Board of Advisors
The Craft Industry Alliance Board of Advisors works collaboratively with the co-founder and president to steer the organization, including providing input on internal policies, identifying outreach initiatives, and creating long-term plans. Meetings are quarterly (September, December, March, and June) and board members are compensated for their work.
The Board of Advisors is made up of a diverse group of five craft industry professionals who possess exceptional expertise, deep knowledge of the industry, and strong networks to draw upon. Board members serve a one-year term, with the option to stay on for a second year. New board members are welcomed each September.
The 2020 Craft Industry Alliance Board of Advisors
Libby Butler-Gluck is a marketing and public relations consultant living in New York City. She has over 15+ years of experience working in the craft and maker industry. Her career started in 2004 when she was recruited by the National Needlearts Association (TNNA) as their Public Relations and Marketing Manager and has continued to work in the industry ever since. She is obsessed with knitting, yarn and anything to do with DIY crafts. Her current clients include Jimmy Beans Wool, Madelinetosh, della Q, and STITCHES Events.
Stephanie has been fascinated by fiber ever since she first took spinning lessons at the age of 11. She taught herself to knit at 19, went back to spinning (and actually got the hang of it) ten years later and, along the way, picked up a bit of experience in weaving, a smidge of crochet, and a degree in Textiles and Clothing. But it was when she began dyeing that she felt she’d really found her calling. In 2010, she founded her hand-dyed yarn company, SpaceCadet Inc, and has grown it from a one-woman band in her basement to a dye-house employing a team of five in a dedicated studio. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two daughters, and you can find her as @SpaceCadetYarn on Instagram.
Shannon Okey is the author or editor of more than twenty books, the creator of indie publishing house Cooperative Press, a knitwear designer, and the founder of Cleveland Bazaar, a handmade pop-up retail event now entering its 16th year. She served two terms on the Independent Book Publishers Association board and has presented at a wide variety of events, including South by Southwest, TNNA, O’Reilly’s Tools of Change publishing conference, and many more.
Toni Lipsey is the designer and instructor behind TL Yarn Crafts. Through her printable patterns and cheery video tutorials, she strives to make crochet accessible to makers of every skill level. Toni learned to crochet as a teen but honed her skills after graduating college. She was bitten by the entrepreneur bug in 2015 and began TL Yarn Crafts as a finished product business. Designing soon became the focus and she was able to quit her day job in 2017. At present, Toni spends her time nurturing her community of over 175K makers across platforms by offering approachable crochet patterns and handmade business wisdom.
Vilasinee Bunnag (aka V) is the owner and inventor of Loome and author of Loome Party (Abrams). Based in Brooklyn, NY and Oakland, CA, Vilasinee was raised in Bangkok and Los Angeles, surrounded by the rich craft culture of Thailand rooted in textiles, weaving, and ceramics. Prior to founding Loome, Vilasinee owned two other businesses as well as worked in financial services and consulting.