Meet The Team
William, originally from Frankfort, IL, comes to his new endeavor with multiple talents, a love of the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. The experienced entrepreneur was a managing partner of two high-quality European delicatessens and meat manufacturers in the Los Angeles area. He is the co-founder of non-profit, Peace Love Plates, whose mission includes ending hunger and malnutrition in the U.S., while providing education on healthy eating habits.
William has worked in the food and manufacturing industry for over a decade helping start-up businesses, working as an inspector, general manager and more. His love of food even offered him the opportunity to become an expert Wurstmacher (sausage maker), trained in the style of the old world by 75 year old German Wurstmeister.
A graduate of University of Illinois, Roche is continuing the legacy built by founder, Jeff Wolfson.
Susan has over twenty years experience working in the marketing, advertising, and fundraising fields, along with almost twenty years experience in the natural product sector.
She is a published author and yoga instructor, as well as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist.
From classes at Le Cordon Bleu to cooking in Thailand, Susan has traveled globally where she partakes in cooking classes, learning about the foods and preparation methods used around the world. Susan loves shopping in local markets and preparing foods indigenous to different areas around the globe. A vegetarian for 25 years, she relishes in studying and growing herbs and food, and diving deeper into the intricate connection of food, land, and people.
As a motivational speaker and health advocate, she has taught at conferences, classes, and workshops, and her community activism has led to the creation of events celebrating Earth Day.
Born and raised in the wilds of central Pennsylvania, JD grew up alongside his Pops, spending the majority of his days getting lost in the Micheaux State Forest and the surrounding mountains.
Immersing himself in the landscapes and ecosystems within, JD became dedicated to learning the land, its flora and fauna, and humanity’s beautifully interwoven existence with them throughout history and folklore.
JD is a artist, wild-crafter, botanical enthusiast, and musician, with an insatiable appetite for knowledge. You will most commonly find him knee-deep in bodies of water, or gathering up materials from the woods.
Bookkeeper & Marketing Assistant
The product of a small family business herself, Manuela is excited to be part of the Healthy Grocer family. The Harrisburg Native majored in Business Administration at Penn State University and has over 18 years experience in the Corporate sector as well as 10+ years of retail sales experience.
Her passions include health and fitness, the arts and spending time with her children. She can often be found hiking local trails, running along the river, or even on stage at your local theater.
Leigh's history with The Healthy Grocer runs deep. Growing up with a health conscious mother, trips to the store for lunch and goodies were a Friday afternoon staple for her as a child.
Growing up in the gardens and stables of Central PA, a deep adoration for the planet and the creatures who inhabit it was cultivated.
Her time at The Healthy Grocer, holding a variety of positions, has provided an opportunity to expand her knowledge base on balanced and sustainable eating as well as further learn about holistic approaches to health and wellness, both ancient and modern.
A philosophy of "do no harm" has led to 4 years as a vegetarian as well as a desire to support brands that give back to the people and the world around us.
Free time is usually spent being a doting cat mom of two, searching for new music to love, or finding any reason to step outside.
Elena Rossetto, Assistant Buyer
Ever since Elena was a small child she has always been enamored by the wilderness and the abundance of the earth. She grew up hiking and cooking with fresh produce from her garden or local market with her father. Having grown up in central PA, she is happy be a part of the Healthy Grocer family.
The intersection of her passions in health, service, food and holistic living lead her to The Healthy Grocer. After studying a plethora of classes including environmental ethics and sustainability, she learned the undeniable connection between the world and our bodies. Her hunger for knowledge about holistic living only grew as she dove into studying adaptogenics, fitness, and organic farming over the past few years.
Elena is a actress, world traveler, musician, boxer, and poet with an ever growing curiosity of the world and its wonders. She graduated with a Bachelors in the Theatrical Arts from Messiah College. She preforms and teaches acting, voice, and movement at multiple theaters in the area. Most recently she's been preforming folk, blues, and jazz with her band, The Street Corner Collective all over PA.
Erica started as a cashier in 2003 and has shifted through various roles and responsibilities throughout the years, including a 7 year break as a full-time mom.
She is passionate about organic and healthy living and dabbles in herbalism on the side. In addition to her dedication to The Healthy Grocer and guiding her two vivacious daughters, she is an avid sewist and spends most of her free time in front of her sewing machine.
Daisy Vega, Wellness Department Manager
Daisy has over a decade of customer service experience and loves going the extra mile for customers. Her experience ranges from Guest Service Manager at Fairfield Inn to working with distribution companies to ensure customer orders are properly processed.
Customer service is important to Daisy. "A simple hello with a smile can change a person's day."
Daisy was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Puerto Rico and is bilingual. Her passion is being a mother of three and helping her family, and her community at large, live a healthy lifestyle.
Joe Knapik, Grocery Department Manager
Joe has been a solid part of The Healthy Grocer team for years, and has taken on a plethora of positions and responsibilities in that time. His love of animals and concern for the environment led him to become a vegan, which is what brought him to The Healthy Grocer. He has a personal interest in the availability of special diet foods, especially from small local businesses.
Joe is an artist and avid comic book reader, with a strong love of underground music. In his free time you may find him aimlessly plucking a guitar or thinking about the next thing he should be drawing.