Without the support of our donors and all our Rotarian partners, especially Judith Slawny, Elise Cadigan and Jim Eaton, Jhoole would not have become what it is today; a special thanks goes to the Rotary Foundation for their continued support in establishing and growing Jhoole.
Annie Mohaupt, board member
Architect Annie Mohaupt is the founder of Mohop, an eco-friendly footwear company specializing in wood-soled shoes that allow nearly infinite design options with just one pair of soles. One-of-a-kind, custom-fit sandals can easily be created by simply lacing any ribbon or fabric tie in Mohop’s patented sole. Mohop shoes are made in Chicago and produced with sustainably-sourced, recycled, and/or fair-trade materials.
Mohop shoes are available online and at selected international retailers and have been featured on network television including MTV, Vh1, and ARTE (Europe). Mohop shoes have been featured in several books; magazines such as Lucky, US Weekly, and TimeOut; and hundreds of websites including Vogue, WWD, Elle, Style.com and Treehugger. Celebrities who have ordered custom-made Mohop shoes include Katie Holmes, Jennifer Hudson, and Emily Deschanel.
Hannah Warren, founder and executive director
Hannah has a BA in South Asian Studies and Linguistics from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and is fluent in Hindi. At the age of 24, she was inspired to start Jhoole after photographing weavers wearing sarees they had woven themselves. She received a Rotary Global Grant to get her MA in Fashion Entrepreneurship from London College of Fashion; the majority of her degree was spent doing hands-on work in India with Jhoole and writing her dissertation on the new concept of Humanitarian Enterprise. She loves working for Jhoole and getting the opportunity to collaborate with all types of interesting people for the greater good.
James Brooks, Jhoole board member, graphic design collaborator and branding consultant
James has been working in advertizing and design for 14 years and is currently a senior Art Director at Isobar, a leading digital marketing agency. James attended Northwestern University and majored in Art Theory and Practice. When not doing design, photography and illustration he loves to cook, mountain bike and snowboard.
Tran Nguyen, creative collaborator for the “reinvent beautiful” collection
Tran is a Georgia-based artist. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States, she received a BFA in Illustration from
Savannah College of Art and Design. She is fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psycho-therapeutic support vehicle, exploring the mind's landscape. Her paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and thin glazes of diluted acrylic on paper. She is currently represented by Richard Solomon.
William Clark, photographer for the “reinvent beautiful” collection
As a recent Canadian transplant, born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, William Clark has been creating images for editorial and advertising clients for more than a decade. His dual nationality brings a fresh perspective to his work that is visible in all the images that he creates. Inspired by the dynamics of urban street life, William's imagery is constantly evolving and adapting to trends, both socially and commercially. "Not afraid to take risks, and never satisfied with the status quo..." Agent Jeff Cerise describes. Risk taking starts with listening to my heart, and the hearts of other artists I collaborate with. William's portrait sessions include Tatiyana Ali, Jaki Velaquez, Jimmy Jam, Excelsior Choir, Cynthia Johnson, Kyle and Lane Carlson, Greg Brown, Former First Lady of Minnesota Terry Ventura, Vince Flynn and poet Robert Bly. Some of his recent commissioned works include projects for Target, Ecolab, Dain Rausher, Cross Pens and Watches, Simon & Schuster, Leading Lady, Fujitsu Computers, Jive Records, American Medical News, Hatworld/LIDS, Geek Squad, Best Buy, Arctic Cat, Select Comfort, Rhino Home Video, Owens Corning, Time Out Chicago Magazine, Appleton Coated Paper Co, and Mall of America among others.
Karishma Shahani, Jhoole board member
A graduate of London College of Fashion, Karishma Shahani Khan founded [Ka][Sha] a fashion centric textile and lifestyle label in 2011. The label works with natural fabrics, traditional methods of dyeing, hand illustrations and a multitude of Indian crafts aiming to create heirlooms hinged on modern functionality. Khan's work focuses on sustainability and craft delving on ideas of promotion of an entire body of handcraft from weaver to tailor. A recipient of various design awards, Khan also showcases her labels seasonal collections at India's premier Lakme Fashion Week besides others. The labels zero waste policy has transpired into another label called 'Heart to Haat' that aims to promote and recycle material and discarded clothing. Apart from her hands on work for her label she also conducts workshops and is part of the faculty of various prominent fashion institutions.
Satyam Chetanya, community outreach director
Satyam has been teaching mindfulness and yoga for over 20 years. In 2007, he founded Chetanya Sewa Sansthan, an NGO dedicated to promoting mindfulness, well-being and serving people in need in the Maheshwar region.
Alok Joshi (Acharya Rittam Kashi), community outreach assistant
Acharya Rittam finished his undergraduate degree in Science from Devi Ahilya University in Indore. He has a post grad degree in Philosophy from the Mahatma Gandhi Vidya Peeth University. He has experience dancing, acting, writing and preaching.
