Meet The Board
Wholesome Harvest Food Co-op is a member-owned grocery store where anyone is welcome to shop. Our volunteer Board of Directors oversees governance of the Co-op and our management and staff oversee daily operations.
Nancy Giunta has been an active member and volunteer with Wholesome Harvest Food Co-op since its inception. She served as a member of the initial steering committee that created WHFC in 2018, then as a grant writer and administrator. In 2019, Nancy joined the Board of Directors and was elected president of the Board in October 2021. Nancy has been involved with food co-ops for 30 years from College Park, MD to San Francisco, CA. She is motivated by the complexity of what is a seemingly simple concept: getting local food to local residents and supporting the local economy. She loves knowing that by shopping at the co-op, she is directly supporting the people who live and work in the region. Nancy lives in Cumberland, MD with her partner and two cats.
Susan Stewart is the director of a nonprofit organization (Maryland Area Health Education Center West), the mother of three, and a huge fan of dogs. She also loves to cook and learn new techniques to apply to this passion. She’s always trying the Wholesome Harvest “grab n’ go” items looking for interesting flavors and textures. Living in Frostburg has taught her a great adoration for the outdoors, which she explores primarily through hiking and biking. Nature is what rejuvenates her. What motivates her is the intention to help her community, which she considers all of the Western Maryland region, and especially Allegany County.
Twila Metz is originally from Washington DC but has lived in Garrett County since 1989. Twila is a US Army Veteran having served from 1980-1988. Twila has an extensive background in food service and over the years has owned a catering business, worked as a consultant in the restaurant and convenience store industries, helped to open three restaurants and worked in grocery. She is currently operating the restaurant at The Deep End for Dig Deep Brewing in Frostburg, MD. Twila has been a Wholesome Harvest board member since Fall 2021 and trains staff members on operations and food preservation. She loves sharing her food industry knowledge with WHFC and giving back to her community.
Caroline Hailey Kesler is Wholesome Harvest’s Kitchen Coordinator and in-house chef. She also holds an important seat on the board of directors as Employee Representative, responsible for connecting the board with WHFC staff so that staff concerns are addressed and board expectations are met. Originally from Colorado, Caroline moved to Cumberland in 2015 and has been working in the Allegany County restaurant community for more than five years. Ever the entrepreneur, Caroline co-owns a small event bartending business with her husband and participates in the WHFC Small Food Business Incubation program with the intention of launching her own bakery. She enjoys the outdoors in any way she can, often through hiking, backpacking, and camping with her husband and niece.