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Our Team


Julie Sanchez, MD
Co-Founder, Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Julie Sanchez is a pediatric surgeon and the proud mother of a spunky teenage son, Alejandro. When she's not in the operating room or at one of Ale's soccer games, she can be found brainstorming ideas for adaptive clothing. So. Many. Ideas.

 

 

Saba Kamaras
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Saba spent 8 years working in fashion design in NYC before earning her MBA from Texas McCombs at UT Austin. After learning about adaptive clothing needs from her niece Eva, she's dedicated her career to inclusive design! In her spare time, she likes gardening, baking, and exploring ghost towns.

 

 

 

Ashley Steel
Product Development

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 18, Ashley bounced around in many unfulfilling careers before discovering adaptive fashion design. When she's not busy with product development you can find her in her woodshop covered in sawdust, or playing with her pet pig, Henry.



  

 

Hannah LaSusa
Product Design Intern

Hannah is a senior at FIT studying fashion design and production management. She has always had an eye for inclusivity, and having been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 2, she understands the need for adaptive fashion. In her free time, she likes to crochet, do yoga, and occasionally paint murals on the outside of her house.

 

 

 

Dean Strauss
Graphic Designer

 

Dean is a designer who has dedicated much of his free time to disability justice education. After earning his MA in Civic Media, he became determined to combine those two areas of interest. He spends any spare time he finds playing with his dog Stitch and learning new things—like foraging!

 

 

 

Courtney Harris
Social Media and Marketing Manager

Courtney loves to spread good news and can’t wait for folks to hear about Spoonie Thread’s mission. As a mother of a child with disabilities, she shares their passion for inclusiveness and acceptance. When she’s not posting in social media she loves to disconnect outdoors on a trail run, let the rhythm get her in a tap dance class or peruse used bookstores for a new read.

 

 

 

Liliana Pope
Apparel Designer
  
Liliana is excited to apply over a decade of her fashion industry knowledge to the Spoonie Threads team. The SCAD Alum and Miami native’s personal experience with the premature birth of her first child in the NICU has made her more cognizant of how specially tailored apparel could help improve someone's quality of life. When she's not busy with her son she enjoys baking and riding the bike trails with her husband.