Minnesota ROC leader to serve second term as ROC Association Director

New England election extended to meet voting quorum

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Natividad Seefeld has been re-elected to a second term as ROC Association Director for the East, Midwest and South region.

Seefeld, president of Park Plaza Cooperative in Fridley, Minn., was nominated to run by her community’s board of directors and elected by boards from across the region.

The ROC Association Directors have voted to extend voting in the New England region race, as a quorum has not yet been met. Resident-owned community (ROC) boards in New England have two weeks to submit a ballot to ROC USA with their choice.

ROC USA President Paul Bradley congratulated Seefeld and her opponent Majory Gilsrud, president of Madelia Mobile Village in Madelia, Minn., on a race well run.

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“I’m so impressed by all the candidates in these races who not only volunteer their time to help improve their own communities, but throw their hat in the ring to help shape the resident ownership movement across the country,” Bradley said. “I’m so pleased that each race was contested – that tells me that resident ownership is so valuable that it’s worth making the significant investment of time and energy needed to serve as a ROC Association Director.”

Bradley said the ROC Association Directors are a vital part of the way ROC USA operates, providing ROC residents — those directly served by ROC USA’s work – with three peers on ROC USA’s Board. They are, in essence, three of his bosses.

“Transparency is so important and ROC USA Board members, be they ROC Association Directors or those chosen by the other LLC Members, see it all and help shape our mission,” he said. “The ROC Association Directors bring the voice and perspective of ROC residents to the very core of our social venture.”

In the New England race, four candidates are vying for the Director position. They are:

   New England ROCs that have not yet voted should study the candidate bios and submit a ballot (everything can be found here) as soon as possible. Ballots must be received at ROC USA by the close of business Sept. 15. Mail ballots to:

6 Loudon Road, Suite 501
Concord, NH  03301

The ROC Association is made up of ROCs that are or once were under contract with a Certified Technical Assistance Provider trained and certified by ROC USA® Network. These communities elect Directors to the ROC USA, LLC Board of Directors, helping ensure customer involvement in the governance of ROC USA as a non-profit social venture.

One Director is elected from each of three regions and serves a two-year term. Staggered elections are held every other year. The Association was started by two ROC leaders, Natividad Seefeld and Lois Parris, both former appointees to the ROC USA Board of Directors.

Membership is free to all of the more than 150 communities that have been or are supported by a ROC USA Network CTAP.