Board of Directors

Kae Anderson - President (current term ends 2020)

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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.  She can be reached at president@kcfc.coop.

 

  

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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 peter@kcfc.coop

 

 

Emily Demarest (current term ends 2019)  - Secretary  

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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.

   

 

 

Frank Iannuzzi -  Treasurer (current term ends 2020) 

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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. 

 

 

 Directors at Large:

 

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ruth has a history of living in “frontier” neighborhoods: South Street in the ‘70s, Northern Liberties in the ‘80s, and Kensington South since 1992. Community involvement is important to her: She’s president of the Friends of Rodriguez Library and a member of the Friends of Moffet School. With KCFC, she is active on the Marketing & Membership Committee and is the Volunteer Coordinator. In addition to seeing a co-op as a source for healthy food, she sees the potential for co-ops to source community, education, and creativity. Currently a freelance copyeditor, Ruth has been a lighting designer, stage manager, dance-company manager, pastry chef, and graphic designer. She lives with her cat Couscous, and owns a second home in New Orleans. She is enamored of NOLA brass and funk bands, and can usually be found dancin’ to same when they’re in Philly. Additionally, Ruth enjoys bicycling, baking, discovering new vegetarian recipes, and visiting family and friends around the world.

 

Jeff Carpineta (current term ends 2020)
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 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.

  

Antony DiBruno (current term ends 2018)

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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) 

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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.

 

           


Nick Fury (current term ends 2020)

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Nick Fury is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, and has resided in Kensington proper since 2010 with his amazing wife Amanda Fury and two poorly-cloned dogs. After graduating from Temple University in 1995 with a degree in Film & Media Arts, he started MartNet, Philadelphia’s first open source internet service provider. A decade later he took over the family business in Mayfair, Schummer’s Super Service Center, and he has been repairing automobiles ever since. In 2016 Nick opened a second auto repair shop, Schummer’s of Kensington. Nick is an ASE Certified Master Mechanic and currently sits on the Board of the Service Station Dealers Federal Credit Union. In his spare time serves as Treasurer of the Board of Kingdom Builders Construction (a Mennonite Central Committee ministry.) Nick helps lead Circle of Hope‘s Urban Farm Network, and gets his hands dirty at the Frankford Avenue Garden next door to Coop. Nick loves bringing healthy food to his neighbors, reclaiming vacant land, low speed daredevil driving, high speed cycling, and camping.           


The Kensington Community Food Co-op Board of Directors currently meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at 2670 Coral Street. If you'd like to attend an upcoming Board meeting, contact info@kcfc.coop.

Board Elections

Voting in the election for the Board of Directors is the simplest way to effect change in the store that you own. By voting for the candidates who most nearly match your vision for KCFC, you participate in the direction that we take as a community-owned organization. We urge you to participate in the election each year so that your voice may be heard.

KCFC relies on good leadership – people who can work effectively together to help guide the organization toward its full potential. While diverse interests, experiences, and skills are useful in board members, the ability to listen and to work well with others is key.

Contact the Elections Committee with any questions about board elections or if you'd like to support the effort. 

 

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