These are the amazing people working behind the scenes to make the service happen! Left to right:
Mark Einerson (Board), Alicia Preece (Board Member/Administration), Krysti Wright (President), Barbara Kodra (Board Member)
Krysti was raised in Paradise CA, graduated from HS, attended Butte Junior College and then attended Brigham Young University in Provo Utah where she met and married Victor Wright. They raised eight children, have six grandchildren with one on the way. As a young mother Krysti babysat children, sewed quilt tops for a local quilting shop and started hand quilting for customers to help with their growing family. Through the years she has been a local scout leader, a girls camp director, orchestrated hands on learning activities for the Pleasant Grove Elementary school, home schooled her children while teaching their Jr. high age group- drama, costumes, cooking, and hands on science classes, sewed and designed costumes for a ballroom dance team, served as Secretary/Treasure for a local Daughters of Utah Pioneers Chapter for 6 yrs, and has run a quilting business for over 25 years.
In the Fall of 2016 Krysti founded the Stitching Hearts Worldwide non-profit organization and has been running it out of her garage for the past few years. Since starting this service endeavor, she has been driven by a faith based passion to help give aid to God's suffering children.
Mark lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah where he graduated from High School back in 1966. He attended Brigham Young University and Utah Technical College and graduated with an Associate's degree in Business and Marketing Management. He served as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western State Mission (Colorado and New Mexico).
Mark served 6 years as supply quartermaster in an artillery unit in the Army National Guard from 1972-1978. Mark has had many types of jobs from mowing lawns, farm duties, and picking fruit to working in construction. After marrying Shauna Adamson in 1972 he began working in banking where he remained until 2008 when he retired after 35 years. During that period he held numerous positions and job titles from teller to eventually Executive Vice President.
Mark enjoys walking, hiking, dancing, all the arts and music of all kinds. He really enjoys road trips, back road sightseeing, hunting, fishing and camping.. He's retired, but works without pay part time in his son's cabinet business and volunteers in church and other civic organizations when opportunities present themselves.
Barbara Ann (Fish) Kodra was born on Long Island, New York where she was raised until her early youth. Her father’s career required the family to move several times and she ultimately graduated from High School from the International School of Bangkok. She completed an Associate’s Degree from Brigham Young University and then served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Florida, Tallahassee Mission. After returning from her mission, Barbara married Anton Kodra III and they are the parents of 5 sons, grandparents to 10 (and counting) grandchildren.
Barbara has always felt service to others is important. When she was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, the service she and her family received made a deep impression on her. Service became a main focus in her life. After moving to Utah in 2007 she became acquainted with the LDS Humanitarian Center, where she was able to use their resources to sew a variety of items. She became a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and served a Church Service Mission in the Utah, Provo Mission. She had the opportunity to serve with BYU Women’s Conference for a number of years as team member, project leader, Sub Committee Member of the Committee over Service and ultimately served on the BYU Women’s Conference Committee and Chaired the Sub Committee over Service which provides an opportunity for the thousands of women attending the conference to participate in service projects.
Alicia fell in love with Stitching Hearts Worldwide in 2018 with their youth summer events. That first event was enough to encourage Alicia to get involved by designing and managing the Stitching Hearts website, Facebook, and other administrative projects.
Alicia was born and raised in the Provo/Orem area and graduated from UVU with a BS in Information Systems and Administrative Management. She has worked for the Mountainland Technical College for over 15 years teaching Business Technology courses on campus and on-site with private companies around Utah and Salt Lake Valley through the MTECH's Customized Training program.
Alicia married Daniel Preece in 1999 and after 11 years in Orem they moved their family to Pleasant Grove where they have resided the last 8 years. She has 4 boys and 1 girl, ages high school to preschool who keep her jumping. Alicia loves to exercise and spend her time outdoors, camping, hiking, and more recently snowshoeing. She has trained and competed in running, biking, and triathlon races around northern Utah. In what spare time she has, Alicia is avid reader and manages the local elementary school’s Take Home Reading Library.
Stitching Hearts Worldwide (SHW) is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit government recognized entity as of August 2019! You can now donate directly to our organization and receive a tax credit.
We enable everyone to give meaningful service wherever you are. Your generous donations provide the equipment and materials to make humanitarian relief items that are sent to people displaced from their homes due to fire, natural disasters, and political unrest around the world.
Your contributions help us replace our relief materials, fund special humanitarian relief projects, and provide service events for those who can not pay. All donors will receive a EIN # for tax exemption purposes.
Thank you for working with us to make a difference for people at home and abroad!