Enchanted Makeovers

Team

Founder/Visionary/Chief Executive Officer

Terry Grahl is the Founder, Visionary and CEO of Enchanted Makeovers. She is also a co-author of several books, including the Best Seller Women's Studies book, Women Will Save The World. She creates the vision for the organization, shelter designs, programs, to strategic planning and responsible for social media outreach. Since 2007, Enchanted Makeovers’ mission has been to transform shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through their various projects, mentoring programs and makeovers of the physical space, women and children are introduced to a way of thinking that helps to shift their outlook about their lives and possibilities for the future. The shelter is transformed into a “beacon of hope”. Mentoring programs such as the “Sacred Sewing Room”, “Stepping into the Dream" and “Capes for Kids" develop important life and coping skills. Terry believes in serving with your talent, the power of words and  “ she is me ” .  What began as a simple phone call in Dec. 2006 asking if she would volunteer her time and paint a wall at a shelter, hearing that still small voice "trust me" after the visit guided her to take that leap of faith and close her for-profit business and start a non-profit. Today, Enchanted Makeovers has grown to be a national charitable organization that is empowering women and children living in shelters and uniting communities worldwide. She lives in Taylor, Michigan with her husband and four children.   

READ MORE ABOUT HER INCREDIBLE JOURNEY HERE.

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer for Enchanted Makeovers, Ellen is responsible for overseeing the overall business operation. She brings over 25 years of business experience in various sectors such as sales, marketing, operations, contracts and most recently, business start-ups. Ellen began her career with Prudential Financial and over her 20 years with that firm, she held a number of key positions. As the Director of Operations, Ellen was responsible for over 300 employees and a 20 million budget. She was then promoted to Account Executive where she had overall responsibility for Prudential Healthcare’s largest customer. Ellen then joined Aetna in 1999 as the Director of Sales and Service for their number one Metro NYC market. She and her team were responsible for the Group Insurance Plans of many Fortune 500 companies. Wanting to explore her entrepreneurial side, Ellen retired from Aetna and founded Transformation Tees. Her line of inspirational tees is designed to inspire women and remind them of their inner strength. Ellen holds a Business Degree from Centenary College and is also a member of their board.

johnStrategic Development Officer

In his quest to have a positive impact on the quality of life for others, John Webb is the Strategic Development Officer for EM. By day, he is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quantum Reach, a new venture capital and consulting hybrid focused on entrepreneurial growth. But, his mind is working 24/7 to make the dreams of Enchanted Makeovers a reality. So, he is willing to don his cape and fly around the country to generate interest and support for the EM vision. Before this, John was a Fortune 100 senior executive, having oversight for P&L units up to $5.0 billion in revenue. As an officer for Aetna and UNUM Corporation, he managed many high growth initiatives. Prior to this, he was a “rocket scientist”, working in several capacities for Rockwell International on the Space Shuttle Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

heatherMarketing

Allie brings both her experience in marketing and passion for illustration & design to the Enchanted Makeovers team, assisting in creative projects and helping to tell the EM story. Allie graduated with a BFA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University and went on to work as a brand strategist in several consulting firms and advertising agencies in Boston and NYC.
Today Allie balances life as an independent marketing consultant and an illustrator/designer. She is also the creator of Mak & Ruby, a collection of colorful, playful art & decor for kids.  

 

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Project Coordinator

With the desire to make a difference as Enchanted Makeovers’ Project Coordinator, Nicole is responsible for coordinating a multitude of assignments. She assists the CEO and COO with event coordination that includes activities and programs scheduled at the National Headquarters. Nicole currently works at Atlas Oil Company in Taylor, MI (EM’s National Headquarters) as a Property Tax Analyst and comes from a Finance/Accounting background which included a variety of project coordinating responsibilities.  Through this process, she is also raising community awareness of Enchanted Makeovers’ mission. A very important component is also to ensure Town/EM relations are strong. Nicole also assists the organization with facility needs assessment and researches the best opportunities for Enchanted Makeovers in this area. “Hooked” from the moment she met Terry and feeling that every woman and child deserves a feeling of self-worth, happiness, unconditional love, and hope Nicole knew she had to be involved! Nicole holds a Corporate Finance degree from Wayne State University.

traceyJack of All Trades

Terry's sister, Tracey, is responsible for driving the team to out of state events, helping with volunteers and making sure things run smoothly. She spent 17 years as a executive board member for the Taylor South Little League Baseball and V.P. for the Ladies Auxillary, and has been by her sister’s side with Enchanted Makeovers since day one.

