Nittany Cooperative has been serving the Centre County community since 1967 as a non-profit purchasing cooperative. Previously known as FPA or Fraternity Purchasing Cooperative, we have been providing discounts and bill consolidation services to non-profit, Greek and faith-based organizations for their operational needs and in return providing business opportunities to local vendors.
By maintaining the Golden Rule as the standard for our operations, we are able to preserve the goal of fostering, promoting and perpetuating the best interests of our members. Our superior customer service is fundamental in maintaining the many loyal relationships we have established over the years. In the process, we are striving towards sustainability; both environmentally and economically. By bringing individuals, groups and local businesses together, we can build a successful cooperative community.
The Nittany Co-Op Team:
Having enjoyed the Penn State environment as an undergraduate and member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Matt, his wife and three young children decided to move back and settle down in Happy Valley to take full advantage of the relaxing and outdoor lifestyle Centre County has to offer. In taking this position, Matt is looking to bring his extensive leadership and distribution management experience into the non-profit world to help foster sustainability from many aspects. Firmly believing in customer loyalty, Matt's goal is to ensure one's experiences with the Co-Op exceed expectations. Being able to utilize his skills to support local organizations and businesses in achieving their goals, Matt feels he will be able to make a positive and lasting difference in the local community.
A native of State College, Carol has dedicated 18 years to Nittany Co-Op and has been vital to its success over the years. Her meticulous and process oriented nature is perfectly suited for handling accounts payable and all other financial responsibilities involving vendors and our members. Carol will not rest until exceptional customer service has been provided to its fullest ability. Other than work, Carol’s passions rest in her family and animals, particularly for cats. Besides spending time outdoors walking her dogs, gardening or playing tennis, Carol enjoys participating in her two daughters extracurricular activities.
Matt is another one of many examples of graduating from Penn State, living elsewhere and then returning to Happy Valley to settle down with his wife. On a part-time basis, Matt acts as the Greek Division Manager to further promote Nittany Co-Op’s services to fraternities and sororities. Serving in various roles as an undergraduate officer at Phi Kappa Psi and recently getting involved as the Chapter Advisor will ensure Matt can relate to our Greek members’ needs. Matt and his wife, Samantha, are passionate dog owners and “foodies”. Having both managed in the restaurant industry for years, Matt and his wife decided to utilize their professional expertise along with their Penn State Greek background to develop a chef management company for PSU fraternities known as Happy Valley Home Cookin’.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Chris graduated from Penn State and never left Happy Valley as many alumni find themselves doing. As the Member Services Manager, Chris is responsible for ensuring our members fully utilize all the services and benefits we can provide. His 25+ years of sales and marketing experience in the local area, his status as an active Delta Sigma Phi alum and his dedication to superior customer service will allow him to be an invaluable resource to our member organizations. Chris will ensure that Nittany Co-Op is a true partner for all the members that we represent. Chris values the time spent with his wife Lisa and daughter Kelsey. Outside of his family, he enjoys his spare time gardening, doing outdoor activities, and of course watching his beloved Steelers.
Chris can be reached anytime with any questions, concerns, or comments at:
A native of State College, Linda has committed more years to the Co-Op than any other associate since its inception in 1967. With experience in accounting and computers, Linda has provided stability in accounts receivables for over two decades. Moving forward though, she is aiding in our transition to more technologically advanced solutions. Linda has developed many relationships over the years, to include some that have spanned multiple generations in the same family. Linda prides herself in customer service and makes sure no issue goes unresolved. Outside of her profession, Linda spends time gardening, camping and attending outdoor music festivals. As a devoted grandmother, Linda also embraces the opportunity to be a valuable part of her grandchildren’s lives.
Katie became part of Nittany Co-Op in 2008. Her energetic and outgoing personality is welcoming to everyone calling in or stopping by the office in person. She will ensure your experience with the Co-Op is a positive one, whether it’s answering your questions, directing you to the necessary person or helping you to obtain your Co-Op Card. Outside of the Co-Op, Katie likes to remain active by spending time outdoors with her family and friends. She particularly enjoys hitting the trails in her husband’s Jeep and socializing with her friends. As a long-time resident of the State College area, Katie is familiar with the many events and resources available in Happy Valley.
Amanda is from a suburb in the Greater Pittsburgh area but has been living in State College for the past few years. She is a junior at Penn State majoring in Marketing and minoring in Supply Chain and Information Systems Management. Last semester, Amanda was a New Membership intern and is excited to be a more involved staff member this year as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator.
About Our Board of Directors:
Nittany Co-Op is governed by a board of individuals who represent the collective make-up of our membership. As a non-profit cooperative, our Member Organizations are the primary stakeholders for whom we exist. Our goal is to ensure we are continually evolving in order to adequately provide the services needed and exceed the expectations of our members.
The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis and is comprised of the following representation:
Fraternities: Alumni, Undergraduates, IFC and Cooks' Association
Sororities: Alumni, Undergraduates and PHC
Nittany Cooperative, Inc.
226 E. Nittany Ave.
State College, PA 16801
M - F 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Board of Directors
David Lapinski – President
Phi Kappa Tau – Alumni
Currently Open - Vice President
Deb Metzel – Secretary
Alpha Delta Pi
Bobby Scott – Treasurer
Joe Marks - IFC Representative
Alpha Kappa Lambda
Janine Ricca - PHC Representative
Pi Beta Phi
Daniel Greenberg - Fraternity Active
Phi Gamma Delta
Andrew Rider - Fraternity Active
Phi Kappa Tau
Dave Kline - Fraternity Alumni
Ed Sidwell - Fraternity Alumni
Susan Glenn - Vendor
Best Event Rental
Jennifer Harrison - Sorority Active
Alpha Xi Delta
Currently Open - Student Organization
Phyllis Favorite - Community Organization
Currently Open - Community Organization
Matt Siekman – Executive Director
Nittany Co-Op; Ad Hoc Member
Bryan Thompson - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Phi Kappa Theta
Benjamin Rubin - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Tau Kappa Epsilon
David Wasik - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Pi Lambda Phi
Dylan Sutera - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Peter Lerario - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Phi Kappa Theta
Robert Rose - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Phi Kappa Tau