Our Team

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



Director of Operations

April Jouse graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA. Her emphasis was in the Fiber and Material Studies department where she focused on weaving, dyeing, sculptural crocheting, embroidery and printing. For the next three years she worked as a dance instructor and Administrative Assistant to the owner at the Jasmin Jahal School of Dance. From 2009 to 2013 she worked as a Buyer in Chicago and Santa Fe until she came to EVFAC as the Education Coordinator and Director of Operations, previously the General Manager position. Her responsibilities currently include staff and facility management, overseeing financials, marketing and retail operations, planning events and classes and coordinating Membership services.


Director of Development

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.


Lucia Vinograd


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.


Elan Gerzon


Education Program Development youtheducation@evfac.org

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.


stephanie west
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 eager to continue learning and developing new skills in the fiber arts.


Tamara Spagnola

Retail Manager

Tamara Spagnola 
Santa Fe native Tamara Spagnola is a former business owner, and spent more than half a lifetime as a Flamenco dancer. She more recently 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 Harris recently 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.  


Retail Assistant
 – info@evfac.org

Barbara Schwathe has always had a strong desire to make almost anything. She started with sewing as a child, then on to punch rugs, knitting and smocking. She went to college for Hotel and Restaurant Managment and spent 32 years in the restaurant business. Since retiring, she has played with oil painting, woodworking, pottery, wire and gardening. Since starting work at EVFAC in 2013, she has been excited to get back into knitting and all other fiber arts offered at the Center.



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

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.


Vice President

David Salazar was the prior owner of the building where EVFAC is now located. Although he does not have experience in weaving or quilting, he comes from a family of well know weavers, including the now deceased Agueda Martinez from Medanales and all of her family. He has been associated with the Fiber Arts Center for several years and is very interested in what is being done by its Members. He will continue to be of service whenever he is needed. David also serves on the Board of the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative.


Jay Badger has provided full-service accounting/bookkeeping services to several Santa Fe nonprofits for over nine years. He served as EVFAC’s bookkeeper for one year before agreeing to join the board as the Treasurer Elect. He is fully proficient in EVFAC’s accounting and inventory systems, and assists staff with the organization’s financial and reporting processes. His prior career was in project management for design/build projects.


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.


Lynne Wallace has studied textile history as well as the history of dyeing and has taught dye classes. She specializes in custom dyeing for textile restoration. She was a production dyer for Fiesta Yarns in Albuquerque and for Pinetree Yarns in Maine. Lynne has worked as a technical assistant in museums and archives, done textile restoration, as well as production dyeing for knitting shops and yarn wholesalers. She enjoys exploring, learning and collaborating with other fiber artists. She is appreciative of what EVFAC brings to the world of Fiber Arts and very interested in helping us carry fiber traditions into the future.


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.

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.