Meet Our Staff

The Magic Yarn Project has been delivering smiles for more than five years to children all over the world, but we are still operated by 100% unpaid volunteers. Making Magic is a work of love for all of us! 

As of Spring 2021, we are not currently adding any staff. If you would like to hear about future local or organization-wide opportunities to get involved in a leadership function, please make sure you’re following The Magic Yarn Project on Facebook for all of our most current updates. 

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⭐ Board Members

Holly Christensen, Palmer, AK

Founder and Board co-CEO

Raised in both Alaska and Mexico, Holly has appreciated a diversity of experience and culture throughout her life. She has learned that one constant in life no matter where you go are the amazing accomplishments and acts of love that people are capable of. Holly’s desire to help and serve others led her to pursue her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. During her college education, she completed a maternity hospital internship in central Argentina, utilizing her Spanish-speaking skills in the medical setting and helping to create educational tools for postpartum mothers.  

As an RN, Holly has worked in oncology, ICU, Alzheimer’s, and orthopedics. Holly now spends her time devoted to raising her three children and running The Magic Yarn Project, which she co-founded out of her one-car garage.  She was named BYU’s College of Nursing 2018 “Alumna of the Year” for her work with The Magic Yarn Project.

Brianna Hitchcock, Anchorage, AK

Founder and Board co-CEO

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Bree grew up like most Alaskan kids: playing outside and participating on multiple sports teams. Bree’s passion for sports awarded her an athletic scholarship to University of Montana to play soccer while earning her Bachelor’s in Biology.  After college, Bree continued her love of soccer, coaching youth teams for many years.  Her professional pursuits include working in tourism and recreation in Hawaii, obtaining a national certification as a yoga instructor, and managing the marketing department for a yoga studio and the Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. 

A mother of three, Bree now spends her time devoted to her family and to making a difference on a larger scale as the co-founder of The Magic Yarn Project. She is also the owner and designer behind Snowbrrd Multimedia.

Terry Fields, Wasilla, AK

Board Treasurer

Terry grew up in the Hoosier state of Indiana, graduating with a BS-Operations Management, MBA-Entrepreneurship, and MS-Residential Property Management from Ball State University before moving to Alaska with his wife, Chelsea. While managing large multi-family apartment communities, Terry helped establish the Property Management and Real Estate curriculum and program at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Business and Public Policy and founded Fields Real Estate Education, a company that provides real estate training, consulting, and continuing education for real estate licensees. 

Today, Terry is the Program Director and Assistant Professor for the Weidner Property Management and Real Estate Program at UAA; the Broker/Owner of Fields Real Estate, LLC; and the Instructor/Owner of Fields Real Estate Education. Additionally, Terry serves on local and national education committees for the Institute of Real Estate Management, the National Apartment Association, and as the Board Treasurer for two local non-profit groups, Denali Family Services and The Magic Yarn Project.

Julie Wrigley, Anchorage, AK

Board Member

Julie is an Assistant Professor in the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business and Public Policy, having earned her B.A. in International Studies from Portland State University and her J.D. from the Willamette University College of Law. Julie spent more than 12 years as a practicing attorney before joining the UAA staff. Julie has also been a longtime Advocate on behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Juneau, Alaska and Washington, DC on many cancer-related policies.

In addition to her professional pursuits in law, management, and cancer advocacy, her experience with ACSCAN sustaining and developing volunteers makes her an invaluable addition to the Magic Yarn family. She has served on the Board since February 2019. Julie is an avid runner, mountain climber, colon cancer survivor, and mother of three.

 

Jamie Metcalf, Palmer, AK

Board Member

Jamie has been a longtime friend, volunteer, and advocate of The Magic Yarn Project. She has been crafting wigs for little cancer fighters from Magic Yarn’s earliest beginnings in church meeting halls and living rooms, and has been an invaluable part of its growth from a one-time workshop up through an international presence shipping thousands of wigs annually. 

Jamie and her husband operate their own business and raise their four children in Palmer, AK.

 

Austin Grimes, Palmer, AK

Board Member

Austin earned her B.A. in Education and her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and is deeply involved in multiple nonprofits in her nearby hometown of Palmer. Most recently, Austin retired after a six-year stint on the Board of Directors for United Way of Mat-Su. As an educator at Academy Charter School, Austin also spends many hours in and out of the classroom dedicated to providing support for her students. She brings years of invaluable experience as a community organizer to our Board. 

Austin and her husband live with their son in Palmer, AK. 

