Nora Edge is a caregiver, member and the General Manager at Capital Home Care Cooperative in Olympia, Washington. Before joining the CHC project and working to launch the co-op, Nora spent time exploring different arenas of human services work. In high school she provided in home-support to her grandfather, and after a 4 year stint studying philosophy at St. John’s College MD, Nora quickly returned to caregiving. She managed group homes for adults with disabilities, served on a human rights board which provided oversight to different agency quality care practices, and coordinated a STARR Program for kids who had rescinded in the system and were waiting for permanent placement. Nora’s experience in these fields and in her personal caregiving experience lead her to believe that the system needed to be revamped (seriously!). She came to Capital Home Care Cooperative, where she has found a home working with similarly passionate people trying to provide equitable employment as well as exceptional support to vulnerable people in the community. When Nora is not working for the cooperative, she can be found singing karaoke or playing ukulele, whistling, taking walks, cooking soup, and telling jokes.
Program Director - Home Care, The ICA Group
Katrina joined the ICA Group in January 2017, and has been leading the organization’s home care work since 2018. Katrina brings over a decade of hands-on experience leading businesses, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions through strategic change processes. She has worked with a wide diversity of business sectors from banking to food service and with clients ranging in size from sole proprietorships to multi-national corporations.
Katrina’s home care work ranges from national strategy development to direct technical assistance and covers a wide diversity of topics from market feasibility to governance. Katrina actively supports over half a dozen start-up and operational home care cooperatives in the U.S, is a member of the national Home Care Cooperative Steering Committee and a lead educational programmer for the Home Care Initiative, and was a lead researcher and writer on The Cooperative Solution to the Caregiver Crisis: A National Strategy Analysis (2017), Revenue Diversification Opportunities for Home Care Cooperatives (2018), and a Guide to Underwriting Home Care Cooperatives (2018).
Katrina received her MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University and her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Visual Anthropology. Katrina is a member of the Board of Nonotuck Community School, a parent-owned early childhood education cooperative.
Social Enterprise Consultant, The ICA Group
Iwona brings ten years of experience directing projects in the fields of international development, healthcare, and the non-profit sector to the ICA Group. Iwona is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Kenya from 2012 to 2014 in public health. After her time in the Peace Corps, Iwona joined the Heartland Alliance in Chicago and worked to coordinate on-site medical outreach for the city’s vulnerable homeless and unstably housed populations. Iwona is the founding member of a social enterprise, and the winner of numerous social enterprise competitions.
Iwona received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her MBA in Social Impact, and her MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Executive Director, Cooperative Development Foundation
A thirty-five-year veteran of cooperatives, Leslie spearheads CDF’s home care industry focus including coordinating the Development Steering Committee, managing the research agenda, coordinating the National Home Care Cooperative Conference as well as managing outreach and communications on home care cooperatives to policy makers and the cooperative community. She was an early champion of worker cooperatives in her position as president of The Cooperative Foundation. At CDF, she stewards $11,000,000 of assets for cooperative development and oversees development, fundraising and administration.
Leslie began her career with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, rising from assistant general counsel to the position of vice president for legal, tax and accounting policy and vice president for education. At NCFC, she built consensus among the 100 members of the Legal, Tax and Accounting Committee to develop support for the legislative and regulatory priorities of US farmer cooperatives. In the foundation world, in addition to her work with TCF and CDF, Leslie developed the grant making strategy for the Ralph K. Morris Foundation which targets leadership development in the cooperative sector.
She also previously served as executive administrator of the Association of Cooperative Educators, an international organization of cooperative educators.
Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Story Collaborative
David is committed to the importance of every customer and company story. He knows how to dig deep to find fresh strategies that result in trackable growth. He draws his consulting and training from two master’s degrees, four published workbooks, and more than 30 years serving as an national trainer, executive, founder, and consultant to thousands of large and small organizations across the nation. He wants to help build communities not just commodities and believes that the “story is the ultimate human technology.”
When he’s not helping his clients crush their goals, you can find David spending time at home with his wife (the amazing Dawn) of 38 years, his four kids (Aaron, Jennifer, Jonathan and Amy), and twelve grandkids.