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The Fashion & Compassion Team

 

 

Beth Bell

Executive Director

Beth has a passion for providing opportunities for our most marginalized neighbors both locally and globally, as well as a passion for fashion! Beth spent 10 years as a jewelry designer and Fashion & Compassion is a perfect convergence of her experiences. Beth most recently was the National Charity Director at BeautyKind, and also has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and currently sits on several boards. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and loves everything about Nashville, especially the music scene. She is married to her college sweetheart, Doug, and they have two incredible sons, Doug and Freeman. When she’s not strategizing at Fashion & Compassion, you can find Beth with Doug traveling, hanging with family & friends, and spoiling their Plott Hound, Nash. Oh, and let’s not forget the occasional Netflix binge!

 

  

 

 

Janet Manzullo

Chief Operating Officer

Janet joined Fashion and Compassion after an extensive career leading operational teams in retail, financial services, and telecommunications. She is passionate about leading and helping others, and in finding ways to improve the world around her. She is the resident “organizer” and is known around here for her color-coded wall calendar to help us all keep things straight! Janet has been involved in many endeavors to serve her community through her church and other non-profit organizations over the years. She is a “glass half full” person who hasn’t met a problem she can’t solve. She and her husband, Ryan have 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 2 grand-dogs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patti Davis

Finance/HR Manager

Patti recently joined Fashion & Compassion after a successful career in healthcare administration and nonprofit accounting.  She was called back to the nonprofit world and found her dream job at Fashion &Compassion.  Patti is passionate about women’s empowerment and giving back to the community.  A Boston native, she and her husband Chris recently relocated to Charlotte from Portland Oregon where their 2 amazing children still live.  When Patti isn’t crunching numbers and helping us make every dollar go further, you will find her enjoying long walks around her Dilworth neighborhood, checking out the many outdoor Charlotte dining spots or heading to the beautiful NC beaches.  Patti’s gifts are a perfect complement to our team and we are thrilled that Patti is a part of the Fashion & Compassion family!

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Adkisson

Artisan Empowerment Manager

Emily began volunteering with Fashion and Compassion shortly after returning from several years of international travel and mission work.  Her sweet spirit, genuine love for this incredible community of Artisans, and a deep desire to see them flourish make her the perfect fit for this role.  As the Artisan Empowerment Coordinator Emily’s calling is to celebrate and champion women as they step into their next seasons. Emily attended UNC Wilmington before traveling across the globe with Adventures in Missions  where she landed in the Philippines for 3 years as the Operations Supervisor of an international discipleship base, including a Case Manager for up to 75 women who were at risk of or survivors of sex-trafficking. She loves Christmas, creating spaces of beauty and welcome, and we know who to call when we have a fun DIY project on hand.  

 

 

  

 

 

 Alexis Russo

Operations Manager

There are few things Alexis loves more than coffee and that’s women’s empowerment & the Gospel. She graduated from NC State in 2015 with a degree in Brand Management & Marketing from the Wilson College of Textiles. By the time she graduated she knew without a doubt the Lord had a plan for her to leverage her degree and passions for women’s empowerment for His name’s sake. Fast-forward to 2017 where her convictions and passions lead her to an accessories company in Kathmandu, Nepal where she became the operations queen! To her, running operations means she is better able to equip women with the tools they need, so that they may be able to accomplish their goals and re-discover their worth. Today you can find her fine-tuning our processes, getting lost in website code, tackling the inventory room, and solving whatever puzzles may come her way; but not before her first cup of coffee. 

 

 

 Zoriah White

Operations Coordinator

A small city girl from Waterloo, Iowa, Zoriah moved to Charlotte, NC in 2016 with her mom and seven siblings. With a strong passion for art and design, she went to NC State and graduated from the Wilson College of Textiles with a degree in Fashion Development and Product Management. Zoriah plans and executes the production of the jewelry at Fashion & Compassion, working directly with our amazing Artisans as they fine tune their jewelry making and work readiness skills.  Growing up in a family of entrepreneurial women, community activists and leaders, Zoriah found the love to uplift women and communities from an early age. Applying that love to her role here is a perfect match.  She’s a fan of horror films and crime shows and usually enjoys lots of sweet treats while watching both. 

 

 

 

Emma Lyons

Administrative Coordinator

Emma is originally from New York State but found a home in the Carolinas in 2015. She met her husband Kevin shortly thereafter and they were married 365 days after their first date. Emma left the hotel-events world just before turning thirty to devote more time to her church and family. That decision allowed her to be available when God called her into outreach.  She formed relationships with local Charlotte organizations which led to her first non-profit/ministry position. Working closely with the city's homeless and vulnerable population inspired Emma to learn more about the struggles they face and how she can help ignite change in the community. When she's not wielding the justice spear, you can likely find her meandering through the grocery store isles dreaming up her next meal, or putting her collection of random knowledge to good use at a trivia night.  

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 Elizabeth McGarity

Creative & Design Manager

The only things Elizabeth might love more than traveling, photography & a good bracelet stack, are monograms, shoes & people! She's always up for a new challenge - and nail color - and has a deep desire to connect our customers to the hearts & hands behind each piece. She's the best party planner & her passion for people overflows into all parts of her life. Elizabeth is married to her high school sweetheart & has five kids! She attended NC State & helped plant Relevant Church in 2011, where her husband is the Lead Pastor. When she's not sharing stories or style tips, you can find her sipping La Croix & reading a good book! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Forlenza

Salesforce Administrator 

Julie recently joined Fashion & Compassion, after volunteering with them and falling in love with the organization and the work that they do.  After God and her family, Julie loves working with spreadsheets and databases and confesses to being a workaholic. Julie married her college sweetheart, David.  They raised two children together who are now married and live away from Charlotte.  When she’s not traveling to see one of her children, Julie enjoys running, reading and doing Pilates.  You may get to meet, Roxy, their beloved French Bulldog some day on the streets nearby, when Julie’s out on her numerous walks. 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Kidist Tesema

Lead Artisan

Kidist is originally from Ethiopia and embodies a Proverbs 31 woman in every way. Her optimism, diligence, and incredible work ethic make her an amazing leader.  She leads with gentleness that invites people into every room, every space, and blesses each person she encounters.  When she’s not busy guiding Artisans through jewelry project, Kidist enjoys sewing, taking her beautiful family on walks, and hosting Friday night family nights complete with delicious food and movie watching. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sawasm

Lead Artisan

Sawasm joined Fashion & Compassion in 2016 as an Artisan where she captured by the sweet community of women that gathered weekly, the beautiful pieces, and her desire to build relationships in her new home of the US.  Fast forward to 2020, and Sawasm joins Fashion & Compassion as a Lead Artisan where she serves as mentor and mother to the countless women at Project 658’s jewelry projects.  Her overwhelming strength, warmth, and resilience encourages Artisans weekly. She delights herself in getting her hands deep into the many evolving designs through Fashion & Compassion, even counting down the nights until jewelry project begins.  When she’s not immersed in crafting beautiful pieces of jewelry, she can be found teaching others how to knit, creating the most delicious baklava, and loving on her beautiful grandchildren.

 

 

 

Mary Nunsiami

Lead Artisan

Mary comes from Burma and as a loving mother of three she is dedicated, hardworking, and passionate about leading a life of legacy for her family.  She’s a self-described woman of few words, but her the words she speaks bring power and hope to so many, including each of the staff and Artisans at Fashion & Compassion! When she’s not at Fashion & Compassion, she’s busy working in her garden, cooking, chasing her youngest son Henry around, and loving on her church community.  You might even find Mary nestled up on the couch enjoying her favorite Netflix movies.