The Co-op’s board of directors is directly elected by the membership and is made up of members just like you. In accordance with our Co-op’s Bylaws, board members work to keep the Co-op accountable to Cooperative Principles and make sure that the Co-op remains a sustainable business. They do this through a system of checks and balances called Policy Governance.

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Learn More about the Board

Board meetings are open to the Co-op membership and typically occur on the third Monday of each month. These meetings include a number of standing topics, including a monthly report from our Co-op’s Policy Register.
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The EEFC Board of Directors created a Member Linkage Committee to facilitate communication between the board and Co-op members. The committee hosts a number of events, amongst other initiatives.
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The Co-op’s newsletter, The Co-operator, features a monthly article written by a board director. Click here to read a sampling of past “Board Corners.” You can also read many other issues of The Co-operator in its entirety online.

Meet the Board

President Mike Collura

Mike has been a member of the Co-op since 2006 and was elected to the board of directors that same year. His background is in computer programming and technical support, and he currently works as an Information Technology Manager at Allegheny Valley Bank. Mike is committed to helping guide the Co-op through the expansion process and ensure the items set forth in our Ends Policy are at the forefront of every decision. During his board tenure, he has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President, and now President, and he currently participates in the Finance Committee and co-chairs the Member Linkage Committee.

Vice-President Mark Frey

Mark has been a member of the Co-op since 2008 and has served on the board of directors since 2010. Mark has worked as a web and software developer since 1999, and is now a Software Engineer at Think Through Math. Retail access to clean, healthy, sustainably-produced food for the Pittsburgh community is very important to Mark, and he serves on the board in order to do his part to help the Co-op succeed in growing to be the best store it can be. Mark currently chairs the Board Perpetuation & Elections Committee, and he also participates on the Member Linkage Committee.

Secretary Sarah Aerni

Sarah has been a member of the Co-op since 2001 and has served on the board of directors since 2008. Sarah is a co-founder of a local start-up called Covey that is developing a mobile app that aims to help parents and caregivers of small children make real world connections. Sarah joined the board because of her interest in improving access to local, sustainable, and healthy food, and she believes it’s valuable for there to be alternatives to traditional corporations. During her tenure on the board she has served on all of the board committees, and currently participates in the Board Development Committee.

Greg Nicholas

Greg has been a member of the Co-op since 2013, and was appointed to fill a vacant seat in September of 2015. Greg is an independent software developer who has provided services for a variety of smaller-scale projects, from start-up companies to academic research projects at CMU. He specializes in the development of web and mobile applications. Greg believes the Co-op is a vital resource for the community, and with a strong interest in the food economy, he hopes to play a part in further increasing awareness and availability of high-quality food throughout Pittsburgh. Greg participates in the Board Perpetuation & Elections Committee.

Caroline Mitchell

Caroline has been a member of the Co-op since 1999, and was appointed to fill a vacant seat in September of 2015. Holding a BS in Chemical Engineering, she worked as a research engineer and adjunct faculty lecturer in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University for 30 years, and was also a founding principal in and former VP of Romualdi Davidson Consulting Engineers. Caroline also holds a JD in Law and managed a private law firm for 35 years, from which she retired in 2005. Caroline believes the Co-op is an incredible resource for the Pittsburgh community, and she is excited to offer her skills at finding creative solutions to technology-based and legal challenges to help the Co-op to grow and prosper. Caroline participates in the Board Perpetuation & Elections Committee.

Alice Leibowitz

Alice joined our Co-op in 2015, and was elected to the board that same year. Alice runs an organization called Neighbors Helping Neighbors, which creates systems of resource sharing in the greater Braddock region. She has thirty years of experience working with community organizations, and specializes in community dialog facilitation. Alice is committed to creating alternatives to the mainstream economic system, and wants to make the Co-op more community-oriented and member-driven. Alice co-chairs the Annual Meeting Committee and the Member Linkage Committee.

Thomas Pandaleon

Tom has been a member of the East End Food Co-op since 1989, and was elected to the board in 2015. Tom is an attorney in general solo practice, as well as the President of the East End Food Co-op Federal Credit Union. Tom currently serves on the board of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh. He is a former member of GreenStar Co-op in Ithaca, NY. Tom hopes to help cultivate a culture of member participation in the governance and operation of the Co-op, and he believes we can benefit by networking more closely with other consumer food co-ops across the country. Tom participates in the Finance Committee.

Dirk Kalp

Dirk has been a member of the Co-op since 1986 and faithfully served on the Board of Directors from that same year until October 2015. He was re-appointed to the board in May of 2016. He previously acted as the Treasurer. Dirk holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, and his professional career includes both university and start-up tech company experience. Dirk believes that consumer-ownership partnered with cooperative principles, the recipe for the cooperative business model, are the keys to making the world a better place.         As a member and board director of the former Semple Street Co-op, Dirk had the unfortunate experience of watching that enterprise fail, and it motivated him to think more about sustainable business practices. Dirk is committed to developing good governance structure and operational systems, which he believes are vital to realizing the full potential of our Co-op.

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East End Food Co-op

7516 Meade Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Market: 8am — 9pm
Café: 8am — 7pm


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