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.

Sam Applefield
Sam ApplefieldVice President
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.
Eva Barinas
Eva BarinasSecretary
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.
Larry Meadows Jr.
Larry Meadows Jr.Treasurer
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.
Karen Bernard
Karen Bernard
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.
Melanie Frank
Melanie Frank
Bio coming soon!
Charlie Orr
Charlie Orr
Bio coming soon!
Tom Pandaleon
Tom Pandaleon
Bio coming soon!
Laura Valentine
Laura Valentine
Bio coming soon!
O.E. Zelmanovich
O.E. Zelmanovich
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.