Our team encompasses a diverse array of skills and experience to best meet your business' needs.

our team

Todd (he/him) is a solidarity economies lawyer with experience in renewable energy project finance, community development, cooperative and traditional banking, and financial regulatory matters. He is passionate about the transformative potential of economic cooperation and local community initiatives, while always keeping an eye towards the global perspective he gained as a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.

Todd Arena
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Lisa (she/her) used to work as a tax accountant and has just returned to accounting after a 7ish year hiatus. She likes making a mess and cleaning it up but doesn't like deadlines. She teaches yoga, studied music in college in hopes of becoming an opera singer, has lived in Italy and Spain, and loves to travel.

Lisa Borrello
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Mel (she/her) is deeply devoted to serving others and our world. She helps non-profits tell their story and raise money and says, "It's a privilege to support projects that inspire me with grant writing, communications, and fundraising consulting." From 2016-21 she was the Development Director at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. She’s currently the Communications Manager for VisionSpring—a global non-profit that brings radically affordable eyeglasses to people living on less than $4/day. 

Melissa Bromley
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Ryan holds a BS in Accounting from Siena College, and has a Masters in Accounting from the University at Albany. Before founding CBC, Ryan was a finance manager at Honest Weight Food Cooperative, where he helped manage the store’s expansion from $13 million to $26 million in annual sales. He has worked in the non-profit, higher eduction and construction sectors. 

Darlene (she/her) has over 20 years of delivering high-level financial strategy and leadership to not for profit and profit organizations to resolve cash flow issues, improve profit margins, and create more efficient accounting and operational systems and business plans and budgets for fostering growth. She loves outdoor activities like bike riding, hiking, walking.

Darlene Farron
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Though he has experience with bookkeeping and program administration, Ryan’s work has always been centered around popular and democratic education: curriculum design, lesson planning, research, facilitation, and teaching! Ryan has a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a Master of Sacred Theology at Yale Divinity School. Ryan helped start CBC back in 2016. Ryan likes fishing, reading, and riding his bike.​

Ryan Felder
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Maritza Jeri
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Georgia (she/her) is a freelance marketing and communications specialist with experience in copywriting, graphic design, website management, and social media. 

Georgia Julius
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Ryan holds a BS in Accounting from Siena College, and has a Masters in Accounting from the University at Albany. Before founding CBC, Ryan was a finance manager at Honest Weight Food Cooperative, where he helped manage the store’s expansion from $13 million to $26 million in annual sales. He has worked in the non-profit, higher eduction and construction sectors. 

Azuré (she/they) is a mixed race mother, grower, writer, creator and record keeper of Kanaka 'Ōiwi, Filipino, Samoan and European ancestry based on Mohican soils of Upstate New York. She serves as the Business Manager and bookkeeper for Soul Fire Farm and has been a worker-owner at Capital Bookkeeping Cooperative since 2019. Azuré brings deep love, care, and creativity to bookkeeping and seeks to amplify the truth that our records are a tool for storytelling and motivating change. She believes we owe it to future generations to truthfully present our legacies of gains and losses as one step towards shaping systemic well-being, using our data to make safe, sustainable, and empowering choices.

Azuré Kauikeolani Iversen-Keahi,
co-op owner
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Charles Newton
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Andrea (she/her) has been in the accounting industry almost 10 years. Her tax knowledge gives her a conversation starter with just about anyone and she enjoys the flexibility of the work. Andrea loves to travel and is a timeshare enthusiast.

Andrea Roldan
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Ryan (he/him) holds a BS in Accounting from Siena College, and has a Masters in Accounting from the University at Albany. Before founding CBC, Ryan was a finance manager at Honest Weight Food Cooperative, where he helped manage the store’s expansion from $13 million to $26 million in annual sales. He has worked in the non-profit, higher education and construction sectors. 

Ryan Rose,
co-op owner
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Ryan holds a BS in Accounting from Siena College, and has a Masters in Accounting from the University at Albany. Before founding CBC, Ryan was a finance manager at Honest Weight Food Cooperative, where he helped manage the store’s expansion from $13 million to $26 million in annual sales. He has worked in the non-profit, higher eduction and construction sectors. 

 

 

Idalis holds a BS in Accounting from the College of Saint Rose. Before joining CBC, Idalis started her own gift making business, Celebrate Uniquely. She also volunteered for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at many upstate locations.

Idalis Watts-Ortiz,
co-op owner
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Hannah Williams
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Ryan holds a BS in Accounting from Siena College, and has a Masters in Accounting from the University at Albany. Before founding CBC, Ryan was a finance manager at Honest Weight Food Cooperative, where he helped manage the store’s expansion from $13 million to $26 million in annual sales. He has worked in the non-profit, higher eduction and construction sectors. 

In addition to our team members, three outside advisors sit on our board.

board of directors

Todd Arena (he/him) is a solidarity economies lawyer with experience in renewable energy project finance, community development, cooperative and traditional banking, and financial regulatory matters. He is passionate about the transformative potential of economic cooperation and local community initiatives, while always keeping an eye towards the global perspective he gained as a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.

Todd Arena
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Duke Bouchard is the CFO of River Valley Food Co-op in Northampton, MA. Before joining River Valley, Duke was the CFO of Honest Weight, where he spearheaded a decade-long campaign to open a new location which doubled the co-ops size. Duke serves on the board of the Cooperative Fund of New England.

Duke Bouchard
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Dennis is an Associate Professor of Accounting, and Chair of the Department of Accounting and Law, at the University at Albany. He previously taught at Oregon State University, Iowa State University, and Columbia University. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dennis worked for the public accounting firm of Touche Ross & Co., and for Levi Strauss and Co.

Dennis Caplan
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Ryan holds a BS in Accounting from Siena College, and has a Masters in Accounting from the University at Albany. Before founding CBC, Ryan was a finance manager at Honest Weight Food Cooperative, where he helped manage the store’s expansion from $13 million to $26 million in annual sales. He has worked in the non-profit, higher eduction and construction sectors. 

Hillary Yaeger is an Investment Officer at the NY State Common Retirement Fund and an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Albany. She was introduced to cooperatives by Honest Weight Food Cooperative, where she served as the treasurer of the board for three years. Before moving to Albany, she was a Vice President at Bear Stearns in New York.

Hillary Yaeger
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