SBN will hold its annual Board of Directors elections on January 17, 2019 during the Annual Membership Meeting at PAFA beginning at 6:00 PM.** The general membership elects Board members annually, while the Board directly elects its officers. (Click here to register).
The SBN Board has been operating with 15 active Board members, although its bylaws state that it may seat up to eighteen members. Terms are three years, with the option to serve two consecutive terms.
During the course of 2018, two members left the Board before the end of their respective terms. One member’s company was no longer qualified for an SBN membership and therefore that seat was vacated. Two people completed their terms and are transitioning off the Board. One person completed her term and is standing for a second term.
All considered, there are four first-time candidates on the slate, and one current board member standing for her second term on the board.
BOARD MEMBER SLATE
Current Members Running for Re-Election:
- Heather Hanowitz, PIDC
New Candidates Running to Fill Vacancies (bios below):
- Peicha Chang, Founder and Owner, Vault and Vine
- Nima Etemadi, Co-Founder & Proprietor, Cake Life Bake Shop
- Joshua McNeil, Executive Director, PA Conservation Voters
- Michele Adams, Principal/Founder, Meliora Design
BOARD OFFICER SLATE (to be voted on by the SBN Board in February 2019) Proposed Officers:
- Chair: Melissa Muroff
- Vice Chair: Heather Hanowitz
- Treasurer: Sara Poindexter
- Secretary: Tiffany Rolfing
- Past Chair: Amy Kate (Failing) Lobel
Remaining Board Members Not Up for Election:
- Lynne Andersson, Temple University
- Allegra Derengowski, Birchtree Catering
- Amy Kate (Failing) Lobel, Community Energy
- Heather Hanowitz, PIDC
- Chris Jacobs, Communally
- Barrie Litzky, Drexel University
- Mo Manklang, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
- Melissa Muroff, Roofmeadow
- Sara Poindexter, Rodriguez Consulting
- Tiffany Rolfing, Idea Broker
**If you cannot attend the Annual Membership Meeting and would like to cast your vote on the proposed new slate of Board members, please submit your ballot via this link. For questions about voting via digital survey, contact the SBN Board Secretary at [email protected].
Candidate Bios for 2019 SBN Board Elections
Peicha Chang is the founder & CEO of Vault + Vine, started in 2009 under its original name of Falls Flowers to fulfill a need in East Falls for a beautiful retail space that could bring the community together. In 2013, the company was the first florist in the world to certify as a B-Corp, further committing to “using business as a force for good”. To continue serving her community, she purchased and renovated their current location at 3507 Midvale, winning the 2018 Storefront Challenge “Extreme Makeover Award” from the Philadelphia Community Design Collaborative & Philadelphia Department of Commerce. The new, larger location allowed the business to provide East Falls with new services, including a greenhouse, café, a curated selection of locally-made gifts, as well as a 2nd-floor community gathering space.
Vault + Vine’s mission is to provide a beautiful gathering space in the heart of East Falls. Retail customers & event clients come knowing that they’re doing their part in supporting sustainability and their local economy. Peicha’s personal mission is to inspire and help others to achieve their full potential in driving our corner of the world towards a more sustainable and equitable future. She is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and recently from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She lives with her family in East Falls, where she’s able to walk to work.
Josh McNeil has served as the Executive Director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania for nine years because good environmental laws are made by good environmental lawmakers. CVPA supports candidates for state office who make cleaner air, safer water, and a renewable energy future a priority. It hollers at elected officials who don’t.
CVPA just celebrated the best election in the organization’s history, helping more than 75% of its endorsed candidates win in November and sending 24 new environmental champions to Harrisburg.
Josh grew up playing drums in Huntsville, Alabama, and studied history at Yale. He then failed to make a living as a comedian, a history teacher, and as a bartender. Before launching CVPA, he made political commercials, wrote speeches for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and served as Press Secretary to the National League of Conservation Voters.
Josh earned his first dollar keeping rogue chickens away from funerals with a pellet gun. In spite of a decade of environmental advocacy, primates have assaulted him on four continents.
He lives in West Philly with a fabulous wife and a toddler who wants to be a firetruck doctor. He is extremely goofy about both of them.
Michele Adams, PE LEED AP, is a Water Resources Engineer and founder of Meliora Design. Her work focuses on sustainability, green infrastructure, and engineering designs informed by ecology, including many LEED and SITES certified projects. She was one of the authors of the Pennsylvania Stormwater Manual as well as the NYC High Performance Landscape Guidelines, and currently serves on the USGBC Sustainable Sites Committee (SS TAG), as well as American Rivers Science and Technical Advisory Committee. Recent projects include the Philadelphia KidZooU, Shoemaker Plaza at the University of Pennsylvania, the Stroud Water Research Environmental Education Center, and the Meadow Expansion at Longwood Gardens. Michele co-authored the Wiley textbook “Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change”, and seeks to increase awareness and planning for climate resiliency.
Nima Etemadi grew up in Vancouver after his family immigrated from Iran. His upbringing as a first-generation North American shaped his food lens, together with a strong interest in both French cuisine and the foodways of the American South. He graduated from culinary school and worked in kitchens and catering before attending Sarah Lawrence College, where he met his best friend and future business partner, Lily Fischer.
After earning his degree, Etemadi worked as assistant editor at Aperture, a non-profit photography magazine and publishing house, but office life soon gave way to another round of culinary school – this time at the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center) studying pastry arts.
In 2012, Etemadi moved to Philadelphia to found Cake Life Bake Shop with Fischer, first located in the Globe Dye Works building before moving to its flagship location in Fishtown. A proud transgender business owner, he hopes to see more members of the lgbtq+ community start businesses of their own.