The next elections will kick-off in May 2017. There will be five spots open on the board. If you are interested in running for the KCFC Board of Directors or would like to nominate someone, email the KCFC Leadership Committee at email@example.com.
Holly Logan - President (current term ends 2017)
After receiving her bachelor's degree from Temple University, Holly served in AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps to pursue her passion for community service, teamwork, and travel. Holly has been active with KCFC since 2010 and she sees KCFC as not only a member-owned grocery store, but a community resource to bring neighbors together to connect around important issues in their neighborhoods, such as accessibility and affordability in food systems. Holly is also the co-founder of the Philly Fixers Guild. She lives in Kensington with her partner Mike, and their dog Satchel. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Frank - Vice President (current term ends 2018)
Peter has dedicated his career to growing the cooperative movement in Philadelphia. Peter is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. He previously served as organizational development coordinator at Mariposa Food Co-op in West Philly. He also serves on the board of The Energy Co-op. Peter lives in East Kensington with his wife, Emily, son Arthur, and Sherman the dog. He can be reached at email@example.com
Caiti Rothenberg - Secretary (current term ends 2018)
Caiti is a nonprofit fundraiser who is passionate about efforts to build vibrant, healthy communities and ensure everyone can meet their basic needs. Caiti was first drawn to KCFC because she believes that everyone should have access to affordable, healthy food in their community, and she was inspired by the co-op as a beautiful, organic effort led by neighbors working to achieve that. Before joining the Board, she spent a year deeply involved in KCFC’s membership recruitment efforts and helped to launch the Inclusivity Committee. She currently works as an External Relations Coordinator at Benefits Data Trust, a national nonprofit whose mission is to transform how people in need access public benefits (including SNAP/food stamps). Before this, Caiti served on the Development Team at The Food Trust, another Philadelphia-based national nonprofit which works to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious, affordable food and information to make healthy decisions. Caiti lives in Fishtown with her partner Oren and cat Millie. In her free time, she enjoys thrift shopping, making crafts and binge-watching Netflix.
Kae Anderson - Treasurer (interim board member, current term ends 2017)
After graduating with a math and economics degree from Haverford College, Kae decided to join the Americorps VISTA program and came to work at NKCDC in economic development. Working under former NKCDC co-worker and fellow KCFC member Henry Pyatt, she was fascinated with the cooperative business model as a way to create truly community-serving businesses and provide economic justice. Kae has since gone on to become the commercial corridor manager for Frankford Ave. She also facilitates a study group through PACA’s 20 Book Clubs -> 20 Cooperative Businesses program to explore forming a tool library in Kensington. Kae is a new homeowner in the 19134 zip code and can most often be found hiking at local preserves or drinking coffee on her porch with her dog Twiggy Smalls.
Directors at Large:
Jeff Carpineta (current term ends 2017)
A 4th generation Philadelphian living in East Kensington, Jeff is a graduate from Penn State in philosophy, Buddhism, photography and writing. Jeff’s overtime career is working as a Realtor at Solo Real Estate, helping creative and community minded folks find/create homes and spaces in Phila. neighborhoods. Jeff has co-founded a record label for experimental music, taught darkroom photo at the Fleisher Art Memorial for many years, rebuilds rowhouses with friends, and creates spaces that build community. He formerly served as President of the East Kensington Neighborhood Association addressing neighborhood issues, open space protection and the need for heartful urban planning. Jeff’s experience with Multiple Sclerosis fostered a new awareness of the connections between health, energy, the things we eat and how we share health wisdom in our communities.
Emily Demarest (current term ends 2019)
Emily is a Texpat who settled in East Kensington in 2012 after 11 years living in Brooklyn. She is an architect who is passionate about building healthy, diverse, and walk-able communities. Emily joined KCFC shortly after moving to the neighborhood because she is serious about food justice and access. She has spent the last year extensively renovating her own house with her husband while raising their son and two dogs. She is not scared to get her hands dirty, and has been known to wield a sledgehammer or two. In her free time, she rides bikes, does arts and crafts and loves a good board game with friends. She looks forward to using her extensive experience with design and construction during this critical time with the co-op.
