Northwest Pennsylvania Investment Cooperative



Vesta Silva

Founding Board President

Vesta is a Professor of Communication and Global Health Studies at Allegheny College and is the founding president of NWPIC. Vesta has lived in Meadville since 2004.

Autumn Vogel

Founding Board Vice President

Autumn is a native of Pittsburgh and has lived in Meadville, PA since graduating from Allegheny College in 2015. She is an active community organizer with a background in community and business development. Autumn is a Cooperative Development Consultant with Keystone Development Center and sits on Meadville City Council.

Julie Wilson

Founding Board Member

Julie is professor of Community and Justice Studies and Communication at Allegheny College and a founding member of NWPIC. She is also president of Common Roots, a grassroots organization dedicated to developing cooperative affordable housing, and is deeply involved in local political organizing. Julie has past experience as a neighborhood organizer and small business owner and is the author of two recent books, Neoliberalism and Mothering through Precarity: Women’s Work and Digital Media.

David Miller

Board Member

David is a recently retired Professor of English at Allegheny College and a 35-year inhabitant of Meadville, Pennsylvania. Parent of two daughters who has lived and traveled widely throughout the US and the world and is the author of two books, while continuing interdisciplinary research, including a current book-length project, “Chicago Consciousness: Reform, Social Thought, Sociology, Literature and Architecture, 1890-1920.” Served on the Crawford County School Board (8 years) and as a member of a number of local and grassroots organizations, some continuing.

Jason Pampena

Board Member

Jason is the founder and principal of Worker’s Pride Financial LLC, a social enterprise that provides tax and financial advice, including tax preparation, to low and middle income working people. He is also the treasurer of the East End Food Co-op Federal Credit Union, a small CDFI that supports a historically underserved community in Pittsburgh. A cooperative enthusiast and regenerative investor, Jason also serves on the board of Maple Valley Cooperative, a producer of organic maple products. Jason worked 10 years as a professional firefighter, where he was treasurer of IAFF Local 1038, and he holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Joshua Searle-White

Board Member

Joshua is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Allegheny College and a 25-year resident of Meadville.

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.



NWPIC Business Plan


NWPIC Bylaws

Financial documents available upon request.