Our Team

Meet the dedicated people who keep EVFAC running. For general information, email: info@evfac.org


Executive Director – ed@evfac.org

Kathy Konecki is co-owner of Necessary Little Luxuries, LLC, a US-based, women-owned small business dedicated to bringing a bit of hand-knitted luxury to your daily life. Kathy is an experienced knitter who was taught how to knit by her mother when she was ten years old. She put her knitting aside to focus on a career in the corporate world, but picked up the needles again in 2001 when she decided to leave the stress and intensity of the corporate world behind her. She worked for 30 years in the telecommunications industry, has a Masters in Organizational Development, and has had her own organizational development consulting practice for over 12 years. Kathy is a current resident of Santa Fe, having moved from Chicago in 2007, where she grew up. She is also an active Member of the Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild in Santa Fe.


Director of Programs –

April Jouse received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Her love of process-oriented art took her to the Anchor Graphics Press to study lithography. Since moving to New Mexico in 2013, April’s work has focused on sewing machine drawings, weaving, embroidery, ink drawing and lithography. April came to the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) as the Education Coordinator and quickly moved into the Director of Operations role. She currently works as EVFAC’s Director of Programs. April oversees the active adult and youth education programs, as well as organizing and executing EVFAC’s anticipated events schedule which includes the annual New Mexico Fiber Crawl, Form & Fiber and Fall Fiber Fiesta shows. As one of EVFAC’s main weaving and embroidery instructors, April passes along the enthusiasm for New Mexico’s rich history of Fiber Arts with a contemporary spin.


Director of Developmentdevelopment@evfac.org

Olimpia Newman, former textile designer who worked with numerous mills in the US and Germany, and developed fabrics from menswear and womenswear suiting, childrenswear and junior cotton casuals as well as bedding and home-furnishing markets. After completing her Master in Business Administration, doors opened to opportunities with the United Nations, where she managed projects in African and Asian countries that focused on upgrading entrepreneurial skills of women and sectoral business development. Since her arrival in New Mexico in 2011, she concentrated on working with fiber artists and their businesses. EVFAC became her hub, where she offered workshops and consulting services. Presently as EVFAC’s Director of Development she is responsible for fund and donor development, program design and implementation so that the Fiber Arts community can grow statewide from the viewpoint of economic development.


Education Coordinatoreducation@evfac.org

Lucia Vinograd is an exhibiting artist, designer and educator. She studied at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, D.C., Pacifica Graduate Institute, and holds a degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Her commissioned work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A. Her clients have included the Getty Museum, the BBC, NBC, Aaron Spelling, Lorimar Productions, University of Mississippi, and artist Alexis Smith. She is a seasoned and award winning educator and has chaired Visual Arts departments at three Southern California independent schools and directed programs at an educational retreat center for contemplative communication. Most recently she served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Craft School. She is the founder of ImaginalArts studio which focuses on exploring wild imagination, dreaming and other matters of the heART.


Education Program Development -

Elan Gerzon is a weaver and educator born and raised in Israel, and the USA. Working in sustainable agriculture since 2004, for the last seven years he has been devoted to fiber arts. Over the past three years he apprenticed with master Bedouin, Jewish, and Muslim weavers, developing his own approach to weaving. During that time he worked to build an inter-cultural collective of women weavers, to renew the endangered art and cultures of the ground loom in Israel, which continues to grow today. His work is often commissioned to mark life passages such as weddings, births, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs, and prayer rugs that can speak to all faiths. Elan is currently commissioned to develop educational programs for The Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, where he teaches traditional fiber arts in under-served communities. He is also in the developmental phase of creating a unique program that will use traditional Middle Eastern weaving as a tool for cultural renewal, reconciliation, and exchange between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Israel and the United States. Elan is multi-lingual and resides in the refuge of New Mexico, sharing his craft and vision with anyone who articulates a desire to engage in working toward peace, and a deeper understanding of our origins.


Media Coordinatormedia@evfac.org

Denielle Rose is a visual artist, mother, and fiber art enthusiast. She left design for a period of time to do sound work in the film industry, but returned to the visual arts after becoming a mother. Graphic design, web design, photography, and videography are her main areas of interest in the visual arts. She is an avid knitter, and recently found a passion in weaving.  She is eager to continue learning and developing new skills in the fiber arts.