Antony DiBruno (current term ends 2018)
Antony is a lifelong Philadelphia resident who has worked in underserved communities that often lack access to nutritious foods. Equality and food justice are amongst his greatest passions. The son of a butcher, fishmonger, and grocer, Antony “Tony” DiBruno is the grandson of one of the founders of DiBruno Bros., a Philadelphia food institution. From working in his family’s businesses, to managing restaurants and nightspots around the city, to working more than a decade in the banking industry, he understands the critical intersection of food, commerce, and community. Tony’s vision is for KCFC to become not only a successful, democratically-run provider of local healthy foods to its surrounding community, but to become a gathering spot for neighbors and a support system for small local farms. Tony is a father of two, living just down the road from the future home of KCFC. He operates his own consulting firm which assists restaurants and bars from inception to recovery and is currently attending Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
Oren Eisenberg (current term ends 2019)
A marketing strategist by trade, Oren has built his career around helping clients break through complexity to solve problems and grow their businesses. He is a graduate of Drexel University, and has lived in Philadelphia since 2008. Oren joined KCFC as a way to find and build community around food with his partner Caiti; Oren firmly believes that the Co-op has the power to unify our neighborhood in exciting ways and is thrilled to continue working tirelessly towards that vision. In addition to serving on the KCFC Board of Directors, Oren is the Marketing Lead for KCFC and a volunteer on both the Marketing & Membership and Inclusivity Committees. When he isn’t volunteering with KCFC, Oren can be found cooking in his Fishtown home or bicycling around the neighborhood in search of interesting art, music, and beer—though not necessarily in that order.
Frank Iannuzzi (interim director, current term ends 2017)
Frank serves as the Legislative Director for City Councilman At-Large Derek Green and is dedicated to empowering people - as citizens, workers, consumers, and otherwise. After being born and raised in its suburbs, he moved into Philadelphia to attend Temple University's undergraduate political science & history programs, before a stint as a policy staffer at the state House in Harrisburg. Since returning to the City to attend Temple's Beasley School of Law, he continues working in policy to advance equity, sustainability, and justice from the local level upward. Frank believes in KCFC model as a means of fostering community around quality food and fair commerce. He is honored to join the board as it finalizes preparations for opening. Frank consumes healthy meals and unhealthy amounts of news in, and cycle commutes from, his residence in Fishtown.
Matt Ruth (interim director, current term ends 2017)
After moving to Kensington in 2016, Matt found himself excited about the opportunity to become involved in the KCFC mission to establish a fresh, sustainable, and community-based grocery store a few blocks from his house. He’s enthusiastic about the potential to engage a diverse community with affordable and healthful products, and the opportunity to employ dozens of neighbors. Matt works with local candidates and national organizations to guide early-stage teams on best practices for management, fundraising, communications, and event planning at his political consulting firm. Prior to founding Bison Strategies, LLC, Matt worked in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has served in government affairs and policy positions throughout Pennsylvania. Matt holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Lycoming College, a liberal arts institute in Williamsport, PA, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military academy in Northfield, VT.
Bryan Szeliga (current term ends 2019)
Bryan, a former Director of Business Development and Executive Chef, has over 10 years of experience in sustainable food and he also holds degrees from Fort Lewis College in Colorado and Western Culinary Institute in Portland Oregon. Currently Bryan is a Program Manager for Sustainable Fisheries Partnership where he collaborates with some of the country’s largest seafood buyers on global seafood sustainability issues. Prior to joining SFP, Bryan was a salesman for a seafood importer and the director of sales and business development at a technology based seafood company focused on selling forward and futures contracts for domestic seafood. As a farm to fork Chef his continuing efforts to promote sustainably sourced seafood were recognized by his 2012 Seaweb Seafood Champion nomination. Bryan currently resides in Philadelphia PA, and enjoys fly fishing on nearby rivers and in Long Island Sound.
The Kensington Community Food Co-op Board of Directors currently meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted. If you'd like to attend, contact Holly Logan, board president.
Interested in running for the board?
As a member in good standing you are eligible to run for the board. Every spring, member-owners elect candidates to the Co-op’s Board of Directors. Contact the Leadership Committee to become a candidate in the next Board of Directors election. Democratic participation is key in the cooperative philosophy, and it distinguishes cooperatives from the standard corporate structure.