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Brian Ayers
Brian Ayers

Board of Directors: Site & Public Relations

Upon relocating to western Pennsylvania a decade ago, I fully embraced Ligonier’s “small town way of life.”  As an active Board Member of several nonprofit organizations in Ligonier, I find service to the community to be rewarding and fulfilling. I’ve had the pleasure of working hand-in-hand with some of our community’s best and brightest thought leaders and outreach organizations, and have greatly enjoyed mentoring many young entrepreneurs from the Pittsburgh and Johnstown start-up communities and academic programs.  The LCM is a shining example of the positive effects a grassroots organization can have on a community’s businesses, culture, and outreach endeavors. I am honored to join the LCM Board, and am excited to help local vendors, entrepreneurs, artists and artisans, small farmers, and independent food processors increase their vitality and viability. I look forward to contributing to the LCM’s 45-year tradition of success.  Brian holds a BSBA from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and has spent the last 25 years launching brands, scaling companies, and managing commercial operations at the regional, national, and international levels for industrial manufacturing companies. Any time that he is not running after his 3 kids, he spends running as far as possible on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

Adam Burau
Adam Burau

Board of Directors: Public Relations & Technology

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

Patricia Childs
Patricia Childs

Board of Directors: Vendor Committee, Christmas Market & Nominations

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

Susan Grunstra
Susan Grunstra

Board of Directors: Vice- President, Public Relations & Vendor Committee

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, 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
Bridget Horman

Board of Directors: Public Relations & Vendor Committee

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

Wes Johnson
Wes Johnson

Board of Directors - Site Committee & Technology

 I have assisted the past three years with parking cars at the Ligonier Country Market and enjoy interacting with the great people who come to the market each week. This is my first year as a Board member and I’m looking forward to helping to keep this wonderful Market a vibrant part of the community. This is a real gem for Westmoreland County. Although I reside in Latrobe, my mother's side of the family was raised in and around Ligonier. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed graduate work at the University of Texas. My career over the past thirty years has been in various Management roles in Information Technology for EDS, IBM, Fidelity Investments, and Navistar. For the past five years, I have shifted my attention to the Transportation Industry. I am currently using my management skills at DMJ Transportation, a local family owned school bus company. In addition, I am a PA State Bus Driver Instructor, and I enjoy dispatching and driving any vehicles in the fleet as needed. My most important hobby is history, especially the vibrant history of Western Pennsylvania from the French and Indian War period through the present.   

Linda Sinemus
Linda Sinemus

Board of Directors: President

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
Brooke Sowers

Board of Directors: Finance Committee, Public Relations

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

Judy Podlucky
Judy Podlucky

Board of Directors - Market Sprouts, Night Market & Celebrations

Judy lives in Ligonier Township with her husband and two sons. She holds a BA in English from Carlow University and currently works for Cigna. Judy also teaches group exercise classes at the Ligonier Valley YMCA.  If she’s not attending her son’s sporting events, she’s training for obstacle races, spending time outdoors and taking care of the family chickens.  As a self-proclaimed foodie, you can find her at the market every Saturday morning searching for fresh, unique ingredients as well as the perfect gift! Judy loves the wide variety of vendors and the wonderful sense of community that the market brings to Ligonier.
Term A:  2019-2021

Tyler Prescott
Tyler Prescott

Board of Directors: Site Operations & Night Market

Being born and raised in Ligonier, the LCM was something that I frequently attended growing up. Seeing the size and quality of the market, I knew that it was imperative that I become a vendor after starting my own business. We have had great success in the short amount of time that we have attended. I feel that I owe the market some service for what it has given me, so I decided to become a board member. I’m pretty well connected with other local business owners, and know how important it is that we support/piggyback off of each other. The market makes up a decent part of some vendors livelihood, and I hope that I can sustain that while working towards even more market growth.

Andy Urban
Andy Urban

Board of Directors - Finance & Nominations

Andy grew up in the Laurel Highlands and currently resides in Greensburg.  He’s a graduate of Penn State University and is currently a Business Development Officer for Somerset Trust Company.  In addition to the Country Market, Andy is a board member for the Ligonier Valley YMCA and also a member of Rotary of Westmoreland.  He has seen the impact the Country Market has had on the local region and is happy to support all of the positive attributes it espouses.

Tommy Wynkoop
Tommy Wynkoop

Board of Directors: Site Operations & Celebrations

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

David Maniago
David Maniago

Board of Directors: Advisor

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