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 Meet the Team 

CRAFTIVIST

noun  /craf-tuh-vist/

a creator, sewist, maker, or artist who uses their craft to change the world!

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   executive board  

Founder, President & Executive Director

Tiffany Herbert

she/her

After nearly a year of sewing masks alone I was burned out and ready to retire. Working nearly 18 hour days 7 days a week on pandemic relief for Get PPE had me feeling uninspired. In January I was contacted by the Inaugural Committee about hosting a National Day of Service Event. I decided to put together a National Virtual Sew-A-Thon.

During the event I met a Zoom Room full of amazing humans. On the NDS we crafted and donated more than 17,000 masks and scrub caps for those in need and Crafting Change was born out of the inspiration I took from the humans I sewed alongside of in that Zoom Room! As we saw the need for cloth masks slowing, I knew our skills and talents could be harnessed into something else wonderful! My soul was lit on fire and I knew that pandemic relief was just the beginning. 1.3 million pieces of PPE is the tip of the iceberg. Look out, our sewing machines and crochet hooks and knitting needles and paint brushes and creativity are going to change lives.

You can choose to spend your time and talents anywhere, I'm so glad you choose to spend it here with us! We will continue crafting the change we want to see in the world. We did it one mask at a time, what will it be next? Let's find out together!

Treasurer

Joy Russell

she/her

I have been an Accounting Consultant for more than 20 years. My heart is with serving children. I am the founder of a non profit serving homeless and foster children of Southern Colorado. I started working as an Admin for Million Mask Challenge and then moved to the GetPPE call team. I have sewn hundreds of children's masks and look forward to creative crafts that can further help kids. My favorite part of working with MMC and GetPPE this past year has been meeting new friends all over the country. It is wonderful to sew and craft with a team while helping others.

Secretary

Taylor Herbert

they/them

As an attorney with the Public Defender’s office, I have a lot of experience dealing with the most vulnerable and have experienced the vast inequities when it comes to allocation of resources. This was only exacerbated by the pandemic. I was so excited to see my mom get involved in mask making and was able to help with making bias tape for her masks. Helping her with this new endeavor is just a natural progression and I’m extremely honored to be able to help local communities around the country.

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 behind the scenes superheroes 

Kent Herbert

he/him

Co-Founder & Medical Advisor

Jessica Carter

she/her

Project Coordinator

Amy Rosborough

she/her

Special Events Coordinator

Carol Grape

she/her

Video Editor & The Keep Girls In School Campaign

Martha Richmond

she/her

The Keep Girls In School Campaign

James Caldwell

he/him

Senior Technologist

Kim Damon

she/her

The Crafting Change Community Moderator

Judy Streger

she/her

Volunteer Liaison

Pat Bowman

she/her

The Keep Girls In School Campaign

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 advisory board 

Melanie Shovelski

she/her

Fiber Arts-Crochet

Published Fiber Artist and Professional Member of CGOA
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kathy Lawrence

she/her

Sewing

I've been sewing since I was 9 years old and my Grandpa bought my first Singer sewing machine. Through 4-H and High School sewing classes I've always enjoyed learning new things. Sewing has even given me a career, as I was a manager for a retail fabric and craft store for 18 years.
During the pandemic, I, like many, shared kindness in my community and across the country by making and donating face masks and pandemic relief items. I continue to have a passion for sewing and am excited to join Crafting Change as a sewing advisor. I look forward to promoting sewing and creativity with members of this wonderful organization whose donations support those in need. Won't you join us?

Robyn Peters

she/her

Fiber Arts-Knitting

Canadian expat, retired scientist, lifelong crafter, newly empty-nested. After a year of daily mask-making for local and national need, it's time to bring other crafts into the fold. “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” – Jana Stanfield

Kathy Wargo

she/her

Sewing

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