We're excited to share our AZ Stitch Lab team below.
Founding AZ Stitch Lab Program Collaborators
Meet Moonshot's AZ Stitch Lab Program Team
Krissy Oliver - Instructor
Krissy is a clothing nerd who has been sewing by hand and machine since age 6. She studied patternmaking, design, and textiles in college and did fashion projects each year. As a Nike sample sewer, she learned to operate industrial sewing machines. During her 30-year apparel technical design career, she worked on multiple types of sportswear product and traveled internationally visiting textile mills and cut and sew factories. Krissy loves teaching and talking about clothes!
Erica Yngve - Entrepreneur in Residence, AZ STITCH LAB
Erica Yngve, Founder/Owner, Sonoran Stitch Factory
AZ Stitch Lab - Entrepreneur in Residence
Erica Yngve is the owner and President of Sonoran Stitch Factory. As a serial entrepreneur, Erica has two other companies based in Tucson, AZ including:
Maggie Salcedo - Production Supervisor/Instructor
Maggie Salcedo, Production Supervisor
Maggie is the Production Supervisor for Sonoran Stitch factory, specializing in pre-production for the Apparel division of Sonoran Stitch Factory. Maggie took her schooling in design at Pima Community College and applied it immediately to her work here: working directly with designers, guiding the Production Assistants in their weekly tasks, and keeping track of inventory. In addition to her responsibilities as Production Supervisor, Maggie works closely with the AZ Stitch Lab students and instructors to develop lesson plans, engage in demonstrations and monitor course objectives and relevancy to the employment marketplace.
Marie Teemant - INstructor
Marie Teemant, Instructor
Marie Teemant is a sewist, photographer, maker, and teacher. While she has lived throughout the west, Marie grew up in Henderson, Nevada and has been in Tucson since 2014, when she moved to Arizona for graduate studies. Marie learned sewing growing up, gaining the basic skills through her jobs pinning, clipping, cutting out patterns, and cleaning up threads on the various projects her mother worked on. Marie has expanded these skills, designing, drafting, and sewing her own projects from start to finish. It is a privilege to now work with new, industrial sewists on gaining the skills they need to have long term success in their own sewing journey.
Dennis Phillips - INstructor
Dennis Phillips, Instructor
With 32 years experience in the industrial sewing field, Dennis has worked with apparel, upholstery, automobile trimming, commercial tent fabrication, awning construction and more. In addition to his work with the Stitch Lab, he is employed full-time as Lead Designer and Fabricator for a local tactical and body armor manufacturer. Dennis spends much of his spare time sewing side projects and caring for his dog, Boo.
TINA LA CHANCE - INSTRUCTOR
Tina has been serving the Flagstaff community with her expertise in industrial sewing for the
past 15 years, both as a business owner and an employee. Partnering with several businesses
in town, she has developed programs that hire, train, and retain, highly skilled craftspeople as
employees and independent contractors. She has also served her community’s individual sewing needs through her business Red Thread Sewing, LLC; offering alterations and other professional sewing services.