Welcoming new leadership!

Mayan Hands is excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Madeline Kreider Carlson!

Madeline leading an embroidery workshop with women artisans in Haiti

Madeline brings extensive experience working directly with artisans and in the nonprofit sector. She spent the last six years living in Guatemala and Haiti, working with artisans on collaborative product design and continuing artisan education.

Madeline shares: “It’s an exciting time to join Mayan Hands! Our new Strategic Plan, crafted collaboratively by the team and Board of Directors, outlines a path for Mayan Hands to continue growing in alignment with our values. Now, our future success depends upon artisans’ voices shaping our long-term vision and priorities."

"I'm proud to be part of the passionate and dedicated Mayan Hands team, working across borders and united by passion for creating opportunities for Maya women. And I'm overjoyed to continue working with extraordinary women artisans, whose skill and creative energy shines in every product they make."

Madeline speaks Spanish and Haitian Kreyòl, and has a degree in modern Latin American history and sculpture from Haverford College. She enjoys bike touring, sewing, digital illustration, up-cycling projects, and long walks in the woods with her Guatemalan rescue dog.

Bienvenida Madeline!

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Header photo credit: Susu Hauser for Photographers Without Borders 

4 Responses

Beth Deangelis

Beth Deangelis

November 15, 2022

Welcome to the team, Madeline!

Kristina Naranch Petrie

Kristina Naranch Petrie

November 15, 2022

Welcome Madeline to the Mayan Hands community. I’m very impressed by your background and commitment to local artisan education.

Marilyn Anderson

Marilyn Anderson

November 03, 2022

Many good wishes. Many will be sending you much success and joy in your new position.

Elena Cohen

Elena Cohen

November 03, 2022

Welcome, Madeline. You are joining a marvelous organization that from its inception has been engaging, supporting and empowering a wonderful group of artisans. You follow an equally committed and outstanding Director. Anne has been an inspiration to all that know her.
Good luck in your new journey Madeline.
Anne, a big hug and my very best wishes for your next adventures. Hopefully our lives will cross again.
Elena

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