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 Meet the Team 

   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!

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.

Vice-President

Kelly Canning

she/her

When COVID-19 struck and PPE supply chains failed, I found some motivated craftivists and together we led a national grassroots effort called the Million Mask Challenge. Our goal: ensure mask makers could find to learn the most effective sewing patterns for durable, high quality masks, and connect these "masketeers" with facilities and groups that have legitimate needs. Partnering with GetPPE and Tiffany Herbert as COO, over 1.3 million masks, scrub caps, and other crafted items made it into the hands of healthcare workers, caregivers, essential workers, nursing homes, and first nations groups in need. I believe in the talents and generosity of craftivists in all media and I'm excited to point them in new directions of need through Crafting Change!

Member

Deb Nielsen

she/her

Deb Nielsen here! I am a retired Early Childhood Teacher. Serving the youngest learners with special needs and supporting English Language Learners has been my passion. As Covid-19 became our reality and PPE shortages loomed, I wondered how to help. Like many who sew, I decided I should sew masks. While looking for solutions and information for mask making on the internet, I discovered like minded people searching for answers too. Throughout 2020, I have provided current research and advice to sewists on the Million Mask Challenge Creating Masks for Healthcare Workers & Caregivers. I am honored to be a part of this new endeavor supporting Craftivists, each of whom make the world a better place one project at a time. I am up for some “good trouble” and hope you will join us!

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.

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 behind the scenes superheroes 

Kent Herbert

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Co-Founder & Medical Advisor

James Caldwell

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Senior Technologist

Carol Grape

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Video Editor

Chris Abinader

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Social Media Marketing Intern

Olivia Rundgren

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Social Media Marketing Intern

Jessica Carter

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Project Coordinator

Kim Damon

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The Crafting Change Community Moderator

Judy Streger

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Volunteer Liaison

Olive Bernath

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Social Media Marketing Intern

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 advisory board 

Melanie Shovelski

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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

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

Zoë Desborough

Fiber Arts-Crochet

Amy Rosborough

she/her

Fiber Arts-Knitting

Kathy Lawrence

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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?

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