Astoria Co-Op names Ilwaco's Stoppiello new general manager

<I>SUBMITTED photo</I><BR>Victoria Stoppiello was recently named GM of the Astoria Co-op.

ASTORIA - The Board of Directors of the Astoria Co-op (formerly known as The Community Store) has hired Ilwaco resident Victoria Stoppiello as its new general manager. Stoppiello, former station manager at KBOO radio station in Portland where she led the transition to new broadcast studios, assumed the general manager position on Feb. 15. More recently she served KMUN radio as interim station manager.

The board and staff of the Co-op invite the public to a "Meet and Greet" event to introduce Victoria to the community on Thursday, March 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Astoria Co-op loft. Wine, cheese, bread, sweets and the Co-op's own deli offerings will be served.

Stoppiello will create and implement organizational systems to prepare the Co-op for relocation and expansion. Stoppiello, a long-time member and shareholder of the store, said she chose to take on the position because, "The Co-op has values I support and a mission I believe in. It's clear that people want more of what the Co-op currently offers. We are focused on moving into a larger facility so that we can serve our community's expanding needs for healthy food and natural products and still provide the kind of shopping experience and community connection a local Cooperative can offer." Stoppiello says that the Co-op's vision includes supporting small farmers, sustainable agriculture, and non-genetically modified foods.

Stoppiello is married to architect Anthony Stoppiello. She is an avid hiker, biker, camper, gardener and recycler. Stoppiello is also a free-lance writer, producing commentaries for the Chinook Observer and a member of the Ilwaco City Council. Stoppiello has a masters degree in counseling. She is an advocate of organic produce and natural foods. The Co-op is located at the corner of 14th and Duane in downtown Astoria, and is open to the public seven days a week.

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