Our Team

Our Staff

Cinde Rawn

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 life’s challenges. Her education and training are in Non-Profit Management, Graphic Design and Photography, and Internet Marketing.

Cinde loves walking the streets, hills, and valleys of Peru, watching the progress God brings through Threads of Hope. She has an innate love of textiles, art, and design, so her days at the warehouse are happy days! Her greatest joys are times with her family and friends, nature, gardening, and world travel. She enjoys practicing her hobby, photography, while in Peru and other travel.
Renay Smith

Renay Smith

Coordinator – UMHB location Renay joined Threads of Hope in the summer of 2016 and 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. 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.

Renay has given much of her volunteer time to work alongside her family with orphans in Africa to better their lives and offer hope for the future.

Threads of Hope, Board of Directors, USA

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.

Diana Kalinowska

Diana is our newest Board member, joining us in March of 2019. She has spent her entire career in technology with the last 15 years working specifically with education, state, and local government. Her goal has been to empower students, educators, constituents with technology for a stronger and more productive society. The cornerstone of her success and drive is her commitment to honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic. Diana is active in her church serving as a member of the hospitality team. She holds a BS in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix. Diana joined ToH in 2019 after a day-long brainstorming session with the Board. Her energy, experience, questions, ideas, and lightness of being were a perfect fit to round out our Board.
Rosalie Mayo

Rosalie Mayo

Rosalie is a passionate and committed sales and customer relationship professional with over 25 years of experience in Human Capital Management, outsourced Human Resources, Payroll, Workforce Management, Benefit Administration, Talent Management, Payment and Service Oriented Solutions. She collaborates with companies to co-create the best possible solution unique to them to develop an engaged and cohesive workforce. Honesty, transparency, integrity, tenacity and a strong work ethic are the basis for and permeate her character and selling engagements. When not working, she loves to travel, read, enjoy good food and wine with family and dear friends. She joined Threads of Hope in 2017 and has been a tour de force for positive growth and engagement to strengthen and expand the mission and vision of ToH.

Bob Nimon

Bob is Vice President of MentorTek, a provider of custom web, cloud, mobile, digital, and desktop software development and consulting services to clients in every industry, from hot startups to Fortune 500 companies. Bob joined the ToH Board in 2017 after years of support in any capacity needed. He's one of those special thoughtful people who listens intently then, after all voices are heard, offers ideas that compel us to the next best decision.
Dr. Kim 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 and serving on various non-profit boards. In 1999, Kim took a step of 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.
Laura Palagyi

Laura Palagyi

Treasurer Laura is the treasurer for SEED Charities, having held the position for over thirteen years, overseeing the financial administration and tax filings for the charity and all programs. 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 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. She received a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and MLIS in Library and Information Science from UCLA. Laura joined Threads of Hope in 2000 and has become the glue that holds all things together. The heart of her volunteerism is shown in her unflinching commitment to all the financial needs of the organization.

Steve Palagyi

Steve has over 28 years of experience across operations, product development, and customer service. He has a heart for the women of Threads of Hope after his first visit to see the artisans in 2002. He has been all in since seeing first hand the difference ToH makes in the lives of those we serve. He has completed many global consulting engagements in North America, Asia, and Europe. 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 is past President of ToH and has supported it in various capacities since 2000. He is a data and logisitics man, wisely guiding and supporting our efforts to strengthen our work and grow in outreach.
An open space for the right person!

An open space for the right person!

An open space for the right person!

An open space for the right person!

Threads of Hope, Advisory Council, USA

The Advisory Councils in the US and Peru are dedicated, entrepreneurial, and involved professionals and leaders. These friends are committed to the concept of economic empowerment as a living manifestation of Christ’s concern for the 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.

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.

Cathy Carey

Cathy’s has a long history and tremendous experience in event planning. She has been a tremendous gift to ToH as we plan two fund and friend raising events each year. If there is a ever a question about timing, connections, what to do or how to achieve a certain goal, all heads turn to Cathy!

Kathy Decker

Kathy is an attorney, practicing in Nashville, TN. As a former missionary in Peru she understands both sides of our work and has invaluable insights into how to do what we do in the best way for those we serve as well as an NGO in the U.S.

John Hairston

CPA – Little Rock, AR John is a Financial Advisor with LiveRamp. Prior to working with LiveRamp 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 during his career. He is past Chairman of the Board of the American Diabetes Association – Arkansas Affiliate.

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.

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.

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.

Emily Plummer

Writer/Editor, McKinney, TX

Threads of Hope Advisory Council- Lima, Peru

Jean Samaniego

ToH Advocate, Trainer, Coordinator, Lima, Peru

Walt and Mary Lynne Wood

ToH Cultural Liasions/Advocates, Ayacucho, Peru

Zenina Huaman de Mendoza

ToH Volunteer and Ambassador to the Andean Villages, Ayacucho, Peru.

Rev. Pat Blanchard

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

Penny Marces

Educator, Lima, Peru

Isabel Flores

Artisan, Lima, Peru

Lucila Becerra

Artisan, Lima, Peru

Etelvina Jauregui

Artisan, Lima, Peru

Our Volunteers

Jean Samaniego - Lima, Peru

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.

Walt and Mary Lynne Wood - Ayacucho, Peru

Ayacucho – Volunteer Leaders Walt and Mary Lynne hail from Alaska in the United States, but have lived as missionaries to the Quechua people in the region of Ayacucho since 2000. They have translated and used the Quechua Bible Institute to train indigenous men and women in remote mountain villages in Biblical principles. Beyond QBI, they have poured Christian love and community into the lives of all those they meet in walking the streets, mountains, and valleys of Peru – sharing God’s love with His people. We are fortunate to call them our friends, and are filled with joy, wisdom, and laughter each time we meet.

Village of Volunteers - The Whole World!

The World 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, popping up a Threads of Hope shop in boutiques and businesses around the globe, building a web site, giving IT and marketing support, processed shipments and sales, PR, connections to new opportunities, and the list goes on and on. We really are “empowered” by our volunteers and honored to have their support.

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