Board of directors
Nicole Kempton, Vice Chair - Graduate & Professional School Alumni Affairs at Duke University
Madison Hayes, Secretary - The Food Mint and Refugee Community Partnership
Tim Rauwald, Treasurer - UBS Wealth Management Advisors
Tim Schwantes, MPH, MSW - Active Living By Design
Charla Burill - North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition
Ed Recavarren — NetApp
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.
Kate Rugani - Director of Development and Community Relations
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 masters 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.
Katy Phillips - Director of Community Partnerships
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 Co-Manager
David comes from a long line of Angus. Loves grass and corn and jumping over the moon.
Ryan Cribbins - Procurement
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.
Oscar Menzer - Marketing and Development 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 – Wholesale Market 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 – Community Partnerships 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 classroom for the local elementary school to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He is now continuing his education at UNC-Chapel Hill as a Communications Major. He hopes to work in radio and broadcasting. You can see him most Saturdays at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market!
Alicia Lee - Communications Intern
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 travelling, 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!