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.

Haley Peno

Prep Chef/Steward

Haley graduated from Project SEARCH in May 2020 and joined the Wimberly’s Roots team in August of the same year.  She now serves as a mentor for our current Project SEARCH interns and is a tremendous asset to the team. 


Haley has always had a passion for helping others and she enjoys serving the community of Winder. Haley always has a smile on her face while she works.

Julia Streett

Farm Manager

Julia has been setting down roots in Georgia for the past two years. Originally from Maryland, she has travelled around the country building cabins, planting gardens, and teaching people about ecosystem health. Academically, she’s a Marine Geologist, but in real life she is dedicated to healthy soils and resilient, sustainable food systems in our local communities. She draws from a wealth of experiences including time with the US Forestry Service in Alaska, trail construction in New Mexico, and community gardens in Florida.


Her passions include compost, dairy goats, and cooking. One day, Julia hopes to find her forever home and set up a regenerative farm and market with her partner.

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

New Roots VISTA: Community Outreach Specialist

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.

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