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, and 2 grand-dogs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Davis

Finance/HR Manager

Heather recently joined Fashion and Compassion after a lengthy career in public accounting. While she still loves an excel spreadsheet, she has now found a new calling for her left-brain focus. When the Fashion & Compassion opportunity initially crossed her path, Heather was not seeking new employment. However, after three serendipitous encounters, she knew she was meant to answer the calling. When she’s not managing the company’s financials, Heather may be found cheering on one of her children at a sporting event, running with her local FiA group before sunrise, or occasionally sneaking away to join her husband on a business trip. Life with three children and a husband who travels can seem crazy and hectic, but Heather tries to remind herself that each day is a blessing, even if there are dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor and handprints on the wall

 

 

 

 

 

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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Adkisson

Artisan Empowerment Coordinator

Emily began volunteering with Fashion & Compassion after returning from 4 years of international travel and mission work. Her sweet spirit, genuine love for the Artisans and desire to see them flourish makes her the perfect fit for this role. Emily served with Adventures in Mission in the Philippines for 4 years as the Operations Supervisor including working as a Case Manager for up to 100 women, many who were survivors of sex-trafficking. She also participated in the World Race where she served in 11 countries in 1 year. She loves Christmas, decorating and we know who to call when we have a fun DIY project on hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexis Russo

Operations Coordinator

There are few things Alexis loves more than coffee and that’s women’s empowerment. She grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from NC State in 2015 with a degree in Brand Management & Marketing from the College of Textiles. By the time she had 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 discover their worth. Today you can find her fine-tuning our processes, planning production, tackling the inventory room, and solving whatever puzzles may come her way; but not before her first cup of coffee.

 

 

 

 

Sheraz Wiley

Jewelry Production Lead

Sheráz Wiley has a life passion for fashion and style. Receiving a  fashion degree from the Art Institute she has a vast experience of over 10 years working in the industry from corporate retail to fashion marketing and layout design. Specializing in the cultivation of artisan jewelry she feels blessed to combine her compassion for others and teaching knowledge to demonstrate the art of jewelry construction. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her chocolate lab “Remy” and attending a host of community based fashion events. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ingite 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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Strahl
Carrie Strahl

Jewelry Designer

Carrie is the creative one in the group & the mastermind behind all of our designs! She has B.A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College & spent time studying Art in Lacoste, France. You might not believe us if we told she's a mother of seven because we can't believe it ourselves sometimes! She has a heart of gold & is an expert crafter! She also loves to garden, so we can always count on her to keep the fridge stocked with organic fruits, veggies & farm fresh eggs!