Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is made up of members of the credit union who are democratically elected each year at our Annual Meeting. Board Members can be provisionally elected by a vote of current Board of Directors members, but their membership on the Board must then be ratified by a vote of the members at the next Annual Meeting. We are always looking for new volunteers to serve on our Credit Committee, Supervisory Committee, and Marketing and Community Partnership Committee as well as for our Board of Directors. The time commitment varies by role, but most Board members dedicate between 2 and 5 hours each month to the volunteer position. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kirsten Rokke at email@example.com.
Ash Andrews (they/she) first became interested in sustainability and creativity as a youth while using household discards like bottle caps, film canisters, and pistachio shells to create complex imaginary worlds. It was only after setting off to explore the real world when Ash truly began to see the global ecological connections between "making do" and the transformative potential of reuse and creativity for the environment, community, and self. Ash holds a B.A. in Humanities, Art History, and Studio Art from the University of Pittsburgh, and also studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Seton Hill University, and the University of Amsterdam. After an immersive experience in various permaculture communities in Hawaii, Ash moved to Pittsburgh to continue their exploration of sustainable, thriving communities. Ash became the executive director of the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse in 2016, after working at the center in various roles for 5 years. Under Ash's leadership, the center has kept over 166 tons of materials from entering the landfill and has reinvested those materials back into the very same communities in which they originated. In 2020, Ash was named a 40 Under 40 honoree by Pittsburgh Magazine. Follow along with Ash’s adventures on Instagram at @ash_and____
Leslie Dodson is a life-long resident of the Pittsburgh area, she is retired now but spent most of her career as an elementary school teacher for the City of Duquesne. After retiring from teaching, she stayed connected with young people by working as a school bus driver and she also worked as a teller and loan underwriter for BNY Mellon Bank. She has always been a member of credit unions and loves volunteering with the East End Food Co-op Credit Union, serving on the Board and Credit Committee because she can really see the direct impact on real people's lives and she loves helping people. Leslie has two children and five grandchildren.
Eric Lipsky, Secretary
Eric Lipsky is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State - Greater Allegheny Campus. He is an experimental researcher in air-quality, measuring emissions from combustion sources and ambient air-quality. Eric is also a musician, and plays locally with the Haygood Paisleys, playing Appalachian Fiddle music. He is a founding member of the Steel City Squares, which organizes community square dances in the Pittsburgh area. Eric has been serving on the board of the credit union for 15 years.
Nate Morley grew up in the Washington, DC area and has lived in Pittsburgh since 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Loyola University of New Orleans and a master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of the EEFC Federal Credit Union board of directors since 2012. He has been a credit union member since 2006. He also served on the National Association of Social Workers - PA Chapter's board of directors for 7 years, including two years as chapter treasurer. Nate currently works at KidsVoice, Inc. He has worked there since 2004.
Lisa Simon, Vice-Chairperson
Lisa Simon has a Ph.D in literacy education and has been involved in urban education for 15+ years. The majority of her work has focused on providing high quality learning experiences in communities negotiating economic challenges. She joined the credit union board in 2016 with the goal of contributing to their mission of challenging economic disparities.
Jason Pampena, Treasurer
Jason Pampena is a professional firefighter and acting lieutenant at Pittsburgh International Airport, where he also serves as Treasurer of his labor union Allegheny County Firefighters Local 1038. A native Pittsburgher, he holds a master’s degree in environmental and occupational health, as well as degrees in physics and chemistry, and recently completed a three-year research fellowship at NIOSH. Jason is passionate about Pittsburghers’ ability to achieve financial independence, and is a strong advocate for credit unions’ and cooperatives’ role in accomplishing this at the individual and community level. To advance this effort he also serves as the Treasurer of the Yale Club of Pittsburgh, as well as volunteering as a tax preparer with AARP and as a financial coach with the Center for Women. Prior to becoming Treasurer, Jason served on the EEFCFCU Supervisory Committee.
Tom Pandaleon, Board President
Tom is a founding member of the EEFCFCU, and has been its President in 1993. He graduated from Duquesne University Law School that year, and has been in private, general practice since then. He also serves as Vice President on the Board of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, and has been a past President of the Board of the Parkinson Chapter of Greater Pittsburgh. Tom has appreciated the East End Food Co-op community’s long-term support for its Credit Union, in the form of office space, generous support of its volunteers, and for its marketing support. With the transition to professional staff in 2015, he looks forward to an era of vital growth and the Credit Union‘s greater impact serving the people of the East End.
Kirsten is the General Manager of the East End Food Co-op FCU. Kirsten brings wide-ranging experiences to the Credit Union including 15+ years in nonprofit operations and financial management. You can contact Kirsten at firstname.lastname@example.org.