Board of Directors

March 22, 2015

Alex Detrick

Alex Detrick
President, Chair and Founder

Alex Detrick is the President and founder of Sol Inspirations. He originally produced an eco fashion runway show called Sol Inspirations as a fundraiser for Haiti. Due to the passionate local interest in the production, Alex continued the program after the event as a non-profit organization called Sol Inspirations whose mission was to advocate for responsible fashion. He received an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management program and works as a telecommunications engineer.

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Nikki Rae
Vice President, Director Officer

Nikki Rae is a Minnesota native with a love for travel, culture and fashion. She studied Fashion Photography at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Sippy Downs, Australia and holds degrees in Photography and Mass Media from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Her love of sustainable fashion was fully realized while living abroad and interacting with sustainable design scholars at USC. During this experience, she was able to take part in the production of hand made goods from the local indigenous people and became inspired to make a difference in the wasteful nature of a consumer driven world.

Candice Dehnbostel
Director Officer, Secretary

Secretary for Sol Inspirations since 2012, Candice is the owner of Dynamo Vintage and Sore Thumb Communications by day and a music listener/record collector by night. She believes ethical fashion and environmental sustainability are responsibilities we all should share.

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Kamphian Vang
Director Officer, Treasurer

Khamphian Vang comes from a tradition of community service. Her father was one of the founding members of Hmong American Friendship Association, an organization focused on empowering the Hmong community and preserving culture in Milwaukee, WI. As a child, her involvement in HAFA in addition to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center ignited her passion for social justice and human service. She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Hamline University School of Business concentrating on finance. An innovator and compassionate leader, her goal is to inspire action and cultivate a better world through social entrepreneurship.

Julie Hill
Director, Spokesperson

Julie B. Hill is a St. Paul Native, Professional Speaker & Realtor, Green. She started her Eco-Career many years ago as an educator within the Aveda Network. Today, she is a co-owner of a training company that educates people on living an “Inspired Life.” She is passionate about helping people achieve a healthy life style and assists people with eco-friendly Real Estate needs. She holds her “Green Designation” through the National Association of Realtors and is a member of the GreenHome Institute. She believes strongly in giving back and is involved in various Non-profit Organizations.Julie also strongly believes in living her life by the quote: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” by Mahatma Gandhi.

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Michelle Hamburger
Director, Marketing

Born and raised in Minnesota, Michelle Hamburger is an independent sales and marketing representative, partner for interior design consultation company CA Design, and freelance writer for the Twin Cities’ healthy living magazine, Natural Awakenings. Michelle graduated in 2005 from Trinity International University in Illinois and spent several post-college years traveling the country working with volunteer organizations AmeriCorps NCCC and Hands On Gulf Coast. Michelle also co-leads Twin Cities Green Drinks, a sustainability-focused networking organization for local businesses, non-profits and individuals.

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Ashleyn Przedwiecki
Director, Social Media, Blogs

As small town Midwestern girl, Ashleyn Przedwiecki has been building, imagining, and creating with fabric since the days of her barn yard studio. With an appetite for storytelling, she recently received her BS from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Interpersonal Communication Studies and Theater Arts Costume Design. Her studies took her across the sea to Bournemouth, England where she dug deeper into garment construction and the social impact clothing has on women’s roles throughout history.

Anupama Pasricha, Ph.D.
Advisory Board

Anupama Pasricha, Ph.D. is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN. Her specialties are sustainability, qualitative research and assessment. Anu’s interests include sustainable fashion and apparel; sustainable design, product development and supply chain; sustainability education within fashion and apparel; adaptive apparel; technical design and quality management throughout the supply chain; and fit.

Katherine Price
Advisory Board

Katherine joins the Sol Inspirations board from her previous roll as our Associate Director. She is a dedicated eco fashion worrier and has been with the organization since 2011. As our Associate Director, Katherine has published numerous blogs about local eco fashion efforts. She also managed several projects such as our fashion shows, clothing swaps, and numerous events.Outside of Sol Inspirations, Katherine works at the Foundry and during her free time, she enjoys blogging, doing yoga and loves going to sporting events.

Erika Backberg
Advisory Board

Erika Brackberg, born and raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, has obsessively immersed herself into the sustainable art, education, social and environmental justice world, and is a high fashion eco jewelry designer. As the founder and owner of Tea Tree Designs Eco Jewelry & Multimedia Studios, Erika has been named TOP 100 CREATIVES by City Pages and BEST OF LOCAL RECLAIMED MATERIALS JEWELRY ARTISTS by CBS Minnesota. Professionally certified in Sustainable Resource Management, Erika has over 15 years experience developing triple bottom line/holistic structures and systems for businesses, non-profit organizations and media productions actualizing their sustainable vision in every aspect of their work.

Renalie Bailey
Advisory Board

Renalie is the Apparel Technologies instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and has a Fashion Design degree from St. Catherine’s University. Renalie is passionate about sustainable fashion and has been a faithful Sol Inspirations volunteer since our first meeting in June, 2010.With Sol Inspirations, Renalie has taken lead production roles in our fashion shows helping with everything from training new models, stage crew, to stage director.

 

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