Great River Food Co-Op appoints new president

Steve Fortier appointed as Great River Food Co-Op president. Photo provided.

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Great River Food Co-op, a start-up co-operative grocery store coming to Walpole, has appointed Steve Fortier as president of its Board of Directors. After five years as president of the Co-Op Board, Kim Mastrianni is moving to the role of treasurer. Before moving to Langdon to start a sheep farm, Mastrianni’s career was in finance at some of the nation’s largest multinational corporations.

Replacing Mastrianni as the co-op’s chief volunteer officer is its founding president, Steve Fortier of Alstead. Fortier was the Co-Op’s first – and along with Mastrianni, only – president having served from its incorporation in late 2010 through 2014. Fortier stepped down when he was elected president of the Keene State College Parents Association. “I’m excited to step back into a leadership role at this time,” Fortier exclaims. “In 2019, we’ll mobilize the passion and talents of our 800 members and other community partners to make our shared vision a reality.”

Fortier’s main focus at this time is on recruiting a strong and diverse board that brings together the skills and experiences necessary at this stage of the organization’s development. “We need more expertise on our board and committees in retail management, business start-up, events management, and fundraising. We also need to better reflect the region we’ll serve… so, we need people with skills in these areas who work or live on the Vermont side of the river, in particular,” Fortier adds.

Those interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Steve Fortier at or 603-903-2602. To learn more about joining the Great River Co-op, please visit and on Facebook at

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