Roxanne Paiva, Executive Director
Roxanne Paiva is one of the people who still believes that if we unite together, we can change OUR world. She is the Founder & Executive Director of OUR Global Village, as well as Co-Founder of The Community Cloth program, for which she is currently responsible for managing the day to day key functions.
She has a Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership from Rice University’s Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives, and since 2004 has served as an ESL volunteer locally and abroad. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Roxanne helped manage and grow a family business, gaining over 10 years of experience working in the residential and commercial architecture control industry. Roxanne is part of Leadership Houston Alumni Class XXX1.
Roxanne has a B.S. in Education with a specialization in Biology and Geology from University of Texas at Austin (2002). Never afraid for a new adventure, and never afraid to take her husband with her, she has served agents of change in North, Central and South America and Southeast Asia.
Woefully untalented in all things artistic, Community Cloth Co-Founder Kate Morgan marvels daily at the skills of the Cloth artisans. She initially acted as a volunteer Co-Facilitator to the Bhutanese participants, working closely with the women to help develop their aesthetic and to offer any kind of support needed (including many trips to the nearby hobby shop). As the Cloth continues to grow, Kate is delighted to hand over her Co-Facilitator duties to some extremely talented and enthusiastic volunteers, and focus on volunteer training and social media.
Apart from the Community Cloth, Kate is active in the refugee community. She served as Program Director for Sewa International Houston, and had the privilege of co-chairing World Refuge Day in 2010. Kate studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received degrees in Biology, English and German. She currently works as an ESL instructor at Bilingual Educational Institute, teaching refugee and non-refugee classes.
Quynh-Anh is a social worker, philanthropist and agent of change. As a nonprofit-enthusiast, she’s committed to, and involved in, a range of social change issues, including refugees, domestic violence, Asian American concerns, and Muscular Dystrophy. Quynh-Anh serves on the board of OUR Global Village, the parent nonprofit of The Community Cloth, and is a founding member of the Asian American Giving Circle.
As a proud “not-born-here-but-definitely-bred-here Houstonian”, Quynh-Anh hails from Vietnam, the beloved country from which her family fled as refugees after its fall to communism. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston, and is married to a wonderfully-supportive and patient husband/artist/professor.
Elizabeth has a great passion for assisting others and learning about new cultures. She has traveled extensively around the world since college, visiting places such as Nepal, Thailand and Dubai. She has spent 9 years in the corporate world as a management consultant for Accenture and Ernst & Young (EY). She's excited to use her business knowledge to fulfill her passions of helping others and learning about new cultures at The Community Cloth.
Elizabeth grew up in Lower Macungie, a small suburb just outside Allentown, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Connecticut, where she was the Captain of the Varsity Women's Tennis Team her Junior and Senior years.
Program Coordinator - Conractor
With a love for learning about new cultures, Katelin Cherry serves as The Community Cloth’s Program Coordinator focusing on providing administrative and communication duties to keep the program running smoothly as well as excellent client/customer service.
Katelin comes to The Community Cloth with experience working in a highly regulated and organized environment as a Biomedical Engineer. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, but quickly realized that engineering wasn’t her calling. After some much needed soul searching traveling and teaching English abroad, she moved to Houston and found her niche with The Community Cloth. She loves to build relationships with the refugee artisans and found that they quickly stole her heart.