Employee Profile: Chandra, Shahid, & Michele

Chandra, Shahid, and Michele

Chandra, Shahid, and Michele

We take care of our employees, who in turn, take such great care of you! At MVM, we believe in supporting our staff to enable them to live fuller, enriched lives. Our first priority is to pay our staff livable wages, which stimulates our economy and provides a higher quality of life. We believe there are many perks to being a Co-op employee, and aim to keep our staff happy and healthy! We offer paid time off, rewards for biking to work, a free monthly beverage & massage, as well as professional development in various store departments. This is one of the ways that we will show our LOVE for our hard-working and highly appreciated employees; by getting to know them!

Name: Shahid Mustafa
How long have you been employed here? 9 years
Favorite thing about being a Co-op employee? I enjoy being able to participate in a business model that is capable of effecting changes in our community.
Favorite department? Produce
Before you were hired, what was appealing about working here? The part that appealed to me was the potential that this particular Co-op had. I used to work at two different Co-ops in Maryland.
Favorite Co-op product/item? Hydrate Water
What is your food personality? Bipolar, was a vegan for 7 years, but I am less rigid than I was. I prefer to prepare vegetarian meals. 
Fun Fact: I produce music for myself

Name: Chandra with a “ch”, as in “cheese” or “chain mail”                                                                      
How long have you been employed here? Lets just call it over ten years!
Favorite thing about being a Co-op employee? Meeting amazing people, and making long-lasting friends.
Favorite department? All.
Before you were hired, what was appealing about working here? I grew up as a “Co-op Kid” so I felt comfortable being in this environment. 
Favorite Co-op product/item? Brew Dr. - Love
What is your food personality? International and exploratory; I want to try as many world cuisines as possible.
Fun Fact: I enjoy studying classical Latin in my spare time, amidst my many leatherbound books, in my personal library.

Name: Michele Doane hyphen Smith, with one “L”
How long have you been employed here? 3 years and 2 months.
Favorite thing about being a Co-op employee? interacting with our “regulars”, there’s something great about the familiarity of knowing who they are. They’re not just a nameless face.
Favorite department? Downtown Kitchen. RIP. 
Before you were hired, what was appealing about working here? I was interesting in seeing the differences in Co-op organizations in the southwest, since I was familiar with Co-op “culture” in Oregon. 
Favorite Co-op product/item? HOT BAR!!
What is your food personality? I am a Goat. I eat anything and everything. 
Fun Fact: I was a firefighter in Antarctica for 8 months, as well as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years.

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