Board of Directors

The Bethlehem Food Co-Op board is elected each October at the annual membership meeting. The following individuals are the current team of leaders working hard to bring a community-owned grocery store to our community.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Dize

Jennifer Dize has resided in the Lehigh Valley since 2007, and currently lives in Bethlehem with her wife and their brood of dogs and cats. Jenn and Emily are pioneer members of the co-op and have been active since its inception.  Jenn began work at Lafayette College in December 2015 and, with a much shorter commute than her previous employment, is eager to commit more time and energy to the co-op. Jenn has worked in student affairs at colleges and universities for more than 10 years and is experienced at building community, leading teams, and programmatic efforts.

Deb Fritz

Deb was elected to the Board in 2015. She has resided in West Bethlehem for the last 4 years. She was born and raised in Bethlehem, graduated with a B.A. from Moravian College and a MSW from Marywood University. She has been back in the Lehigh Valley area since 1993. Deb has 2 children, 3 grandchildren and another one on the way. Both her parents and brother live in the Lehigh Valley, so Deb is here to stay, though her job as a National Service Representative with the National PTA keeps her traveling frequently. She is keenly aware of the growing need for a food cooperative in our community and intends to volunteer as much as she can.

Emily Hoffert

Emily Hoffert and her wife Jenn recently purchased their first home, happily returning to Bethlehem after living in Phillipsburg, NJ for the past three years. They are pioneer members and Emily is excited to take on a more active roll serving on the board as our new treasurer. She currently works as the General Manager of Jumbars, her family’s restaurant since 2007.  She was very involved with helping her parents in the opening of Jumbars in 2003. In 2011 she was recognized as one of Top 20 Under 40 Leaders in Business by the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Heather.jpgHeather Manning

Heather lives in Bethlehem with her partner and two children (Lucas, 9 and Miles, 2). She worked in the mental health care profession for nearly 15 years before taking time off to devote to her family. She is currently a blogger for the Appalachian Mountain Club - Kids Outdoors and also works at the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation. She serves on the Swain Association Board at her son's school and is an avid runner. Heather serves on the interim board, is the Chair for the Outreach Committee for the Bethlehem Food Co-Op and is eager to make our co-op become a reality.


Marsh_Colleen.jpgColleen Marsh

Colleen serves as the board chair. She grew up in the Bethlehem area and currently lives downtown with her husband, daughter, and two cats. She graduated summa cum laude from Moravian College with a BA in Graphic and Interactive Design, and currently works for Moravian Theological Seminary doing marketing and design. Outside of work, she is an active volunteer as a Girl Scout leader for several troops, has a work-share at a local CSA, and co-leads the communications committee for the Bethlehem Food Co-Op. Her family enjoys hiking, camping, foraging/fishing/hunting, art, theatre, and cooking. Colleen is passionate about improving our food system and feels that the Bethlehem Food Co-Op is crucial to that improvement in the Lehigh Valley.


Javier Toro

Javier R. Toro was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. During his twenty-two years as a resident of Bethlehem, he has been a very active member of the community. Currently, he is the OnTrack Program Director at Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and is a member of the Bethlehem Mayor's Latino Advisory Committee, Lehigh University South Side Initiative and the Consumer Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Utility Commission. He was the former Executive Director of the South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center and former President of the South Bethlehem Historical Society. He has been member of many community organizations, including CUNA of Bethlehem, Fountain Hill Elementary School Leadership Team, Broughal Middle School Student Performance Task Force, Donegan Elementary School Fowler Family Center Advisory Board, Puerto Rican Cultural Coalition Board Member, YWCA Coalition Against Racism and the South Side Vision 2012 Open Space and Youth Services Sub-committees.

GaryBoardPic_Small.jpgGary Warren

Gary was appointed to the board in June 2014 to fill a vacancy left by Amber Ott when she moved to California. He has lived in Bethlehem since 2003. He is a father, farming enthusiast, avid cyclist, conscious eater, kombucha maker, and unabashed  disco dancer.  After actively serving as a co-op volunteer since its first meeting, he is proud to now serve on the board of directors.



Tracey Werner

Tracey Werner is a marketing and public relations professional and owner of Blabbermouth Communications in Easton. Her local clients include nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses in the community. She grew up in Allentown and is proud to be a lifelong Lehigh Valley resident currently living in Forks Township. She co-chairs the Co-op’s Communications Committee with Board President Colleen Marsh. She’s passionate about buying local and supporting local businesses whenever she can. She’s recently developed a love of gardening, growing a variety of vegetables in three raised bed organic gardens at home. She also volunteers her time and marketing expertise to support the Easton Main Street Initiative and the Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival.



Former Directors

Kelly Allen

Joseph Amedeo

Andrew Bench

Matt Hengeveld

Jon Soden

Varee Var

Santiago Rivera

Cathy Reuscher

Jaime Karpovich

Matty Sarro

Amber Ott











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