Lisa began her career at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, and ran her own art gallery on the Monterey Peninsula. After moving to San Francisco, she served as ED for both New Museum Los Gatos and the Pacific Art League. Indulging in her love of all creative types, Lisa’s career has recently focused on arts education and the role of art as an instrument for change.
Prior to co-founding SNAD, Lucy Barter, was the sole proprietor of her needlework business, Forever Embroidery Studio. Lucy served as the resident embroidery teacher at Filoli, created a Goldwork Embroidery Craftsy class, and served as the US Course Coordinator and instructor for the Royal School of Needlework.
In 2006, Lucy graduated from the Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship Programme, and holds a BA Honors Degree in Fashion Design from the University of Northumbria. Lucy brings many valuable years of teaching, design and technical expertise to the needlework field. She is passionate about sharing traditional embroidery techniques.
Lauren Yeager is a textile artist with a particular interest in studying and preserving traditional garments and embroidery. This led her to studying with the Royal School of Needlework in the UK, and later with the Japanese Embroidery Center and Ecole Lesage as well. She has a BFA in Fashion Design from Columbia College in Chicago, and has received multiple awards for construction and design in costume and in hand embroidery, including the DCASE individual artist grant from the City of Chicago.
Before coming to SNAD, Lauren worked as a production assistant for visual artist Nick Cave in his Chicago studio, building soundsuits for museum installations and private collections. She has extensive experience as a freelance artist, assisting in costume production for various performances and competitions.
Maggie Hazard has worked at non-profit organizations in San Francisco for 8 years now after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Her experience is in community engagement and youth development; implementing art programs for youth at Collective Impact, Mo’Magic, Tenderloin Community School, The Richmond District Neighborhood Center, and Dare Humanity.
Vanessa Walden has been involved with SNAD since 2017, using the library to complete her Masters in Library and Information Science thesis and volunteering there to copy catalog and affix spine labels. She joined the board in 2019 and became chairperson in 2020. She comes from generations of needleworkers, beginning her own love of hand embroidery when she was a teenager. Her family and full-time job as a library database administrator keep her busy but stitching keeps her grounded and relaxed.
Ira Gupta joined the SNAD Board in 2019 and has since been involved in Finance & Budgeting initiatives. Ira’s love for creativity and encouragement of the Arts attracted her to SNAD and she has since been learning to embroider and also organized an event for Penn (her alma mater) alumni at SNAD. Ira finds that being a Board member at SNAD has given her the opportunity to meet formidable women and learn so much about running a social enterprise and it’s challenges.
Rosa Ziebell joined the SNAD board in 2020 after taking classes at the school for a year. As a fan of creative art, she is committed to supporting the school to preserve the ancient art of embroidery and bringing it to new audiences. Rosa is a consumer marketer with a background in Consumer Goods, EdTech and, most recently, Healthcare Technology. She lives in Oakland with her husband and 14-year-old son.
Prior to co-founding SNAD, Lucy Barter, was sole proprietor of her own needlework business, Forever Embroidery Studio. Lucy served as the resident embroidery teacher at Filoli, created a Goldwork Embroidery Craftsy class, and served as the US Course Coordinator and instructor for the Royal School of Needlework.
Duwenavue Santé Johnson
Duwenavue Santé Johnson is a Philadelphia and San Francisco based artist. She is recognized as a professional government artist and working in Philadelphia as a hand embroider. Contributing to art shows in the US and internationally while also collaboratively working with after school art programs and community centers are ways to provide a consistent connection with society.
Devi Vallabhaneni created her first embroidery pieces in 2011, experimenting with sequins and beads. As her enthusiasm grew, she decided to take courses in fashion design in Chicago, followed by textile classes at the famed Central Saint Martins, London. In 2016, she studied the craft of ‘crochet de Lunéville’ at Hand & Lock, winning first place at the annual embroidery competition. Transatlantic consecration of her talents came in 2018 when Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills commissioned three panels. Devi’s works are featured in private collections in Paris, London, Florence, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC and Doha.