Mahalia Witter-Merithew is the President of Casita Brewing Company in Wilson. She is a member of the Downtown Development Corporation Board, the Wilson Tourism Authority Board, the Wilson Education Partnership Board, the Integrity Unlimited Board and the Downtown Commerce Group. She was born in the Philippines in 1982 and moved to America with her family in 1984 and to Wilson with her family in 1988. She grew up here and graduated from Hunt High School in the year 2000. She graduated from ECU with a Masters in Teaching and worked as an English teacher in North Carolina, Korea, Denmark, England and Vermont. In Vermont, she started Casita Brewing Company for her husband, who is a world-class, award-winning brewer, and they moved their operations to North Carolina when they decided to relocate to Wilson in 2017, operating as a wholesaler until opening their taproom in Wilson in August of 2020.