denise smith (founder and ceo)
Denise Smith is the Founder & CEO of Peace of Thread, Inc. She is a woman who loves the oppressed and brokenhearted with deep passion. She has traveled to more than 12 countries sharing with the poor. Her last adventure God took her and her husband to the Near East where they lived for almost 7 years. Her education and love for the nations started early in life where she left her small town in Ohio and traveled to Miami, Florida. There, she found her wonderful husband, Art, to who she has been married to for 40 years.
Denise has been mentoring young ladies for over 25 years and uses her education of psychology to aide her with her deep faith in Jesus. Her laughter is contagious as she enjoys her 4 beautiful grandchildren and 2 living children. They released their 16 year old son, Jesse back to His Creator Jesus in 1997. He suffered with a rare childhood cancer. This sharpened and shaped Denise's heart for the oppressed suffering women & children in this world.
Denise lives every day in the light of her experiences where she uses her passion while giving a voice to women who would never have an opportunity to DREAM A LITTLE MORE with freedom from war and education for their children as well as themselves. Denise resides in Grayson, Georgia with her husband Art and her extended family in close view. Her travels now continue stateside to Clarkston, Georgia where new HOPE begins for REFUGEE women through PEACE OF THREAD.
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STEPHANIE MARBUT (DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS)
Stephanie serves as our Director of Operations. She works closely with Denise Smith to run the day to day operations of the organization.
Her passion for the Middle East grew from a trip to London back in 2004. It was a trip that changed her life and her heart for the nations. During college, she didn't do much in regarding the nations or going back overseas. She was focusing on her studies. After graduating from Berry College with a degree in Family Studies, Stephanie searched and prayed for a way to use her education and life skills to serve people. She has known Denise Smith for about 15 years and began helping with Peace of Thread behind the scenes while working a corporate job full-time. God released Stephanie from her corporate job in December of 2014 which has allowed her to join Smith full-time to love and serve beautiful refugee families in Clarkston, GA.
Stephanie has also had the opportunity to travel to Jordan where she worked with the Syrian refugees there. It opened her eyes to see the other side of refugee life before they land in the U.S.
She works hard with Smith to help give these women and their families a hope and a future while they are creating their new lives here in the U.S.
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Denise Flanders (Lead Designer)
Denise serves as the Lead Designer at Peace of Thread. She works with new and existing volunteers that are working to design and cut handbags and the other accessories the refugee women sew. She assists in troubleshooting any issues that may arise in designs.
Denise has know Denise Smith for about 20 years. They reconnected when Denise Smith moved back from the Near East. Smith asked her to come help design handbags with her in Clarkston. Flanders was a little apprehensive at first to go to Clarkston even though it was just one exit from her home at the time. She went with Smith to Clarkston and has been volunteering with Peace of Thread ever since.
Denise has a heart for the ladies and their families. She works with Smith and Marbut to help create a peaceful and loving environment for the women.
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Renee Lamb (memphis Director)
Renee serves as our Memphis Director for Peace of Thread. She got connected with Peace of Thread after reconnecting with Denise Smith. She had previously met Smith on a trip to the Near East (a trip she took every year). She was following Smith on social media and saw was she was doing, employing refugee women and teaching them the skill of sewing.
Renee contacted Denise about what she was doing in Clarkston. Renee told her about the refugees in Memphis. After working through some details Peace of Thread Memphis was started.
Renee has done a great job at working with the refugees and helping them learn the skill of sewing so that they too can have hope and be empowered. She has a great group of volunteers working alongside her in Memphis.
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Board of Directors 2017
- Denise Smith
- Denise Flanders
- Nina Buik
- Laurie Attaway
- Frannie Madwami
- Sara Schiable
- Tom Vanderhorst
- Catherine Amos
- David White
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