes in six days a week. It hardly seems like it's been that long most days.

Lynn Clark-Stone

Lynn Clark-Stone
Position: 
Bookkeeper & Marketing/Outreach Coordinator

Lynn grew up in the Adirondack foothills but especially loves the sense of "community" in Potsdam and Canton, of which she considers the Co-op to be an integral part. Except for two years living near Syracuse, Lynn has resided in this area since transferring to SUNY Potsdam from a college in Buffalo to finish her degree. She and her housemates were members of the Co-op then, a time when membership and working were required.

Allyssa Theobald

Position: 
Staff

Where are you from?

I am originally from right here in Potsdam. The only time I have lived elsewhere was when I was in college at SUNY Plattsburgh. I love the area, and my family is here, so I plan to stay for the foreseeable future.

What do you like about working at the Co-op?