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.
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.
Emily DeFerrari
Emily DeFerrari
Emily has been a member of the EEFC since the early 80s and was elected to the board in 2017. Her term is up in December 2020. She is currently in “semi-retirement” from a rewarding and humbling life’s work as a midwife. Emily’s motivation for serving on the board arises from her belief that cooperative living strengthens all of us and helps us mobilize ourselves toward creating a more just world. She hopes her time on the board supports EEFC’s place in that work.
Jona Reyes
Jona Reyes
Jona has been a member of the Co-op since August 2018 and was elected to the board in December of 2018. She is currently a stay-at-home mom of four children and occasionally works as a doula. Her primary interest in serving on the board is to ensure transparency as well as diversity, and she is motivated to serve on the Member-Owner Participation Committee.

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.

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 currently works as a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, and has 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.