Kate Stragis
Kate StragisProgram Manager
Originally from eastern Washington, Kate moved to Florida for college and then to Puerto Rico before settling down in Bellingham in 2011. Before joining the staff at Ragfinery, Kate spent 8 years providing direct service at various non-profits, primarily with people experiencing homelessness. She has seen and experienced firsthand how much art, support and inclusion can positively impact people and communities. Kate loves to build, fix, paint and sew while she’s at work and at home. When she’s not at Ragfinery she can be found enjoying time with her family or around town with friends. You can reach her at kstragis@ragfinery.com
Linda Suther
Linda SutherBusiness Manager
Linda came to ReUse Works in the fall of 2017. A retired aerospace executive, she found ReUse Works to be the right environment to take advantage of her business skills as well as a place to grow. Linda holds a Certification in Quickbooks Accounting, a Bachelor of Science Degree and is both a Certified Purchasing and Inventory Control Manager (CPIM) and Lean Manufacturing Administrator. Her favorite things about her job include helping people while helping to save the environment. It’s a brilliant idea and very satisfying to be able to play a part. She also loves that it is both a production and retail environment. In her free time Linda plays guitar, flute, sews, snow skis and volunteers for the Mount Baker Volunteer Ski Patrol in fund raising and business systems support.
Shania Zieber
Shania ZieberTextile Associate
Shania was born in Mount Vernon, WA, but has been living in Bellingham most of her life. For some time, she was looking for a place that she truly fit in. Following this adventurous path, she found herself in a few programs that helped her land a permanent position at Ragfinery. Since finding this place, she truly feels like she’s made a difference, not only with making the planet cleaner, but by leaving her mark on Ragfinery itself where she feels appreciated and loved. Shania loves crafts, cats, and anything new that she can teach herself!
Suzanne Carney
Suzanne CarneyTextile Associate
Suzanne came to be a Ragfinery employee by way of learning to knit from a co-worker in Tennessee. Knitting opened the larger world of fabric crafting to her, and her enthusiasm for making things has only continued to grow. She has experience in both non-profit work and fabric retail through various library jobs and a two year stint at a large commercial fabric retailer. For Suzanne, it is always a joy to help someone find just the right material for their project. She also enjoys teaching a wide variety of crafts and skills. When’s she not on the job, Suzanne can be found knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking and decorating cakes, reading, or hiking throughout the amazing landscape of the PNW.