Originally from Ohio, Kate came to the Pacific Northwest in 2001 and immediately knew this is where she belonged. She spent a decade in Seattle following a winding path that led her through the fields of social work, banking, care-giving, and specialty coffee. After moving to Bellingham in 2012, Kate returned to her social work roots and began working with Northwest Youth Services, eventually helping design and implement the Homeless Outreach Team at the Opportunity Council. Kate is known for collaboration, deep listening, and a drive to breathe new life into systems. She is excited to serve ReUse Works, an organization focused on creating space for individuals through the job-training program and minimizing the impact of waste on our planet.
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 RubleeCo-Assistant 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.
Erin EggenburgCo-Assistant Manager
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 RuarkSorter/Customer Service
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 SmallSorter/Customer Service
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 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.
Celina TateMedia Specialist/Workshop Coordinator
Originally from 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 VoglCustomer Service
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 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.