Director of Development,Brooke Lane
Chris is the Director of Development for Brooke Lane. His past experiences include grants and donor relations at Fulton County Medical Center, experiences in retail and distribution management, as well as work for a defense supplier. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Ag Economics and an MPA from Shippensburg University. Growing up in Chambersburg, Chris now enjoys volunteering and spending time with his wife and daughters at their home in western Franklin county. He started with the Council for Wellness in 2015. He enjoys time with board members and the positive difference the organization has made.
Ingrid joined the board in 2015. A graduate of Mercersburg Academy and Keiser University, she now works for Franklin County Tax Services. She lives in Chambersburg with her husband Tim and their two children. They enjoy hiking and exploring the local mountain trails with their dog, Buddy.
Math teacher, Greencastle-Antrim School District/Native Plant Expert
Greencastle Antrim School District/The Native Niche
Becky Shubert teaches math and is the owner of the Native Niche, a small plant nursery in Greencastle, PA. She enjoys gardening and exploring local trails and parks with her family and friends. A lifelong resident of Franklin county, she encourages the preservation of the unique and natural beauty of the south-central PA landscape, a source of inspiration with numerous opportunities for exploring the outdoors. She resides in Greencastle with her husband and three children.
Broadleaf Acres Organic Farm
Angie and her family moved into the Mercersburg community in 2015, to start their own little farmstead. She and her husband Kellan, are passionate about producing food in ways that are not only sustainable, but regenerative as well. As a family, they enjoy planting trees, growing perennial fruits and vegetables, gardening, and spending time outdoors. She would also love to help grow the local homeschooling community! Angie is extremely thankful to have found a group like the Council for Wellness, that aligns with her family’s lifestyle so well. She states, “I have been blessed by this board, that feels more like family now, as continue to promote wellness in a town we love.” Angie and Kellan have three amazing children.
Health Sciences Library Director
WellSpan Health, Chambersburg
Claudia moved to Mercersburg as a young girl. She came to love the beauty and people in this corner of Franklin county and has made a commitment to do what she can to help preserve the Earth-specifically farmland and water resources. As a medical librarian for WellSpan Health, she understands the unique connection between the environment and health. The Council for Wellness is her way of helping create a world where everyone can benefit from knowledge. Claudia lives in Greencastle with her husband Paris, and has four incredible children, scattered across the United States. Her parents still reside in Mercersburg.
Retired Art Instructor, Mercersburg
Kathy joined the Council for Wellness in 2022. An active Trail Team member, Kathy is passionate about making the Mercersburg region environmentally sustainable and beautiful. Kathy enjoys hiking with her dog.
Retired Chef and Whole Plant Food expert
Nick is a recently retired, award winning Chef, with more than 45 years in the Food and Beverage Industry. The early part of his career was spent in restaurants, hotels, country clubs, and city clubs. The last 33 years, he worked for the Compass Group North America, primarily as the Director of Dining Services at several universities, including Harvard Law School, Northeastern University, University of Florida, University of Houston, and Shippensburg University. As a young man, he attended Williams College, with plans to go on to medical school. He changed his career track during his junior year, transferring to Johnson and Wales Culinary School. His professional passions have always encompassed great healthy food, environmental concerns, and social advocacy. “At the age of 17, I was given a full access/privilege library card to the Francis Countway Harvard Medical School Library. Much of my high school career was spent working in fine restaurants, hospitals, and conducting sophisticated science projects. Nick lives in Shippensburg, with his beautiful artist wife, Roberta.
Dr. Elizabeth George
Physician, President Emeritus, and Founder
The Council for Wellness would not exist, were it not for the vision Dr. Liz had, to make the Mercersburg area a place that would support physical and mental health. As a physician, she realized the vital connection between the environment and an individual’s wellness. Concerned over seeing patients, including children, who were no longer physically active, and consuming foods detrimental to health, she began a crusade which eventually led to the development of the Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness (MACWell). Out of that vision, sprung initiatives to create a sustainable environment, teach people how to incorporate more plant based foods into their diet, and create walkable/bikeable trails that everyone can enjoy. Liz is still an integral part of the organization, residing in Florida and Washington.
Robert is a certified relationship coach, hypnotherapist, Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, and neuro-linguistic programming practitioner. He uses a wide range of modalities to help others reach any goal they desire. As well as working with couples, he works with businesses and public groups of all sizes, leading seminars to teach effective communication strategies using proven tools to rebuild connection. Robert found his love of people through his years managing his family’s restaurant business. He also writes a relationship advice column for the Mercersburg Journal. He continues to serve the community with gratitude. He has been a part of the Council for Wellness since 2019. His mission is helping all to create fun and fulfilling relationships! His vision is a community, united in harmony, realizing their subtle underlying connection.
Waterway Revitalization Outreach Team
Becky came to Mercersburg when she married her husband Tom, a native of the town. A retired banker, Becky is active in preserving the beauty of the town. In addition to serving on the Council of Wellness board, she is an active member of the Historical Society, Women’s Club of Mercersburg, and the Mercersburg Vibrancy committee. Becky was integral part of researching the history of Mercersburg for the Johnston’s Run Waterside Trail signs. When asked why she is involved with the council, she said, “Mercersburg is a lovely place with many opportunities. Tom and I are in it for the health of it!”
Our Partners in Wellness
Many thanks to our Partners in Wellness for their generous contribution and commitment to supporting Individual Wellness, Community Vitality and Environmental Sustainability
- Wellspan/Summit Health
- First National Bank of Mercersburg/Orrstown
- Whitetail Resort
MACWell “Partners in Wellness”, Keith Mackling (Atlas Capco), Pat O’Donell (Summit Health) and Melissa McFadden (for Don MacAskill, WhiteTail Resort) welcome MACWell’s Grant and Project Manager, Bob Whitmore. (Center front)
These companies are notable for excellent employee wellness programs, as well as a commitment to community well being. The Partners in Wellness sponsored the 3 year grant and project manager position – key to planning the Johnston Run Streamside Trail. Also, pictured – middle row – MACWell Board members Claudia Peet, Laura Puckett, Kelly Brown, Theresa Gourley, and Liz George. Also present Mary-Anne Gordon, and Carole Carbaugh (right front) who directs Employee wellness at Atlas Capco.