Kelly Wulf (she/her)-
Kelly brings a wealth of community service and nonprofit management experience to our work, and says: "I am so excited to start this adventure and look forward to working with all members of the organization.” Kelly received her Master’s Degree in Public History from the University of Colorado in 2010 and has worked in Denver’s nonprofit scene ever since, from museums to mental health. She holds a Certificate from Duke University in Nonprofit Management and a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. She is a trauma-informed yoga instructor working with a Denver nonprofit that serves military veterans. Kelly is thrilled to be on the K4P team and is eager to put her knowledge, experience and passion to work.
She shares her space with a gaggle of furry family members and usually has a cat on her lap during Zoom meetings. She loves animals, gardening, all things British, and true crime podcasts. She looks forward to learning to knit.
Kelly joined K4P in April, 2022, because she believes in the mission and deeply understands the difference the organization makes in the lives of its constituents. She is proud to serve as K4P’s Executive Director because, “In times of hardship, people can often feel invisible and K4P works hard to ensure everyone is seen and cared for.”
Jo Koehn (she/her)-
Shipment and Delivery Coordinator
Jo was inspired by the mission of K4P and wanted to be part of it all. She is a lifelong lover of all crafty pursuits and loved the idea of working with others with similar passions, all in support individuals in need and intentionally creating positive community. She has so enjoyed getting to know our amazing volunteers, board members, and conversing with our many makers and community partners. She previously worked at the Department of Education to improve quality for infants and toddlers in Early Childhood programs and was a mental health counselor at Children’s Hospital. She also enjoyed her time as a home visitor for new Moms and taught early childhood courses at a local community college. She is a Mom of 3 and grandmother to 4, soon to be 5. In her spare time you’ll find her at her sewing machine, happily making quilts and bags. She also loves to read, watch movies, and travel (which she has sorely missed during the pandemic!). She has recently picked up her crochet hooks again and is really enjoying working with yarn again.
Darlene Danyo (she/her)-
Treasurer and Secretary
Darlene assumed the responsibility of the Treasurer after seeing a call for help on Facebook. Darlene started the Chicks with Sticks Peace Pod at Christ Lutheran Church in Highlands Ranch, CO about 8 years ago. They have been providing scarves, hats, washcloths and Peace Pals for several years. After a request for crocheted sleeping mats, Darlene created the pattern for the Quilted Sleeping Mats that were sent to African orphans.
Darlene moved to Colorado from Minnesota in 1994 with her job. She retired in 2003 and participates in many volunteer activities including Mission Quilters, Chicks with Sticks, WhizKids and Colorado Master Gardeners and data input at her church. She is married with two children who live in MN and WashDC.
She says, "I really love the mission of Knitting4Peace. The concept of THREE was foremost in our participation with this organization. Its amazing what this small organization can do!"
Erica Mcwhorter (she/her)-
Erica McWhorter is an attorney-adviser with a background rich in social advocacy and strategic planning. For almost 15 years, Erica has consulted as a legal and strategic adviser, nonprofit board member, and grant and policey writer for a broad clientele of agencies and organizations. Throughout her career as an attorney, adviser, and consultant, Erica has considered it her personal mission to help organizations help others through insightful problem solving, planning for impact, and multifaceted communication.
Erica joined Knitting4Peace after an introduction through the African American Board Leadership Institute, and only a few months after falling in love with her knitting needles. She lives in California and enjoys reading, sewing, knitting, traveling, drinking tea (loose and fancy, thank you!), and is always willing to dabble in anything crafty. She joined the K4P Board in February, 2022. Erica looks forward to additional opportunities that involve organizational and system planning, creative problem solving, and helping people help others.
Kathy Partridge (she/they)-
Kathy Partridge is an avid knitter who has lived in Boulder County since 1975, the past 15 years in Longmont. Her grandmother taught her to knit when she was a child, a testament to Grandma's patience is Kathy is lefthanded. Kathy dropped her needles to pursue a full-time career and raise two daughters. She picked them up again in 2005 when her then teenage daughter, a talented crocheter, took her to a big box store to buy yarn for a school project. Starting with skinny novelty yarn scarves, Kathy graduated to hats in the round, and then a class at a local yarn store introduced her to magive loop, stranded colorwork, and sock knitting. Since Kathy was constantly on the computer for her job, she was naturally an early Ravelry member, where she has posted over 600 of her knitting projects to date. Almost daily, as LongmontKathy, she explores new patterns and yarns on Ravelry, and is active in the Knitting4Peace Ravelry Peace Pod.
Kathy joined the Board in 2022. She says: "Knitting for others is a spiritual practice for me. Not only does my knitting provide warm clothing for those in need, it is also a form of meditation, artistic expression, and keeps my hands limber."
Andrea Pearlman (she/her)-
Andrea is a life long knitter, having learned from a family friend at a very young age. She started knitting scarves for her dolls and has moved along from there - although she still loves knitting scarves.
Andrea got involved with Knitting4Peace in 2013 after learning about it from a good friend. She began knitting with a Peace Pod in Denver and has since helped to form a Peace Pod at her local knitting store, Piney Creek Yarn. She finds the comaraderie of knitting with and for others to be both comforting and a way to bring some joy into the world. Andrea is a maker of knitted goods, helps with the intake of items from all over the country and has been a delivery agent.
Andrea joined the Board in 2022. She says: “One of my favorite things is to unpack the beautiful hand-made items that our members send us and see the love and dedication that goes into each piece."
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