Our Organizational Structure

POCA’s governance is based on the principles of sociocracy; its structure works to organize the social capital of the CA movement. Social capital includes the time, energy, skills and goodwill that co-op members contribute. POCA would not exist at all without generous investments of time from many different co-op volunteers.

Our Board of Directors

Contact any BOD member via private messaging at www.pocacoop.com by clicking on their name. 

The POCA BOD meets quarterly. You can find a meetings scheudle HERE.

Community Member Bob Whirlow Providence,RI

Community Member  Sadie Paulino LaCrosse,WI

Vice President- Community Member  Carol Young Urbana, IL


President- Punk Member  Rachel Lutz Boise, ID

Treasurer- Punk Member Oren Pilinger Hyde Park, MA

Punk Member Cate Maxxon Tucson, AZ

 Secretary- Punk Member  Michael Kalebich La Crosse, WI

POCA‘s main decision-making body is the General Circle

The GC is where all the department circles come together to discus and deliberate on the direction of the co-op's projects and priortities. Two members from each department circle plus 2 members of the POC BOD make up the General Circle. 
The General Circle reviews the annual budget and approves it before it is sent to the BOD for final approval. The General Circle also votes via a consent process on any proposal that involves spending co-op money, in policy decisions (like changing Locate-A-Clinic requirments, and in throwing the support of the co-op behind other organizations, or efforts. 

Any co-op member can bring a proposal to the GC. Please complete this form and submit it to the POCA General Circle by emailing volunteer@pocacoop.com


Current POCA Circles and rosters are as follows:

Membership Circle- Shelby Smith, Mike Kalebich, Carmen Doerge, Cris Monteiro

Finance Circle-Whitney Thorniley, Steve Kingsbury

Publications and Content Distribution- Wade Philips, Cris Monteiro, Nicole Maniez

Events Circle- Amy Severinsen, Cris Monteiro, Ellen Vincent, Skip Van Meter

Movement Building Circle- Shannell Rogers, Caroline Picker, Nicole Maniez, Ren Pilinger, Jessica Hanson, Sonja Sivesind

Ear/Auricular Acu-Tech (AAT) Circle- Ellen Vincent, Olive Crane, Heather Eldridge, Caroline Picker

Legislative Circle-Cris Monteiro, Jax Rogers, Susan Murphy, Ren Pilinger, Marie Arnberg


Visit https://www.pocacoop.com/calendar/google to find scheduled Circle Meetings. 

Active Regional Nodes exist in New England, FL, UT, California, and Canada. Visit the list of active and less-active Regional Nodes in the POCA Forums. 


POCA's paid and volunteer staff consists of:

Financial and Administrative Coordinator- Carmen Doerge

Technical Coordinator/Tech Support: Wade Phillips

Membership Coordinator-Shelby Smith

CEU Coordinator- Gail Roudebush

Newsletter- Gloria Jacobs (volunteer)


You can contact staff or circles members via email.

The Circle wiki also has information on Sociocracy, and POCA's meeting and decision making processes.