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The Radical Grandma Collective is a collaboration between six women from the US and the radical grandma activist-weavers of Na Nong Bong, Thailand. The six of us were introduced to Na Nong Bong as undergraduate students on a study abroad program focusing on human rights and the environment. In 2015, Becky, Katie, Mariko, and Zoe found themselves back in Thailand and in early 2016, had a conversation with Ranong Kongsaen (or Mae Rote, as everyone calls her) to ask if there was any way that they could support the village in its community organizing. Mae Rote told them about how women in the village had a weaving group that raised money for KRBK, the community's mining resistance group. She then asked if they thought they could sell their hand-woven scarves internationally. From there, the Radical Grandma Collective was born. Really, the name says it all– the grandmas are doing all of their own weaving, organizing, and fighting. Our role is to bring them to you.

  Katie Mathieson   Katie is our graphic and website designer. She had no idea that this was an interest of hers before RadGram, but she loves any opportunity to get creative and learn new skills.  Katie has worked with the non-profit affiliate of RadGram, ENGAGE (Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange) since 2013. When Katie isn’t working on RadGram things, she works as a Field Instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. She likes to balance time spent on a computer editing photos and web content with living out of her car and climbing or paddling all over the southeast. 

Katie Mathieson

Katie is our graphic and website designer. She had no idea that this was an interest of hers before RadGram, but she loves any opportunity to get creative and learn new skills.  Katie has worked with the non-profit affiliate of RadGram, ENGAGE (Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange) since 2013. When Katie isn’t working on RadGram things, she works as a Field Instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. She likes to balance time spent on a computer editing photos and web content with living out of her car and climbing or paddling all over the southeast. 

  Becky Goncharoff   Becky is our primary liaison with the grandma weaving team. She coordinates all of the Thailand-based logistics to create each order and brainstorms with villagers about what designs they can make  Though Becky prefers to tell people she’s from Na Nong Bong, she was actually born in Kentucky. She is now based in Khon Kaen, where she develops experiential learning opportunities for international students in Thailand as a Program Facilitator for Thrival World Academies and a Program Leader for Rustic Pathways. She has Mae Rote on speed dial!

Becky Goncharoff

Becky is our primary liaison with the grandma weaving team. She coordinates all of the Thailand-based logistics to create each order and brainstorms with villagers about what designs they can make  Though Becky prefers to tell people she’s from Na Nong Bong, she was actually born in Kentucky. She is now based in Khon Kaen, where she develops experiential learning opportunities for international students in Thailand as a Program Facilitator for Thrival World Academies and a Program Leader for Rustic Pathways. She has Mae Rote on speed dial!

  Zoe Swartz   Zoe has always had a knack for telling stories and puts her skills to use by doing creative writing for RadGram. Zoe puts the words together for the website, video scripts, and other promotional materials to give our concept a voice. When Zoe isn’t coming up with sassy radical grandma material, she rides a pedicab around the French Quarter of New Orleans or has her hands in clay making ceramic art. 

Zoe Swartz

Zoe has always had a knack for telling stories and puts her skills to use by doing creative writing for RadGram. Zoe puts the words together for the website, video scripts, and other promotional materials to give our concept a voice. When Zoe isn’t coming up with sassy radical grandma material, she rides a pedicab around the French Quarter of New Orleans or has her hands in clay making ceramic art. 

 
  Sam Ryals   Sam has worked with ENGAGE, RadGram's parent organization, since 2010. She takes care of the less glamorous jobs at RadGram, like budgets, finances, and taxes—eww. She works to ensure that RadGram and ENGAGE are up to snuff when it comes to non-profit and tax-exempt requirements. When not geeking over excel sheets or taking a crash course in non-profit law, she is busy working at an after school program in Vermont. 

Sam Ryals

Sam has worked with ENGAGE, RadGram's parent organization, since 2010. She takes care of the less glamorous jobs at RadGram, like budgets, finances, and taxes—eww. She works to ensure that RadGram and ENGAGE are up to snuff when it comes to non-profit and tax-exempt requirements. When not geeking over excel sheets or taking a crash course in non-profit law, she is busy working at an after school program in Vermont. 

  Mariko Powers   Mariko is from Santa Cruz, California, and is currently obtaining her MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She hopes to return to Southeast Asia and use her skills to help the radical grandmas and the many other communities like theirs in fighting for environmental justice and sustainable, community-centered development.

Mariko Powers

Mariko is from Santa Cruz, California, and is currently obtaining her MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She hopes to return to Southeast Asia and use her skills to help the radical grandmas and the many other communities like theirs in fighting for environmental justice and sustainable, community-centered development.

  Praveena Fernes   Praveena initiates partnerships with US nonprofits and provides insight into the domestic non-profit and craft landscape.A San Francisco Bay Area native, Praveena loves slam poetry and cold cliffy beaches. Her belief in the power of storytelling feeds her daily practice.  She is a maker of higgledy-piggledy to-do lists, vegan cuisine, and the occasional scrapbook.

Praveena Fernes

Praveena initiates partnerships with US nonprofits and provides insight into the domestic non-profit and craft landscape.A San Francisco Bay Area native, Praveena loves slam poetry and cold cliffy beaches. Her belief in the power of storytelling feeds her daily practice.  She is a maker of higgledy-piggledy to-do lists, vegan cuisine, and the occasional scrapbook.