 

mom(aka "Mama Bear'')

Terry's mother, Lesley, is responsible for helping with EM's makeovers, programs & events. She raised five children with very little money but a heart filled with love. She refused to let their lack of finances stop her from turning her dreams into reality and having a home were her childrens spirit could soar. She says, "Nothing so lonely and hopeless as an empty refrigerator. I made sure we celebrated each day with good meals on a shoestring budget." Home cooked meals or sewing clothes for my children was not an easy task especially since money was tight. Lesley has 48 yrs experience in coping, cooking, crafting, sewing and creating. Her influence on Terry is woven into every love-filled detail of EM's programs, makeovers, and events. To top it off, she's a great story teller and fun to be around!!

kevHandyman-Gentle Giant

Terry's brother, Kevin, is responsible for helping with the efforts of the builders, contractors, and helpers that provide construction-related services. Kevin is a single father of 4, who was practically born with a tool kit in hand. He loves to build and create just about anything. With his full tattooed arms, shaved head, and goatee- many may assume he is a stereotypical rough and tumble guy. But don't let his looks fool you, this man has a heart of gold and can charm just about anyone with his sincere, caring ways. Overcoming his own personal battles has allowed Kevin to be a compassionate man of faith. A good listener, Kevin always has the right words to say to snap someone out of a funk. And, he gives a generous dose of tough love when needed.

toddMichelangelo of Faces

When Terry's brother, Todd, is not working on celebrity faces, he doing "inside-out" makeovers with his team for women in living shelters. Even though he’s been written up in “In Style” magazine, ''Allure'' and featured in countless other media outlets, he’s a “boy at heart” who believes every woman deserves to feel beautiful, and brings out the inner light in everyone.

britInspirational Artist & Photographer

Britni is responsible for capturing the essence of EM's programs, makeovers, and events through photography. She also assists with developing logos for programs, makeovers, and events. She is an Inspirational Artist, Mentor, Free-Lance Photographer, Speaker, Writer, Graphic Designer, and Mentor Coordinator. She is also the founder of Inspire Somebody Art and Photography. Britni thrives on delivering happiness and joy to the lives of others. Since she was a young child, she has had a passion deep within her soul to inspire and enlighten those around her through the power of positive words and actions. Through her art and photography, she intends to bring comfort, peace, hope and encouragement to the hearts and minds of people all around the world. 

Sunshine Windsor Clark ~ Voice of Hope

In 2008, my daughter and I came to Grace Centers of Hope in search of a new life. I had been struggling with an addiction to prescription pills and was running away from an abusive marriage. At one of the darkest points in my life, God crossed my path with Terry’s. Her servitude was symbolic to my own personal pursuit at that point in time. We watched a metamorphosis take place in our surroundings as we were simultaneously experiencing the freedom from our former lives. Her visions inspire optimism, comfort, encouragement and reassurance. It is truly an honor to now have the opportunity to give back to an organization that is dear to my heart and to work along side many amazing women that I deeply admire.

Michelle Gonzalez ~ Voice of Hope

I first met Terry at a design conference in Chicago in 2007 on an elevator. I was wearing my black and pink polka dot dress and we both expressed our love for POLKA DOTS! We have been connected every since and I have volunteered throughout the years to her organization. My story of hope starts off when I was a 17-year-old single mom to my daughter, Terra. I had just escaped an abusive relationship from her father. I needed to figure out a way to support us so I began researching grants that would help me to further my education. I found support for my books, daycare and was able to go to college. There I realized I was smart enough to excel in my classes and I eventually graduated from the University of Michigan with honors. My degree gave me the ticket to pursue a career in advertising. From there, I pursued my love of interior design. I am excited to be a part of Enchanted Makeovers, walking beside others who don’t believe in themselves or doubt their powerful abilities. I hope to breathe a fire into another woman’s soul so she can feel stronger and navigate her way through those really rough paths, repairing her heart and challenging the roads she once believed were closed!

 

Board of Directors

Tracy Zawaski
Intellectual Property Attorney

Tracy is an intellectual property attorney that has been affiliated with EM since 2011. Tracy’s expertise includes domestic and international trademark prosecution and contentious matters, trademark opinions and counseling, advertising/ marketing, copyrights, design patents and registered designs, domain name disputes, rights of publicity, trade secrets, unfair competition, and counseling/ IP evaluations/due diligence, enforcement, licenses and agreements in these areas. In addition, Tracy has knowledge in the fields of corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, trademark holding companies, non-profit entities and associated tax implications, and she provides pro-bono legal advice to a number of charitable organizations, especially those focusing on animal rights and the creative arts.

