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.

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Sam Applefield, '21
Sam Applefield, '21President
Sam has been a member of the co-op since 2016 and was elected to the board in 2018. Sam holds a master’s degree in food studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and has worked in environmental conservation, international development, and community development. He currently works part-time with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council. Sam brings a breadth of facilitation experience to help him serve as an effective board member, and he is motivated to steer the co-op in deepening our commitment to democracy and inclusivity, and to expand our impact on our regional food system.
Ariel Barlow, '21
Ariel Barlow, '21Vice President
bio coming soon
Charlie Orr, '22
Charlie Orr, '22Treasurer
Charlie is uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person. He has opinions about following conventions and brings them to the inaugural Resilience Committee. Would you like to join? If not, would it change your mind if we called it The Dream Team? Now we’re talking. This Director’s bio is about you, because you belong on our team too. Share your boldest, dreamiest ideas with us (boardofdirectors@eastendfood.coop), join a committee or two, and let’s make it happen!
Laura Valentine, '22
Laura Valentine, '22Secretary
Laura has been a member of the co-op since childhood, and was elected to the board in 2019. They hold an MS in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College (now the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability at Prescott College), where they did their graduate work on food systems monitoring and evaluation. They volunteer with Penn State Extension, are a member of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and coordinate food systems data for the Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) at Chatham University. They bring a focus on appropriate monitoring, urban-rural connections, and the western Pennsylvania food system to the board.
Jenise Brown, '23
Jenise Brown, '23
bio coming soon
Eva Barinas, '21
Eva Barinas, '21
Eva has been a member of the Co-op since 2007 and was elected to the board in 2018. Her professional background is in ecology and outdoor education, and she has spent a great deal of time and passion working with horses. She currently works as Grow Pittsburgh’s School Garden Program Manager. Eva looks forward to applying her unique skills and strengths in service of board committee work.
Tom Pandaleon, '22
Tom Pandaleon, '22
Tom has been a co-op enthusiast since 1979, when he joined a food-buying club in Ithaca, NY. After moving to Pittsburgh to attend law school in 1989, his family joined the EEFC, and, alongside many other volunteers, he helped start the Co-op’s credit union, which was federally chartered in 1993. He currently sits as its president. He was elected to the board in 2019, after serving for one year in 2016. Tom sees our co-op corporation and its community of member-owners as offering a democratic alternative to the economic powerlessness most people experience. He sees our work in stewardship of this co-op, keeping it member-driven and activist as a responsible regional economic force, as being vital to a better future for all.
Marty Seltman, '23
Marty Seltman, '23
As a long-time Coop member, Marty is excited to take an active role on our Coop board. He hopes to enhance our community by advocating for current member-owners to be more engaged. Making our membership better reflect the diversity of surrounding communities is another one of his goals. He retired from Metro Community Health Center in 2019 after a medical career focusing on caring for underserved populations with special interest in nutritional and herbal approaches to health. In his new-found leisure, he spends time playing with grandchildren, walking in Frick Park, birding, mushrooming, reading, practicing Tai Chi, meditating and learning to play guitar.
Trevor Ring, '23
Trevor Ring, '23
Trevor has been a member of the co-op since 2017, when he moved to Pittsburgh to pursue his MA & MBA in Food Studies at Chatham University. In 2019, he was hired as the co-op’s cheese buyer, and shortly after, was elected as the financial secretary of the union, UE Local 667. Outside of the co-op, Trevor doubles as founder of Community Cultures, a fermentation education business focused on fermenting social change. When he’s not working on expanding the business, he’s either growing mold in a makeshift aquarium (for tempeh and miso!), playing bass, practicing herbalism, or going on assorted adventures with his lovely partner.