I’talia McCarthy’s proudest co-op moment was when she took on other mascots in a dance-off at the University of California Davis Homecoming Parade... and won, rocking the Davis Food Co-op tomato costume. I’talia was virtually raised at the Davis Food Co-op—as a child, her father worked magic in the DFC Deli. She became a paid employee in 2008, and has been a high-performing cooperator ever since (working, at one point or other, in every department in the store). She joined the DFC Management Team in 2014, and was most recently promoted to Operations Manager. Her oddest job, prior to assisting with Operations, was as a hair model. She enjoys teaching, playing on the DFC softball team, Co-op deVille, and encouraging her colleagues and shoppers to eat more cheese. Ask her what slosh-ball is.