Board of Directors

The volunteer Board of Directors for the Keller Farmers Market holds the vision and maintains the fiscal health of the market. The Board, along with our vendors, volunteers, staff, and executive director, work together to ensure the continued success of the market by creating a fun, education-filled, family atmosphere and community gathering spot during the market season.

Gwen Allen

Board Chair

Gwen has 15 years of project management with McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 14 pharmaceutical company. Gwen holds a BS degree in Behavioral Science and an MS Degree in Business Management. Gwen moved to the Dallas area in 1998 from Indiana where she served on numerous boards and tasks forces providing services to state citizens, as a State government employee. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha National Sorority, Inc.

Charles Youts

Board Member

Growing up just outside of San Angelo in the small town of Grape Creek, Chef Charles learned at a young age that hard work, a genuine love of the outdoors, and a hands-on style of cooking can make for a delicious life. He actively participated in FFA and enjoyed frequent hunting and fishing trips in West Texas. During this time, Chef Charles also began competing in chuck-wagon cookout competitions, cooking everything from chili to brisket to complete meals in open fire Dutch ovens.

Chef Charles enrolled in the Art Institute of Dallas and in 2001 completed his Associates of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts. However, it was those initial lessons he learned creating meals around the campfire that influenced his approach to professional cooking, teaching, and serving his community.
Chef Charles’ menu at the The Classic at Roanoke draws heavily from his early love of open fire cooking and he routinely smokes many of the restaurant’s staple dishes. Diners at the Classic Café can expect exceptional service and outstanding flavors that emphasize quality and freshness.

In addition to serving as Executive Chef of The Classic at Roanoke and teaching classes, Chef Charles puts his skills to use serving the DFW community at numerous charitable events.