Our Team

Our Staff

Cinde Rawn

Executive Director Cinde is the Executive Director of Threads of Hope, and has been with the organization since 2004. She came to this work with a passion for supporting God’s work in the world – especially in the lives of women, children, and the disenfranchised overcoming difficult circumstances. She has an innate love of textiles, color, art and design, as well as a history in photography, design, and working in the non-profit sector. Cinde focuses on sales and marketing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, product design, and expanding into new projects – all to support the mission, ministry, and growth of Threads of Hope. Her education and training are in Non-Profit Management, Graphic Design and Photography, and Internet Marketing.

Renay Smith

Coordinator – UMHB location Renay joined Threads of Hope in the summer of 2016. She has given much of her volunteer time to working alongside her family with orphans in Africa to better their lives and offer hope for the future – she has the right heart for the work of Threads of Hope. Renay is in charge of the ToH warehouse, overseeing web sales, consignment sales, and all volunteer activity from students at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, which graciously donates space for the ToH warehouse. She is perfectly suited to this work with a heart for others, a spirit of good cheer, along with a breadth of life and work experience that make her a gift to the work of ToH and all those she serves through her work.

Threads of Hope, Board of Directors, USA – 2016

Threads of Hope is privileged to have a Board of enthusiastic individuals. Each brings a deep commitment to global economic development, a tremendous skill set, and a financial commitment to the organization.

Todd Atwood

Owner and operator of Spero Construction, a commercial construction company in Dallas/Ft. Worth. He holds a BBA in Business Management from Texas Tech University; Masters of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) with a Missions Concentration, from Dallas Baptist University. Currently studying for MBA at DBU. Todd has a deep passion for serving others and is uniquely called to international missions. God has placed a love in his heart for Peru and he has committed to give his time, talent, and treasure to positively impact the people of this beautiful country. He's led numerous ministry trips to Peru and has been instrumental in the financial planning, design, and building of Mision de San Felipe, high in the Andes Mountains. This "calling" to Peru is an ongoing and permanent part of Todd’s life. He attends St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Frisco, Texas where he has served as Junior Warden, on the Finance Team, and in Prison Ministry. He currently serves as President and Chairman of Amigos del Peru, a non profit servng the Anglican Diocese of Peru in various capacities.

Stewart Lovett

Retired Senior Vice President for Major Accounts Practice at AIG, Chartis International. He was educated in the UK qualifying as a Loss Control Engineer. Stewart is Scottish and emigrated with his wife and children to Texas in1981. Stewart currently serves as a volunteer for many outreach projects through his church and has been instrumental in starting a Christian Business Professionals small group there. He is honored to serve on the Board of ToH and leads the ToH Golf Scramble each year.

Rosalie Mayo

JoLeah Montgomery

Registered Nurse, CRNFA practicing with Dr. William Montgomery at Plano Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Spine Center. She is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing: Baton Rouge, LA. Joleah has given her wisdom and expertise in medical care by traveling to Peru and training the women of ToH in personal health needs. Joleah spends her time giving to her family, work, friends and volunteering in organizations that make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Bob Nimon

Dr. Kim Nimon

Founder and Current President of the Board Professor at University of Texas, Tyler. Her research agenda is to advance Human Performance Technology (HPT) through workplace spirituality, measurement and evaluation. Kim also has a rich background in corporate and project development, specializing in the telecom and Internet application arena. In 1996, after the sale of a successful telecommunications company, Kim rededicated her life to the Lord and felt the call to pursue her left long dream – to help others in need. She began her non-profit career by serving in schools, becoming active in her Church’s outreach department, serving on various non-profit boards, and becoming a member of the Junior League of Plano. In 1999, Kim took a step in faith and founded the Forrest Outreach Foundation/ Threads of Hope out of Christ’s concern for the poor and in memory of her father, Bill Forrest. Since that time, Kim has agreed to serve on the Executive Council for the Diocese of Dallas, the Advisory Council for the Collin County Unit for the Salvation Army, and the Board of Amigos Del Peru.

Laura Palagyi

Treasurer Laura is the treasurer for SEED Charities, overseeing the financial administration and tax filings for the charity and all programs. In total, she has served in this role for eleven years, previously with Forrest Outreach Foundation. She also donates her time to many other community organizations. Laura is a member of SMU Moms’ and Dads’ Club and Chi Omega Mothers Club of Dallas. She was a Girl Scout Leader for twelve years and held various leadership roles in her local Service Unit. She is a Lifetime Member of Texas PTA, having volunteered in many capacities at her children’s schools through PTA and booster clubs. Laura is very involved in her church, and currently serves as facilitator for Women’s Bible Study and as a small group leader for Middle School Youth. She received a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and MLIS in Library and Information Science from UCLA. She previously worked in Marketing and Sales Support for Catalina Marketing, as a Research Director for Micronomics, Inc., and as a Library Assistant for Plano ISD.

Steve Palagyi

President and CEO at Texstars LLC, an AIP Aerospace Company. He has over 28 years of experience across operations, product development, and customer service. His work includes operational ramp-ups, integration of new product development with supply chain operations, supply chain restructuring, and support of Private Equity transactions. He has completed many global consulting engagements in North America, Asia, and Europe. Additionally, he has helped established consulting offices and practices in Japan and Korea. Prior to PRTM, Steve worked at PWC and McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), delivering results in operations for commercial and military programs. Steve earned his Master of Business Administration from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management and his undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Steve has supported Threads of Hope in various capacities since 2000.

