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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2015 Election

Voting for this year’s Board of Directors Election will take place from August 1st through September 30th. Visit our Board Election page for more information.

Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting will occur on Saturday, September 12th, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the East End Cooperative Ministry. Click here to learn more about this year’s Annual Meeting.

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.
Click here to learn more about board meetings.

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.
Click here to learn more about their work and upcoming activities.

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 Sarah Aerni (2014-2016)

Sarah Aerni, President 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.

Vice-President Mike Collura (2014-2016)

Mike Collura, Vice President 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. He’s served as Secretary, Treasurer, and now Vice-President, and he currently chairs the Board Perpetuations & Elections Committee, in addition to participating in the Member Linkage Committee and Finance Committee.

Secretary Mark Frey (2013-2015)

Mark Frey, Secretary 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. During his tenure on the board he has chaired the Board Perpetuations & Elections Committee, and he currently serves on the Member Linkage Committee.

Treasurer Dennis Schauer (2015-2017)

Dennis Schauer, Treasurer Dennis has been a member of the Co-op since 2005 and has served on the board of directors since 2011. He has nearly a decade of professional accounting experience, particularly in planning and performing financial statement audits. Dennis uses this background to better inform his contributions to the fiscal governance and oversight of our Co-op. He’s proud to serve on the board because he believes in the Co-op’s transformative potential and integrity. He currently serves on the Finance Committee and Board Development Committee.

Dirk Kalp (2013-2015)

 Dirk Kalp ‘15 Dirk has been a member of the Co-op since 1986 and he’s served on the board of directors since that same year. Dirk holds degrees in mathematics and computer science, and he’s worked in universities and start-up tech companies. 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. He’s committed to developing a good governance structure and operational systems, both of which he believes are sustainable business practices vital to realizing the full potential of our Co-op. He previously acted as the Board Treasurer and currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Emily Mercurio (2013-2015)

 Emily Mercurio ‘15 Emily has been a member of the Co-op since 2008 and has served on the board of directors since 2013. Emily is a licensed Professional Geologist (PG) in the state of Pennsylvania and is employed by the oil and gas industry, identifying geologic hazards so that groundwater is kept safe during drilling. Emily believes the cooperative business model is essential for diversifying the economic landscape, and wants to make sure our Co-op continues to serve our region and remains an active part of the national community of cooperatives. Emily has served on the Annual Meeting Committee and currently chairs the Member Linkage Committee.

Maria Bowman (2015-2017)

Maria Bowman ‘17 Maria has been a member of the Co-op since 2013, and this is her first year of service on the board of directors. Maria is a licensed elementary teacher and works as the Program Manager for Grow Pittsburgh’s Edible Schoolyard Program. She believes that food is the single most important part of our daily lives and hopes her service on the Co-op’s board will contribute to making our community food system more inclusive, accessible, and vibrant. She serves on the Annual Meeting Committee and the Board Perpetuations & Elections Committee.

Tina Russell (2015-2017)

Tina Russell ‘17 Tina has been a member of the Co-op since 2011 and has served on the board of directors since 2012. Tina is a Certified Food Safety Manager and holds a B.A. in public relations and marketing. She’s currently employed as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for a green technology company. She believes in the valuable services the Co-op offers the community in the form of access to fresh, healthy, sustainably-produced food and education related to its benefits. Tina has participated in the Annual Meeting Committee, Board Perpetuation & Elections Committee, Board Development Committee, and Member Linkage Committee.

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East End Food Co-op

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


The Co-operator

Read The Co-operator August 2015


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