Meet The Board

There are nine seats on our Co-op’s board of directors. Each director serves for a three-year term. There is no limit on the number of terms a director may serve, but they must run and be re-elected at the end of each term. Learn more about the experience of each of our current directors below.

Have a thought you’d like to share with the board? Email boardofdirectors@eastendfood.coop.

Eddy Jones
Eddy JonesPresident
Eddy has been a member of the Co-op since 2015 and was elected to the board in 2017. Eddy earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked in management consulting as well as public education administration. Eddy is passionate about wellness and wants to be a part of helping the Co-op to achieve its vision of creating a vibrant, dynamic community of happy, healthy people.
William Warnock
William WarnockTreasurer
William has been a member of the Co-op since 2015 and was elected to the board in 2017. He is currently pursuing a business degree at Penn State University and works as a Service Technician for a local coffee roaster and coffee service company. William is motivated to serve on the board to promote the environmental well-being and the economic incentives of buying local.
Patrick McHale
Patrick McHale
Patrick has been a member of the Co-op since 2013 and was elected to the board in 2017. Patrick has proudly worked at the Co-op since October 2012, in varying roles including Cashier, Manager-on-Duty, and currently as the Promotions and Merchandising Coordinator. Before coming to EEFC, he spent five years doing social work as a counselor and therapeutic staff support for at-risk and troubled youth. Patrick loves the Co-op’s mission to serve the community and is excited to play a larger role in supporting the Co-op to reach its full potential.
Brynn Yochim
Brynn Yochim
Brynn has been a member of the Co-op since 2011 and was elected to the board in 2017. She currently works as a Geologist at a global environmental engineering consulting firm, and is a former employee of EEFC. Brynn would like to help steer the conversation of the board toward increased opportunities for member participation, staff empowerment, and community growth.
Malcolm Ferguson
Malcolm Ferguson
Malcolm Ferguson is a senior financial professional with 35 years of experience in banking and leasing at companies including Allegheny Valley Bank, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, and Mellon Bank. He earned an MBA from the Katz School of Business and a BS in economics from Allegheny College. Malcolm is active in his community, serving as a trip leader on an annual mission to West Virginia to repair homes for families in need, working with the non-profit Haiti Friends, and volunteering at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. He has been a member of the Co-op community since the 1980s. Malcolm was appointed to a two-year term on the board in 2017.
Emily DeFerrari
Emily DeFerrari
Emily has been a member the Co-op since 1997 and was elected to the board in 2017. She currently works as a midwife caring for pregnant women at the Sto Rox Family Health Center, where she feels both fortunate and enriched by the opportunity to get to know women during such an intimate and powerful time in their lives. Emily’s motivation for serving on the board is strongly linked with her beliefs in working, living, and existing in a cooperative manner that helps everyone to realize their collective strengths. She is committed to assisting the Co-op in becoming a model of these principles.
Sarah Trist
Sarah Trist
Sarah has been a member of the co-op since moving to Pittsburgh in 2013. She was elected to the board in 2017. Sarah serves as the Director of Health and Wellness at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. As a registered dietitian, her work focuses on food insecurity and sustainable food systems. She has a master’s in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and a BS in Nutrition from Syracuse University.