Board of Directors
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 and I can't wait for the 2016 season to begin! I am honored to be a part of the Market by serving as a newly elected member of the board.
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 Executive Vice 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.
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 1&3 and helps run the family hauling business. 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.
Gene Kravits a resident of Ligonier.Pennsylvania is a professional artist and designer. Gene is married to Barbara, who along with him own and operate Truffles Antiquites at Ligonier, located on the Lincoln Highway in Laughlintown, Pennsylvania.
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?
Board member Lois Manon is a 52-year resident of Ligonier Township, where she enjoys yard work (really!) and gardening, especially in her butterfly garden. A graduate of IUP, she began her career as a high school and GED teacher in Latrobe, and retired from The Ligonier Echo, where she was a reporter for 26 years.
Lois and her late husband, Dodd, enjoyed raising their two children, Hugh and Carrie, in the country; and their three grandchildren, Celia, Theo, and Lewis, continue a family tradition with trips to Ligonier Country Market whenever they visit Grandma during the season. Who wouldn’t enjoy the great food, fresh produce, and the wide choice of unique crafts?
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.
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!
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.
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.
John West, founder of the Ligonier Country Market, grew up in the Highland Park area of Pittsburgh. He often drove his mother to the East Liberty market on Saturday mornings. After he married and moved to Ligonier, he became quite curious as to why there was no seasonal market here. In 1976 Ligonier Valley was celebrating the bicentennial of the United States, and the chairman in charge, Shepherd Witman, a good friend of John’s, had been listening to John’s keen interest in a market and asked him if he would do what was necessary to initiate a Country Market.
After serving in the Army during WWII, John was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Business. He took a job as a salesman for the Von Senden Company, maybe the oldest promotional product company in the country, established in 1891, and went on to become the president and owner of the Company. Promotion of the Ligonier Country Market with the help of so very many others has been most fulfilling.