Allyson Ahlstrom

Allyson Ahlstrom

Founder/CEO

Allyson Ahlstrom, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, created a full-service clothing boutique that has allowed over 2600 girls in need to each pick out two brand-new outfits for free over the past three years. Her “Threads for Teens” nonprofit also has also provided 130 girls with backpacks filled with school supplies, and has given out 100 prom dresses. Allyson got her inspiration from a book she received as a Christmas present, which told the stories of teens who had undertaken remarkable service projects. Realizing how important clothes can be to a teenage girl’s self-esteem and dignity, Allyson decided that she would try to make a difference by making new, fashionable clothing available to girls in foster care or other situations of poverty.

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She immediately sent letters and email notes to more than 300 companies and stores, asking for clothing donations. Within a couple hours, she had her first donation and the responses grew quickly from then on. “I didn’t know that people would be so inclined to help with something like this,” she said. “When I started out I had no idea I’d get to where I am now.” To date, she has received more than $100,000 in monetary contributions and over $200,000 in clothing donations that include more than 40 national brands, such as Urban Outfitters, Claire’s, Francesca’s Collections and American Eagle Outfitters. When girls make appointments to shop at Allyson’s boutique, located in a local storefront donated by a property management company, they browse through the racks of new clothes and accessories, and pick out two head-to-toe outfits. These past two summers, Allyson took her Threads for Teens to the road, and visited the 48 continental states. A semi-truck was converted into a 60-foot long mobile boutique, where over 2,000 girls across the United States were able to come and pick up a brand-new outfit.

 

As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Allyson is a part of MUSE (Marketing Undergraduate Student Establishment) Promotions and Web Committee as MEME Chair, Class Board 2017 as Vice President of External Affairs, is on the events committee for The Walk fashion magazine, and serves as the External Social Chair for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Additionally, Allyson plays the harp and piano. She is currently studying business, with a specific focus in real estate and finance and plans to minor in Art History.

Amy Ahlstrom

Amy Ahlstrom

President

Amy Ahlstrom has been involved with Threads for Teens since the beginning, January of 2010. Amy grew up in Sebastopol, California and after graduating Analy High School, she went on to get an A.A. from Santa Rosa Junior College and B.A. from Sonoma State University, both in business.

Amy is driven to remain active in TFT by the pleasure of witnessing so much transformative joy and inspiration on tour and in the boutique.

Amy’s hobbies include photography, reading, genealogy, and spending time with her family and friends.

Craig Ahlstrom

Craig Ahlstrom

Treasurer

Craig Ahlstrom was raised in Northern California and attended Cardinal Newman High School and the Santa Rosa Junior College. Along with his work for Threads for Teens, Craig is also the CFO for Howlistic in San Diego, California.

Gus St. Marie

Gus St. Marie

Secretary

Edwin R. “Gus” St Marie is a Farmers Insurance agent for Butkus Insurance Services. Previously, Gus attended University of Farmers and managed his own Farmers Insurance agency for two years. He held numerous job positions with Redwood Reliance Sales Co., over a 36 year period, after serving as a Seargent E-5 from 1965 – 1967 in the US Army where he met the love of his life, Mary. They have been married for 47 years, have three daughters, and four grandchildren, four horses, three goats, three dogs, and some cats.

Gus graduated from Analy High School, SRJC with an AA in Business, and Sonoma State University with a BA in Business Management.

Besides the position of Secretary of Threads for Teens, Gus is President of the Redwood Empire Classic Chevy Club and Chairman of the RECCC Scholarship Fund.

To sum it up, his interests are family, friends, and ’57 Chevys, and of course, doing whatever he can to help out with Threads for Teens, including driving cross country for the Threads for Teens Summer Tour.

Abbie St Marie Kearns

Abbie St Marie Kearns

Board Member

Abbie St Marie Kearns grew up in Sebastopol and after graduating from Analy HS she attended Santa Rosa JC. She now lives in San Rafael and is married with two children and works as a security manager for a large REIT.  She has been involved and working with TFT since its inception and has a passion for supporting the TFT mission to empower young women.  Abbie loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, music, fashion and movies.

Tracey Mattoon

Tracey Mattoon

Board Member

I was born near Liverpool in the UK but consider myself to be international citizen having lived in 6 countries.  England, Kenya, Abu Dhabi, Canada and now beautiful California. My career has been in Banking and Finance moving into Corporate Event Management several years ago.

I love fashion and understand why TFT is so important.  Allyson’s vision to provide beautiful stylish outfits for underprivileged girls is truly a remarkable one. It is a pleasure to join the team to continue to grow this vision.

Michelle Shao

Michelle Shao

Board Member

Michelle Shao is a student at Harvard University (class of 2016) concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Psychology. At Harvard, she serves as Chief Investment Officer of an all-female finance group, is a Partner at a student-run hedge fund, and is a Business Analyst at an impact investing firm based in Boston. From 2014-2015, she worked at Goldman Sachs as a Summer Analyst. She first became involved in nonprofits in high school, when she founded Chance to Dance, a program providing free dance lessons to youth. In her free time, she enjoys Yelping about her food experiences, taking barre classes, visiting cafes, and contributing to initiatives to support female empowerment.

Ashton Smith

Ashton Smith

Boutique Manager

Ashton is currently a high school senior in Santa Rosa, CA. She began volunteering at Threads for Teens in January of 2014, and plans to continue throughout college. Ashton plans on staying in California to continue her education.

Ashton is very passionate about the bettering of self-esteem and fashion, so Threads for Teens is a sacred place to her. She loves making new friends with the shoppers and helping them acknowledge their beauty.

Amara Ortiz

Amara Ortiz

Boutique Manager

Amara is currently a senior in high school. She attends Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa, CA. Amara started playing traveling soccer for Santa Rosa United when she was nine. Her team is now currently eighth in the country! She began volunteering at Threads for Teens in September.

Amara loves to make the girls feel welcomed when they come to the store. She loves seeing a smile on their face when they pick out their clothes. Amara is excited to run the store with her partner, Megan Bertalone, for the rest of their senior year!

Megan Bertolone

Megan Bertolone

Boutique Manager

Megan Bertolone is a senior at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, CA. She plays many sports, her favorites being soccer and running, and participates in several extracurricular activities outside of school and work.  She plans on attending college in Southern California and majoring in Business Administration.

Megan began volunteering at Threads for Teens in September of 2014 alongside her classmate, Amara Ortiz. She takes much pride in empowering young women and helping them to succeed in life.  Megan enjoys her time at Threads for Teens and is enthusiastic to connect with the girls that she meets along the way.

Jordan Karuza

Jordan Karuza

Boutique Manager

Jordan is a senior at Cardinal Newman High School. She enjoys hiking, shopping, and being with family. She’s hoping to attend nursing school in the Fall of 2017, but until then she is in charge of Threads for Teens!

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