Staff

Susan Kanoff Executive Director/Founder

Out of her passion for empowering women, Susan has combined her unique mix of experience and skills as a social worker, wardrobe stylist and style blogger to launch Uncommon Threads. Susan has dedicated over 23 years to helping low-income families move out of poverty through the HUD funded Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and has received numerous awards for her work including The YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award, NAHRO awards for program innovation and a Massachusetts state citation for her dedication to supporting families.

Susan’s connections in the fashion world have been crucial to the program’s success. Her blog The Midlife Fashionista has been an important tool for attracting national attention to Uncommon Threads and for generating clothing donations, volunteers and media coverage.

Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from University of Massachusetts Amherst and lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband Richard. Susan’s motto is “kindness makes the world go round.” Email Susan

Lysanne LaPierre Assistant Director

Lysanne was previously a stylist for CAbi Clothing for 10 years. Prior to raising her family, she was a consultant in corporate real estate. “Uncommon Threads combined my experience and passions for community service, empowering women, business consulting and a love of fashion." Email Lysanne

 

Kathryn Ayala Program Manager

Kathryn has been a Women and Children's Advocate for the past 8 years. Prior to Advocacy, she was a criminal Justice student, and a veteran for the Army Reserves. “What brought me to Uncommon Threads was the selflessness and passion displayed by all the staff members.” Email Kathryn

Leslie Levenson Inventory and Volunteer Manager

Leslie founded Community Giving Tree, a north shore non-profit that provides newborn essentials, recycled clothing and other necessities to children in need. She also started Twice Loved Toys, a social enterprise that raised funds through the sale of gently used toys. “Uncommon Threads is a special place to share my passion for recycling, volunteer service, and helping women in need.” Email Leslie

Kelly Tortolano Uncommon Closet Store Manager

Kelly has over 11 years of sales, styling and retail management at Nordstrom.
“I had an overwhelming urge to be a part of this organization. To be able to do all that I love in retail, all while helping women feel empowered and beautiful... It was a no brainer!” Email Kelly

Meg Shultz Office Manager

Associate Broker/Realtor for 20 years in Phoenix,AZ. Prior to moving to MA, Meg was the Administrative Assistant at an Autism Non-Profit. “Empowering a woman through clothing is such a simple concept, yet so powerful. The energy is so positive at Uncommon Threads, it's contagious. I don't want to miss a thing!" Email Meg


ADVISORY BOARD

LIZ SWEENEY
Executive Director, FSMV

SABITA CHOPRA
EILEEN DIONISIO
GERRY-LYNN DARCY

AMY FERRARO
AMY FINEGOLD
SUSAN HOWELL
ANN KAZER
JANET KRAUS

JACKIE LALIME
JEN MARIN
EVELYN MARTINEZ
KIM MONAHAN
ELIZABETH MULLARD
NANDI MUNSON