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About Us

A Coffee Shop with a Mission

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

Since opening on May 17th, 2018, these young adults are the heart and soul of all we do. Our program encourages them to become empowered and independent by providing and teaching basic needs, such as mental wellness, financial literacy, housing, transportation, and career skills.

How Does it Work?

Our Story

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At a young age, Emily Schmidt desired to open a coffee shop. As she grew, got married, and had 3 children of her own, her dream remained. She began pursuing coffee shop ownership while she and her husband considered adoption. It shocked her 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 idea of the Cracked Pot Coffee Shop was born! Emily decided to open a faith-based, non-profit coffee shop in her hometown that employs foster youth aging out of the system. 

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Meet The Management


Mary Wheeler

General Manager

Mary was born and raised in upstate New York. She met her husband, Tim, in Chicago and has been blessed with four daughters and seven grandkids! Tim and Mary have been in various forms of ministry and both of them love learning about and being in the middle of different cultures. What excites Mary the most is when she can help others learn to savor Christ more than she does. Then help that person see their self worth in Jesus, help them to see the gifts He has given them and then encourage them to grow and use those gifts to make much of Jesus. The mission of The Cracked Pot does just that with those in the program!

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Bailey Tressler

Shift Manager & Media and Advertising Coordinator

Bailey graduated from Liberty University in May of 2020. After college, she went into the finance industry, using her Communications and Marketing degree to manage events and create media for a million-dollar revenue business. Her passion for serving people and getting hands on in the lives of others led her to the Cracked Pot, where she now serves in a management position. She is seeking God’s heart in ministry by partnering with staff to encourage, equip, and develop our youth in the program. Bailey is honored to serve alongside so many volunteers & staff members and hopes to reflect the heart of God in her daily witness. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, scrapbooking, and kayaking.


Nadia Huggard

Shift Manager

Nadia is studying at Messiah University and is planning to graduate Spring of 2024. As she pursues a degree in Sports Management, her goal is to educate young athletes as an Athletic Director. Her 3 years of previous barista experience at Starbucks brought her to the Cracked Pot, where she can fulfill her passion to serve others and educate youth. In her free time, Nadia plays sports including club soccer and ultimate frisbee. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, and painting.


Annika Stockbauer

Assistant Manager & Head Barista

Annika is currently a student at Messiah University, planning to complete a dual degree in social work and dance in 2024. Annika hopes to use her degrees in a dance therapy setting, bringing autonomy to survivors of abuse through dance movement. She began her barista journey in 2020 at Starbucks and was then hired as a barista at the Cracked Pot in the spring of 2021. Annika is passionate about serving others, expressing creativity, following Jesus, and coffee! She is so excited to be able to come alongside the wonderful staff and team of volunteers at the Cracked Pot and increase God's Kingdom! In her free time, Annika enjoys painting, baking, theology, and dancing!


Takia Rosario

Shift Manager & Event Coordinator 

Takia has been working at the Cracked Pot since November 2021. Before coming here, she gained customer and food service skills as an associate at the F&M College Home and Nursing Center. Environments of young adults pursuing their goals and dreams with passion excites Takia. She loves being invested in the personal growth of those around her. Her mentors Mike and Lindsey McConahy recommended Takia join the Cracked Pot team. Now, she believes her reason for being at this job is to work for Christ and represent him in everything she does. She loves whom the Lord is showing her she is through our youth and the other staff. Hobbies outside of work include being a mom, cooking, baking, and reading. Takia would like the reader to know, “our management team has a heart for Christ. We grow daily for this Kingdom work.”

Board of Directors


Mike McConahy

Board Chair

& Financail 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.


Our Partners

Passenger Coffee

The only way to ensure the healthy development of a truly specialty coffee market is to incentivize quality. Because of that, We're proud to partner with Passenger Coffee based in Lancaster, PA. 


Coffee and relationships have a lot in common. Both take time, care, and attention to the details. Passenger Coffee Roasters are committed to paying top dollar to the farmers, producers and exporters they work with. The direct result of which is a living wage for coffee farmers and the continuation of the specialty coffee movement.


Come in to The Cracked Pot Coffee Shop and try a cup of Passenger Coffee or Order Online to have in your home!

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