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
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