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Thane Joyal



Syracuse, New York


(315) 380-4522


Board Leadership Development, Cooperative Governance, Bylaw Support

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  • Profile Overview
  • Articles from CDS Consulting publications
  • Articles in Cooperative Grocer or other publications
  • Other works by Thane Joyal

Thane is committed to helping cooperative boards achieve excellence by improving relationships within the board, and between the board and the cooperative’s general manager, members, and external stakeholders.

She is particularly interested in helping boards to create structures that support them in governing their cooperatives. She works with boards through all phases of their development, including Policy Governance training.

“I enjoy the interplay of people and politics with food and community, and working to shift and improve those relationships,” Thane said. “I like helping an organization change its culture and bring in new energy. My passion is to channel that to address their members’ needs.”

Thane’s services include:

  • Adopting and implementing Policy Governance
  • Building a supportive organizational culture
  • Supporting board perpetuation
  • Facilitating meetings and retreats
  • Coaching board leaders
  • Fostering healthy relationships between board and management

“ Thane provided us with invaluable assistance in facilitating the development our Board process. She is truly a blessing! ”

Calvin Vismale, Board President, Sevananda Co-op, Atlanta, Ga.

“ Thane facilitated one of the best retreats I have ever been to. That retreat really brought this new group together, and we will now move on to some great and necessary work for our co-op. I particularly appreciated Thane’s flexibility which allowed us to take care of things that needed to be talked about. ”

Alice Rubin, General Manager, Willimantic Co-op, Willimantic, Conn.

“ Thanks to Thane’s organizational skills and professionalism, we were able to accomplish a lot. It has been a pleasure to work with her. ”

Matt Liebman, Board Vice President, Wheatsfield Food Co-op, Ames, Iowa