Susan Tripi DeLano - Executive Director
Motivated by a deep commitment to Biblical justice and care for others, Susan worked with a variety of non-profits over the past two decades, each with a focus on improving the quality of life for members of society who are often overlooked: immigrants, refugees, working-class families, and victims of human trafficking.
Susan is moved by the selfless motivation of the many dedicated volunteers who advance the mission of Re:new, and inspired by the strength, resilience, and compassion of the Artisans employed in Re:new's Artisan Development Programs.
When not at Re:new, Susan can be found with her nose in a good book, sampling the many ethnic restaurants in Chicago, entertaining friends, or enjoying time with her husband in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago where they live. Susan holds a BA in Sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a MA in Christian Ministry from Northern Seminary, and earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University's Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management.
Sue Roman - Finance Director
Having returned to the States in 2012 from the Dominican Republic, Sue desires to use her gifts and talents to help those in need. While in the DR, Sue alongside her husband and four children, worked at an after school care center to provide educational, physical, emotional and spiritual encouragement for at risk kids. Her heart grew during those two years as she watched barriers of ethnicity, class, and culture erode realizing that we all have the same longings and desires to be loved and cared for. Sue loved the relationships she built in the DR and now has that opportunity to build meaningful relationships at Re:new as she works alongside refugees from many different countries.
Sue, her husband and their four children reside in Wheaton, IL. Sue enjoys the outdoors, a short run or a long bike ride, a good book and time with her family. Sue holds a degree in Business from the University of Michigan.
Fatma Buho - Studio Manager
“Wait,” they tell her. For the boat by which you can flee this Somali war zone. For scanty odd jobs that might come your way in this crowded Yemeni refugee camp. For the unpredictable bus that will come to take you and your two young children away from this place, and resettle you in a land where there might be opportunity. “Just wait.”
Ten unrelenting years went by, before Fatma was able to leave the refugee camp and come to the U.S. With every new hope along the way that seemed to be dashed, Fatma’s vibrant spirit never gave up. Her patience is undying. Working with Re:new almost since its founding, Fatma is incredibly hard-working, a talented seamstress, and an instinctive caretaker of those around her. As Studio Manager, Fatma oversees the day-to-day operations of the Studio while mentoring the women in the Artisan Development programs.
Karen Poulos - Online Collections Manager
After practicing law and raising three children, Karen joined Re:new. We cannot remember a time without her soft presence and powerhouse ideas. As our store manager, Karen turns chaos into beauty and infuses Re:new with a hearty welcome. Karen adores her family and spends weekends catching up with her three college-age children and traveling with her husband.
Beth Johnson - Public Relations Manager
After traveling to Ghana, West Africa with her daughter and the Touch A Life Foundation in 2008, Beth learned about the plight of trafficked children. The children she met in Ghana had so much joy & hope despite enduring so much pain & suffering. They truly inspired her in many ways.
When Beth returned to the United States, she knew she wanted to do something meaningful in her own community. She volunteered to be an ESL tutor & classroom aide for adult refugees at World Relief. The students taught her so much about strength, courage, and perseverance.
Beth's passion for the refugee community continues to grow as she seeks to use her skills to serve the beautiful women at Re:new. Married with two adult children, Beth adores her family and loves travel, adventure, reading, fitness and friendships. Beth holds a BS in Advertising from the University of Illinois.
Holly Setran - Sewing Manager, New Student Class
As she is affectionately referred to, "Sweet Holly" taught herself to sew as a young girl and spent countless hours sewing for her family and others. At Re:new she found a perfect marriage of her love of sewing and her love of ministering to women from other cultures. Holly is a master at cross-cultural relationship building. She's also a brilliant multi-tasker. She can teach a mean seam allowance lesson while learning the politics of Bhutan. Holly always has a smile on her face and a baked good in her hand. In her non-existent spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, entertaining, and walking her dog.
Martha Bunch - Volunteer Coordinator
Our in-house doodler is the sage of our team. Martha always provides a peaceful presence while also being witty and hilarious. A teacher by trade, Martha brings her skills to the classroom setting at Re:new. Her patience and determination have helped many Re:new artisans succeed. Her passion is mentoring and helping women. Not only does she attend to women's emotional needs, but also many tangible needs such as providing transportation, healthy snacks, and special treats. When not at Re:new, Martha travels extensively with her husband and enjoys stand-up paddleboarding.