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South Bend, IN 46617



Election of Board Directors - April 16 - 23

PPC Admin

Election of Board Directors - April 16 - 23

Member-owners: Please take a few minutes to review the bios and vote for those candidates who you feel will best represent the Purple porch Co-op.  Voting will take place in the store.  Results will be announced at the Annual Member's Meeting on April 23.

There are four positions that are open this year. 

Danielle Meersman

Danielle is a lifelong resident of the South Bend area. As someone who lives and works downtown, she believes PPC plays an important role in her community by providing healthy food choices that support local producers. Danielle is a CPA (certified public accountant) for Crowe Horwath, LLP and brings 20 years of tax and accounting knowledge to the PPC board. She is currently serving as Treasurer and wants to ensure the Co-op is financially sound for the long run.

Michael Geglio

40th wedding anniversary approaching in August; 4 children, first grandchild expected in August

Currently working in the Notre Dame Budget Office, no changes expected in August

Purple Porch Board since January 2014; Board secretary since summer 2014

Molly Moon

I am a current Purple Porch Co-op board member running for re-election. Since January 2015 in my time on the board, I have helped plan events, recruit and manage volunteers, plan for the future, and most importantly, I have helped the board implement policy governance with the help of CDS Consulting. 

Also, in part because I felt ignorant of the challenges local food producers face, I started Moon & Son Mushroom Company with my son Robin Pixley in late 2015. That has proved a most rewarding endeavor: we now sell our mushrooms at the Purple Porch Co-op, and the knowledge I've gained does make me a more effective board member. 

My interests as a board member continue to be focused on guiding the Purple Porch Co-op toward a bigger and more vital presence in our community, toward encouraging more local food sourcing and production, and toward developing a more professional board of directors. I feel my experience with the board transition to policy governance will have high value in the coming years as we solidify this form of leadership. However, I will willingly step aside and make room for new member-owners with new skills whenever that occasion arises. 

Eddie Forero

I immigrated to Miami, FL at age 7 after having spent my formative years in the Basque region of Spain and in various cities in Colombia.

After attending public schools, I embarked in a career in transportation and logistics, starting from a temp telemarketer to VP of Sales within the same company over a period of 14 years.  I routinely sat in committees for marketing, operations, accounting, and upper management strategy implementation. I obtained a business degree from Florida International University while working. After moving to South Bend in 2012, I transitioned to international business development for a local company, Logistick, Inc. where I have also provided technical instruction translation assistance (English/Spanish).