Ursula Feuersinger, animator and storyboard creator for the reinvent beautiful animation
Ursula is a graphic and video designer originally from Salzburg, Austria. After graduating from secondary school she worked as a multimedia animator and instructor at a cultural youth center in France. Subsequently she studied Information Design at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria and in Potsdam, Germany. While living in Berlin she worked as a video designer at flora&fauna visions, and then produced stage projections for multiple theatrical works at the Maxim Gorki Theater. After returning to Austria she freelanced as a web and print designer, before being hired by Austrian Airlines to work in their brand management department. In her spare time she pursued her passion for the moving image as a visualist / VJ. Her video performances include the World Expo in Shanghai, the Mapping Festival in Geneva and Metropolis Late Night at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is also affiliated with the audiovisual festival sound:frame, where she has been responsible for exhibition graphics, signage and art education. In March 2013 she founded her own design studio, specializing in new media. Her recent projects include video designs for the Austrian National Parks, explanatory animations for the Vienna Technical Museum and background projections for a gala performance of “Die Fledermaus“ in Moscow. She currently lives and works in Vienna.
Brett Dorian, reinvent beautiful collection MUA
Brett is the owner and lead artist of Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios, an award-winning and published media makeup studio located in St. Paul, MN. The studio offers makeup and hairstyling services to private clients for weddings, events, headshot styling, portrait styling, and personal makeup lessons, as well as to media clients for editorial, runway, film, commercial, theatrical, and branding shoots.
Vikram Sing Chouhan, hr executive
Vikram has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from the Indore School of Social Work. He has 12 years of experience as an HR executive with Panasonic Energy India. Born and raised in the Maheshwar area, he enjoys collaborating with Jhoole to assist disadvantaged members of his community.
Julie Klinger, board member
Julie Michelle Klinger is a PhD Candidate in Economic Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. She has lived and worked in China, Brazil, and California on various economic, gender, environmental and international development issues. Ms. Klinger has consulted for numerous international organizations and social enterprises, and has published several research-based academic and popular articles. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a recipient of the Irmgard Coninx Stiftung Research Award.
Tom Thorfinnson, legal consultant for Humanitarian Enterprise framework
Tom has a broad range of corporate, business, lending, estate planning, real estate, probate and commercial
experience, ranging from the routine to the more complex business plans and transactions. He has over 30 years of experience in the private practice of law and in addition spent two years as General Counsel for a large non-profit charity operating in the health care industry.Tom has served as legal counsel for over 150 privately held companies and has also served as legal counsel for dozens of nonprofit charities based both in Minnesota and beyond. He has served as legal counsel for several state chartered banks and lending institutions. His practice includes representation of numerous other Minnesota businesses and professionals.Tom is a graduate of St.Olaf College majoring in economics and mathematics. He received his law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tom is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Courts and the US District Court. He has served on the board of directors for over two dozen non-profit and for profit corporations, including a two year term as a director for Rotary International. He also served as Vice President for Rotary International in 2010-2011. He currently serves as a member of the board for First Minnetonka City Bank.Tom has made over a dozen volunteer service trips to developing countries including a number of trips to Haiti.
Noha Zakaria, graphic design collaborator, designer of the Humanitarian Enterprise Mark
Noha is a graphic designer at El Madboully Publishers in Cario, Egypt. She has been fascinated with graphic design from a young age. She enjoys designing abstract graphics. Her favorite quote is from Oscar Wilde, ‘No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist’. She aspires to never see things as they really are, only as works of art. She is currently finishing her BA in Applied Arts form Helwan
Dana Morales, graphic design collaborator
Dana Morales is an award-winning Colombian designer specializing in ceramics and surface pattern design. Known for her elegant and whimsical style, Dana’s designs are marked by a meticulous attention to line and detail. Her ceramic work is often playful, and frequently explores the unexpected possibilities of shape and texture. Along with a bachelors degree in industrial design from the National University of Colombia in Bogota and a masters degree in ceramics from the State University of New York, New Paltz, Dana has studied Ceramic Restoration at the Institute of Art and Restoration “Palazzo Spinelli” in Florence. Her surface pattern designs have been featured in collections from Kohler Company, Lenox, and Artistic Tile. Her ceramic work has been displayed in galleries and juried exhibitions across the U.S. and Colombia.“Collaborating with Jhoole is a great privilege because I know that through this my work is contributing directly to a greater good,” she says. Dana lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their two sons.
René Hari, reinvent beautiful shoot stylist
Rene has worked as a commercial stylist for over twelve years. Her resourcefulness supplies creatives with a range of options beyond their concepts. Her vision, simple or complex, brings harmony and flow to the entire set. Many clients have sought her abilities to help make the shot that stands out, including American Express, Northwest Airlines, Sports Illustrated, Target, Best Buy, and Carmichael Lynch. René is based in Minneapolis, MN but her styling career has taken her around the world.
Alyce Henson, photographs of Jhoole artisans
“My camera gives me access to people’s lives that I would never have without it. Meeting people from around the world is the most exciting experience for me as a photographer and as an individual.” Alyce Henson, June 2006, the Rotarian Magazine.
Senior staff photographer at Rotary International, Alyce was hired nine years ago as the first full-time photographer for this 100- year-old service organization. Her first assignment took her to Thailand and Cambodia in 2005. She covered stories on the South Asian Tsunami, Akha hill tribe orphans and land mine survivors. Since that assignment, she has covered social humanitarian projects in over 25 countries including Sri Lanka, India, Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina, Romania, Haiti and Japan. During the 2008 Chicago visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Alyce worked with the Tibetan Alliance of Chicago to document two days of engagements with the Dalai Lama, from private rituals to public talks among thousands of people. Working with Rotary’s public relations team, Alyce has photographed Dr. Jane Goodall, Archbishop Emiritus Desmond Tutu, Ted Turner, Ziggy Marley and Queen Noor of Jordan for the "End Polio Now" public awareness campaign.