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Meet the Board

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Renee Ryan   2021-2025
President

Renee has been a West Chester resident for 26 years and has fallen deeply in love with everything that makes West Chester a unique community, from the people and businesses, to the history and the landscape.

Renee has held careers in the culinary,  hospitality and event management fields over the last 20 years, working as a Certified Cheese Professional and Manager with Whole Foods, a Cheesemaker and Marketing Specialist with Yellow Springs Farm and the Market Manager and Event Planner at Highland Orchards. In 2018 she found her passion in Real Estate Sales and Investing. She is currently a realtor with the Gary Mercer Team at Keller Williams.

When Renee is not working she is and has been immersed in the volunteering and outreach, developing mutually beneficial relationships and fostering a sense of community with those she meets.

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Judy Carrino 2023-2026
Vice President

Judy was born and raised in Long Island, NY. She ended up in West Chester, PA to finish her last two years of her undergraduate degree. Her parents owned a NY deli and she is one of six kids. Home made, Italian food has always been a big part of her life.

Judy is obsessed with pickleball. When she is not volunteering, she is probably at one of the local parks playing pickleball. Judy also enjoys biking, cooking and gardening. She is an influencer around town and is known as "judy foodie". 

Judy is excited to be on the West Chester Cooperative board because she believes in the value of community and the loves the idea of supporting local healthy food producers. 

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Nelly Freed    2021-2024
Treasurer

Nelly has a degree in chemistry from Drexel University with post-grad studies at Heidelberg University, Germany. Her professional career was mostly in the healthcare industry including Director of Health Services for the Red Cross, clinical diagnostics sales and over 25 years in oncology clinical research. She has been involved in community volunteer work since moving to West Chester in 1978. Food, wine and travel are her passions! She has contributed to 5 cookbooks and has participated in the same gourmet dinner group for over 35 years. With regards to the West Chester Co-op, she has helped organize an annual meeting and organized and ran the 2018 Bake Off at Holy Trinity. She has worked the table at the Growers Market, and over the past 2 years, she's volunteered at the Co-op store.  She currently serves as treasurer, finance and fundraising committee Chairperson.

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Mike Kievit 2021-2024
Secretary

Mike Kievit has been a West Chester resident for the past 9 years and member owner since 2021. He is a supply chain professional with 13 years of experience, with the last 10 spent in the pharmaceutical industry. Mike is currently a Supply Chain Manager for Johnson and Johnson. Mike serves as Secretary for the Coop board and is a member of the MORE, Grants & Legislature, and Governance committees. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, spending time outdoors and traveling with his Fiancé Kendra, and playing with their dog, Seabass.

Tim Drake 2022-2025
Director-at-Large

Tim works as an independent financial planner to help people build and aligh their finances with what they value for a fulfilled life. Prior to that, he worked at Vanguard for 20+ years as a marketing strategist and project leader in their financial advisor division. A long-term resident of Chester County, Tim now lives in West Chester Borough and enjoys staying active outdoors, playing volleyball, cooking great food from the WC Co-op, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family.

Sherri Jarvis 2022-2025
Director-at-Large
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Sherri Jarvis owns a small local business called Botanical Bubbles. She creates handcrafted soaps, lotions, salves, lip balms, and more. Sherri is studying Herbalism and loves learning about local plants. Botanical Bubbles participates in several local Farmers’ Markets and as she has gotten to know the growers and producers, it has enhanced her desire to promote locally sourced food and businesses. She strongly believes that our community is made stronger when you know the people from whom you purchase your goods. 

Sherri homeschooled her three children and I has taught high school science with a non-profit homeschool cooperative for the past 16 years. She also teaches an Entrepreneurial course for middle school students with Hope Beyond Borders, a non-profit organization in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Sherri believes strongly in promoting educational equality and helping the marginalized people in our community.

Sherri energetically serves on the Member Owner Recruitment Event Committee and leads our Saturday presence at the Growers' Market.

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Sarah Black 2021-2024
Director-at-Large

Sarah Black is a public defender at the Chester County Public Defender's Office.  As an avid foodie and home chef, she dreams of being able to walk to a grocery store after work and buy locally-made fresh and affordable goodies to use as ingredients for a fantastic meal.  She lives in the borough of West Chester with her husband, Paul, and their rescue dog, Jack. Her hobbies include hiking, reading, and travelling.

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Mike Lyle 2023-2026
Director-at-Large

Mike Lyle has been a resident of West Chester borough and co-op member since 2021. He works at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia as part of the Advancement team. Previously, Mike has lived in upstate New York, Durham, NC, and was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. Mike holds a Master of Music in Conducting Performance degree from the University of Texas-El Paso and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Grove City College. He has also completed a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. In his free time, you can find Mike cooking up new recipes, playing board games, enjoying a good hike with his partner Megan, or cuddling their cats, Mango and Lola.

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Joe Frisco 2023-2026
Director-at-Large

Joe was born in West Chester, has lived in Chester County most of his life and is looking to be part of the growth in the area moving forward.  He has a background in IT, has run his own business, been involved in local politics and spends much time as possible in West Chester

Believing our community is made stronger when individuals participate and contribute, hopes are that the WC Coop continued to gain support. 

Joe has 4 children, was a PIAA umpire and has coached youths in baseball, football and soccer.  

Trish Goddard 2023 -2024

Director-at-Large

Trish Goddard grew up in Wayne, PA but has lived in the West Chester area for more than 35
years. Having grown up in a family of 5 girls she had to learn how to compromise. She
graduated from Penn State with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Starting
her career in Inventory Analysis, she soon moved on to IT and computer programming. Trish
worked in the IT field for almost 20 years until life with her traveling husband and 2 small sons
led her to retire from full time work in an office to a part time job as a swim instructor while her
children were growing up. She is now retired giving her more time to do the things she loves.
Her passions include spending time with her granddaughter, traveling, music, arts and crafts,
and working out at the gym. Trish is a foodie and loves trying new restaurants and new foods
as well as cooking. Attending local farm markets allows her to get the freshest foods while
supporting the local economy. As a board member Trish is looking forward to help establish a
Coop food market in West Chester to give everyone access to local fresh foods on a regular
basis.

Chris Goddard

2023 -2024

Director-at-Large

Chris has lived in the West Chester area for over 38 years after being born and raised in the
Erie, PA area. He has seen the area grow into a wonderful place to live, raise a family and enjoy
life in his retirement years. He has an degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State and has
enjoyed a diversified career working in the fields of fire protection engineering, risk
management, engineering project management as well as safety, health and environment
management. He has served in many professional and community volunteer organizations such
as coaching youth sports, professional societies and school activities.
Chris has just been elected to the Board, but looks forward to helping to establish a Co-op store
and counting to grow the organization. He enjoys watching and playing sports, traveling and
trying new foods and restaurants. He strongly supports the idea of local and fresh foods.

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