Who We Are

Staff & Board

Kelly Wulf (she/her)

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Executive Director

Staff

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.

Kelly hails from a small farming community on Colorado's Eastern Plains and has lived in the Montclair neighborhood of Denver for 13 years. 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 new Executive Director because, “In times of hardship, people can often feel invisible and K4P works hard to ensure everyone is seen and cared for.”

Julie Meyers (she/her)

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Board Chair

Board of Directors

Julie is a life long knitter. She started knitting prayer shawls for K4P from Providence RI, shortly after K4P began. She moved to Denver with her husband in 2013 and realized she could meet Susan McKee, K4P’s founder, in person. She began knitting with a local Denver Peace Pod, then began volunteering to help with inventory. She joined the board in 2017, and served as the Board Chair in 2019 and 2020.

A retired primary care pediatrician, Julie has found ways to be active in many social justice causes in Denver. K4P is a perfect fit as it ties two of Julie’s passions – knitting and trying to make the world a better place.

“I’m thrilled to have found K4P all those years ago and even more thrilled that it’s become such an important part of my life. There is nothing I like better than to knit for others. To help other knitters find that joy is wonderful. Bringing joy and hope to the recipients of what we knit is the greatest gift of all.”

Pam Leder (she/her)

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Board Member

Board of Directors

Pam has been involved with Knitting4Peace since 2011, beginning with the formation of a Peace Pod at First Universalist Church of Denver where she was the Connection Coordinator and creator of StitchN’W(h)ine. Pam started StitchN’W(h)ine after seeing the community that knitting and crocheting created with members of The Gathering Place while she was employed as their Card Project Coordinator. She firmly believes that so much goodwill can be created by creative people sitting around a table and exchanging ideas. Pam made monthly deliveries for Knitting4Peace to the University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz NICU for several years. Originally from Decatur, Illinois, Pam has been a Coloradan for 40+ years volunteering with various nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. She is the mother of three daughters and the proud grandmother of five. Pam Chairs our Fundraising Committee and became Board Chair in January 2022.

Angela Bakas (she/her)

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Board Member

Board of Directors

Angela found Knitting4Peace in 2019 when she felt a pull to do more for her community. Starting from an early age, Angela has loved creating and crafting, which ultimately led her to a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. She has spent her career working in apparel and textile product development and makes non-traditional wedding dresses as a side hobby (including her own). As an avid traveler for both work and pleasure, she has visited sixteen countries on six continents and has climbed two of the seven summits. She believes travel is a privilege, an invaluable educational experience and is dedicated to helping people locally and abroad. Angela lives by the notion that if you are losing hope in this world, you are not doing enough and is grateful to be a part of the endlessly giving community of Knitting4Peace. Angela also Chairs our Racial Justice Committee.

Darlene Danyo (she/her)

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Treasurer and Secretary

Board of Directors
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!"

Maddie Kremer (she/her)

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Board Member

Board of Directors

Maddie has been a creative & maker from a young age. She started sewing when she was seven and channeled that creative energy into a fashion merchandising degree years later. She has spent her career in the buying and merchandising world including buying for many crafting companies along many craft & art forms. She is now a merchant for an ethical diamond & jewelry company.

Maddie is a retired NCAA gymnast and currently spends her free time knitting, embroidering, teaching dance classes, judging gymnastics meets, and playing with her pup, Miss Vanjie. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Maddie continues to educate herself on the importance of equity & intersectionality, prioritizing inclusion and demanding radical social change for marginalized groups. Maddie joined our Board in 2021.

Erica Mcwhorter (she/her)

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Board Member

Board of Directors


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)

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Board Member

Board of Directors

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)

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Board Member

Board of Directors

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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