The Steering Committee consists of enthusiastic community members, including nine interim board directors, that all live in Imperial Beach and surrounding communities. The all-volunteer Steering Committee is responsible for leading the development of the co-op. Steering Committee meetings are open to owners and interested community members.
Meet our Interim Board of Directors:
Kim Rivero Frink, President
Kim is retired from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency where she worked as a Manager and Analyst in Child Welfare Services, First 5 San Diego, and Public Health. She currently offers grant writing, report writing and research consulting services to local nonprofit and public agencies. Kim also volunteers her time to efforts that promote health, wellness, community engagement, and opportunity for Imperial Beach residents. This includes active involvement in the I.B. Collaborative, the I.B. Mayoral Advisory Committee, and the Live Well San Diego South Region Leadership Team. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s in public administration from San Diego State University.
Shannon Ratliff, Vice President
Shannon relocated from Denver, Colorado to Imperial Beach with her husband and two school aged children in 2016. Shannon is a small business owner of a natural lifestyle business. At Kaiser Permanente for nearly 10 years, Shannon was a Prevention Specialist in the field of weight management and bariatric surgery and preventative healthcare. Shannon has significant experience in developing and implementing wellness programs. In Denver, she also participated on the parent advisory board for Colorado Action for Healthy Kids and ran a 2 year project designed to increase physical activity as part of the classroom curriculum. Her passion for the possibilities of healthy living for everyone inspired her to join our effort. Originally from East Lansing, Michigan, Shannon earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from the honors college at Western Michigan University, and holds a master’s degree in Applied Health Psychology from Northern Arizona University.
Marey Stone, Secretary
Marey is a founding member of the Imperial Beach Healthy Grocery initiative. Originally from Iowa, she lived in Dallas, TX before moving to Imperial Beach in 2004. Marey was the sole proprietor of South Bay Family Dental in the Imperial Beach area, before selling her practice in 2008 to form a new dental partnership focused on exceptional cosmetic and general dentistry. Her experience providing dental services for low income children early in her career inspired her passion for healthy foods and nutrition education. She leads an active lifestyle and enjoys running and cycling. Marey is interested in bringing a healthy food co-op to Imperial Beach so our entire community can benefit from high quality, locally sourced, sustainable foods. A full-time dentist and mother of a teen son, she generously volunteers her time with the school and I.B. Little League, and has participated in various dental missions and volunteering opportunities. Marey holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in French, and received her D.D.S. from the University of Iowa.
Shirley Soth, Board Treasurer
Shirley is a retired U.S. Postal Service employee, where she worked in the Human Resources department for 17 years in Anchorage, AK. In her work experience, she managed the employee selection process, developed training materials and conducted new employee training. She is interested in community involvement, volunteering with the Sun & Sea Festival in Imperial Beach, Project Wildlife in San Diego, and even supporting 200 bicyclists in an ambitious “Around the World in 365 Days” bicycle tour. She is currently on the Board of her condo association, representing the residents of 24 units in Imperial Beach. Shirley has lived in Imperial Beach for over 5 years.
Robyn Abadie, Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator
Robyn spent her youth in Hawaii and her early adult life in the San Francisco Bay area, before she settled down in Imperial Beach in 1999. Robyn was the head cashier for food services at the 32nd Street Navy base and attended culinary school. She worked for Holiday Inn for 7 years as a cook before joining YMCA Camp Surf in 1999 where she remained for the rest of her career. Before her retirement, Robyn held the position of Food Service Director at YMCA Camp Surf, managing a kitchen of 13 employees, and providing healthy meals to 300 children in our community. Her experience with food safety, management, and kitchen operations is an asset to SunCoast Market Co-op. She is a member of the Women’s Guild and volunteers to support event and fundraising efforts at the Borderview YMCA Older Adults program and San Diego Teen Challenge.
Annie Kirsner, Board Member
Annie is the prior owner of the fast casual restaurant, Little Red Cafe/K-pasta in Imperial Beach since 2010. Her cafes specialized in made from scratch healthy and whole foods and responsibly sourced coffees. Originally from Illinois, Annie grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and has worked in the restaurant industry since she was 15 years old. Annie has lived in Imperial Beach for 15 years with her husband where they are raising twin boys. Annie’s expertise in restaurant management includes team building, business and management principles, food safety and customer service and she is a tremendous asset to our team.
Ellen Smith, Board Member
Ellen is a software industry leader with 20 years of experience improving software quality in San Diego. Ellen currently leads teams of Software Quality Engineers as Director, IT Quality Assurance at a well-respected San Diego healthcare organization. Ellen has a strong background in software quality at organizations across the Finance, Enterprise Software, eCommerce, and Healthcare sectors. Her experience in IT and R&D leadership helped her appreciate the amazing results possible when well-led, motivated engineers work together on complex software problems for the benefit or their organizations and their clients. Ellen is similarly motivated to help this team of intelligent and community minded individuals succeed in bringing a cooperative providing healthy, organic, real foods to sustain our local community and families. Ellen studied biology at the University of California, Irvine and holds an Executive Leadership certificate from UCSD, Rady School of Management. A resident of Imperial Beach since 1997, Ellen lives with her husband and two school-age sons and enjoys cycling, surfing, and fishing.
Mark West, Board Member
Mark West was elected to City Council in December 2016. His primary goal is improving the quality of life for all residents and ensuring that Imperial Beach remains the Best of the Best of Southern California. Mark’s community involvement previously included membership on the International Boundary and Water Commission, the Imperial Beach Redevelopment Successor Agency, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee and the Community Action Group for the Imperial Beach Sherriff. Currently Mark serves on the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, South County Economic Development Council, San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) Bayshore Bikeway Committee and is the alternate on the SANDAG Executive Committee.
Mark hails from Denver, Colorado, where he was born and raised. Upon graduation from high school in 1986, Mark enlisted in the United States Navy. He spent the next six years working as a Machinist Mate in various Naval engineering positions. In 1996, Mark was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was awarded a Bachelors of Arts in Communication in 1998.
Beverly Florence, Board Member
The travel industry has been the hub of my professional life. During a 29 year career with American Airlines I accepted an early retirement offer 5 1/2 years ago. My responsibilities during my career are vast, from opening up airline ticket offices in various locations to managing, opening and closing airport locations. Playing intricate roles in team building and customer service planning. I moved to IB 3 years ago from New Mexico and I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I believe eating healthy promotes good health overall and currently live a Whole food plant based lifestyle
Ramon Chairez, Steering Committee
Ramon is passionate about working with diverse communities, particularly in the areas of food awareness, education and community development. He believes neighborhoods are better served when everyday citizens come together to collaborate and take ownership of community building. Ramon has intimate experience in creating safe and collaborative spaces for youth, and spent 5 years working for the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI)–an Oakland based nonprofit committed to eliminating the barriers faced by low-income, underrepresented students of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Now turning his focus and energy on his local community, Ramon believes the Sun Coast Co-op Market can have a positive impact on the public health issues plaguing the South Bay region. Ramon works as an Adjunct Professor at San Diego City College, has been engaged in regional community projects with 4Walls International for the past 2 years, and currently coordinates a school garden at Oneonta Elementary School.