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Meet the Beaducation Team
Ever wonder who is that voice or the person typing that email? Meet the people that power Beaducation! Our team is dedicated to bringing our customers the best in products and service. Let us tell you a little bit about ourselves.

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Lisa Kelly Lisa Kelly
Founder & CEO

A true pioneer in the industry, Lisa has been beading and teaching for more than 20 years. She was voted one of the nation's Top Ten Instructors by Bead & Button Magazine in 2010. That's like getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Except beads. And you don't have to put your hands in cement.

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Paul Kelly Paul Kelly
Vice President, Director of IT

Dubbed "The Website Wonder" Paul is responsible for making all things "computer" run smoothly. The "King of Code" also enjoys playing music with his band, sailing and seed beads. (Okay, no seed beads, but that man can PLAY the guitar!)

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Claudia Navarrete Claudia Navarrete
General Manager

As General Manager of our crazy business, Claudia does it all! When she is not checking in with each Department making sure everything is running smoothly, she is dancing. In fact, she is the best dancer who never tried out for 'So You Think You Can Dance.' We are glad because it means she won't become famous and leave us for Hollywood. How would Beaducation exist without her?

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Mel McCabe Mel McCabe
Product Manager

Mel has the uncanny ability to spot exciting new products for our site. Unearthing treasures is in her blood. She has traveled from Texas to Vietnam in search of sparkly stones and adventure. When she isn't making up songs for Beaducation's Product Videos she can be seen at her local Karaoke bar attempting to win the prize for the night.  She knows her 80's music lyrics and gemstones which has her fitting right in at Beaducation.

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Lora Curran Lora Curran
Customer Service

Lora heads up our customer service team. When you hear Lora’s helpful and sunny voice on the phone you would never know that she is a tough hockey player. We only know that because just last week she mistook a rubber block for a puck and made a goal by shooting it neatly through the door to the shipping department. Her favorite thing is to hear from our customers, so please drop her a line anytime. Her office is big and she gets kinda lonely.

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Lilly Wong Lilly Wong
Senior Visual Designer

Lilly has a dual background of Graphic and Fashion Design. She designs the beautiful slates, ads, new site designs, website updates and any beaducation branding as well as taking all the pretty photography of our wonderful products. Lilly loves colors, prints, and accessories. She comes with years of Graphic Design experience in web and print and Fashion Design experience in handbags, small leather goods and tech accessories in both the Bay Area and in New York. When she isn't working on designs she is most likely out at the beach or park, or visiting art & craft shows, street fairs, and museums. Lilly is also an avid lucid dreamer -- perhaps that is where all the creativity comes from! 

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Danelle Street Danelle Street
Purchasing Coordinator

Danelle loves all shiny pretty things especially sterling silver and gems mixed in with a heavy dose of design stamps and hammering. Torn between a variety of creative pursuits, she just can't decide between making jewelry, refinishing furniture, embellishing anything she can get her hands on, or making a big, yummy pot of soup.

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Colin Mahler Colin Mahler
Receiving Coordinator

Colin is the fastest counter we know, which makes her very good at her job. She is also meticulous and a sucker for details! She catalogues all of our products as they arrive on our doorstep, updates current prices, re-packages items and puts everything in the correct spot. But Colin is more than just a numbers whiz. She knows her way around a jeweler's bench with 26 years of experience, nine of which have specialized in chainmail. You may recognize her as the teacher in our chainmail classes! Jewelry is a big part of Colin's life at work and at home, but she still finds time to read, cook (and eat!), and spend time with family and friends.

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Jenn Medrano Jenn Medrano
Shipping Lead/ Social Media

Jenn rules the Beaducation warehouse. You want to know why your package gets to you so quickly? It's because she makes sure it does! Our Shipping Department is so lean and mean because Jenn's vegan lifestyle has it runnin' like an organic machine! When she's not sketching at home or recreating black and white photos, she is baking up some vegan cinnamon rolls or healthy s'mores cupcakes (they are mad crazy tasty!). Jenn's an avid runner and in such great shape that if the postman doesn't pick up our packages one day, she might even be able to run your stamps to your home faster than USPS!


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Jennifer Parzych Jennifer Parzych
Shipping Team

This Georgia Peach is one crafty southern belle. Not only can she fabricate metal, cast and set stones, but she managed to ship out 136 packages in her first day in Shipping. She chews on ginko leaves throughout the day to keep her mind as sharp as a Samurai sword, which is why shipping errors are so rare in our warehouse. She can usually be found in a pair of hip Adidas runners, ready to run after the postman if he has left without a package. Don’t mess with JP!

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Angela Silva Angela Silva
Marketing Manager

Angela is the woman with the marketing 'know-how' bringing Beaducation's videos and products all over the globe. As a Sicilian who loves to cook, we knew she would be a fit with a team who loves to eat. She has already made several nicknames for herself: The Beadyo Brander, The Baconater (for her love of bacon) and The Dog Whisperer (as a dog owner herself who has made friends with some of the furry team members right here at work).

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Mike Vargo Mike Vargo
Engineer
When Mike is not fixing bugs and deploying new code for Beaducation, he can be found fervently biking around town or jamming on his bass. Mike is a coder by day and a musician by night with a passion for coffee, jazz and dogs. He holds the Beaducation Bowling Team's highest score with a record-breaking throw and he's got the medal to prove it!
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Elizabeth Emery Elizabeth Emery
Inventory Assistant

Elizabeth Emery is good at counting. And as Inventory Assistant, "good" means fast and accurate. She's the perfect person for the job! Elizabeth was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, though has dual citizenship in Ireland. This blue-eyed lass is earning a degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University. When she's not getting new products ready to sell, she's either adding more treasures to her Pinterest collections or reading a book.

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Izzy Kelly Izzy Kelly
Inventory Assistant

As the youngest member of our Inventory Team here at Beaducation, Izzy keeps our otherwise 'over-40' team quite hip. When she is not playing volleyball, she can be found strumming her guitar, playing the piano and belting out beautiful songs at home. We are pretty lucky to have this star athlete and budding musician in our midst, and we are not just saying that because she is the Boss's daughter - we like her - we really really like her! With her voice, musical talent and high vertical leap, we are pretty sure it won't be long before we are all saying, 'We knew her when....'.

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Taryn McCabe Taryn McCabe
Design Lead

Taryn (aka TOM) has been making jewelry for over twenty years. She started creating lampwork beads in her folks' garage in elementary school. By junior high, she was begging her mom to take her to the dump to scavenge for old tires to convert into soles for her own shoe collection. It was not a surprise that she ended up studying Art in college in New York, glassblowing and jewelry in Italy, and then went on to study footwear at Cordwainers in London. She loves to travel the globe, but made her way back to the San Francisco Bay Area to complete her Master's Degree in Art before devoting her time to making Design Ideas for the patrons of Beaducation.

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Aisha Formanski Aisha Formanski
Education Team

Got jewelry tools? Aisha certainly does! As a self-proclaimed addict, she admits wanting to have them all. Having worked in the bead and DIY jewelry industry for over half her life, this native Minnesotan has collected so many tools she lost count on how many she has. Not only is Aisha an accomplished jewelry designer with 6 months of courses at Revere Academy under her belt, she can also spin her own yarn and knit with it. Pretty talented, eh? You betcha!

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