Brittany Garber - Operations Director
Brit has found the perfect place at Re:new as the Operations Director, combining her fashion business degree from Columbia College with her professional work experience in photo and video production.
With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Brit is the co-founder of two businesses: 22|44, a clothing & home goods brand and Pylgrm, a production agency. Brit is driven by her love to create beautiful products and experiences that engage the world in a new way of seeing, thinking, and living.
Brit considers herself to be a constant learner and spends her free time listening to podcasts, reading books, and traveling the country. She has a huge heart for the local church, global missions, and is a certified host family for Safe Families.
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.
Ruthie Seager - Production Director
In 2015, Ruthie co-founded 22|44, a clothing & home goods brand committed to educating the public on the reality of modern-day slavery and empowering us to live a life that supports a free world.
Ruthie is passionate about meshing the worlds of fashion & art with community & social justice. She is excited about joining the Re:new team and being in an environment that marries ministry with business and creativity with social reform. When she’s not overseeing production at Re:new, Ruthie works as a personal assistant and custom seamstress.
Ruthie loves traveling, hospitality, good coffee, warm weather, and spending time with friends & family. She holds a degree in fashion design from Columbia College.
Fatma - Studio Manager
With a spirit that brings peace and unity to the Re:new team, it is hard to fathom the challenges Fatma overcame in her journey to the United States.
Originally from Somalia, Fatma left amidst the country’s political instability. “It’s no longer safe for women and children to be here,” a village elder informed her. “You must leave immediately.” During their journey from the village, soldiers robbed, attacked, and abused the women on the bus; stealing most of Fatma’s possessions. Unfortunately, this was only the first of many hardships during her experience as a refugee. The family spent 12 years waiting for resettlement opportunities in Yemen’s dangerous refugee camp and housing projects. By the time Human Rights was able to process her refugee status paperwork, her family had grown to five children. She was eventually approved, but her husband was not.
Fatma was eventually resettled in the United States as a single mom with five children in a community barren of family or friends. She found Re:new in 2009 and enrolled in the first sewing class. At Re:new, Fatma is known for her maternal instincts, gentle character, and caring nature. In addition to developing new handbag concepts (such as the Ahlam foldover clutch and the Samara bag, Fatma is an excellent mentor in personal care and professional development.
Despite the pain of her past, Fatma looks to the future with hope and anticipation. She’s incredibly dedicated to providing for her children, and it’s her mission to put all five through college so they can achieve their dreams. Her two oldest daughters are graduating from undergraduate schools this year with plans to pursue higher education this fall. Her oldest son is studying to become a realtor. Fatma has dreams to someday open her own business. An accomplished culinarian in her own right, she wants to open a bakery or catering business once her children complete their education.
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 - Communications 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.