I 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.
Lisa HoganVice President2017-2020
Co-ops turn the simple activity of shopping into an opportunity to demonstrate values, contribute to the community and develop relationships. I 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 45 years, have two grown married children and three grandchildren, and have been retired for 10 years. 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 have been on the Weavers Way Board since 2013. I chaired the Bylaw revision project, served on the Member Loan Campaign, and was Board Secretary for two years before becoming Vice President in 2018. I will complete my Board service in 2020.
Olga Corrias HancockTreasurer2018-2021
I have been a member of Weavers Way Co-op since we moved to Chestnut Hill in 2015. I live in the neighborhood with my husband, Matt, and my daughter, Emilia, and we love our community. I am originally from Sardinia, Italy, where my father was a vendor to a dairy co-op for many years, and I lived for a decade in Emilia Romagna, the heart of one of the world’s largest and most successful co-op movements.
I grew up eating super-local foods that we grew on our land and bartering for those we didn’t have with other community members. We cooked all our meals from scratch and continue to do so today. The Co-op is instrumental in giving us access to high quality, local and environmentally sustainable ingredients that help us re-create our family traditions right here in Philadelphia.
I have a degree from the School of Statistics at the University of Bologna and an MBA in Operations Management from Loyola University Chicago. I started my career in finance working for Sanpaolo Imi in Italy and moved into the field of higher education fundraising and alumni relations about 12 years ago, when I came to the United States, working for institutions such as Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and Princeton University. My experience spans campaign strategy execution and budget development and management, alumni/donor relations, corporate engagement and communications.
I’m a fairly recent transplant to the Philadelphia area. I lived in the Midwest, most recently Minneapolis, and moved here in 2015 to be closer to my son and his family. It’s been a great move!
In Minnesota, I was a member of a food co-op and loved being a part of that community. I live in Ambler, and so I joined the Ambler Food Co-op. Then, as the Ambler Food Co-op became part of Weavers Way, I found out that I could run for the Board. What a great way to get involved in my new community!
I have a business education and background. I’ve held Information Technology management positions, including that of Chief Information Officer, in both the private sector and the public sector, and I’ve worked as a management consultant. I was honored to be named as one of the Computerworld 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders. I’ve managed staff and budgets and projects and helped meet profitability goals.
But what really excites me is working with nonprofit organizations. I was on the Board of the Women of Influence Giving Circle, part of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. I served as Treasurer for Prairie Oaks Institute at Robert Creek, a food sustainability and education organization. Other Board positions include ARENA Dances, Young Audiences of Minnesota (Secretary), Tapestry Folkdance Center (President), and the Pine Lake Fund. Additionally, I spent three years as a Commissioner on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority for the City of Plymouth, Minnesota. Most people don’t realize it, but nonprofits are the lifeblood of our society. These organizations take on the tasks and causes that would never see the light of day if someone didn’t have the vision and the mission to make their part of the world a better place. Weavers Way is a great example of that commitment. I’m so proud to be a member of Weavers Way and the Board of Directors.
At Large Directors
I have participated in building the regional food systems movement as an organizer, educator, and advocate for decades, and for many of those years, Weavers Way captivated my interest from afar. As soon as my husband Rich and I, former New Yorkers, moved to Chestnut Hill this past December, we happily joined, experiencing first-hand the Co-op’s ability to fulfill its promise for folks looking for connection and community around shared values of social responsibility and nourishing food. Our family includes a West Philly daughter and son-in-law and their two children, as well as a West Coast son and his partner.
Until recently, I was working with the American Sustainable Business Council, focusing on New York’s efforts to transition to an economy based on renewables, safer chemicals, and sustainable business practices. That focus emerged after I helped launch Chefs for the Marcellus, a coalition of food and farming professionals concerned about the potentially disastrous impacts of fracking on our regional food system in New York. Leading a high-profile niche campaign in a successful larger movement provided a lesson in the value of taking action on critical issues on whatever scale we can.
My background includes being the producer of coalition-building educational programs and public awareness campaigns focusing on food, farming, and sustainability. I have been involved with artisan food production, marketing, restaurant procurement, farmers’ market development and operations, and community supported agriculture. I was a board member of Hawthorne Valley Association, which oversees the management of a 900-acre biodynamic farm, its dairy, bakery, and fermented foods production, educational programs, and retail operations — great prep for being on the Board of Directors of Weavers Way!
I have served as an attorney and now administrative judge for the federal government for the last 15 years. Ten years ago, my wife, our gaggle of pets and I relocated to Philadelphia and settled in Mt. Airy. Weavers Way Co-op has been a constant feature in our daily lives. About three years ago, I also began part-time employment at Weavers Way and have forged many great relationships with its staff and members. More recently, I have served as chairperson for the Weavers Way Food Justice Committee as we tackle hunger, food access, nutrition, waste and many other social-justice issues.
Previously, I served for four years on a nonprofit board dedicated to bringing underserved Philadelphia-area youth to the Poconos for summer camp, leadership training and environmental education. I have coordinated a volunteer trip to a Dakota reservation, helped with tornado reconstruction in Alabama.
