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About Us

A Coffee Shop with a Mission

Our shop employs and develops youth aging out of foster care.

On May 17th, 2018, our program began to encourage these young adults to become empowered and independent by providing & teaching basic needs.


 Mental wellness, financial literacy, housing, transportation, and career skills.



Emily Schmidt

Head shot, Emily Schmidt, brickwall, smile

At a young age, Emily Schmidt desired to open a coffee shop. This dream remained as she grew, got married, and had 3 children. She began pursuing coffee shop ownership while she and her husband considered adoption. It shocked her that so many youth are aging out of foster care without a permanent family or a plan for the future. 


After praying, planning, and waiting on the Lord, the Cracked Pot Coffee Shop was born! Emily opened a faith-based, non-profit coffee shop in her hometown that partners with foster youth aging out of the system. 

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Meet The Management


General Manager

Mary Wheeler


Shift Manager

Marissa Scott


Assistant Manager & Head Barista

Patrick Urey


Shift Manager

Nadia Huggard


Shift Manager

Gretchen Ritter


New Shift Manager

To Be Announced

Board of Directors


Mike McConahy

Board Chair

& Financial Director

Mike is a Financial Advisor at Front Street Financial in Harrisburg, He lives in Boiling Springs with his wife Lindsey and their two children, Grace and Colin. He is a member of the Mechanicsburg Rotary Club and volunteers at the Bethesda Mission Youth Center and they attend West Shore E Free Church.


Aimée Jones

Marketing & Fundraising

Aimée works with Lomaland Co. as a filmmaker working on documentaries. She has many years of experience working in the non-profit sector, fundraising, and managing donors and events. She first served The Cracked Pot behind the counter getting to know the faithful customers. After working with the youth she and her husband Jeremiah became volunteers for The Way, an opportunity to hang out with the foster youth every month to build community. Aimée lives in Boiling Springs, PA with her husband, two children, Cole and Elise and two dogs.


Nicole Deibler

Treasurer & HR

Nicole is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Specialist. She has spent her career working with children and adults with intellectual and development disabilities. She and her family are members of the Good Shepherd Parish. Nicole is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this team, and supporting the mission of The Cracked Pot. She lives in Camp Hill with her husband Corey, and two children Sophie and Greyson.


Kim Gaston

Fundraising & Advertising

Kim is a proud mother of four, and wife of a retired military officer. While Kim spent most of her adulthood bouncing from one military base to another, she has always felt a call to serve others. Kim believes deeply in the Cracked Pot’s mission and its extraordinary impact on its youth, customers, staff, and community. She is passionate about the underestimated effect of a simple smile and warm words of encouragement. She looks forward to watching the good works the Lord is creating through the Cracked Pot and making new personal connections. Kim highly recommends the chocolate chip cookies.


Amy Latchaw

Board Member

Amy currently serves as a Family Reintegration Worker for Pennsylvania Counseling Services located in Harrisburg, PA. Amy works with high-risk youth and their family by providing therapy and support services while the youth is detained, during their transition from placement, and after the youth returns back to their home and community. Amy has an AA in Practical Ministry and a BSW in Social Work. Amy is passionate about young people and believes the most incredible ministry "happens" when God's people take risks and are willing to step into the darkest of places to pursue the most despised and rejected. Amy lives in Carlisle with her husband Bill and two dogs, Charlie and Layla. She is a proud mom of two and Grammie to five. Amy is new to the board and feels honored to be a part of such an amazing community of people.

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