Mike Anzalone

Mike AnzaloneGeneral Manager


Mike joined the staff at Ozark Natural Foods in 2006 as our Retail Manager, and has been the Store Manager for the past several years. In 2016 he became General Manager. He oversees all store operations, including retail departments and the Front End. Mike worked for Trader Joe’s in California, and brings to our Co-op a new level of expertise in merchandising, product mix, and store operations.

Gary Cook

Gary CookFinance Manager


Gary has been at Ozark Natural Foods since 2003. He started as the bookkeeper and was promoted to Finance Manager in 2006. He oversees the accounting, pricing, and information technology at the Co-op. He received a BS in Business Management from Arkansas State University. He enjoys live music, being out in nature, finding healthy food to eat, and bike riding.

Pauline Thiessen

Pauline ThiessenFresh Foods Manager


Pauline is the Fresh Foods Manager leading both the produce and prepared foods departments at the co-op, where she has been employed for over 15 years. Her passion is to work with local farmers, food producers, and help develop local food networks. She also works with regional and national organizations that champion movements for sustainable agriculture, the cooperative business model, and organic farming practices and serves on the National P6 Board of Directors. She resides on her own 78 acre homestead farm near Marble, AR.

Lisa Garrett

Lisa Garrett Marketing Director


Lisa graduated from the UofA with a BSBA in marketing and management minor in Spring of 2017. Prior to obtaining her degree, Lisa was with the co-op for 7 years in various roles. She is passionate about the cooperative business model, supporting local, and all things marketing. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, hiking, floating, camping, gardening, cooking, and hibernating during winter months.

William Beaver

William BeaverProduce Supervisor


William has been an owner at the Co-op since 1994. He first worked for the Co-op in 2001 as Front End Manager and then as Owner Services Manager. He also started the Beer and Wine Department and helped care for the physical facility. William has been heavily involved with the construction industry over the years as well, especially in energy efficiency and currently a house remodel. You'll find him spending his free time with his wife Cynthia and dog Honey.

Tanja Ray

Tanja RayHuman Resources Manager


Tanja first worked at the Co-op in 2001, helping customers at the Owner Service Desk, stocking shelves in grocery, and buying specialty lines for the store. She returned in 2012 and has been a part of the front end department supervisor team since then. Tanja loves to improve operations and keep customers and owners happy during their shopping experience. In her free time she can be found swimming at Beaver Lake, hiking at Devil’s Den, or hanging out on her back deck watching her tomato plants grow.