Meet the Members of Our Fair Trade Company

Maureen Dunn Fetscher

Founder, Creative & Brand Director

You’d never guess that the founder of Mata studied filmmaking in college (fun fact: she made a documentary about people who freeze-dry their pets posthumously). Maureen displayed a knack for business since her very first lemonade stand, where she mastered the upsell with $.50 twizzler straws. A fascination with the way people, cultures, and religions work kept her seeing adventure around the world, but these days she loves nothing more than an afternoon at the park with her husband and young son.

Jonit Bookheim

Director of Marketing and Sales

While “don't be afraid to try something new” would be a good slogan for her, the simplest way to describe Jonit is to say: she has goals. Whether it’s to maintain a thriving houseplant population, get to know each and every Mata Traders artisan (there are several hundred), or to master the international game of billiards, Jonit will do it. Her hobbies include travel, kittens, and social justice.

Michelle Thomas

Director of Account Service & Operations

Sit her down to people watch on a bench in Turkey, read in the grass in the countryside, or dance on Midwestern farmland, and Michelle is a happy lady (with eye-catching style). She thrives on building relationships and making others happy, especially combining the two and connecting a new customer to Mata. Check in with her in twenty years, though, and you might find her halfway across the continent in a camper van.

Catherine Stigler

Managing Director

Catherine hails from the beautiful state of Washington! As an expert merchandiser with a contagious optimism for getting it done, she brings an unwavering sense of support to the entire Mata team. Her passion for ethical production is only topped by a love of family and travel.

Christine Kwon

Finance Director

A hobby-loving dog owner (Hi, Reggie!), Christine has tried it all - embroidery, woodworking, accordion, you name it. While her practical side makes numbers a breeze, she says she has an irrational love for zippers that lead to unusable pockets and watches that don’t tell time.

Nina Brito

National Sales Director

Domestic jungle dweller and eclectic, depends-on-the-day dresser Nina is creative at her core. She craves craft projects and traveling, but her current loves are the 75 houseplants in her 1200sf house. She’s driven to share with the world a company with a story and products with a purpose.

Justine Boquiren

Design Director

The ultimate multi-tasker has multiple languages under her belt - you can talk to her in Mandarin or Tagalog if you please. Walking the line between creativity and organization is not an easy task, but for Justine it’s second nature. She’ll also go out of her way for tacos, but for reasons NO ONE KNOWS, Justine does not like peanut butter.

Holly Greenhagen

Production Manager

Her experience with Chinese factory inspections led Minnesota-born Holly to gravitate towards the ethics of fair trade. She loves travel and will even put on hiking boots for the right view, but she's also a homebody who loves craft beer, her dog Bogey, and all things Star Trek.

Katie Gavenda

Graphic Designer and Community Manager

With a colorful style and a passion for screen printing and letterpress, Katie wasted no time jazzing up her corner of the office. Originally from the east coast, she loves sand and saltwater, but spending any amount of time outside is what really keeps her happiness levels up. Comfort is key, and she’s rarely found without her office slippers (and during those chilly Chicago winters, even a blanket).

Miranda Thompson

Apparel Designer + Lead Accessories Designer

With a love for big cities like New York, Chicago, and Munich, and a chic style (though she claims looking “effortless” actually takes a bit of effort), you might be surprised to learn Miranda has a very outdoorsy side. She’s climbed the two tallest mountains in the continental U.S. but her biggest challenge now is combating sweatshop labor, preserving artisanal practices, and empowering women through fair trade!

Kayla Placencio

Customer Service Associate

A creative brain with a cultural soul, Kayla is trying it all. Her southwestern roots have given her a zest for life and a passion for process. She’s done screen printing, woodcuts, film, embroidery, and outsider/intuitive art, and her most interesting secret goal? Starting a all-female Rolling Stones cover band.

April Serrano

Sales Manager

Every day, April brings a zest for life and an attitude of enthusiasm to the office – she’s a real mood booster. Her love of quality products with a purpose won’t come as a surprise, but the facts that she lived in South Korea for six years, or is an avid cosplayer, might be a bit unexpected!

Carly Gerber

Marketing Coordinator

If Carly could live anywhere in the world, it definitely would be Maui, where she's been traveling to ever since childhood. On many nights, Carly can be found watching a band perform. But, a perfect night for her is watching a movie from her big, comfy couch and snacking on Milk Duds and Sour Patch Kids. She's also a big bookworm and is always reading a balance of fiction and non-fiction.

Meredith Miller

Production Assistant & Quality Control Coordinator

With a style described as “minimalism meets maximalism,” and a love of places with the right mix of city AND nature, Meredith is a perfect person to be involved in the multi-faceted nature of production. She also sees the value in sharing stories of the artisans who make Mata and encouraging others to be conscious consumers!

Alina Narvaez

Designer

Take a page out of Alina’s book – 1) spend some time near water, and 2) think of your clothing as a mood booster. A love for places like Lima, the Bay area, and Hawaii lend themselves to a wardrobe that isn’t afraid of fun and color, but Alina balances this style with comfort and coziness. Fun fact: she is half Peruvian!

Tasha Vos

Wholesale Fulfillment and Inventory Associate

A pottery maker and teacher herself, Tasha is passionate about supporting artisans across the globe. When she’s not spending time in great outdoor-loving areas like the Pacific Coast, the U.P., and the Rocky Mountains, she’s biking around the city in search of some great thrifted “diamonds in the rough.”

Our team extends beyond the walls of our Chicago warehouse all the way to India and Nepal,where over 1,000 talented artisans bring our designs from concept to collection.
You can learn more about who they are on our blog.