 

⭐ Organization-Wide Leadership

Shelly Allen, Kings Mills, OH

Donations & Shipping Coordinator, Chapter Leader Manager
📧 Northeast@themagicyarnproject.com

Shelly is a long-time leader in the Magic Yarn project, having spent two years managing our largest geographical region. She and her mother have sacrificed much of their time and living space for storing and crafting Magic Yarn wigs and supplies! Shelly excels at creating and repairing wigs that are of the highest quality. An avid crocheter, her experience has personally trained more than half of Magic Yarn’s current staff. 

Shelly’s latest role with Magic Yarn continues to include managing one of our two shipping hubs, where volunteers send in their creations to be checked, packaged, and distributed to brave cancer fighters. She also acts as our Chapter Leader manager, overseeing our local leaders all over the country.

Shelly loves to make memories and scrapbook them with her friends. Many of her favorite memories are with her family at Disney! Shelly works full-time in the financial field. She lives with her husband and son in Kings Mills, OH. 

 

Katie Powell, Arroyo Grande, CA

Donations & Shipping Coordinator, Social Media Specialist
📧 WestCoast@themagicyarnproject.com

Katie first found Magic Yarn in May 2018 when her mother-in-law shared one of our viral videos. Since she loves all things crafty, Katie started to crochet beanies and wigs at home to send in. From her first wig (a Moana) completed that June, she was hooked! She quickly found a live workshop and drove 4 hours just to attend! Katie then realized she could combine her love of teaching with her love of crochet and crafts to serve with Magic Yarn. 

As our leadership needs changed on the west coast, Katie quickly trained and worked as a Chapter Leader, then our west coast Region Leader, and now as the manager of one of our two shipping hubs. Katie also runs much of the work on The Magic Yarn Project’s Facebook page, including our explosively popular Funny Friday posts. 

Katie and her family live in Arroyo Grande, CA.

 

 

Jessica Suttles, Rockmart, GA

Administration, Social Media Specialist
📧 Southeast@themagicyarnproject.com

Jessica has always loved crafting, so when she found Magic Yarn, she knew it was a perfect fit. Jessica grew into Magic Yarn leadership roles quickly, first working as a Chapter Leader in Georgia, and then soon taking over managing our entire southeast region when another leader stepped down. 

Jessica’s current role involves various administrative tasks, anything from graphics to data and website management.  Jessica also is one of our social media specialists, responsible for our weekly What We Need Wednesday & Thank You Thursday posts.

Jessica loves to create Magic Yarn wigs, as well as sew, read, tend to her garden, and spend time with family. She works alongside her husband restoring classic cars. 

 

Lani VinZant, Cedar Hills, UT

Workshop Specialist
📧 RockyMountain@themagicyarnproject.com

Lani was The Magic Yarn Project’s first Chapter Leader, and she has brought her expertise on running workshops and teaching Magic Makers with her the whole way. She has been with The Magic Yarn Project from our very first large-scale workshop at Brigham Young University. She has since hosted countless workshops from very large corporate retreats down to intimate parties in living rooms. She’s also our international workshop ambassador, having brought Magic Yarn to a special volunteer conference in Ireland in 2019!

Lani loves serving others; it’s in her bones and part of her nature. Her patience and organization make her a clever and effective teacher of all of Magic Yarn’s skill sets, and we are so lucky she shares her workshop wisdom with us. When she’s not up to her eyeballs in yarn, she’s enjoying her supportive family, including her 7 kids and 5 grandkids. 

 

Laurie Campbell, St. Johns, FL

Program Developer
📧 Laurie@themagicyarnproject.com

Laurie has been a part of the Magic Yarn family for many years. First serving as an area coordinator, managing workshops and donations all across northern Florida, Laurie now administers many of Magic Yarn’s behind-the-scenes functions. As our program developer, Laurie skillfully oversees the annual editing and republishing of our Magic Yarn “bible,” the Guide to Magic, as well as keeping all of our published patterns and tutorials up-to-date and accurate. Her eagle eye for yarn coordination keeps our wig guidelines aligned beautifully with each character’s signature look. She serves as our Magic Circle guru, moderating our web forums and patiently answering Member questions. In conjunction with other Magic Yarn leaders, she also oversees many small details of Magic Yarn’s monetary donations and their accompanying record keeping.

When she’s not busy keeping the gears turning at Magic Yarn, Laurie is a talented mathematics teacher and teacher trainer. She lives with her family in the greater Jacksonville area.

