Our Team


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Julie Jensen | Founder, CEO

I feel fortunate to have been able to have a lot of really different experiences in my life. I’ve worked as a lawyer, researcher, bartender, youth advocate, and at K-Mart (who I sued for gender bias in 1978). I’ve lived in Texas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Vermont, Maryland, and North Carolina. While it hasn’t always been easy, I’m so happy to have been able to start Echoview and build such a great team.

Favorite thing to make?

My favorite thing to make are Ikebana floral arrangements.

Pets?

I have many pets - four dogs, and two cats.

Fun Fact.

I absolutely love durian.

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Ron Elum | CFO

I’m from Indiana and have lived in Philadelphia for 25 years. My career has led me through hospitals, hospital administration, banking, NonProfit management, and somehow here to Echoview, working with my longtime friend, Julie. I don’t know where the rest of my life will take me, but I’ll certainly be knitting.

Favorite thing to make?

Knitted Socks.

Pets?

A dog named Echo (originally Bubbles).

Fun Fact.

I can play the alto saxophone.

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Grace Casey-Gouin | Creative Director

Originally from Rhode Island, I moved to Asheville after graduating from Skidmore College where I studied Anthropology and Studio Art. I focused on archaeology and biological anthropology, while simultaneously deepening my love of textiles and ceramics. When I studied the need for sustainability in textiles, it felt like my interests met with something that could do good in the world. After working with cotton for two years, my interests turned to wool, and I found my way here to Echoview.

Favorite thing to make?

I love knitting and sewing clothing.

Pets?

My husband and I have two dogs - Odin and Iyla, one cat - Macai, and two angora rabbits - Cedar and Ash.

Fun Fact.

I learned how to make incense in a dream - and it worked!

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Amalia Fragoso-Eby | Production Manager

I grew up in Smithfield, VA and later moved to Northern VA. I went to Virginia Commonwealth University and studied Craft and Material Studies with a concentration in textiles. After I graduated, I repaired oriental rugs at Christian Lorraine and wove blankets on a sweet little farm in Charles City called Nordt Family Farm. A few years ago, my husband and I decided we needed a change and we moved to Asheville; I started working at Echoview soon after our move.

Favorite thing to make?

I love weaving rugs; I have been experimenting with some new techniques and brighter colors.

Pets?

I have a polish hound named Vega and a pitbull, whippet mix named Lillie. Although, we think that Lillie is half pitbull, half gremlin!

Fun Fact.

I grow luffas in my backyard. I didn't think I had a green thumb but for some reason I have really good luck with these weird plants!

 
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Melissa Proffitt | Administrative Coordinator & Bookkeeper

I grew up on a farm in Mars Hill. I got married to my high school sweetheart (he came to my 6 year old birthday party) and moved to Weaverville 34 years ago. I have two children, Christopher & Jonathan. My family also includes my daughter in law, Hannah and granddaughter, Aaliyah. I studied Accounting at AB Tech in Asheville and have worked at Echoview for 5 years.

Favorite thing to make?

I like making new recipes!!

Pets?

Three Cats: Lucy, Florence & Grey Kitty- Two Dogs: Axle & Bailey

Fun Fact.

My family and I travel the across the US every summer racing in the Bandit Big Rig Series. My husband is the 2017 & 2018 Points Champion!

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Myra McPeters | Fulfillment & Knitting Machine Production

I live in the beautiful mountains of Mars Hill NC. Lived in Madison county all my life. God has blessed me with a wonderful family. I enjoy going camping and working in my yard. I love my job at Echoview, it has been exciting watching the business grow.

Favorite thing to make?

Needle felting animals.

Pets?

One dog, two cats, and one rabbit.

Fun Fact.

I spend all the time I can with my 3 year old grandson, Levi. He is awesome.

