Board of Directors

Tim Huet, Chair

Tim brings extensive experience in Worker Cooperatives to CCCD’s board. He is an attorney and a founder of the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, a cooperative composed of nine member businesses: six bakeries, a landscape design-build cooperative, a general contractor, and a technical support collective.  As part of the Association’s Development & Support Cooperative, Tim participates in writing business plans, raising start-up capital, and training workers in democratic business management; he also serves as in-house legal counsel. Tim serves other cooperatives as an attorney as organizational trainer/consultant.  Tim completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and his law degree from UC Hastings College in San Francisco.  He lives at a housing cooperative in Oakland.

Leland H. “Lee” Ruth, Secretary

Lee is a founding board member of CCCD, President Emeritus, Agricultural Council of California, and has more than 30 years of experience working with cooperatives. In 2013 Lee was inducted into to the Co-op Hall of Fame, the highest honor that the U.S. cooperative community bestows on individuals who have made genuinely heroic contributions in support of the cooperative form of enterprise. Lee is president of Lee Ruth & Associates, a firm specializing in assisting agricultural associations and cooperatives with problems related to governmental relations, organization development and public relations. He is a past board member of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and Agricultural Cooperatives Development International/ Volunteers in Cooperative Assistance ACDI/VOCA, and past chair of the National Conference of State Cooperative Councils. He has been active in promoting and forming cooperatives. Lee was the founder of the California Orchard Wood Co-op and the Principal Coordinator of a project which resulted in the formation of the California Electric Users Cooperative. Lee also served as a consultant in the development of Clean Power Cooperative and Golden State Power Cooperative.

Teree Castanias, Treasurer

Teree brings expertise in agriculture and consumer cooperatives to CCCD’s board. She is a CPA whose tax compliance and consulting practice focuses on cooperative issues and other business and individual tax matters. For 28 of her 32 years as a CPA with KPMG she focused on cooperatives and was National Director for Cooperative Tax Services when she retired. She continues her professional accounting work with cooperatives which includes all aspects of tax consulting and compliance at the federal and state level,  working with management and boards on capital and bylaw issues, and working with cooperatives to change tax laws to include favorable provisions for cooperatives, such as Section 199A.  Teree is the past Chair and current member of the Legal, Tax and Accounting Committee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (“NCFC”) and past Chair and current member of the Tax Committee of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (“NSAC”). Teree is a frequent speaker concerning tax issues related to cooperatives at annual meetings of the NCFC and NSAC. In addition, she is a periodic contributor of articles on current developments in cooperative taxation for the NSAC’s “Cooperative Accountant” publication. Teree is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Teree is also an Outside Director for Farm Credit West, A.C.A.

Jessica Nelson, Board Member

Jessica contributes her expertise with electric cooperatives to CCCD's Board. She is the General Manager for Golden State Power Cooperative, the statewide trade association which was established in 1999.  GSPC supports member-owned electric cooperatives to ensure honest, efficient, affordable and reliable electric and telecommunications service in rural California. Jessica works closely with Anza Electric Cooperative, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative and Surprise Valley Electrification Corporation to realize their goals. Jessica is the President of the Portola Preschool Cooperative and also serves on the board of the Clean Power Cooperative.