Board of Directors
Member-owners of the Black Star Co-op comprise the Members’ Assembly. The Members’ Assembly elects a 9-seat Board of Directors, and the Board oversees the Workers’ Assembly. Directors are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. This ensures a constant flow of new ideas into the Board room while maintaining a continuity of leadership. The Board employs the Policy Governance™ model — a leadership model designed specifically for Boards of Directors that allows them to focus on big issues while effectively delegating operational decisions to the Workers’ Assembly. In addition, we have slightly modified the Policy Governance™ model to include the Members’ Assembly in setting the Co-op’s Ends policies.
You can follow the Board of Directors meetings on their blog. To contact the Board of Directors, email them at email@example.com.
Beth Beutel, Board President
Beth Beutel was born and raised in Houston. She briefly ran away from Texas to attend the University of Southern California where she earned a BA in English in 2006. Some post-collegiate wondering and navel gazing later, Beth moved to Austin in February 2008 to pursue her lifelong dream of not living in Houston. She still visits frequently for family, friends, and art museums. In April 2008, she was hired at Wheatsville Co-op and quickly became passionate about the cooperative difference. She joined Black Star in 2008 and put a paycheck’s worth of money in the investor share offering. In her free time she can be found reading non-fiction books, cuddling or playing with her two large dogs, exploring the joys and challenges of owning a duplex with her boyfriend, and pretending to garden.
Term Expires: 2018
Marcus Wilson, Secretary Marcus is the Secretary of the Board and also the Chair of the Board Outreach Committee. If you want to chat you can often find him at the end of the bar near the kitchen in the brewpub. He is reachable via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org I check my Black Star email at least once a day. I love Black Star, workers rights, movies, and beer. #barnutsforever #teamvulcan Term Expires: 2018
Charles Hueter is an Army brat and moved almost immediately to Alaska after he was born in New Jersey. Twenty years and four states later, he finally settled down in Austin in 2000 and has lived here ever since. He is an avid photographer, road tripper, and collector of unread books. Charles has worked in public education risk management since moving to Austin and his job gives him fantastic opportunities to see and explore central and west Texas. His east side location and taste for the wider, wilder world of beer is what drew his attention to the informal Black Star meetings in 2005 and he's proud of his April 2, 2006 membership date. Though partial to things hoppy, he switches from cheapo tallboys to fluids dark and casked with ease and he does not discriminate against other styles...except sours. After a brief and unsuccessful fling with the University of Texas at Austin, Charles graduated magna cum laude from St. Edwards University in 2011 with a degree in Communications. Ask him about his yeard sometime.
Term Expires: 2017
Kyle Voosen A native of New Braunfels, Kyle moved to the Brentwood area of Austin in 2002, shortly after marrying his college sweetheart. Since then, they've traveled significantly, putting down roots in Germany and England (where they gained a strong appreciation for beer and pubs), before moving back to the neighborhood and their favorite local pub: the Black Star Co-op. These days, Kyle spends his free time seeking Gemuetlichkeit through family gatherings, home brew, board games and books. He also loves to co-operate.
Term Expires: 2018
Cole loves the blend of art and innovation that characterizes Austin, and he is proud to be part of the Black Star Co-op. As an engineer, he has been involved with Austin's community radio cooperative, and he has influenced the policies and practices of startups and established corporations worldwide. He enjoys biking Austin's parks and greenbelts.
Term Expires: 2018