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Special Olympics



our designers

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Margo, aka “Aquagirl”, loves creating all kinds of art. Right now, she's into ceramics, printmaking, and of course sewing. Margo’s favorite items to stitch are tote bags in bright colors with lots of patterns (Fun fact: Margo collects purses & tote bags). 

Why is Margo’s nickname “Aquagirl”? Well, she's a Special Olympics super-swimmer! She’s competed in Special Olympics USA Games twice and even went to Greece for Special Olympics World Games! Hello GOLD medals!



Tyff is the very first designer trained at Inspired-Threads & she LOVES her job! But she doesn't stop creating when she's off the clock. She'll head home to her apartment to crochet or sew gifts for friends.

Tyff stays active all year, training and competing in Special Olympics sports like bowling, soccer, snow-shoeing, basketball, rowing, and track & field. She just took home a GOLD in shotput! YAY Tyff!

Fun fact...she’s a collector of all things Snoopy!

Our Founders


Susan & Jeanene (Executive Director)

After a long workday about 4 years ago, Jeanene and Susan shared a life-changing "aha" moment while looking at some unique gifts Jeanene had made from old fabric and t-shirts. Connecting that to their frustration with the crazy barriers to employment they were seeing among their friends and families with disabilities, Inspired Threads the idea was born. Today, the two co-founders are bringing together over 35 years of combined experience in the disability community, non-profit programming, management and fundraising, and creative change-making to establish Inspired Threads; a vibrant community of equity, opportunity, purpose, and dignity built on providing amazing people meaningful jobs making beautiful things out of fashionable trash.

Our board



Jessica is the founder of FabScrap and a self-described "Trash Nerd." She's passionate about waste prevention & committed to community outreach and education. 

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Mike has spent over 30 years in the corporate world focused on financial management and is excited to be a part of the Inspired Threads journey.  He helps us manage all aspects of finance and is great with a calculator!



Robin is a lawyer who specializes in labor and employment. She joined the Board to support the awesome mission and incredible Inspired Threads Team!

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Eileen is a Professor of Art at William Paterson University. She uses printmaking and papermaking to help people around the world find their creative voices.



Monica is the Director of Behavior and Clinical Services at ARC of Mercer. She's an energetic advocate for the disability community with a mission to help disabled people find the hope and courage they need to live life to the fullest.



For most of her career, Randi has worked with organizations focused on sustainability and is currently Director of Development for Isles, Inc. Now she's super excited to work with the team at Inspired Threads, too!

Our Interns

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Lauren is a Secondary Special Education and Math major at TCNJ.  Lauren helps us create engaging and inspiring content for our Pinterest!



Kyle is a Secondary History Education and Special Education major at Kean University. Kyle helps us create visual and graphic designs for Inspired Threads!

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