Ligonier Country Market

Staff

Cari Frei
Cari Frei

Executive Director

I am honored and excited to serve as the Ligonier Country Market’s Executive Director. My extensive background in sales, customer service, communication, community involvement service, and education are a few of the qualifications I bring to this role. However, I feel my most important attribute is that I personally live in Ligonier Borough and understand the value of The Market. I am excited to continue the invaluable traditions and ongoing progress of our outstanding market as the organization moves into the upcoming seasons.

Kristen Johnson
Kristen Johnson

Board Assistant

Kristen is our Board Assistant and handles the administrative aspects of the Market. Though most of her work is behind the scenes, Kristen enjoys spending her Saturday mornings at the Market. She lives in Ligonier with her husband and son, where they own and operate WildFire Bread, a wood-fired sourdough bakery. With a background in sustainable farming, Kristen is deeply passionate about supporting small farms and local artisans. She is honored to be a part this well-loved, and historic Market, as well as part of the Ligonier community.

Mindie Cunningham
Mindie Cunningham

Co-Site Operations Coordinator

Mindie is a resident of Seward but spends a lot of her time in Ligonier as she is the mom of 3 kids within LVSD. She is a graduate of IUP with a BS in Special Education and Secondary Mathematics and taught for 8 years before returning to school to become a medical transcriptionist, which she’s been doing since the fall of 2011. In her free time, she enjoys competing in obstacle course races with h...er husband and has also run many 5Ks and two half marathons. She loves to craft and enjoys fresh foods and has 18 chickens of her own.

Tisaiah Frei
Tisaiah Frei

Co-Site Operations Coordinator

Tisaiah graduated in 2015 and resides in Laughlintown with his wife and two small children. He works in Pittsburgh as a contractor. He enjoys spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle. Ti got involved in the Market because he believes that it's important to support small businesses that can provide a special personal touch. He also enjoys working with the community.

Katie Andrews
Katie Andrews

"Daisy Mae"

Katie Andrews is a student at LVMS entering 8th grade in the fall. Currently, she is a student at Bridget Dawns Studio (BDS) in Ligonier. She dances on five of the BDS competition dance teams and will be student teaching at the studio in the Fall. Katie studies tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and qualified this year for point in ballet. Her favorite style is musical theater in which she competes as a soloist several times a year. Katie has been first soloist in several competitions including 2015 Nationals In Hershey PA and has won a rare diamond award for her performance of "I'm cute" at 2015 Encore Regionals. When she graduates, she plans to major in dance/musical theater and possibly communications.  Katie loves performing as Daisy Mae at the Ligonier Country Market and was honored to be asked back.

Jacob Smithley
Jacob Smithley

Parking Attendant

Jacob has lived in Ligonier all his life. He is hard working and would go out of his way to do anything for anyone. He loves volunteering his time to help the citizens of Ligonier.

Brian Panichelle
Brian Panichelle

Parking Attendant

Brian Panichelle is a local business owner, who believes it is important to volunteer to help the community.  


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