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.
Charlie Orr, '22
Charlie Orr, '22Vice President
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!
Larry Meadows Jr., '21
Larry Meadows Jr., '21Treasurer
Larry has been a member of the Co-op since September 2018 and was elected to the board in December of 2018. His professional background in accounting and finance has provided him with auditing, financial analysis, grant management and project management experience over the past 20 years. He currently works as the Family, Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Public School system. Larry is interested in serving on our Co-op’s board because he believes access to healthy food options directly affects the health of our children and our communities.
Laura Valentine, '22
Laura Valentine, '22Secretary
Laura has been a member of the coop since childhood, and was elected to the board in 2019. They hold a 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.
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.
Karen Bernard, '21
Karen Bernard, '21
Karen has been a member of the Co-op since 1986 and was elected to the board in 2018. Her professional background is in literature, education and community mediation, and she hold an M.A. in Culture & Spirituality. She currently works as our Co-op’s Book Buyer. As a member-owner and now board member serving on the Member-Owner Participation Committee, Karen is motivated to foster greater staff participation in decision making and member-owner participation in Co-op governance. She would also like to ensure our Co-op takes a more active part in strengthening our local foodshed.
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.
O.E. Zelmanovich, '20
O.E. Zelmanovich, '20
Zoë has been a member of the Co-op since 2011 (and a household member since birth!) He was appointed to the board in 2018. He is currently a full-time parent and part-time activist. He has extensive experience working, living, and organizing with collectives and cooperatives, and is affiliated with The Big Idea Bookstore, Bloomcraft, and CooperatePgh. He hopes that as a board member he will be able to strengthen member engagement, work toward food justice, and promote the cooperative model as an alternative to capitalism.