Mosaic helps make Pottstown stronger by bringing people together.
Mosaic has a three-fold mission. We use the Community Land Trust model to increase numbers of housing units, improve neighborhoods, and allow low-income buyers to become homeowners. We increase a sense of community and bring fresh produce into some of the low-income and low-access neighborhoods within Pottstown through our community gardens and Community Supported Agriculture Scholarship Program. Pottstown Community Arts, a committee within Mosaic, brings arts into the lives of residents through programming of our own and in partnership with Pottstown Regional Public Library, ACLAMO, the Ricketts Center and others.
In June 2010, Mosaic’s founding members began their exploration into the structure and benefits of the Community Land Trust model as a tool for revitalization and increased homeownership. And Mosaic was born. Since that time, we have started and operate four community gardens on donated land in the borough. In 2018, Pottstown Community Arts joined Mosaic and took control of the arts and culture part of our mission.
What is a Community Land Trust?
A Community Land Trust is a nonprofit sustainable model to help revitalize and strengthen communities.
Andrew Reid, Executive Director
Andrew brings more than 30 years of community and economic development leadership experience to Mosaic, including working with economically distressed communities at the federal and regional levels, building capacity and funding critical investments. His previous roles have encompassed activities including project and grant development, community arts infrastructure, and microenterprise and small business programs. Andrew also serves on the faculty of Temple University as an Adjunct Associate Professor, teaching Community and Economic Development. A resident of nearby Mont Clare, PA, Andrew and his wife Kathleen are the proud parents of a herd of rescue dogs and cats. In his spare time, Andrew rides the Schuylkill River Trail and competes in endurance cycling events on Pennsylvania’s gravel trails.
Craig Way, Director of Housing
Craig devotes much of his time to volunteering in the Pottstown community. He served as the Vice President of the Mosaic Board of Directors from 2017-2022. He currently serves as Secretary of Pottstown Community Action and Treasurer of Pottstown Housing Coalition. He has a B.S. in Community Development from Temple University and has an A.A.S in Surveying from Flathead Valley Community College. His interests include hiking, biking, and reading.
Tom Petruno, Community Garden Manager
Our Gardens Manager is Tom Petruno, who joined us in June 2023. Tom’s appreciation for gardening began growing up in the nearby Lehigh Valley, with a small vegetable garden in his backyard and a cherry tree. As an adult, he has grown in containers to raised beds, from San Diego, CA to Madison, WI, to Philadelphia and Pottstown, and joining Mosaic as a gardener in the 2022 season.
Tom has a background in biology and ecology, earning his bachelor’s degree in biology from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. Tom’s prior roles range from being a Project Manager for Mammoth Lakes Ski Area, working in the Education Department for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and being a homeschooling parent. He brings years of knowledge and experience in gardening, education, and working together with others in service-based roles. His hobbies include playing guitar and snowboarding. Tom lives in Pottstown with his wife, Sarah, and their 3 children.
Marie Haigh, Chairwoman, Pottstown Community Arts
Marie runs Pottstown Community Arts, the arts and culture advocacy arm of Mosaic. She co-founded the organization with Audra Ross. When her children were very little, she wanted more opportunities for her kids to make art and see their art displayed outside the home.
Marie loves bringing art projects to organizations in Pottstown and to free events around town so that everyone has an opportunity find their inner artist. Sometimes people will make a variation of Marie’s sample art and other times, they will make something completely unique. Often the art made will be used to temporarily beautify a small area in town, like a garden, or it will be included in an international exhibit when working with global art organizations.
As our top volunteer, Marie organizes projects and events as often as she can. When she is not dragging bags of art supplies around town, she can be found keeping her hands busy in other ways. She volunteers at Althouse Arboretum and Welkinwier monthly to do trail maintenance with a group of equally dedicated friends. She tends several beloved trees and a vegetable garden in her ever-dwindling-lawn. She is a knitwear designer and teaches a knitting class at the annual Pottstown Knit Out. She loves to cook, bake sweet treats, and try new craft projects.
Marie lives in Pottstown with her husband, two daughters, one son, and a dog. She homeschools her children and may enjoy visiting the local museums more than they do. As a thank you to the Pottstown Regional Public Library for being such a huge and free resource to homeschooling, Marie volunteers with the Board of the Friends of the Library.
Meet our Board
Mosaic’s Board of Trustees is a team of people passionate about and involved in the Pottstown community.
- Tracy Purdy, President – Owner, Three Daughters Inn Bed & Breakfast
- Audra Ross, Vice-President – Senior Branding Specialist
- Rosemary Keane, Secretary – Communicatons Director, Schuylkill River Greenways
- Debra Parkins, Treasurer – Customer Success Manager at Iron Mountain and Mosaic Community Land Trust homeowner
- Ben Levy – Financial Consultant, Vanguard
- Judith Memberg – Executive Director, Genesis Housing