Jeremy ThomasPresident2012-2015Jeremy has been a Weavers Way member since moving to the same block as the West Mt. Airy store in 2006. He works for the City of Philadelphia, promoting the revitalization of neighborhoods and the redevelopment of key properties throughout the city. With a neighborhood and economic development background, he is especially interested in the impact coops like Weavers Way have on the local economy and the role they play in making our neighborhoods better places. He is also excited about continuing the ongoing relationship between co-ops in the city, seeking partnership opportunities, and finding new and innovative ways to promote the coop and all it has to offer.
Chris HillVice President2013-2016I have been a publisher, editor and writer for over 35 years. I co-founded the Philadelphia City Paper, worked for Rodale Press and the Rodale Institute for 20 years, started my own web design business, Chris Hill Media, eight years ago, and have been a long-time advocate for sustainable, organic and urban farming. I organize the Co-op’s annual urban farm bike ride, serve on the steering committee of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, and have been a member of the board of Mill Creek Farm for eight years. My family: my son Adam manages the prison farm program and four greenhouses for Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; my wife Ellen is director of Drexel’s Dance Movement Therapy graduate program; and my daughter Maren recently completed a Master’s in Urban/Regional Planning at Cornell and is working as a city planner in Vermont.
Stu KatzTreasurer2013-2016In everything Weavers Way does, it builds and sustains community. It does this by combining the efforts, ideology and commitment of a great membership and with the hard work and creativity of the staff. All of this makes a positive difference in our individual lives and in the collective well being of our communities. As a recent board member and officer, I understand how our board functions and how it can effectively play its fiduciary and governance roles to ensure the financial and organizational well being of our co-op. In having spoken to and worked with hundreds of our members, I believe I can effectively represent the membership as WW grows into its very dynamic future. The Chestnut Hill expansion is critical to secure the future for WW. But in the long term, growing a local agriculture, and expanding our ability to teach children and adults about healthy food choices are essential elements of who we are. But overall I see the success of the WW cooperative business model as central to building more vibrant and sustainable local economies that can have enormous positive effects in our community and in our world.
Laura Morris SienaSecretary2013-2016I am a long-time Mt. Airy resident, Weavers Way member, nonprofit executive and community activist.
After a twenty-year career in fund-raising, I served as Executive Director of Fund for an OPEN Society, a national organization promoting racially integrated communities, and of West Mt. Airy Neighbors, a community-based volunteer organization committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in its richly diverse urban neighborhood. I have a particular interest in Mt. Airy’s history of leadership in promoting integrated communities.
Since 2010, I have served as founding president of Lundale Farm, Inc., a new nonprofit formed under a directive in my mother’s Will. Lundale Farm, Inc. owns 420 acres of conserved farmland in northern Chester County, PA and is a sustainable farming community that is a place of inspiration, innovation and opportunity for new farmers, landowners, and others committed to locally grown food.
I joined the Board of Weavers Way Community Programs in 2012 and serve as Vice President and co-chair of the Fund Raising and Development Committee. I was elected to the Board of Weavers Way Co-op in 2013.
At Large Directors
Joshua Bloom2014-2017I have worked in the field of downtown and neighborhood revitalization since 1993, first as the Main Street manager in my home town of South Orange, NJ, and then as a program officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center. While at the National Trust, I expanded the Main Street Program’s urban reach to cities that included Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and others. In 2005, I joined the Community Land Use and Economics Group (CLUE Group), a consulting practice based in Arlington, VA. I live in Mt. Airy and work with a variety of communities nationally, from urban neighborhood commercial districts to small-town downtowns. My primary interest is the intersection of economic development and historic preservation, and in using both sets of tools to create vibrant communities.
My approach to community-initiated economic development is “market-based,” meaning – for Weavers Way – I like to think pragmatically and strategically about how Weavers Way serves its member and non-member shoppers. Weavers Way’s cooperative model makes it an incredibly special community asset, but Weavers Way also competes in the broader grocery sector, which has seen systemic shifts in recent years. How Weavers Way responds to changes in the industry and in our own neighborhoods will be critical to its sustainability.
Among my personal interests, I like building things. In 2007, I completed a two-year course in preservation carpentry at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and I have recently been plying my amateur skills on a never ending list of home improvement projects.
I think good community work requires both a sense of purpose and a sense of humor. I will try to bring both to the Weavers Way board.
Megan Seitz Clinton2012-2015Megan lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband, Corry, and their adorable (and epileptic) cat, Pearl. Megan loves to travel and cook (and eat). She’s an avid reader and a hopeless political junkie. In real life, she’s a partner in a boutique transactional real estate law firm in Manhattan. Megan attended college in Ohio, moved to Florida to attend law school, relocated to New York City where her husband attended medical school and recently settled in Philadelphia where her husband is completing a family practice residency at University of Pennsylvania. Having grown up on a small (ultimately unsuccessful) family-owned dairy farm in rural northwest Ohio, Megan is particularly sensitive to the problems facing small farms and passionate about the local food movement and (environmentally and financially) sustainable farming, in general. She’s a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Philadelphia. She adores her neighborhood and the community surrounding Weavers Way and is glad to finally be putting down roots.
