TEAM

Savannah Byers is a junior at UW-Madison, pursuing Marketing and Graphic Design at UW Madison and is very passionate about the creative aspects that come with marketing and running a business like, The Artisan Collective. She has been in The Artisan Collective since spring semester of her freshman year and has loved being a part of this organization because of the rewarding, hands on experience it provides as the team runs a business that makes a social impact. She was formerly on the Marketing Team, where she helped run the social media accounts and attended various fair trade sales. Now as a Co-Director, Savannah has been helping with the rebranding of the organization from Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace to The Artisan Collective and has been working on various projects with the goal of driving sales and creating a fun and fulfilling experience for all members during the school year.

Taylor Eilers is a senior at UW-Madison, pursuing a BBA in Operations Technology Management, International Business and Supply Chain Management and Slavic Studies. Besides The Artisan Collective, Taylor is also a member of Multicultural Business Student Association, and Rotaract. As newly appointed Co-Director, Taylor is looking forward to using her education, past learning experiences and role as co-director to support this organization’s membership involvement, inventory management, and website sales fulfillment process.

Janet Niewold is the founder and advisor for The Artisan Collective. She led UW-Madison’s global health field course Microenterprise and Wellbeing in Ecuador for four years and was a key partner in UW’s 4W initiative on women and microenterprise through the School of Human Ecology. Janet has an MA in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies from UW-Madison. She operated her own small business buying and selling artisan work from Latin America for 20 years before bringing her expertise to UW-Madison. Janet has two young adult kids and lives with her husband on a little farm near Madison.

Giulia Palermo is a Junior at UW-Madison, pursuing a BS in Fashion and Textile design as well as certificates in Entrepreneurship and Gender and Women Studies. Giulia was recently appointed Creative Director and Designer of the Artisan Collective. She collaborates and communicates directly with our partnered artisans in Ecuador, Mexico and Nepal, working to create new designs for our yearly collections. Giulia also curates each collection, wanting to bring out the true talent found only in our unique artisans. She has been the sole force of The Artisan Collective rebrand in charge of designing business and info cards, table displays, creating social media content and web design platforms, photography, and team merchandise. Giulia is dedicated to merging global artisanal talent, and student collaboration in order to create a stylish and modern sustainable enterprise.

Katelyn Mauel is a junior majoring in Accounting and Risk Management at Uw-Madison. She joined The Artisan Collective in Spring of 2020 and is a facilitator for the financial team. She enjoys applying her knowledge from business classes to help The Artisan Collective achieve financial well-being and support their artisan groups. This year she has helped the organization maintain the expense report, develop product orders and update inventory data.

Yvett Sanchez is currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Textile and Fashion Design with certificates in Sustainability, Design Strategy, and Entrepreneurship. Besides being a part of The Artisan Collective she is also a member of Re-wear It  and the Student Retail Association. As a facilitator for the organization, Yvett is looking forward to using her past learned skills to lead projects that share the artisans’ stories and their amazing work.


Jordan Main is a junior studying Biological Systems Engineering with a focus in Natural Resource Management. She studies how people impact and are impacted by the environment, and being involved in sustainable, fair trade fashion has been very rewarding her. Jordan has been facilitating connecting The Artisan Collection social media with the virtual store and doing content creation for Facebook, Pinterest, and revamping the Artisan Collective Blog.