I 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.
Joshua BloomVice President2014-2017
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.
I am a certified public accountant with over 12 years of professional experience. I currently work at a regional accounting firm, EisnerAmper LLP, and my main area of focus is taxation. I work with a number of businesses, including co-ops, and help them with their tax and accounting issues. I am pleased that my professional experience has been helpful to the Weavers Way Finance Committee, the Weavers Way Board and Weavers Way Community Programs. I enjoy using my knowledge and experience to help clarify and answer questions that other committee and board members may have regarding various financial and tax concepts. I live in Germantown with my husband, Jason, and have been a member of the Co-op since we moved into the area in 2012. My husband is a professional chef and we both have a strong interest in locally produced and natural foods, urban farming and the sense of community that the Co-op provides. With increasing competition from large grocers I believe it’s an important time for the Weavers Way Board to maintain a strategic focus in order to continue to grow the Co-op.
Laura Morris SienaSecretary2013-2016
I 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
Megan Seitz Clinton2015-2018
Megan 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.
I 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.
Coops 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.
In 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.
I am a certified public accountant and owner of J. Miller & Associates, a firm that provides auditing, outsourced CFO, cloud-based accounting and tax-exempt services exclusively to nonprofit organizations. Although the Co-op is not a nonprofit organization, it has many of the elements that appeal to me in the same way as my work with nonprofit organizations. Above all, co-ops are about community and working together to benefit the community as a whole.
I am from West Philadelphia and first joined Weavers Way after graduating from Temple University and moving to Mt. Airy in the early 1980s. My accounting career began at PricewaterhouseCoopers. I continued my education at University of Chicago earning an MBA in Finance. After working as a financial analyst for four years, I returned to accounting working with nonprofit organizations, small businesses and individuals. In 2010, I decided to devote the rest of my professional career exclusively to nonprofit organizations. My husband and I live in Wyndmoor, and we have two adult daughters who live in Washington, DC, and New York. I re-joined the Co-op several years ago after the opening of the Chestnut Hill store.
Currently, I also serve on the board of Regional Housing Legal Services, a nonprofit that works to create housing and economic opportunity in underserved communities in Pennsylvania.
I 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.
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.