Board of Directors

Nicole Kempton, MPhil, Chair and Development Committee Duke University, Graduate & Professional School Alumni Affairs

Tim Schwantes, MPH, MSW, Vice Chair and Governance Committee - Healthy Places by Design

Pam Schwingl, PhD, Secretary and Development Committee - Integrated Laboratory Systems, Inc. 

Janett Greenberg, MSPH, Treasurer and Finance Committee Health Care Consultant

Paul Baker, PhD - North Carolina Central University, Academic Affairs

Charla Burill, JD, Governance Committee - North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition

Brenda Carpen, MBA, PMP - University of North Carolina, Information Technology Services

Darin Knapp, PhD, Development Committee - UNC Medical SchoolRambleRill Farm

Michael Mankowski, CPA, Finance Committee - Echo Health Ventures

Pat Mann, RN, Governance Committee - White Swan Farm and Forge 

Ed Recavarren, MS MIS, MA NSSS, Finance Committee NetApp

 

Staff

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Gini Bell - Executive director

gini@farmerfoodshare.org

Gini is a Chapel Hill native with a background in education, local food retail, business management and sustainable farming. While working in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools and experiencing the poor quality of school lunches, she became interested in healthy food systems. She left education to go back to school in sustainable agriculture. This began a journey along the local food supply chain, where she worked on vibrant local farms and at farmers markets, and then in food retail management. Spurred by an interest in food equity and justice, Gini joined Farmer Foodshare in late 2012 to make the bounty of the local food movement available to everyone in the community while supporting the local farm economy.

 
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Kate Rugani - Director of Development and Communications

Kate@farmerfoodshare.org

Kate grew up in Georgia, but North Carolina has lured her twice – first as an undergrad at Duke, and again a decade ago when she returned to witness Durham’s resurgence (and partake in its vibrant food scene!) After earning a master's degree in integrated marketing communications and public relations from Northwestern University, Kate worked in employee and investor relations at Grainger, an industrial distributor based in Chicago. Heading back east, she served as communications director for the Clergy Health Initiative, a wellness study based at Duke Divinity School, as well as marketing director for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Her longtime interest in volunteerism and a belief that our food system should support everyone led her to join Farmer Foodshare in 2017. Kate, her husband, and their three kids live in Durham.

 
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Katy Phillips - Director of Community Partnerships

katy@farmerfoodshare.org

Katy is a native of Louisiana, a region known for good food and hospitality. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied in Vancouver, BC to earn an MA in Theology. Katy worked as an outdoor educator for several years in Asheville, NC. Alongside her graduate work, she served the urban poor in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, growing food on empty city lots. She also apprenticed with a Master Gardener. The East beckoned her back and she returned for an internship with Anathoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, NC. Katy currently lives on a family strawberry farm in Durham, NC, is an aspiring flower grower and teaches pilates.  

 
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David Szczepankowski - Director of the Wholesale Market

david@farmerfoodshare.org

David grew up on a 300-acre potato farm in Long Island. As a teenager he convinced his father to let him grow mixed vegetables on an acre and started a farm stand to sell to tourists coming up from the city. The produce stand was a success, and he eventually took over the farm and grew the vegetable business to a multimillion dollar operation with a farm stand, specialty food and catering shop, wholesale produce business that shipped to the New York, Brooklyn and Boston terminal markets and local wholesale business to area restaurants. David eventually left the farm and produce business, earning an MBA from Columbia University which led to working as a research and investment analyst on Wall Street. He moved to North Carolina with his wife Susan in 2012 where he worked as the Director of Investment Research for International Farming Corporation Investment Management, and later as a Financial Consultant before coming to Farmer Foodshare in the summer of 2016.

 
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Braedyn Mallard - Program Manager

braedyn@farmerfoodshare.org

Braedyn was born in Georgia but considers NC home. Many years ago he earned a bachelor's degree in History from NC State University and subsequently worked in food retail for almost a decade, learning so much about food and the food system along the way. He recently returned to school to earn a second bachelor's degree in Nutrition at NC Central University, where he also completed his dietetic internship and will be earning a Master's of Science in Nutrition in the not too distant future. Braedyn currently lives in a little blue house in Durham with his partner, their coonhound Finnegan, Maggie the cat, and a very large (and ever expanding) vegetable garden. 

 
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Camilla Posthill - Project Manager and Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

camilla@farmerfoodshare.org

Camilla is a Tar Heel, born and bred! She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill because she knows her purpose in life is to work in public service and in support of people and institutions that promote social equity. She is passionate about helping folks realize that what we put in our bodies matters. Camilla is a lifetime learner, amateur adventurer, total foodie, travel/backpacking enthusiast and NC obsessed!  