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Emilie Gate | Yarn Sales

My Husband and I along with 3 of our boys are from the UK (from Northern Ireland and England), our youngest son was born 8 years ago, 2 weeks after moving to the USA! We are a creative family, which includes lots of music and art, writing, cooking and knitting. The Food and Arts are some of the things that drew us to Asheville. We now have a mini farm in Candler, where we raise Dairy Goats. Our goal as a family is to be as sustainable as we can and to share with others some of the foods we manage to grow!

Favorite thing to make?

ALL English Baking.

Pets?

One Cat - Forest, Thirty Chickens, Five Goats - Luma, Rosie, Katie, Jasmine and a little doeling yet to be named. A new puppy, Leo!

Fun Fact.

My husband and I always said we would NEVER move to the USA, learning that you never say never as it often happens!

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Yoko Morris | Sales

I was born and raised in West Virginia and went to Shepherd University where I received my BS in Entrepreneurship and minored in Art. I have lived in Asheville for 11 years and can't imagine living anywhere else. In those years, I have been a member of the arts/craft community as a maker, manager, program coordinator, teacher, patron and friend.

Favorite thing to make?

Scones and Tea

Pets?

Rex and Angora Rabbits and Runner and Welsh Harlequin Ducks

Fun Fact.
I am an oneironaut, which means I regularly travel in my dreams on a conscious basis. Like most lucid dreamers, I like to fly, but I also enjoy becoming the Dragonborn from Skyrim!

 
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Alysha Clark | Spinning Mill Membership Maven

Hiya! Born and raised in Charleston, SC, I traded the sea for the mountains in 2017 when I moved to Asheville. I've always loved arts and crafts and over the past few years found the niche of needlework. I love to knit, sew, and weave on my rigid heddle loom. In my spare time I like to garden, go on hikes, and find a delicious bowl of ramen.

Favorite thing to make?

Woven rugs.

Pets?

A dog and two lazy cats!

Fun Fact.

I can play 5 instruments.

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Hayley Lusk | Spinning & Carding, Sales Assistant

I'm an Asheville native with a love of all areas of art! I studied dramatic arts, art history, and music at UNCA. Fiber arts have always been a hobby of mine, but it wasn't until recently that I developed a passion for it. My main crafts within the fibre sphere are weaving, knitting, and block printing.

Favorite thing to make?

Hand-stamped cards.

Pets?

My household currently has 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a snake.

Fun Fact.

I used to be a jazz singer! I don't perform anymore but you can still catch me singing karaoke!

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Will Thompson | Carding & Pin Drafting

A recent transplant to western North Carolina, I have worked in the arts industry for the past 10 years including working in galleries, museums, art supply stores and doing set design for theatre. I have been trained in studio arts, Waldorf education (teaching), graphic arts, fiber arts and clowning.

Favorite thing to make?

My favorite thing to make is everything.

Pets?

I am patiently waiting for the day I am approached by a possum who needs my attention, care, and belly rubs.

Fun fact.

 
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Alden Roberts | Shop Sales & Graphic Design

I grew up in central NC and developed an early interest in languages, environmentalism, and the natural world, and moved to the Asheville area to study Ancient Greek and Latin at UNC Asheville. I graduated in 2018 with a degree in Classics, and started back for a degree in Environmental Studies the very next year.

Favorite thing to make?

I love knitting and drawing, and I do all kinds of digital art.

Pets?

I have two kitties, Ishtar and Enlil, named after the Ancient Sumerian gods.

Fun fact.

I love to cosplay, and I’ll often knit and sew my own costumes for conventions! I usually cosplay characters from Ghibli movies or from the Dragon Age game series.


 
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Christina Danaee | Knitwear Designer

Originally from Seattle, Washington I moved to Asheville about 8 years ago after finishing college in Florida where I studied Costume Design for Theater and Art History. I've always been interested in textiles, making clothing, making and printing fabric and knitting. I started designing knitting patterns in 2011 when I fell more in love with knitting as a way of expressing my creativity.

Favorite thing to make:

Knit sweaters!

Pets:

A fluffy mixed breed dog named Ximo.

Fun Fact.

I love to bake! Pies are my favorite.