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.
As an avid Penn State fan, alumnus and member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity, Tony and his wife relocated from the Annapolis, MD area to live in Happy Valley. This transition has allowed them to take advantage of the lifestyle, culture and sporting activities Penn State and Centre County have to offer.
In taking this position with the Co-Op, Tony is looking to bring his extensive management, sales and marketing experience from the Information Technology industry, into the non-profit world. Through his experience he will further enhance our property services program as mentioned above and expand our member services into new and exciting realms.
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Patricia has recently relocated to the State College area. As an Account Manager for Nittany Co-Op, her primary responsibility is to serve our sorority and community non-profit Members. While an undergrad at Purdue University, she played an active role for Kappa Alpha Theta as a finance officer and philanthropy chair. Her experience living with 100+ of her sorority sisters and controlling the finances for the facility gives her a natural understanding of our membership base. Patricia completed her BBA at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and since then has continued to gain extensive business knowledge. She is a valuable asset in providing outreach to our sorority and non-profit segments to further promote all the benefits the Co-Op has to offer. In her free time, Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors and cheering on the Packers, Badgers and Brewers.
Patricia can be reached at:
You can contact Casey 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.
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:
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.
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
Peter Lerario - Vice President
Phi Kappa Theta
David Wasik – Secretary
Pi Lambda Phi
Benjamin Rubin – Treasurer
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Michael Interdonato - IFC Representative
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Carly Franceschino - PHC Representative
Alpha Delta Pi
Dave Kline - Fraternity Alumni
Ed Sidwell - Fraternity Alumni
Phyllis Favorite - Sorority Alumni
Bobby Scott - Cook Representative
Beta Sigma Beta
Peter Lerario - Fraternity Active
Phi Kappa Theta
Samara Monaco - Sorority Active
Pi Beta Phi
Martino Parente - Student Organization
Deb Metzel - Community Organization
Aging in Place
Currently Open - Vendor Rep
Matt Siekman – Ex-Officio
Andrew Rider - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Phi Kappa Tau
Scotty Nulty - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Phi Kappa Tau
Matthew Atkins - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Pi Lambda Phi
Nicholas Tortorella - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Delta Tau Delta
Sean Cooley - Fraternity Active/Ad Hoc
Phi Kappa Theta
Jennifer Harrison - Sorority Active/Ad Hoc
Alpha Xi Delta