Meet our Uncommon Staff

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Susan Kanoff

Founder & Executive Director

Susan founded Uncommon Threads out of her passion for empowering women, combined with her unique mix of experience and skills as a social worker, wardrobe stylist and style blogger. Before launching Uncommon Threads, Susan dedicated over 23 years to helping low-income families move out of poverty through the HUD-funded Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and has received numerous awards for her work including The YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award, NAHRO awards for program innovation and a Massachusetts state citation for her dedication to supporting families.

Susan’s connections in the fashion world have been crucial to the program’s success. Her blog, The Midlife Fashionista, has been an important tool for attracting national attention to Uncommon Threads including clothing donations, volunteers and media coverage. Susan’s motto is “kindness makes the world go round.” Email Susan

Margie Rothschild

Assistant Director

Margie brings more than 30 years of marketing, communications, and event management experience to Uncommon Threads. For the past 7 years, she worked as a freelance marketing project manager for a variety of clients, providing program and event management, website design, copy and speech writing. She was also an Event Manager at the Stevens Estate in North Andover.

Before that, Margie worked in healthcare marketing, creating programs that helped drive the sale of products that save lives, like the HeartStart Defibrillator, and improve the quality of life for people with certain chronic health conditions. In her free time, Margie volunteers with Lazarus House and manages the North Andover Farmers Market.

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Kathryn Ayala

Program Manager

Kathryn was a women and children's advocate for eight years before joining Uncommon Threads. Prior to advocacy, she was a criminal justice student and a veteran with the Army Reserves.

 

“What brought me to Uncommon Threads was the selflessness and passion displayed by all the staff members.” Email Kathryn

Kelly Tortolano

Uncommon Closet Manager

Kelly joined Uncommon Threads after a decade-long career at Nordstrom. She has more than11 years of sales, styling and retail management experience and over 29 years of experience in customer service. Her passion for retail and fashion makes her the perfect person to be managing our social enterprise. Kelly is mom to Kasey (9) and Shea (7). She and her husband Michael (and family) live and work right here in the Merrimack Valley.  


“I had an overwhelming urge to be a part of this organization. To be able to do all that I love in retail, while helping women feel empowered and beautiful... It was a no brainer to join the Uncommon Threads family!” Email Kelly

Meg Shultz

Office Manager

Meg was an associate broker/realtor for 20 years in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, she was an administrative assistant at an autism non-profit.

 

“Empowering a woman through clothing is such a simple concept, yet so powerful. The energy is so positive at Uncommon Threads, it's contagious. I don't want to miss a thing!" Email Meg

Advisory Council

LIZ SWEENEY, Executive Director, FSMV
KIM BORGIOLI

VIENNE CHUENG BROWN

SABITA CHOPRA

VANESSA FARINO

SUSAN HOWELL

ANN KAZER

JANET KRAUS

JACKIE LALIME
LYSANNE LAPIERRE

EVELYN MARTINEZ
ELIZABETH MULLARD

NANDI MUNSON

CARYN SAITZ

AMY WHITSETT