Our Staff

Shawn Menard, Program Director

Shawn joined Seacoast Eat Local in May of 2019 as Program Director.  Prior to working with Seacoast Eat Local,  Shawn worked at the Gardiner Food Co-op in Gardiner, ME as the General Manager. He also previously worked as Produce Manager for the Concord Food Co-op in Concord, NH. His work at co-ops included coaching new farmers and producers, crop planning, and customer education. Shawn received a B.A. from the University of Maine Farmington and an M.S. in Management with a concentration in sustainability from New England College.
As Program Director for Seacoast Eat Local, Shawn oversees the operational success of Seacoast Eat Local’s core programs. His role is also to coordinate fundraising, development, marketing efforts. In his work with Seacoast Eat Local, Shawn strives for a world of connected food communities where consumers have the knowledge and resources they need to eat more locally-grown food than food from away. He is also passionate about developing the business skills and opportunities of all farmers and food producers. Shawn serves on the Network Leadership Team for the NH Food Alliance. where he collaborates with several other food systems experts to strengthen statewide efforts.

Contact: [email protected]

celestevannsmallCeleste Gingras, SAMM Coordinator

Celeste moves from Board Member and Co-Chair to SAMM Coordinator with Seacoast Eat Local as we launch this new and exciting project. Long passionate about food access and hunger alleviation, and with a strong background in both food businesses and social services, we know that our fledgling program could not be better served than with her leadership and skill. Celeste also works part-time as Program Assistant for the UNH Cooperative Extension.

As a business owner with over 25 years of experience, she has been a part of creating 45 Market Street Bakery and Cafe, Currants Cafe and Grille and Shore Bites. In this regard, her experience and local relationships have been nothing short of instrumental in creating the operational plans and product sourcing abilities of the mobile farmer’s market. Her hard work and get-down-to-business attitude have given SAMM the strong start it needs to be a successful program. Plus, she looks great behind the wheel!

When she is not driving SAMM around the Seacoast or whipping up a batch of fresh salsa, you might find Celeste sitting on her porch engaged in a mean game of Scrabble with friends. She hopes to live in a world where everyone is kind, generous and happy, where strawberries grow in every garden and everyone works a 4-day week. We can’t promise all those things will happen, but we do know that with her help, SAMM will be increasing access to fresh, local foods to all people of the Seacoast– no matter where they live or how much money they earn.

Contact: [email protected]

Morgan Morani, Program Coordinator

Morgan started out as an intern with Seacoast Eat Local through the University of New Hampshire in 2017, and loved working with the organization so much she stuck around and eventually became an employee! She started in the Market Outreach Position and eventually became the Program Coordinator. She has a background in nutrition, biology, and Spanish and graduated from UNH in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. In previous years she has been seen at the SNAP table as both an intern and employee, and has also done various recipe demonstrations at both summer and winter markets.  She has a passion for expanding the SNAP program to new outlets and believes local food should be accessible to all. Morgan’s primary roles include coordinating the SNAP program and managing Seacoast Eat Local’s winter farmers’ markets.

She loves utilizing local and seasonal food from both farmers’ markets and farm stands to create new recipes in the kitchen. You can find her at winter markets and visiting summer markets commonly with her little one in tow. When she isn’t working Morgan enjoys reading and camping with her husband, son, and two dogs.