Larry Daniels2014-2015I am proud to represent the local business community in this wonderful neighborhood we call Mt. Airy as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. My financial services experience include advice and management roles at PNC Investments and American Express. I also spent two years working with the Grocery Products Division of the Quaker Oats Company. I currently serve as Board Member and President of East Mount Airy Neighbors. I also work closely with Mount Airy USA.
I count it an honor and a privilege to serve on the Weavers Way Board. I have been buying products from the Co-op since as early as 1991. I have watched it grow over the years into the terrific and well-run organization that it is today. I share its noble values of environmental sustainability, quality foods locally grown and purchased, healthy eating, great service, a vibrant local econom, and supporting great urban communities. I count Weavers Way a leader in all of these areas. My work and support of the board will be geared toward growing and expanding that leadership.
Nathea Lee2014-2017Weavers Way is important to me because it has been a beacon and an anchor in my adopted home of Mt. Airy. I feel welcome and included when I shop at Weavers Way. In addition, the Co-op cares deeply about its role in the community and contributes in a variety of ways to the well-being of members, customers and the community at large, including the farm, CSA, and other community programs.
With more than 25 years in non-profit management and communication, I feel my skills and experiences would benefit the Co-op in significant ways. First, I know what it takes to run a non-profit organization and how critical the board’s role is in governance and fiscal management. I am also experienced in strategic planning, community engagement and fundraising, so I would be able to add depth to the board in these areas. Finally, I am a photographer-entrepreneur and would bring those skills and perspectives to support the work of the board, as well.
My vision for the future of Weavers Way is to build upon its success as an innovator in the field and to help enhance its profile as an inclusive, culturally-diverse, progressive community beyond its Mt. Airy-Chestnut Hill neighborhood.
Lisa Hogan2014-2017Coops turn the simple activity of shopping into an opportunity to demonstrate values, contribute to the community, and to develop relationships. I also appreciate that the strong customer service of Weavers Way sets it apart from supermarkets. I would like to see us develop more partnerships to teach children and adults healthy eating choices to further their physical and financial health.
I live in Chestnut Hill, have been married for forty years, have two grown children and three grandchildren, and am now retired. I travel extensively and visit food markets around the world. I love to cook and know that sharing food and drink provides a perfect opportunity to foster communication and healthy relationships. I worked for 35 years in the non-profit world, providing services for adults with mental illness. I managed 25 residential programs, completed strategic planning, implemented change and survived due to flexibility and organization. I was accountable to stakeholders, including consumers, families, management, Board, City, and State. I have extensive experience with union and non-union negotiations, human resources, grievances, staff development, and fiscal accountability. I volunteered as Board President of a day care center, delegate from J.S. Jenks Home and School to Chestnut Hill Community Association, and as an officer and sport commissioner for the then Chestnut Hill Fathers’ Club. I look forward to contributing to my favorite market.
Margaret Lenzi2012-2015The cooperative movement empowers people and builds supportive and caring communities. Weavers Way is a crucial link in creating a sustainable local economy that supports the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profits. Weavers Way has been a shining star leading the way in urban farming, supporting local business, developing community programs, promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, and expanding other cooperative organizations.
I am a lawyer who worked in the public sector my entire professional life. Volunteering for social change, community, political, and religious organizations plays a central role in my life. I have been in leadership roles on boards and also love to do grunt work when necessary. I am organized and focused, like to get things done, and enjoy working with others until a task is completed. When not at the co-op, I like to bike and travel.
I have been a member of Weavers Way since our family first moved to Mt. Airy in 1982. Now that my children are grown, I have more time to give back to the Weavers Way community. I believe that my unique blend of experience and skills will make me a productive member of the Board and will help to lead us forward into the next century.
Linda Shein2014-2017I appreciate that Weavers Way fosters a strong sense of community, promotes environmental stewardship and supports local businesses. I believe in supporting a sustainable local economy, and WW provides a cherished venue for local and organic food while WW’s farm guarantees members access to this. In the GMO foods era, it’s crucial to take control of what we eat and know where it comes from. I enjoy meeting like-minded members.
I opened a retail business which grew to 39 stores, enabling me to serve WW’s membership with my understanding of challenges facing retailers as they grow. Listening to customers helped me serve them; as a WW Board member I’ll seek member input. I have attended natural products and organic farming conventions and understand the business. While I have strong opinions, I believe the best outcomes are achieved through collective thinking. I attended recent WW Board and Regional Co-op meetings.
With 2010 membership more than doubling, in the short-term maintaining core values and monitoring organizational infrastructure to support unprecedented growth is critical. In the long-term, to survive inevitable competition we must do more to secure loyal, involved members while offering outstanding product and service at fair prices.