Courtesy of Abundance Cooperative Market

Staff Spotlight: Mary Gleason

Ask anyone, and they'll tell you that Mary is resourceful, helpful, smiling, and that our regular customers really enjoy chatting with her when they come in. We're thankful to have her on our team as a cashier and as a co-op friend.

Mary is part of the Front End team, but her ties to the Rochester co-op movement go back to the Genesee Co-op Food Store, formerly on Monroe Avenue. She was a member-worker there in the 1980s as part of the "crack crew," the name for the team that did all the nitty-gritty work each week. When the Genesee Co-op Food Store closed, Mary joined the Abundance Buying Club, which was based on Caroline Street in the South Wedge.  The club was founded by the same group of committed people who worked to open our store today in 2001.

With the opening of Abundance Cooperative Market in 2001, Mary was the co-op's first Volunteer Coordinator and she helped to set in place an amazing system for keeping the store clean and welcoming.

A librarian in the Rochester area for 26 years, with degrees in natural resource management and sustainability, and the founder of two ecologically-focused nonprofits–Mary certainly brings many skills with her to the co-op. She is not only a staff member, but she recently launched the co-op's new "Abundantly Clear" Education Series, a discussion course open to anyone who wants to learn more about issues of sustainability and ecological health within our region.