Meet our Uncommon Staff

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Susan Kanoff
Founder

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

Heather Gaspar
Program Director

Heather has been a part of the nonprofit world for a long time. Most recently, she spent ten years with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, where she focused on increasing the number of girl scout troops and volunteers in the area as well as training and managing the local volunteer network. She has lived in the Merrimack Valley for more than 20 years with her husband and two daughters and has been involved in the Lawrence community through Girl Scout action projects, volunteering with Cor Unum and providing fresh vegetables from her church’s permaculture garden to local soup kitchens.

“After so many years of helping to build girls of courage, confidence and character, I am excited to turn my focus to women who are in need of care and a hand up. And what better way to do it than through fashion!” Email Heather

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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

Katie Sadlier
Ecommerce Associate

Katie joins Uncommon Threads


 Email Katie

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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

Malene Aguilar-Durbeck

Office Assistant

Malene joins Uncommon Threads

Advisory Council

LIZ SWEENEY, Executive Director, FSMV
KIM BORGIOLI

VIENNE CHUENG BROWN

SABITA CHOPRA

ELAINE CLARK

SUSAN HOWELL

JANET KRAUS

JACKIE LALIME

LYSANNE LAPIERRE

EVELYN MARTINEZ
NANDI MUNSON

MARGIE ROTHSCHILD

CARYN SAITZ

AMY FERRARO WHITSETT