Meet Our Team
Emily Schmidt was born and raised in Mechanicsburg. At a young age, she developed a love for coffee and a desire to someday open a coffee shop. After marrying her husband and having three children, Emily began pursuing her dream of opening a coffee shop.
At the same time, Emily and her husband considered adopting a child. When considering adopting a child, Emily learned many older children are aging out of foster care without a permanent family or a plan for their future.
After much prayer, planning, and waiting on the Lord for His plan and timing, the idea of the Cracked Pot Coffee Shop was born! Emily decided to open a faith-based, non-profit coffee shop that will employ foster children aging out of foster care in her hometown. Emily is excited for this opportunity and what the Lord has in store for the Cracked Pot.
Founder & Executive Director
Mary was born and raised in upstate New York. She met her husband, Tim, in Chicago and has been blessed with four daughters and six 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!
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!
Assistant Manager &
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.
Social Media and Advertising Coordinator & Shift Supervisor
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.”
Event Coordinator &
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.
Meet Our Board Members
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.
Secretary & 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 new to the Board at The Cracked Pot. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this team, and supporting the mission of The Cracked Pot.
Nicole lives in Camp Hill with her husband Corey, and two children Sophie and Greyson.
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.
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 Mechanicsburg with her husband, two children, Cole and Elise and two dogs.