The Ambler expansion offers an excellent opportunity to grow the Co-op; however, the challenge will be to maintain our Co-op principles and social-justice values. I firmly believe that the members and staff drive our Co-op’s success — both financially and as a pillar of social justice and change. The path forward will require growth not only in size and revenue, but also in enriching our members, staff and community.
I am honored to receive the support of Weavers Way members and staff in my election to the Weavers Way Board. Please find me in the Co-op on the weekends to share your thoughts on how we can make Weavers Way even stronger and more impactful.
Larry Daniels has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones for more than five years. His 20+ years in the investment industry include time spent with American Express and PNC Investments, both as a Financial Advisor and a Manager. He specializes in retirement planning and professional money management. His practice is committed to working with individuals and businesses.
Larry earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Cheyney University. He also earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from Marquette University, located in Milwaukee, WI.
Larry is actively involved in the community. He serves on the boards of Weavers Way and East Mount Airy Neighbors. He is also a Trustee at ENON Tabernacle Baptist Church and an active member of Chestnut Hill Rotary.
Larry has been married for 32 years and has two children.
De'Janiera B. Little2019-2022
De’Janiera B. Little began her community career working as a Customer Service Representative. She was devoted to assisting others in any way possible that would result in better outcomes for the community she served. She eventually felt her life would be more fulfilling in the nonprofit sector, in which she held various positions for more than 10 years.
De’Janiera has worked in various positions in nonprofit, including the Philadelphia Housing Authority, where she was able to sharpen her real estate skill set. She also developed her passion for real estate while in this long-term position. De’Janiera is currently employed as a Property Manager as well as a PA Licensed Realtor.
De’Janiera is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She resides in Philadelphia with her son and their three dogs.
Sarah Mitteldorf2019-2022Photo by Denise Allen
Sarah is a penguin admirer, theatre maker, and puppy scruffler. She has been shopping, reaching around people, and running into friends of family at the Mt. Airy Weavers Way for as long as she can remember. She is proud to be the sister and partner of two Produce/Floor/Mercantile Weavers Way staff members. You can usually recognize Sarah by her penguin hats.
Sarah's lens for community-based work grew out of and is defined by her decade of work in theatre. There, she focused on representation, inclusivity, equity, and using theatre to center and celebrate stories that often go untold. Co-ops also give us a way to define ourselves as a community while working to be a better one (as she personally experienced as a Weavers Way kid). She is and grateful to be elected to the Board and excited to be part of personal and community self-searching and growth.
I grew up in New York City, where my parents shopped at a food co-op, twin-pines logo and everything — even patronage refunds. It went out of business when a chain opened nearby and a Fine Fare market is in its old space. Sigh.
I hold a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Vermont, where I was also commissioned as an Army officer. My early career history after leaving active duty was in social services with a nonprofit. I worked with children and adolescents in residential facilities and thought that the world could become pretty unfair with what these kids had to deal with. Drained emotions were the least of it.
My lifelong interest in cooperatives led me to seek out ways to build and share this enterprise model. I've worked for REI, Prudential Insurance (when is was still a mutual), WHYY, Angel Flight East until laid off. Now I pay my bills as an underemployed actor in TV and movies. (You may have seen the back of my head in something.) I joined Weavers Way in 1990 shortly after moving to Philadelphia to take a job. That job didn't last, but my connection to the Co-op has. I want to thank past directors Silvia Carter and Bob Noble for their convincing arguments to consider service to this Board. It worked and has opened my eyes to how the cooperative economic model has the potential to build economic democracy back into our society.
I come back to the Board to continue to figure out ways to link and engage our membership to the greater mission of Weavers Way. I would like our region to be host to a vibrant community of cooperative enterprises, and I count on our members to express their ideas, hopes and expectations so we can guide and lead the Co-op through the business-cycle jungle with grace and prosperity.
Within a week of moving to Philadelphia a dozen years ago, Esther and her family signed on as members of Weavers Way Co-op. She has been passionate about co-ops and local empowerment throughout her life, starting as a teenager completing working hours for a now-defunct coop in Bethesda, Maryland, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer facilitating funding for women’s cooperative projects in Sahelian West Africa.
Esther has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and more than 20 years of training experience with organizations. She leads seminars, teaches courses and provides coaching emphasizing mindfulness skills in context. In addition, Esther teaches yoga and mindfulness regularly in office, studio and university locations in the Philadelphia area. Esther is member and former Co-Chair of the Weavers Way Health and Wellness Committee and one of the founding board members of The School Mindfulness Project. She is on the steering committee of the Mindfulness at the Bar initiative organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association. She is also a core member of the collective of practitioners teaching at the Healing Arts Studio in Chestnut Hill.
Before landing in Philadelphia, Esther was part-time professor of Organizational Behavior. At that time, she also chaired the Village Residents Association advocating for fair rent, community gardens and childcare for 800 families living on the University of California Berkeley campus. Esther lived and worked overseas for 10 years, particularly in Africa. Fun Facts: Esther has two teenaged kids who regularly roll their eyes at her lame attempts at humor; she grew up speaking a Swiss German dialect, and rode camels for transportation one summer while working in the West African desert!