Our Staff

John Huff

Food and Nutrition Service Coordinator

Chef Huff is a Winder native with deep ties in the community.  After receiving a Health and Exercise Science Degree from Furman University, he attended Johnson and Wales University, where he finished in the top of his Culinary Arts graduating class.  

After recently teaching culinary at Sims Academy and Lanier Technical College, John is excited to share his culinary and nutrition passion with members of the community he has called home his entire life.

Ty Brooks

Garden Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Ty was born and raised in Athens, GA. He has over a decade’s worth of combined experience in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, and wildlife biology. Ty has been a farmer, an arborist, a park ranger, a researcher, and an educator.


Ty recently obtained his master’s in Agricultural and Environmental Education from UGA. He has a passion for education, plants, food and sustainability and looks forward to sharing this with the local community.

Deanna Perlman

Education specialist

Deanna studied Family and Consumer Science Education at UGA but instead of becoming a teacher, she decided to travel the country and work on small farms where she learned everything from shearing sheep and milking cows to growing food and baking sourdough bread.

Deanna recently completed two years as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member where she taught kids about growing, cooking, and enjoying healthy food. She hopes to empower individuals as they discover skills that can make their families and communities more resourceful, resilient, and self-sufficient.

Lottie Loo

Community Outreach specialist: New Roots VISTA

Lottie recently received her degree from UGA in Health Promotion and Behavior after completing an internship with the Meals on Wheels program at the Athens Community Council on Aging. Throughout her lived experiences, she has expanded her knowledge in the areas and intersections of mental health, nutrition, and the impact of social and physical environment. Her passion is helping people find personal healing through connecting to food and the earth.  

Lottie is now completing a volunteer year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA. She intends to assist the Winder community and Wimberly’s Roots organization in accessing and exploring opportunities for new growth and connection.

Contact us:


ext. 1028 or ext. 1007


Fax: 770-307-0126

Wimberly's Roots is located at the Winder Center for Community Development

163 Martin Luther King Jr Dr

Winder, GA 30680