Retail Manager buyer@evfac.org

Tamara Spagnola is a Santa Fe native and a former business owner. She spent more than half a lifetime as a Flamenco dancer. More recently, she worked as an art consultant and registrar at Shidoni Gallery and foundry in Tesuque, New Mexico, and is eager to learn about the quieter forms of fiber art. 



Retail Assistant – info@evfac.org

Vanessa Ocaña-Mayor is a Quechua native of what is known today as the Peruvian Andes. She was raised in Lima and Chanchamayo, until 11 years old when she moved to the States. She studied Sculpture and Political Anthropology at the University of Florida, and is a traditional spinning, plant dyeing, and weaving fiber artist. She has experience in art conservation, with a focus in textile conservation. Today she enjoys her days with her husband and two cats in Northern New Mexico. She spends her time working part-time at EVFAC in retail and as a craft teacher, and the rest of it at home baking, spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting, working leather in her husband’s traditional Nakoda ways, and accepting conservation/restoration works from private clients.


Retail Assistant – info@evfac.org

Peg Collyer  





Office Assistant 

Vanessa Harris moved to New Mexico from Oakland, where she was a textile instructor at Creative Growth, an art studio and gallery for adults with disabilities. Her specialty there was fashion, but she also worked in embroidery/sewing, soft sculpture, and quilting. She looks forward to learning more about fiber arts, and developing new skills whille at EVFAC.  



Office Assistant

Andrea Garcia, born and raised in northern New Mexico, learned to weave the traditional Rio Grande style at age fifteen through relatives and by weaving for the production weaving shops in northern New Mexico. For the next twenty years, as part of the Valdez Weavers family, she participated in many shows with a main emphasis on Spanish Market. While Andrea and her husband raised three daughters, whom she taught how to weave, she worked at the front desk of the Abiquiú Inn, and various other establishments. In 2006, she started working at EVFAC after a short apprenticeship in weaving garment yardage. Hired as an Administrative Assistant, she eventually moved into the role of Retail Manager, and now currently serves as Office Assistant. Andrea is also actively involved with the Center's Walk In & Weave program.




Board President Board@evfac.org

Judy McCarthy was elected in June of 2018, as Board President of EVFAC, now entering its twenty-first year. McCarthy holds a master’s degree in fiber arts and a law degree. Her experience in non-profit management includes serving as Executive Director of the Peters Valley Craft School, run in cooperation with the National Park Service, in New Jersey. She has also exhibited her sculptural weaving regionally and nationally, and has published articles in national crafts journals. As an attorney, she served on several not-for-profit boards.  


Vice President

Lynne Hoyt’s interest in fiber arts and textiles was fostered by her seamstress/tailor mother and her crocheting/embroidering grandmother. After working for the city of Philadelphia in public health nursing and healthy center administration, she ‘retired’ to the Textile Conservation Lab at Winterthur Museum and Gardens, DE, for 17 years, where she worked in 17th Century through 19th Century objects (window and bed hangings, quilts, rugs, original upholstery, samplers, clothing) and made reproductions. Her current interests are jewelry – especially beading and metals, knitting and needle felting. Today she also volunteers in the conservation department for the State Museums of NM, and contributed in restoring pieces for recent exhibits at MOIFA and MIAC.



Open Position



MaryVivian Maestas has been a Member of EVFAC for several years and has expressed great interest in helping to focus EVFAC's education outreach to young people of all ages in the community and the region. Her professional work has been with the NM Division of Developmental Disabilities and Environmental Improvement. She has strongly supported special needs education classes at EVFAC. She is an enthusiastic ambassador for EVFAC.



Nadina Barnes began her fiber work with making doll clothes around age 8. She inherited her Grandmother’s sewing machine and sewing stash at age 19 and began making her own, and then her children’s, clothing. Nadina is a certified instructor and especially enjoys working with children and young adults. She has taught at the EVFAC summer camp for many years and is hoping to develop a regular fiber-crafting program for families. Nadina is working to combine her passions for dyeing, sewing, and recycling into a business and appreciates the role of EVFAC in economic development for Northern New Mexico. She is the matriarch of a large family and, now that the last (8th) child has gone off to college, she has decided she can devote some time to EVFAC.


Interested in becoming a Board Member of EVFAC?

We welcome applications for new Board Members throughout the year. Board Members are voted in by our Members during the Quarterly Member Meetings, and stay for a term of two years and maximum for three consecutive terms.

To apply please contact the Board President or see our Board Application Form.