Mike Anzalone
General 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.

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Gary Cook
Finance 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.

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Emilie Petry
Store Manager

Emilie joined our team in 2019 as the Retail Store Manager. She oversees all the retail departments and the Front End.  Emilie has 20 years of restaurant industry experience and is excited to bring her passion for organic natural foods to the Co-op. When she’s not team building, Emilie enjoys spending time on Mt. Kessler with her husband, Jackson and their fur babies, the Happy Butt’s.

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Pauline Thiessen
Fresh 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.

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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.

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Tanja Ray
Human Resource Manager

Tanja first began working at the Co-op in 2001. Since that time she has held a variety of positions in five different departments. In 2015 she became the Front End Manager and in 2019 she was promoted to the HR department. She has found her home as the Human Resources Manager for the Co-op where she takes care of administrative tasks for staff. She loves the community vibe of working at the Co-op and being part of an organization that does so much to support local vendors and the local food movement.

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