With the calendar year winding down, the Three Rivers Market Board spent its December meeting planning which committees would be chartered to achieve all the work planned for 2024, and the Board is asking for member participation on these committees. If you have an interest in serving on one of the committees, please click the link at the bottom of this post and complete a short questionnaire indicating your interest prior to the deadline of January 10th.
To go with the New Year and new committees, the Board is also welcoming two new members who recently won election to the board: Adam Hughes and Alhen Drillich.
Get to know our new Board members, Adam and Alhen:
As a community organizer, Adam Hughes brings a wealth of experience in building coalitions to the TRM board. Much of Adam’s work has been in East Tennessee, and focused on issues that impact community health, and he is no stranger to board service, having previously been on the boards for the Birdhouse Neighborhood Center, the Southern Connected Communities Project, and the Alliance for Appalachia Steering Committee.
Adam’s first job was in a supermarket, which now gives him a new appreciation for the product standards and commitment to strong employment benefits offered at Three Rivers. Adam moved to Knoxville in 2014 after graduating from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Economics (2012) and has been a regular TRM shopper since. He hopes his background as a community organizer, his prior experience working in a grocery store and his longtime love of TRM will inform his service as a board member.
A commitment to cooperative principles and a wealth of experience supporting sustainable, community-centered local food businesses motivated Alhen Drillich to serve on the TRM Board. As the kitchen manager at Real Good Kitchen, Alhen plays a key role in promoting local food entrepreneurs, and much of his professional experience has involved helping small businesses grow and encouraging community well-being.
Accompanying Alhen’s passion for and belief in TRM is a love of the great outdoors. Alhen is a Volunteer National Park Ranger and enjoys finding perfect trails as much as discovering new flavors. He is very interested in diverse culinary experiences, especially fermented foods and beverages.
The cooperative value of Education, Training and Information particularly resonates with Alhen, and will help him raise awareness and advocate for the future of TRM.