 
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Shep Stearns - Wholesale Market Coordinator 

shep@farmerfoodshare.org

Shep's involvement with agriculture extends back to his childhood. From an early age, he was responsible for daily chores on his family's dairy farm in Storrs, CT. Shep is deeply passionate about helping to support and grow local agricultural businesses. Throughout his adult life, he has worked at a variety of farms and nonprofits seeking to strengthen the ties between farms and community members. Shep arrived in Chapel Hill in 2015 when his wife was accepted as a PhD candidate at UNC. Over the last two years, he has been thrilled to immerse himself in the bustling and dynamic local food scene in the Triangle area. In 2017, Shep joined the Farmer Foodshare team as the Wholesale Market Coordinator. He is very enthusiastic about the opportunities this role provides to help small farmers grow and sustain their businesses.

 
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Claire Charny - Distribution Associate

claire@farmerfoodshare.org

Originally hailing from Washington DC, Claire moved to Durham in the spring of 2017 to further pursue an 8+ year career in small scale agriculture. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Women and Gender Studies from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, she decided growing food - the basis for animal life -  was the most useful career she could pursue. Agriculture, specifically vegetable and flower production, has taken her around the world - from Virginia, to Sri Lanka, California, France, Chicago, Michigan, and now North Carolina. She is a lover of animals and the natural world, and believes passionately in building a fair and just society. When she is not delivering produce for Farmer Foodshare, she can be found working on the business plan for a future farm endeavor, roller skating, and going on mountain adventures.

 
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Amy Gregory - Operations Associate

amy@farmerfoodshare.org

A New Hampshire native, Amy moved to North Carolina in 2009 with her husband and two children and quickly fell in love with the climate and the hospitality of the South. She joined her husband in building a local chain of successful butcher shops in the Triangle. With a background in customer service, compliance testing, monitoring and reporting to state regulators, she has fostered relationships with small business owners and local officials alike. Amy enjoys volunteering with nonprofits who serve people with disabilities. She has had a lifelong love of gardening and floral design and a newfound passion for trail running and hiking throughout the Triangle. 

 
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Ryan Cribbins - Distribution Associate

ryan@farmerfoodshare.org

Ryan spent all his "formative" years in North Carolina, a Raleigh native and graduate of UNC-CH. He considers himself semi-retired after a career in the IT field, and after leaving the field has become involved with local food distribution and hunger relief agencies. He has been driving Farmer Foodshare's van since 2015, and enjoys sustaining and enhancing the relationships with our producers and buyers. When not in the van, you can find Ryan in his modest garden or on the streets of New Orleans, his spiritual home.

 
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Sprague Cheshire - Distribution Associate

sprague@farmerfoodshare.org

Sprague was born and bred in Raleigh where he has family roots going back many generations. Nineteen years after completing high school, he received an undergraduate degree in Health Science (Physician Assistant Program) at Duke. As a PA he worked for many years in the Hematology-Oncology Department and the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center. During the time between high school and completing his college degree, he spent several years overseas, including living and working in an agricultural/spiritual community in Scotland and living in an agricultural village in India. Now in his spare time he enjoys reading, bodybuilding and walking his two mighty fine hound dogs.

 
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Alicia Lee - Intern (Bonner Leader Program)

alicia@farmerfoodshare.org

Alicia is a first generation student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has lived in North Carolina her whole life and has been a proud Tar Heel just as long. She is continuing a passion for community service while following the pre-law track at Carolina. She hopes to work as an attorney for non-profit organizations in the future. In the meantime, Alicia enjoys traveling, relaxing, and spending time with her friends and dog. She would love if you came to visit her at the Carrboro Donation Station most Saturday mornings! 

 
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Taylor Jost - Intern (Bonner Leader Program)

taylor@farmerfoodshare.org

Taylor is originally from Atlanta but grew up in Raleigh. Her interest in sustainable food began in middle school and flourished in high school. As Taylor’s interest became centered around counteracting the environmental degradation associated with animal agriculture, her passion caused her to want to increase the availability and accessibility of sustainable, plant-based food. Taylor is currently studying public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and hopes to eventually go to law school. When she isn’t studying, Taylor can usually be found doing hot yoga, dancing, sipping kombucha, or reading.

 
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Aly Worthem - Intern (Bonner Leader Program)

alyssa@farmerfoodshare.org

Aly is a first-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She grew up farming and gardening with her grandpa in the suburbs of Chicago. She is interested in studying environmental science and Spanish, and would like to explore a career in environmental policy abroad. In her free time, Aly likes being outdoors and reading. You can catch her at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market most Saturdays!

 
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Hunter Holbrook - Graduate Intern (Food Ambassador Program)

hunter@farmerfoodshare.org

Hunter was born and raised in Albemarle, North Carolina, where he developed a strong love for the natural world and public service.  Following undergraduate studies in psychology and biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he began work in the rapidly expanding field of public health.  While pursuing a Master in Public Health degree in Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, he developed interests in addressing social and environmental factors that lead to chronic disease and the disparities associated with these outcomes.  Hunter wants to share his enthusiasm and passion for healthy, local food with the community and find ways to promote community-supported, sustainable food systems. When not working (or eating), Hunter enjoys soccer, going on outdoor adventures, finding local music, and playing board games with friends.