 

Gay Richards, UT

Hospital Coordinator, Grantwriter
📧 GayRichards@themagicyarnproject.com

Gay has been working with Magic Yarn for years now, with experiences spanning from teaching beautiful wig-making to running our west coast region. In her current position, Gay coordinates our communications with hospitals, cancer centers, and the many other nonprofit organizations that receive and distribute our wigs. She also supports our mission with grant writing and grant management. Her friendly and wise demeanor are important assets for the Magic Yarn team. 

Gay stays busy enjoying her family and the great outdoors, dividing her time with biking, traveling, and playing with her grandkids.

 

Tina Alfieri, Peoria, AZ

Pattern Testing Manager
📧 Southwest@themagicyarnproject.com

Tina is a RN, wife, mother and aspires to be a grandma someday.  Besides magical yarn, she loves sparklies, Christmas, Disney, and Disneyland at Christmastime! She would take long walks on the beach with her husband, but they live in the desert. She loves the smell of fresh air in the pines, but she lives among cactus. She believes that nothing is more revitalizing than the crisp morning air when there’s new fallen snow…eh, you get it. Her motto: Life doesn’t turn out the way we plan. So it’s up to us to find and make magic not only in our lives, but in the lives of others.

Tina has worn many hats with Magic Yarn, including serving as our southwest region leader. Her current role oversees Magic Yarn’s crochet pattern development. Tina skillfully works with her team of specialized crocheters who suggest, create, tweak, and write patterns for more enchanting character wigs and beanies all the time, from Snow White to Thor. If you see a new or perfected pattern come across Magic Yarn’s social media feed, you can thank Tina and her team for creating it!

 

Cathryn Matheson, Denver, CO

Records & Information Management
📧 CathrynM@themagicyarnproject.com

Cathryn has been following along with the Magic Yarn journey since 2014, when her friend’s daughter Lily was diagnosed with cancer and received the very first Magic Yarn wig. Cathryn trained as a Workshop Leader in 2018 and a Chapter Leader in 2019, before joining the headquarters team as the records & information manager. She now oversees Magic Yarn’s systems and procedures for recording, storing, and distributing our operational data. Alongside Laurie and Jessica, she also keeps our website and emails up and running.

Cathryn’s favorite wig is Moana. When she’s not busy tinkering on the computer or chasing her four boys, she loves gardening, crafting, baking, and hiking.

 

Magic Yarn’s Glinterns

What do you get if you take an intern and add a little Magic Yarn-style glitter? A Glintern!
Magic Yarn’s Glinterns manage many miscellaneous jobs to “keep the lights on.”

Alicia Anderson — customer service
📧 info@themagicyarnproject.com

Cherryl McDougall — photo manager, social media specialist
📧 SWAssistant@themagicyarnproject.com

 

⭐ Local Leadership 

 “Chapter Leaders” are Magic Yarn’s representatives in the field.

Our “CLs” attend special multi-day training and complete an extended supervised period before opening their chapter, and are then authorized to deliver official Magic Yarn wigs directly to local children and hospitals. They are experts at teaching volunteers, crafting and fixing wigs, styling Magic Yarn’s special packaging, working with hospital and other nonprofit representatives, collecting donated materials, communicating with the media, and managing all the aspects of a Magic Yarn branch on a local level. You can contact your nearest Chapter Leader any time to get more information about Magic Yarn or to find out how you can get involved!

“Workshop Leaders” are your local contacts to join the fun.

Workshop Leaders are volunteers just like you, who have a little extra training to know how to teach wig-making and host workshops. Some Workshop Leaders may only host private workshops by invitation, but many hold workshops for the public — check with your nearest one to find out more.

 

Jessica Ash, Pittsburgh, PA

Chapter Leader
📧 JessicaA@themagicyarnproject.com

Jessica found Magic Yarn on Facebook while scrolling through her feed. She is an avid crocheter, and after finding out what The Magic Yarn Project was all about, she immediately contacted us to see how she could be a part.

Once selected to be a Chapter Leader, Jessica took off running, attending training, raising money, holding workshops, and even having a news broadcast attend a workshop. She has worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Comcast, and many other organizations to help raise money and distribute wigs.

Her favorite Disney Princess is Belle. She was recently married in 2019 and the theme of her wedding was Beauty & The Beast! Her husband is even a Magic Yarn “Fairy Godfather,” helping her with whatever she needs from bedazzling flowers to attaching yarn to wigs. Jessica’s love for this non-profit is very deep and close to her heart!

Jessica and her family live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sue Beringer, London, Ontario, Canada

Chapter Leader
📧 SueBeringer@themagicyarnproject.com

Sue first heard about the Magic Yarn Project when she read an article on CNN.  A few weeks later, she was crocheting beanies.  In January 2020, Sue became the first Chapter Leader in Canada.  Sue is currently supplying wigs to Toronto Sick Kids and Mississauga Credit Valley Hospital.  Sue truly enjoys volunteering for this charity.

