grateful_garment-1Lisa J. Blanchard – Executive Director and Founder: As founder, Lisa has been the guiding force and visionary of The Grateful Garment Project. Lisa’s unique combination of experience in nonprofit, customer service, law, and management produces the creative and conceptual leadership required to bring The Grateful Garment Project to the State of California and beyond. She has dedicated significant amounts of time to working with people not only professionally, but also in a volunteer capacity. Lisa holds an AS in Business, a BS in Human Services and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration. It is her vision that no victim of sexual assault ever experience further suffering due to lack of resources.

MDMagda Dagnall – Operations Admin: I joined TGGP in June of 2016 as a part-time employee. When I met Lisa for the first time, I was instantly moved by her passion and desire to help victims of sexual abuse start their healing process as soon as possible. The idea of a victim leaving the SART facility wearing only a paper hospital gown is hard to imagine and process. By providing survivors with basic necessities, we give them strength and hope. My role in the office is optimizing the day to day workflow, and that includes working with our donor database, agencies receiving our donations, and volunteers helping in our office among other things. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors with my family and our dog, reading, cooking and running my culinary blog.

Barbara Otto – Program Developer: I have been with TGGP for about 2 years. I started off as a contractor, taking care of tax receipts, thank you cards, ensuring that we received statistics and impact statements from our clients, and helping to create forms and directories. A few months ago, I was offered the opportunity to become a part-time employee and the scope of my duties changed. Like everyone else, I wear many hats. I am now the editor, writer, and publisher of our monthly newsletter, “Grateful Notes”, am building a directory of resources available to survivors throughout CA, monitor our grants to ensure we are in compliance, keep the receipt and client files up to date, help prepare for taxes, create forms and databases, and research.

Michelle LeahLeah Taylor – Community Outreach/ Development Associate: Leah Michelle Taylor is a San Jose native and has held positions in film, data management, public relations, journalism, event management and marketing. She first heard about the organization when Lisa spoke at a seminar and wished she could do more; fast forward eight months and she’s now a part of the team, responsible for community outreach, business development and fundraising. Leah Michelle very much looks forward to directly impacting her community and beyond, using her creative, social, organization and leadership skills to further our mission.

Uma SatyaUma Satya – Program Support Associate: I first learned about TGGP six years ago during its budding phase and was shocked and saddened to learn the even further suffering that victims endure in having to leave in just a hospital gown following an intensely difficult rape kit exam. I am amazed by how much TGGP has grown to meet the dire need of clothing and other resources throughout California for sexual assault survivors with its diverse programs. Having joined TGGP in May of 2017, it is humbling to be a part of TGGP’s mission to help restore dignity for them. With a diverse professional background in the non-profit sector and medical device clinical trials field and educational background in social work administration, I support our program and operational processes.