Meet The Team

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Emily Schmidt

Founder & Executive Director

    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.

Shop Managers

Katie Parson

Katie Megonnell is a 2014 Messiah grad who has made her home in Central PA. Her greatest passions are knowing Jesus more each day, family, connecting, and coffee.  For years, Katie dreamt of living out this passion in a coffee-shop environment, and God alone made it happen! While at her previous job, she grew more interested in helping out in the Foster Care world. She knew God was calling her to deeper waters and could not be more thrilled to call The Cracked Pot her work-home.  In September of 2019, she married her best friend, Janard Megonnell, right outside The Cracked Pot where they first got to know each other!  Together, they seek to fill needs wherever the Lord leads them and to be a light in this amazing community, including The Cracked Pot.

Danielle Byler
Assistant Manager

Dani is the Assistant Manager at The Cracked Pot. She loves Jesus, people, and coffee, and is deeply passionate about building His Kingdom through loving and serving people well. Dani has just over four years of experience as both barista and shift supervisor at various Starbucks stores, and she continues to pursue education and excellence in her knowledge, understanding, and craft. Dani also has several years of experience in ministry, and her heart is to see people grow in their walk with Jesus. She has always felt called to serve in ministry in some way and has felt that marrying that calling with her love of coffee provides unique opportunities to do just that. Dani is drawn to Cracked Pot's heart to love and serve the vulnerable, and she is excited to walk alongside the youth as they grow through the program, as well as to serve our customers, staff, and volunteers. In her free time, Dani enjoys hiking, singing reading, writing, and traveling.

Meet The Board Members

Deanna Figueroa
Secretary of the Board and Mentor Support

Deanna currently serves as a Therapist at Bethany Christian Services working with children and youth in foster care who are moving toward adoption, as well as after adoption support. She has a passion for broken families, split homes, and especially for adoption and foster care! She received her Social Work degree from Eastern University and pursued her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. She is serving as the Cracked Pot's Mentor Coach, ensuring the foster youth are paired with a mentor, training the staff and volunteers in trauma-informed practices, and also holds the Secretary role on the Board of Directors. Deanna and her husband Jay are also Young Adults Pastors at Calvary Assembly in Frederick, Maryland. Deanna is honored to be a part of such a Christ-centered nonprofit that is making a difference in this community!

Kim Gaston
Board Member

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. 

Nicole Deibler
Board Member

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.   

Matt Boyer
Board Member

Matt Boyer is currently serving as the Interim Lead Pastor at Dillsburg Alliance Church.  He is extremely thankful to be married to his beautiful wife Laurie (who is in every conceivable way his better half!)  Together, they are raising four incredible kids in Dylan, Kenzie Carly and Noah.  With over 20 years of ministry experience in the local church, Matt is a gifted communicator, strategic thinker and loves dreaming with others about what God might use them to do.  Matt is a huge fan of coffee and an even bigger fan of helping young men and women discover and explore their journey with Jesus!

Mike McConahy
Treasurer of the Board

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. 

Rosalie Roland
Chair of the Board

Rosalie Hess Roland grew up in the location that will become The Cracked Pot Coffee Shop.

       Rosalie and her husband, Lee, have operated Roland Builder for almost 40 years and now are transitioning to their son, Brent.  They have two children and seven grandchildren. Brent and his wife Jennifer have three children, Caden, Alana, and Lydia.  Rosalie and Lee's daughter, Mindi, and her husband Brad live in Indiana and have four children, Peyton, Graham, Natalie, and Brielle.  The two girls were adopted in August from China.  

     Rosalie is a member of the Slate Hill Mennonite Church where she was carried there as a child. Rosalie and Lee have served in many capacities including teaching Sunday school, youth advisors, served as church board chair and chaired the building committee.

     Rosalie and Lee are truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this exciting adventure and look forward to how God will lead as they continue to serve Him.