 

 

Julie Bonilla, Victorville, CA

Chapter Leader 
📧 JulieB@themagicyarnproject.com

Julie has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives near San Bernardino, California. 

 

Sue Bradt, Syracuse, NY

Chapter Leader 
📧 SueB@themagicyarnproject.com

Sue has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives in upstate New York.

 

Mary Evans, Phoenix, AZ

Chapter Leader
📧 MaryE@themagicyarnproject.com

Mary is a former high school science teacher and yoga instructor residing in Scottsdale, AZ.  Mary discovered the Magic Yarn Project as she was looking for a workshop for her yoga students that would enable them to take the physical and spiritual practice of yoga off the mats and into the world where they could be of service to others.  She had been searching for that special something for months when saw a post of Facebook for Magic Yarn.  As an avid knitter and crafter, Mary was intrigued.  As Mary began exploring the website, she knew she had found exactly what she was looking for! Not only for her yoga students, but for her community.

Depending on her group, Mary loves to start her Magic Yarn workshops with a short intention setting meditation and end by giving the finished wig a “love bath” where wigs are placed in the center of the room, surrounded, and participants chant the word “love”.  Then off they go imbued with positive healing energy!

 

 

Chris Graham, West LA (Ventura County), CA

Chapter Leader
📧 ChrisG@themagicyarnproject.com

Chris and her team of Magic Makers began making wigs in April of 2017 and started hospital deliveries in August of that year. Two Ventura County non-profits have adopted the Magic Yarn Project with volunteer and financial support. Our chapter is now supporting 6 hospitals, a Ronald McDonald House, 2 cancer family support organizations, and whatever regional requests come our way. Being able to interact with the cancer children while distributing wigs is so heartwarming and is what makes this even more special. Seeing smiles on the faces of little cancer fighters keeps us going!

Chris does not crochet and is lucky to have Mickey, who co-chairs this chapter and can quickly whip up tiaras, snowflakes, or beanies. While Mickey oversees other crocheters, Chris coordinates workshops, fundraising, fulfilling hospital orders, and maintains inventory.

Brittany Harrison, Sykesville, MD (Baltimore area)

Chapter Leader
📧 BrittanyH@themagicyarnproject.com

Brittany has been involved with The Magic Yarn Project since late 2016 when she was looking for a charity to crochet for. She now heads up the Baltimore, MD chapter and has since delivered over 400 wigs and beanies to local hospitals. When not crocheting and crafting, she is usually brainstorming ways to make her vegetable garden grow and chasing after her 3 rambunctious boys.

 

Ashley Henriksen, Utah County, UT

Chapter Leader 
📧 AshleyH@themagicyarnproject.com

Ashley has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives south of Salt Lake City, Utah. 

 

Cheri Lines, Denver, CO

Chapter Leader 
📧 CheriL@themagicyarnproject.com

Cheri has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives near Denver, Colorado. 

 

Kirsten Marker, South Bend, IN

Chapter Leader 
📧 KirstenM@themagicyarnproject.com

Kirsten has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives near South Bend, Indiana. 

 

Brenda Nelson, Rochester, MN

Chapter Leader 
📧 BrendaN@themagicyarnproject.com

Brenda has been a Chapter Leader since 2020. She lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Marilyn Robertson, Highland, IN (Chicago area)

Chapter Leader 
📧 MarilynR@themagicyarnproject.com

Marilyn has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives outside Chicago, Illinois. 

 

Kris Titko, Kent, OH (Akron area)

Chapter Leader 
📧 KrisT@themagicyarnproject.com

Kris has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives outside Akron, Ohio. 

 

Brittany Wadsworth, Salt Lake County, UT

Chapter Leader
📧 BrittanyW@themagicyarnproject.com

Brittany is an avid crocheter. She loves pairing her love of crochet with serving as a Magic Yarn Chapter Leader. Brittany has participated in hosting and helping at many workshops and enjoys meeting all the people there. Her favorite wig to make is Jack Sparrow.

 

Amy Wildman, Grand Rapids, MI

Chapter Leader 
📧 AmyW@themagicyarnproject.com

Amy has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

Amanda Wright, Dallas, TX

Chapter Leader 
📧 AmandaW@themagicyarnproject.com

Amanda has been a Chapter Leader since 2019. She lives in the Dallas, Texas area.