Board of Directors
Nicole Kempton, Vice Chair — Graduate & Professional School Alumni Affairs at Duke University
Madison Hayes, Secretary — The Food Mint
Tim Rauwald, Treasurer —
UBS Wealth Management Advisors
Tim Schwantes, MPH, MSW — Active Living By Design
Trupti Cessna — Cisco Systems
Charla Burill — North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition
Ed Recavarren — NetAp
Janett Greenberg — Health Care Consultant
Gini Bell — Executive Director
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.
Gini holds a degree in Spanish and Linguistics from UNC-Chapel Hill, a certificate of Sustainable Agriculture from Central Carolina Community College, and a certificate of Nonprofit Management from Duke. Gini loves carrots, shishito peppers, and hiking. She currently lives with her husband Ari and their cat in Chatham County.
Lari Hatley — Director of Community Relations and Development
Lari laughingly refers to herself as a ‘treasure hunter.” For many decades, she has been helping people and organizations find what they have to offer that is of value, and then helped them share their “treasure” in ways that do the most good for the greatest number.
Lari’s hunt for value has led her into the classroom, as a Gifted Ed teacher, a Special Ed teacher and a teacher in regular classrooms from pre-school through Master’s level classes.
She has been a political speech writer and Assistant Media Director for former Governor of Montana, Tom Judge and a handful of State Representatives. She has been a columnist for several newspapers and magazines, and she has been CEO of a Marketing Company. For the last couple of decades, Lari has worked with an assortment of non-profits, as Director of Communications, Director of Admissions, Director of Alumni Relations, and Director of Development.
She and her husband, Jeff, have 2 kids, 2 grandkids, and an assortment of rescued cats and dogs.
Katy Phillips — Donation Station Manager
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.
Karla Capacetti — Wholesale Market Manager
Karla grew up in a military family and feels lucky to call North Carolina home for the last 15 years! Karla graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2011 and is currently earning her master’s in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Karla’s work on sustainable farms, community gardens, and most recently at Veggie Van has shaped her love for farming and her community. She enjoys meeting with people from all walks of life who share a common desire to become active participants in building a resilient and just food system. Karla lives in Durham where she is growing an urban homestead that includes two heritage breed ducks, two dogs, honey bees, a thriving garden and a fermentation station. She's usually dancing to salsa music while cooking or cleaning the homestead.
David Szczepankowski – Wholesale Market Operations Coordinator
Ryan Cribbins — Distribution Associate
Oscar Menzer – Intern
Oscar joined Farmer Foodshare in 2013 as in intern through the Bonner Leaders Program at UNC Chapel Hill. After developing an interest in sustainability while attending high school in Greensboro, he chose to pursue a degree in Environmental and Computer Sciences. Oscar loves local food and being outside, which made the donation station program a perfect fit. Oscar also works with UNC student government, and a student-led campus bikeshare. Oscar brought graphic design and web skills to Farmer Foodshare, which are tested just about every day. Neither rain nor snow can keep him from cycling to the Carrboro Farmer's Market every Saturday morning...see you there!
Caroline Owens – Intern
Caroline comes from a long line of farmers in the eastern part of the state. Currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she has a passion for the environment, an interest in physiological research, and perfectly seasoned squash and zucchini on the grill. She is thrilled to be a part of Farmer Foodshare, and ecstatic to have the opportunity to speak with local farmers and members of the community outside of the university. Caroline is typically outside drinking coffee while reading autobiographies and maniacally studying for classes. In moments when she believes no one is around you will often find her loudly singing everything ranging from Motown to music from the nineties.
Travis St. Brice – Intern
Travis was born in Massachusetts and moved to Hudson, North Carolina nine years ago with his family to find a bigger home. He enjoys camping and hiking in his spare time and is part of his local Boy Scout Troop. During his senior year of high school he built an outdoor class room for the local elementary school to fulfill his Eagle Scout rank. He is now continuing his education at UNC Chapel Hill as a Communications Major, with which he hopes to work in radio and broadcasting. You can see him most Saturdays at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market.
Jessi Zhou – Intern
Jessi is a first generation undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursing a major in Business Administration. She is most ambitious in her community service efforts as she enjoys bringing unique value to others. Through her impact and experiences in serving in an array of distinctive non-profits and her ability to speak Chinese fluently, she hopes to further make a difference on a global scale. You can usually spot her at the Carborro Farmers Market donation station.