NWCDC has a strong team of Cooperative Development Practitioners ready to assist you and your cooperative. Skills specific to start-up and organizational business development include feasibility research, business planning, financial management, dynamic governance (Sociocracy), accountability models, governance training, communications, strategic planning, and group facilitation.
All Center work is guided by the Madison Principles, professional standards set and agreed upon by co-op development leaders.

Diane Gasaway: Executive Director

Diane joined the Center in 2003 and together with the NWCDC Board of Directors has been responsible for building the Center into what it is today. Her specialty is in strategic planning, co-op education, co-op development, grant administration, and budget management for a multitude of projects. Diane has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. She received a Master of Public Administration (with a co-op emphasis) from The Evergreen State College.


Sam Green: ROC Program Director

Sam joined NWCDC in 2014 as a volunteer becoming a staff with the Resident Owned Community program in 2015. He primarily works with the ROC Northwest program help to navigate the successful conversion of manufactured home parks into resident-owned communities. Sam is a graduate of The Evergreen State College.



Dr. John A. McNamara: Senior Cooperative Development Specialist

John joined NWCDC in the Spring of 2014. John has 26 years of practical experience in the worker cooperative world with Union Cab of Madison.  John holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Masters in Management: Cooperative and Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax). As a student researcher, he assisted in the development of the Co-op Index Report, a tool for measuring co-ops against the values and principles of cooperation. He taught a summer course on worker cooperatives at The Evergreen State College (2014-2018) and at Presidio Graduate School in their Cooperative Management Certificate and co-edited a collection of essays on measuring co-operatives available as an e-book at no cost from the Cooperative Difference.

Deborah Craig: Cooperative Development Specialist
Deborah Craig joined the NWCDC in the Spring of 2014. Deborah has over 20 years of experience in cooperative management, specializing in Human Resources in the Food Co-op and Home Care Co-op industries. She has a Master’s degree from Western Washington University. In addition to working with NWCDC, Deborah serves as a peer adviser with the Democracy at Work Network. Deborah is also part of the first cohort of Democracy at Work Institute’s Fellows. Deborah specializes in home care/caregiver cooperatives as well as working with the ROC Northwest program.

Daniel Luis Arrañaga: Cooperative Development Specialist
Daniel joined NWCDC as a technical assistance provider for the ROC program in the Fall of 2014. Daniel has 7 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and was a co-founder and chair for a start-up food co-op in Eastern Washington. Daniel spent over a year in West Africa (Liberia & Côte d’Ivoire) as Assistant Director for an International NGO, the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), and now serves on the board of directors for the US Representation of WCF. Daniel brings with him much needed bilingual skills for working with Hispanic communities in Washington State.

Miles Nowlin: Cooperative Development Specialist

Miles arrived at NWCDC in 2017.  Miles has a background in experiential education, child and family advocacy, low income and affordable housing, nonprofit development with a focus on youth programming, and Spanish language.  Miles spent 5 years coordinating the Homeless Education Program in the Shelton School District in Shelton, Washington, where he provided direct services, trained school staff and collaborated with local agencies.  Much of his time was spent working with churches and community service agencies to increase and improve programming for children, youth and their families.  He co-founded the Mason County HOST Program, an education and housing support program for youth experiencing homelessness, based inside of CHOICE Alternative School.  Miles has coordinated over 70 weeks of outdoor/experiential youth education programs, in the in the United States and Latin America.  He has a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Latin American Studies.

Cristina Klatovsky: Cooperative Development Specialist
Critstina joined NWCDC at the beginning of March 2018. She works out of Yakima, WA and will primarily cover the Eastern Washington service area for the ROCNW program.  She brings to NWCDC over 20 years experience training diverse groups in shared governance, program management and conducting extensive community outreach throughout the area. Cristina is passionate about community engagement, facilitating trainings and presentations. As a certified Spanish/English Interpreter, she is committed to assuring the opportunity to participate for all regardless of language. Cristina has hit the ground running, falling in love with every community she visits and looks forward to every bit of it.

Fred Medlicott: Bookkeeper and Cooperative Development Specialist
Fred volunteered for NWCDC as an intern in the fall of 2017 and joined the staff in June 2018. Fred is finished his Bachelor’s at The Evergreen State College and joined the 2019 cohort for the  Masters in Management: Cooperatives and Credit Unions program at Saint Mary’s University. He handles the bookkeeping duties along with providing technical assistance on projects.

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