Jill Jack
Award Winning Singer-Songwriter

Jill Jack’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won 33 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It’s simply called connecting, and it’s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes. Jill has built her audience with her whimsical, genuine live performances. Genuine is the defining term here. Propelled by her musical exemplars Joni Mitchell and Emmy Lou Harris, there are few performers with less conflict between who they are on stage and off than Jill. She extends the tradition of the confessional (i.e. achingly open, unafraid of intimacy) singer-songwriter, and is proud of that style and its continuation.

Amy Barickman
Founder and Owner of Indygo Junction and The Vintage Workshop.

Many of you may know me as the founder and owner of Indygo Junction and The Vintage Workshop, but I’d like you to get to know me, Amy Barickman, the person. I was lucky enough to grow up immersed in the sewing and crafting business, as my mother owned a creative arts shop in West Des Moines, Iowa. Even in high school I knew the direction my life would take – running my own Teddy Bear business. After graduating from the University of Kansas (Go Hawks!) with a degree in art and design, I knew I wanted to make craft and art my life’s work and founded Indygo Junction, a fabric arts publishing company, to showcase the talent of leading sewing and craft designers. Over the years I have teamed up with innovative artists to publish over 800 pattern titles and write over 80 books. My mother also passed on her “collector gene,” bringing me to local flea markets, tag sales and antique shops. She instilled a life-long love of the hunt for vintage treasures. Over time, I amassed a vast collection of period artwork, especially vintage images. In 2002, I founded The Vintage Workshop so I could share my favorite images with other crafters.

Debra Albanese
Executive Vice President, Englewood Hospital Foundation  Vice President Development, Englewood Hospital 

Debra Albanese is the Vice President of Development and Executive VP of the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation. As VP of Development, Ms. Albanese is responsible for the overall management of Foundation operations to provide philanthropic support to the Medical Center. She was previously at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ, where she served as VP for Strategic Advancement, responsible for all fundraising since 1996. Prior to that, Ms. Albanese was Director of Development at Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges in West Orange, NJ, and also served in Development roles at Bloomfield College, J.C. Geever, Inc. Development Consultants, Henry H. Kessler Foundation, National Society to Prevent Blindness and Consumer Credit Counseling Service. Ms. Albanese received her MPA from New York University and her BA from Rutgers University's Douglass College.

Angela Newman
Founder and CEO of Pink Ladders

Angela Newman, Founder and CEO of Pink Ladders® created the business out of her desire to inspire women to reach their personal and professional goals so they can live a fulfilling life. She is proof of someone who started her climb up the pink ladder later in life first by completing her B.S. in Business Administration followed by her MBA in Healthcare Management. Newman is the author of upcoming book, The 5 Rungs to Career Success: A Woman’s Guide to Climbing Her Professional Ladder. In addition to Pink Ladders®, Newman holds the position of Vice President of Supply Chain at Renal Advantage Inc. an outpatient dialysis company located in Tennessee. She is an avid supporter of charities and enjoys spending time with her family and friends including traveling. She held the position of Board Chair for Nashville RBI (reviving baseball in the inner cities) for two years and was a volunteer for five. She now focuses on "Pink Ladders Gives Back" non-profit organizations; Enchanted Makeovers and Wreaths Across America.

 

Medical Advisory Board

heatherHeather Chauvin

Heather Chauvin is a mental health and self-esteem expert who has made it her mission to enhance the lives of women and children through conscious living. Heather has a Bachelor of Social Worker Degree and wide variety of continuing education certification in the mental health and holistic sector. Heather also carries a decade of experience working with many diverse populations locally and abroad. Heather leads dynamic training programs that teach both adults and children to succeed in life and accomplish anything they put their minds to. Her unique life experience and professional trainings gives Heather a one-on-a kind approach to personal growth and development. Her work has been featured in multiple media outlets including the OWN network and Huffington Post.

heatherChristy Burch

Christy K. Burch is an advocate, playwright, and founder of Your Story is My Story, a company dedicated to creating social change through art, advocacy, and activism. She is a budding author inspired by her amazing circle of friends to write the Kitchen Table Revival © a “how-to” on creating a circle to claim, change, and inspire people to transform their lives and their communities. Christy has spent the past 15 years working to eradiate power-based personal violence, sexual assault, stalking, partner violence, elder, and child abuse. Christy gained her wisdom and skill working alongside, and witnessing, courageous men and women at rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, state coalitions, prisons, and universities. She has written four original plays, one, In Love’s Service, traveled the country changing her life, and those of the cast and audience members. She has provided over one thousand trainings nationwide and is a sought after advocate, artist and leader in the violence prevention movement. Christy’s work is her calling, her vocation, and what feels like the least she can do for the men and women that have experienced power-based personal violence, loss, or trauma. She is honored to walk with so many people on a journey to heal and change the world and remains passionately hopeful that we can create a world in which we all wish to live.

 

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