Meet the managers

Ashcombe's leadership team


financial manager and owner

Jim damschroder

Jim Damschroder joined the Ashcombe team 9 years ago and has been integral in helping grow the business. He wears many hats as part of the leadership team at Ashcombe including finance manager, owner, and human resources. Jim can be found helping out at the registers when needed or assisting with one of the many events happening at Ashcombe in any given season. 


president and general manager

deb shearer

Deb Shearer is General Manager and co-owner of Ashcombe. Deb began working here when she was 12 years old picking strawberries and other vegetables. As time progressed she became proficient in other areas of the business. She learned greenhouse growing, retailing and whatever was required in the ever changing greenhouse market. Today she manages the retail store. Deb can be found wherever the action is. 


assistant general manager and owner

kerri laudig

Joining Ashcombe full time in 1997, Kerri has worked in many departments over the years.  Starting with picking blueberries in the summer and filling flats after school, Kerri now manages the retail greenhouse, gift department and heads many events and classes.  In her free time she enjoys gardening, shopping, crafts, camping and traveling with her family.


nursery manager

brandon kuykendall

In one way or another Brandon has been in the horticulture industry for over 20 years, 15 of those with Ashcombe.  He’s passionate about hydrangeas and viburnums. When not looking for the newest varieties of shrubs and perennials to sell at Ashcombe, he can be found spending time with his family. The Kuykendall’s enjoy camping, gardening, hiking, birding, and sporting events.


cafe manager

margaret krausse

Margaret is our Head Cook and Café Manager. Food rolling out of the Ashcombe kitchen are inspired by Margaret's roots in Dutch cooking. She is always thinking up new recipes for the Country Café or whipping up a tried and true customer favorite like her famous Chicken Pot Pie, Hog Maw, and Meatloaf. In the fall and winter she dishes out weekly Thursday Night Dinners for Two with a different menu every week. Stop by the Country Café for a taste of traditional country home cooking.


gourmet foods manager

Marsha ackerman

Marsha joined the Ashcombe family 12 years ago as a cashier. She loves interacting with people and working at Ashcombe gives her the chance to do that! Marsha finds and stocks all of the gourmet food products on our shelves. She enjoys finding unique and fun food and kitchen products for Ashcombe customers to enjoy. She lives in Mechanicsburg with her husband and 3 children.


bakery manager

monica mcdade

Monica grew up watching her dad cook and bake. She fell in love with being his sidekick in the kitchen. Since she was 17, she has been moving from bakery to bakery learning and growing as a baker and cake decorator. She fell in love with cake decorating as a result of her creativity and her artistry. Besides her love of baking; you can find Monica drawing, playing with her fur baby Sofie, or enjoying the company of her friends and family.

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marketing manager

cassie flynn

Cassie joined the Ashcombe family in 2021 as the Marketing Manager. When she’s not working, Cassie recently received her Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University. She is a mother to a wonderful little boy. In their free time they like to spend a lot of time outside swimming, walking, playing sports, and going to camp near the Susquehanna River.