Threads of Hope, Advisory Council, USA – 2016

The Advisory Councils in the US and Peru are dedicated, entrepreneurial and involved professionals and leaders who are committed to the concept of economic empowerment as a living manifestation of Christ’s concern for the poor and disenfranchised. With their guidance and support, ToH continues to innovate, pilot, and collaborate for God’s greatest good through this project. We are deeply indebted to this great team of people.

John Hairston

CPA – Little Rock, AR John is a Financial Advisor with Acxiom Corporation. Prior to working with Acxiom he was Business Groups Vice President of Fidelity National Information Services-Technology Group. While in that role he was responsible for business and project operations including project management, technology procurement, strategy, reporting, accounting, asset management and sales support. From 1981-1994, he worked for KPMG as a Senior Manager performing various audit, business and consulting duties. John has enjoyed working with, learning from, and assisting various not for profit health and welfare organizations. He is past Chairman of the Board of the American Diabetes Association – Arkansas Affiliate.

Constance Parker

Parker Global Network, Founder – Plano, TX Retired from management at ARCO International Oil Company to pursue a second career as Director of Women’s Ministry at Grace Outreach Center. After eleven years she retired again and completed a second Master’s Degree. Connie and her husband Deane are founders of Parker Global Network, a non-profit dedicated to funding God’s work, and meeting needs around the world. She is currently developing curriculum to match and train disenfranchised/ underemployed women with Christian mentors.

Dr. Christie Bledsoe

University Professor – UMHB Liaison, Belton, TX Christie Bledsoe is an Associate Professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the College of Education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is also a proud alumnus of the Doctor of Education program at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is active on university committees and conducts research pertaining to teacher education and technology. Christie learned about Threads of Hope in 2013. She has been involved in establishing the new warehouse at UMHB and recruiting student and faculty volunteers. After participating in the 2015 trip to Peru, the women and children of Peru will be in her heart forever.

Nancy Norton

International Development Consultant, Hot Springs, AR Nancy retired in 2014 after serving as Executive Director of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund for 10 years. ARDF, a non-profit dedicated to partnership with Anglican provinces, diocese and churches around the world implements high impact, holistic sustainable development projects using a proven community development approach, empowering local leaders with measurable results. During her tenure Nancy worked with local communities in 34 countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East completing 140 development projects. She was previously the CFO for the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Finance Director for the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department.

Aimee McClanahan

Fashion and Design Consulting, Dallas, TX

David Nimon

IT Support, Mentortek, Frisco, TX David has an extensive career in the IT/programming fields. He started his first company, Circuit Cube, at age ten, handling client requests and hosting needs. He then worked with Nimon Consulting, programming, marketing, and building backend for mobile apps, maintaining servers, website building and video conferencing for a business portal company, and creating a VPN client for the OpenVPN group. Part of this experience includes going on-site to New York for the super bowl and helping support and maintain the products and experiences there. He graduated at Tarleton State with a degree in Computer Information Systems. He now works with MentorTek in a management and programming role, a continuation of the Nimon Consulting company, which develops, tests, and completes software programs.

Emily Plummer

Writer/Editor, McKinney, TX

Threads of Hope Advisory Council- Lima, Peru

Jean Samaniego

ToH Advocate, Trainer, Coordinator, Lima, Peru

Rev. Pat Blanchard

Priest, Founder: Shalom School for disabled children, Lima, Peru

Penny Marces

Educator, Lima, Peru

Ysabel Flores

Artisan, Lima, Peru

Lucila Becerra

Artisan, Lima, Peru

Etelvina Jauregui

Artisan, Lima, Peru

Ingrid Berger

ToH Volunteer/Advocate, Ayacucho, Peru

Our Volunteers

Jean Samaniego

Lima – Volunteer Leader Jean hails from England and has lived in Peru most of her life. She has been our volunteer in Lima since before Threads of Hope began! Her personal commitment to bettering the lives of those in need, social justice, and a hands on expression of her faith, have her as the mentor of the ToH sewing groups. Jean supports the women in personal and spiritual development as well as helping them with their artistry. She has also brought great joy into their lives by reading to them as they sew, sharing meals, laughter, and love throughout their years together.

Ingrid Berger

Andes Mountains – Volunteer leader Ingrid hails from Scotland and has lived in Peru since 2005. She has been involved in various charitable projects in and around the Andes region, including 2 kids feeding programs and small agricultural projects funded through a small charity she founded. Currently she helps as a translator for different visiting groups and is the ToH coordinator for the different artisan groups. She facilitates the Hope Grant Fund projects in the villages where ToH works.

Village of Volunteers

Threads of Hope is powered by volunteers throughout the world. Our village consists of 100+ volunteers who “make great things happen.” These friends have given their time in diverse ways, by hosting sales, built a web site, given IT support, processed shipments and sales, PR, connections to new opportunities, and many more. We really are “empowered” by our volunteers and honored to have their support.

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