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Northwest Pennsylvania Investment Cooperative

Accelerating our Local Economy, Building our Community

Founding board members

Vesta Silva, Founding Board President. Vesta is an Associate Professor at Allegheny College and has lived in Meadville since 2004. From 2012-2016 she served as the chair of the Communication Arts and Theatre Department. 

Tom Cholak, Founding Board Treasurer. Tom is Crawford County native who returned to northwestern Pennsylvania in 2002. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurial, small, medium, and large businesses, and is a former chair and a current member of the City of Meadville Redevelopment Authority Board. In 2008 Tom joined the Gannon University Small Business Development Center where he assisted hundreds of clients, ranging from pre-tenure start-ups to well-established businesses until 2015. Tom continues to lend his expertise to a range of clients and will provide free mentorship and consulting to NWPIC's business owners/tenants.

Autumn Vogel, Founding Board Secretary.  Autumn serves as the Community Coordinator for the City of Meadville Redevelopment Authority. In this role, she works to promote downtown revitalization, providing support to a number of local community development initiatives, including My Meadville.

Ron Cole, Founding Board Vice President. Ron is a Professor of Geology at Allegheny College and has served as Provost and Dean of the College since 2015. Prior to working at Allegheny, Ron worked in the environmental consulting industry. An Allegheny alum and longtime Meadville resident, Ron is invested in fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the college and the broader community and has participated in local economic development initiatives. 

Dan Crandall, Founding Board Member. Dan is the owner of Fine Print and the Chairman of the Board of the City of Meadville Redevelopment Authority. He is also the chairman of ONE Federal Credit Union, a board member at the Iroquois Club, a proud member and former president of the Meadville AM Rotary Club, and a member of the Wolves Club. Originally from Chicago, Dan has lived in Meadville for over 30 years and is proud to call Meadville home. He is married to his lovely wife Susan and has three awesome grandchildren and 2 amazing stepchildren. 

Michael Hurley, Founding Board Member. Michael is a real estate investor in Meadville and Pittsburgh. Before pursuing a career in real estate, Michael was trained as a librarian and worked as the Director of the Music and Multimedia Library at Youngstown State University, and then as the Head of Research and Instructional Support at Allegheny College's Pelletier Library. Michael is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Meadville Public Library, and also plays fiddle for Toppish, a local Contra Dance band.

John Swick, Founding Board Member.  John is an attorney with Shafer Law Firm with over 20 years of experience representing numerous small businesses, health care facilities, educational institutions, industrial and redevelopment authorities, and individual clients. He is also a professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he teaches classes in business law. John has extensive business experience which includes the formation and management of a real estate settlement company, three real estate management entities, and a wealth management company for overseas mineral and timber operations.

Julie Wilson, Founding Board Member. Julie is an Associate Professor at Allegheny College. Before pursuing a career in higher education, Julie was a neighborhood organizer and small business owner, running a successful, community-oriented video store for five years in St. Paul, MN. Since moving to Meadville in 2010, she has been involved in a number of local initiatives and is currently the President of Common Roots, a new community-based organization that is working to create more safe, energy-efficient affordable housing in the area.

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NWPIC Business Plan

NWPIC Bylaws

Financial documents available upon request.