Our Staff

Shawn MenardShawn 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 – hosting Winter Farmers’ Markets, operating the Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM), supporting SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets year-round, and the publication of the Seacoast Harvest local food guide. 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 growers.

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Shelly Smith, Program Coordinator

Shelly comes to Seacoast Eat Local from a background in research and plant biology with experience in the local agricultural community as a founder of a local no-spray farm operation.  She is deeply committed to making local food increasingly accessible to communities in the Seacoast by improving viability of our small farm operations. 

Her passion for local food has been shared at farmers’ markets (at times with a small child in tow), and is furthered in her role as manager of the Winter Farmers’ Markets.  Shelly is responsible for administration of the SNAP incentive program and serves as a Regional Lead in the New Hampshire Nutrition Incentive Network, helping to expand the reach of SNAP incentives (Granite State Market Match) at farmers’ markets and farm stands in the Seacoast region.  Shelly is also the Gleaning Coordinator in both Rockingham and Strafford Counties as part of the NH Gleans network, functioning to reduce food waste by re-routing local produce to food pantries.  

Shelly can most always be found chatting it up with customers at markets and spreading sunshine on cold winter mornings, often while munching on something leafy and green (baby kale being her favorite!). Her smile and laugh are legendary and dear to all those who know her – make sure you say hello to Shelly at the next farmers’ market!

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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.

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.

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Morgan Lebrun, Market Outreach and Support

Morgan has been with Seacoast Eat Local in different capacities since 2016. She started out as an intern and loved working with the organization so much she stuck around and eventually became an employee. She has a background in nutrition, biology, and Spanish and graduated from the University of New Hampshire 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.

You can find Morgan at the SNAP table at markets as well as more recently focusing on increasing blog posts over on the Seacoast Eat Local blog. She loves cooking with local and seasonal ingredients from the farmers’ markets, and some of her favorite recipes can be seen over on the blog. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her husband and three dogs and is expecting a new addition to her family in November, with the delivery of her first child. Make sure you stop by the SNAP table at farmers’ markets to say hello!