Board of Directors
I began my first term as a Ligonier Country Market board member in 2018 and proudly support our public relations and technology efforts — which promote the amazing shopping experience LCM offers and help us build lasting relationships with our customers. I volunteer at the market because I deeply value farm-raised foods and craft-made goods that I can buy directly from the people who produce them. As a consumer, I've always closely eyeballed product labels to choose items made in America. It's that same spirit of American pride, craftsmanship, and community that motivates me to be part of the market along with my wife, Cherise, who is a vendor. With a degree in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania, I'm a former newspaper reporter and have worked 20-plus years in corporate and marketing communications at Highmark and UPMC. A resident of Murrysville, I enjoy woodworking, fly fishing, hunting, and spending time in the outdoors with my wife and friends. I'm enchanted with Ligonier's small-town charm and the Laurel Highlands lifestyle, and I dream of someday owning a home in Ligonier.
Term A - 2018-2020
As a local small business owner, I am acutely aware of the importance of community support and its positive impact on local economies. Clearly the enthusiastic support of the vendors and buyers for the Ligonier Country Market has helped ensure its long-term success while, at the same time, boosting the local Ligonier economy. The Market is a "not to be missed" Saturday event. I am honored to be a part of the Market by serving as a newly elected member of the board.
Term A - 2016-2018
I am in my second term as the President of the Ligonier Country Market and a resident of Ligonier Township. I am employed by Somerset Trust company as the President and serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. I am the father of three and the grandfather of seven. My partner, Diane, and I choose to move to Ligonier several years ago and consider it to be the best decision we could have made. This is a wonderful market and a great asset to the community. It is a privilege to serve on the Board.
Term A - 2014-2016 & Term B 2017-2019
Being a part of the Ligonier community part time for 50 years and full time for the last 5, I have a deep love for the area. I am currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Westmoreland Fayette Council, Boy Scouts of America. I also worked in my younger years in the marketing community. Graduating with a degree in Photography, I started my career working for Kaufman’s Department Store in the advertising dept. Later I went out on my own with a successful career, until the Industry changed in the late 90’s. Prior to moving full time in the Ligonier area, I served as Mayor for North Irwin Borough. The Ligonier Country Market serves as a great community asset, bringing folks from all across Western Pennsylvania and even from out of state. It’s a wonderful way to show off the paradise of where we live.
Term A - 2018 - 2020
Foodie, locavore, farmer’s daughter, and ardent supporter of small farms, Susan is honored to serve on the LCM board. Susan received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Clarion University, and has worked in local government, finance and business management settings. She has also milked more than a few cows, and once-upon-a-time, raised a variety of pastured poultry and meats. A transplant to the Ligonier Valley, Susan has the privilege of currently serving as the Executive Director of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce. You will find Susan at the market every week, rain or shine, shopping for great food and the perfect ingredients.
Term A - 2018 - 2020
Bridget Horman is the 5th generation to grow up in Ligonier. She attended IUP for undergrad and SHU for her Masters. Later she married, bought a house in Ligonier Borough, taught music at Holy Trinity for 8 years. She has two children ages 2&4. In addition, she gives private music lessons, plays piano at a church and volunteers her time to local organizations. She remembers attending the farmers (yep that long ago) market when it was at the wildlife club and high school when she was wee.
Term A 2016-2018
As a resident of Ligonier for the past 17 years, Pam and her husband Matt have raised their three sons here. Her hobbies include gardening, crafting miniatures, antiquing, flea marketing, weightlifting, running and fitness. She holds a B.A in accounting from St. Vincent College. In addition to her devotion to her family, Pam volunteers in the community when possible.
Term A - 2017-2019
Linda Sinemus is a Board Member involved with the Special Features, Public Affairs and Vendor Relations committees of the Market. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and formerly had a career in retail management as a buyer for local companies such as The Joseph Horne Company and American Eagle Outfitters. Linda was previously on the Board, in different capacities, over a 10 year period from 2003 through 2013. She previously held the office of Secretary for two years and was also President for two years. Most recently, she has just ended an 18 year “career” as one half of The Salsa Sisters, which provided home-made canned goods and farm fresh produce to Market patrons. Linda is thrilled to be still involved with the Ligonier Country Market, now as a team member, bringing a vendor’s perspective to the board. She is hopeful that she can still contribute to the success of the best farmers market in Western PA!
Term A - 2016-2018
Brooke Sowers resides in Fairfield Township with her husband and two sons. Brooke holds a B.S. in Accounting from Seton Hill University. Brooke is active in many community groups and boards including, Covenant Preschool, Hollow Tree Players, and Mothers of Preschoolers. She believes eating healthy, leading an active lifestyle, and supporting your local community are very important. She wants to help support local farmers and food producers that develop healthy, nutritious, and delicious food options.
Term A - 2017 - 2019
Jerry Stalnaker is retired from the Timken Company where he worked at Timken Latrobe Steel in various management positions. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Engineering and Industrial Management. Since his retirement, he has traveled extensively and has been involved in a variety of volunteer activities including serving as Chairman of Westmoreland SCORE, serving as a current Board member of the Ligonier Library, and the Westmoreland Chapter of MOAA. Jerry and his late wife, Marilyn, had been faithful visitors to the Market at all of its past locations where they watched it grow from humble beginnings to its current successful location.
Term A - 2014-2016 & Term B - 2017-2019
Mike currently lives in Rector with his wife Susan. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy and is a retired Executive Director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Mike enjoys time with his wife, 2 kids and 3 grandkids as well as hiking, hunting, and fishing in his free time. He likes the markets unique contribution to the community and how well it is organized and run. The market is a great asset that brings people to town to shop.
Term A - 2013-2015 & Term B - 2016-2018
Tommy has lived in Ligonier for 14 years and lives in town with his wife, Amber. He was a local small business owner in Ligonier Borough for 4 years before retiring in January 2017. Tommy has 25+ years in public safety and belongs to various civil and fraternal organizations. He is currently employed as a Nurse for the VA Health System in Oakland, currently assigned to Primary Care.
Term A - 2018 - 2020
Hi. I’m Dave Maniago. I like the Ligonier Country Market so much that I am on my second 6 year term on the Board. I have been president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. My wife and I have been residents in the Ligonier Valley for 18 years. There are many wonderful educational, entertaining and recreational activities in the area, but at the top of my list is the Market. Where else can you by great produce, beautiful craft items, delicious prepared foods and meet your friends? What’s not to like?
Term A - 2012-2014 & Term B 2015-2017