Meet The Board

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.

Eddy Jones
Eddy JonesPresident
Eddy has been a member of the Co-op since 2015 and was elected to the board in 2017. Eddy earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked in management consulting as well as public education administration. Eddy is passionate about wellness and wants to be a part of helping the Co-op to achieve its vision of creating a vibrant, dynamic community of happy, healthy people.
Patrick McHale
Patrick McHaleVice President
Patrick has been a member of the Co-op since 2013 and was elected to the board in 2017. Patrick has proudly worked at the Co-op since October 2012, in varying roles including Cashier, Manager-on-Duty, and currently as the Promotions and Merchandising Coordinator. Before coming to EEFC, he spent five years doing social work as a counselor and therapeutic staff support for at-risk and troubled youth. Patrick loves the Co-op’s mission to serve the community and is excited to play a larger role in supporting the Co-op to reach its full potential.
William Warnock
William WarnockTreasurer
William has been a member of the Co-op since 2015 and was elected to the board in 2017. He is graduate of the Smeal College of Business and works as a Service Technician for a local coffee roaster and coffee service company. William is motivated to serve on the board to promote the environmental well-being and the economic incentives of buying local.
Emily DeFerrari
Emily DeFerrari
Emily has been a member the Co-op since 1997 and was elected to the board in 2017. She currently works as a midwife caring for pregnant women at the Sto Rox Family Health Center, where she feels both fortunate and enriched by the opportunity to get to know women during such an intimate and powerful time in their lives. Emily’s motivation for serving on the board is strongly linked with her beliefs in working, living, and existing in a cooperative manner that helps everyone to realize their collective strengths. She is committed to assisting the Co-op in becoming a model of these principles.
Malcolm Ferguson
Malcolm Ferguson
Malcolm Ferguson is a senior financial professional with 35 years of experience in banking and leasing at companies including Allegheny Valley Bank, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, and Mellon Bank. He earned an MBA from the Katz School of Business and a BS in economics from Allegheny College. Malcolm is active in his community, serving as a trip leader on an annual mission to West Virginia to repair homes for families in need, working with the non-profit Haiti Friends, and volunteering at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. He has been a member of the Co-op community since the 1980s. Malcolm was appointed to a two-year term on the board in 2017.
Katy Nevinsky
Katy Nevinsky
Katy has been a member of the Co-op since 2012, and was appointed to the board in January 2018. Her work and volunteer experiences have focused on social justice, environmental sustainability, leadership and team building, creative expression, and therapeutic recreation. She currently works as an Activities Specialist at ReMed Recovery Care Center, supporting individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Through board service, she is interested in advocating for community wellness, focusing on the overall health and vibrance of the co-op and the wide demographic that we serve.
Sarah Trafican
Sarah Trafican
Sarah has been a member the Co-op since 2012 and was appointed to the board in January 2018. She earned a BS in Bio-Evolutionary Psychology (minor in Anthropology) at Penn State University and MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University. She has worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in various institutions and taught Psychology at the college level, and guest lectured her doctoral dissertation: The Bio-Psycho-Social Impact of Technologizing Food in America. Sarah also served as a COPE Instructor at Camp Guyasuta, as Vice President of the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh, and is a member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. As someone who is passionate about local sustainable food and community wellness, she is looking forward to supporting the EEFC in accomplishing its mission.
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.