Dallas originally came to us as an Americorps VISTA in 2008, where he spent a year helping put Appliance Depot on the map. Since then, he’s been a board member, our media specialist, and now our Executive Director. Originally from Skagit County, he moved to Bellingham to attend WWU in 1997 and has been here since (sort of… barring a couple detours in Upstate New York and Orcas Island). He lives with his wife Jamie and their son Fox and loves to play guitar, write, bike, spend time in the woods, play tennis, volleyball, frisbee, and just about anything else outside, active, or creative.
Shan SparlingProgram Manager
After many years in the Aerospace Industry as a Contract/ Program Manager and time spent running her own body and energy work practice Shan landed at Ragfinery shortly after it’s opening in 2014. She brings a wealth of management experience and has built a great team of employees, volunteers and worker trainees. Shan loves creating community and calls herself a cheerleader for artists. She loves her job because it brings together her creative interests, her business skills, her concern for the environment and her passionate desire to be part of the solution when it comes to the growing problem of textile waste.
Madeline RubleeAssistant Manager
If you’ve been looking for an enthusiastic listener to hear about all of your marvelous crafting tales and ideas, Madeline is your girl! As cashier, she’s at the forefront of all the exciting retail action at Ragfinery. She started sewing when she was 14 and after a bumpy start that resulted in an injured pinky, a trip to the ER, and the knowledge that sewing past bedtime is ill advised, she’s still working at it and most enjoys making gifts for her nephews. Madeline feels blessed to work for a non-profit that so strongly supports the community and the environment while creating an atmosphere that attracts a huge variety of people who add their own beautiful pattern to the patchwork of such a magical place.
New to Bellingham, Erin started volunteering at Ragfinery to sink some roots into the community and soon after joined as a part-time staff member. From social worker in Denver to real estate agent in Chicago, and small business owner in Seattle, Erin has tried on lots of occupational hats before heading way northwest. Erin has always been enthusiastic about engagement in her local community, and has found a great fit in Ragfinery. She spends most of her days with a hoop and needle in hand, stitching up orders for her online shop, wrenbirdarts.
Erin began volunteering with Ragfinery in 2016 after moving from Hillsboro, Oregon to pursue a degree at Fairhaven College. Since then, she has firmly rooted herself in the Bellingham fiber arts community and is ecstatic to join Ragfinery’s team. An experienced dabbler in all things handmade, Erin has a great passion for helping customers find the perfect inspiration for their crafty projects! Recently, she has delved into sustainable textile projects in sericulture and linen production. When not tending to her silkworms, flax plants, or vintage sewing machine, Erin loves to volunteer on farms and dream of her future homestead.
Heather has been moving to and from Bellingham since 2001, and she’s delighted to discover she has grown roots here at last! Originally from upstate New York, she’s experienced in many fields, including school administration, cabinetry, homestead farming, and her favorite – energy healing massage. For her, working with the warm-hearted and smiling crew at Ragfinery is joyful participation in improving the well-being of individuals, communities, and the planet. When she’s not at this job, she might be found at her holistic bodywork practice on Broadway, playing in her garden, or roaming the woods.
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 skill set 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 being able to engage in an environment that upholds its mission statement of 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.
Celina TateMedia Specialist/Workshop Coordinator
A native of Vancouver Island, Celina was lured by love to Bellingham in 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr University and has worked in the areas of advertising, print production, and as a freelance graphic designer. Outside of work, Celina keeps busy participating in lots of community-building activities, reading to her kids, taking pictures of her food, and walking for miles. She used to walk for kilometers, but has finally given up and converted from metric. After a few years as Director of Research and Development in her household (aka stay-at-home mom), Celina was excited to join the Ragfinery team where she gets to wear many “hats”.
Caroline VoglCashier/Yarn Guru
Caroline grew up in Arlington, WA and is now attending Huxley College at WWU. She is pursuing a degree in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. She started volunteering at the Ragfinery to incorporate her passion for the environment and textiles and has since transformed into a staff member. Caroline learned to knit almost ten years ago when her grandmother bought her yarn at a garage sale and challenged her to teach herself to knit. She’s been an avid knitter ever since and can often be seen knitting while walking around WWU’s campus.