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.

Education Coordinator

Lucia Vinograd

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Media Coordinator

Stephanie West is a native of New Mexico. After traveling Europe and starting her multi-media marketing career in California she has returned to the Land of Enchantment. Proficient in Search Engine marketing, website design, graphic design, social media and video production, she brings a world of digital communication skills to EVFAC. She is excited to be surrounded by the many artists who are part of the growing EVFAC community. 


Retail Manager

Cara Fazio recently moved back to New Mexico after a working as a Montessori preschool teacher in Minnesota for the past school year. She graduated from The College of Visual Arts, in Saint Paul, MN with a BFA in Illustration and a focus in Teaching Artist work. She worked in the Minneapolis Public Schools pairing science with observational drawing as well as expirence working as a graphic designer, illustrator and print maker. Cara has been a knitter since high school, is currently learning to spin wool and is starting tapestry weaving. 


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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
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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.


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Elan Gerzon 



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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.