Meet Our Uncommon Staff

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Susan Kanoff

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.” 



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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!”



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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.” 



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Katie Sadlier
Ecommerce Manager

Driven by her love of service and fashion, Katie began volunteering as a Sales Associate for Uncommon Closet in 2020. She joins the Uncommon Team with extensive experience in brick-and-mortar Retail Management, Marketing & Brand Management for globally recognized brands, as well as Project Management in the social services sector. She possesses a master’s degree in Merchandising & Retail Management from LIM College and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Michigan State University.

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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!" 



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Malene Aguilar-Durbeck

Office Assistant

Malene retired after 25 years with the Boston Public Schools and is excited to have been given the opportunity to explore a new path with Uncommon Threads. She is the proud mom of 2 children and a cat!

"I am drawn to the similarities between the BPS and the Uncommon Threads Communityl  At each I work to empower and  better the future of the people I work with. "


Advisory Council

LIZ SWEENEY, Executive Director, FSMV