So, who are these people?
Lauren Beader, Co-founder
Lauren is Maya and Dragon's human. She's also a Special Olympics gymnastics coach, a copywriter, and an AVID ice cream fan. Lauren started coaching Special Olympics when she was in middle school. Now, 15 years later, she runs her local program! Inspired by them (and the cats, of course), Lauren wanted to start AllWorthy to help make a bigger impact. Because everyone deserves to be loved and accepted.
Harrison Makofsky, Co-founder
Having grown up with Type 1 Diabetes, Harrison understands the challenges that come when your body doesn't work the way it should. But when Harrison adopted Maya, his whole life changed. Suddenly, he was thrown into the world of cats and disability advocacy, and he couldn't be happier! Harrison's the illustrator behind the book and artwork, and the brains behind how everything else works. He works in product research for a big website, with a background in customer success that definitely helps our organization run. He's excited to see what happens next!
Felicia Hayden, Secretary
Felicia, also known as Maya and Dragon's catsitter and BFF, has served as a motivator and sounding board for everything we do. She has a background in psychology, English, and PR, and loves spending time with Dragon and her dog Noodle. Felicia helps us keep things running over here—both physically, and emotionally.
Jessica Connor, Partner
Jessica is the founder and owner of Outshine Labels, the home of our store. Shortly after her youngest daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, she started a journal and an Instagram to share their story. She ended up connecting with special needs families all around the world, which eventually led to the creation of her online marketplace for advocates. Apart from managing our store, she helps us with her opinions, advice, and strategy. We wanted to partner with her because why do something on your own, when someone else is doing it and you could have a bigger impact when you work together? And guess what: it's working.
Board member info coming soon.
Special thanks to Small Army for their awesome branding, Jessica at Outshine Labels for taking a chance on us, to Shannon Jackson and Smush for their wisdom, to The Odd Cat Sanctuary for saving Maya, and to all our coworkers, friends, and family for their support. Most of all, thank you to Maya and Dragon for inspiring change.