Job: Deli Staff, Weavers Way Ambler
Since when: Late summer, 2017
Where she’s from/where she lives now: Providence, RI/Willow Grove, with her sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Jeff Kildahl.
Co-op family facts: Her daughter, Valerie Baker, is assistant store manager at Weavers Way Chestnut Hill, and her son-in-law, Mark Baker, is assistant meat and seafood manager in Ambler.
How and when she got to the area: She and her husband were looking for work and relocated to Willow Grove in 1995.
Previous experience: She managed the cafeteria at Lenape Middle School in Doylestown for 10-11 years, then moved on to the deli at The Fresh Market in Willow Grove for three-plus years. She’d been taking time off after leaving The Fresh Market when Valerie told her that the Co-op was going to open a location in Ambler.
Thoughts on the job: “Other places [I worked] weren’t like this. It’s so different; it’s wonderful….There’s always a challenge, depending on the day, [but] we pretty much handle it, and we go where we’re needed.”
Favorite Co-op products: She loves the Prepared Foods soups, the Manchego three months cured cheese, and Conebella Farm sharp cheddar.
Thoughts on the Co-op: “I like how they’re on top of everything….everybody’s together, and we’re working together to help each other out. There’s always somebody to back you up.”
— Karen Plourde