Dan provides oversight and guidance for the different departments of Worthwhile Wear, keeping in mind the big picture and long term trajectory of the organization. He works with staff to innovate and find ways to not only serve more women each year, but to continually evaluate and improve Worthwhile Wear's services.
Prior to founding Worthwhile Wear, Dan spent close to 6 years working in marketing and sales at an engineering firm before he left everything to follow his desire to help survivors of human trafficking. Dan holds a BS from Clearwater Christian College, but attributes much of his education to his years spent growing up in Ukraine as a missionary kid. (More about that here.)
Dan enjoys getting to interact and connect with participants, staff, volunteers, donors, business partners, and other supporters associated with Worthwhile Wear. When Dan’s not laying the groundwork for Worthwhile Wear’s next steps, you’ll likely find him listening to a podcast and working on his latest project. Whether it be a broken engine, a circuit board that needs soldering or some carpentry work, Dan finds his happy place fixing things.
TINA TRANAUSKAS NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Tina engages with the community at both the local and national level to invite businesses, organizations, and individuals to join in the mission of Worthwhile Wear.
Prior to joining the Worthwhile Wear team, Tina was a part of a volunteer construction team for the Education and Counseling Center at The Well. As she learned more about the issue of human trafficking, she felt compelled to take action and be a part of the solution. Tina earned her BS degree from Kutztown University and also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from LaSalle University.
Tina was inspired through her professional experience working for the Travis Manion Foundation as she engaged with families of the fallen and harnessed the power of volunteers to serve their community. Now Tina enjoys inspiring others to engage in our mission. When she puts a pause on her work, you might find her out on a long distance run enjoying God’s creation.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Brooke helps oversee daily activities to ensure the different facets of Worthwhile Wear are running smoothly and moving forward.
Prior to Worthwhile Wear, Brooke spent a few years supporting various small business owners as they worked towards their business goals. She also flexed her creative muscles as a Director of Communications for her church through written and graphic design. These roles helped her to discover the joy in supporting others and shaped her analytical approach to work.
A strong believer in business being used as a force for good, Brooke was drawn to how Worthwhile Wear utilized their thrift business to support their programs. She’s worn a few hats since her early days as a thrift volunteer and now enjoys getting to be a part of all aspects of Worthwhile Wear (and still scratch that creative itch through marketing and planning events). She holds a BA degree from Eastern University. Although she may not work at Worthwhile Thrift anymore, outside of work you can likely find Brooke scouring her local thrift stores for her next great find or convincing her dog to give up the latest sock he discovered.
Ray coordinates opportunities for businesses to get involved in the mission of Worthwhile Wear while also playing a large part in resource development.
After 20 years in the restaurant industry and a few years as a strategic accounts consultant, Ray was ready to make a career change. His past experiences gave him the opportunity to work for and alongside various walks of life and also helped shape his business mindset.
Drawn to Worthwhile Wear’s foundational message of hope and restoration, he knew he wanted in. Ray enjoys being a part of the Worthwhile Wear team and the collective efforts that are invested in survivors as they work towards restoration. Ray holds a BS from Liberty University and a master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. When Ray’s not reminding us of an upcoming grant deadline, you might find him working on a personal podcast project that explores the criminological perspective of buyers, sellers, and victims of trafficking at the urban, suburban, and rural levels.
STORE MANAGER, WORTHWHILE THRIFT
Lauren leads the store team at our Collegeville Worthwhile Thrift in helping customers have a great experience finding thrifted treasures and learn about how their purchases support trafficking survivors.
Before joining the Worthwhile Wear team, Lauren met a survivor of human trafficking at her church that opened her eyes to the realities of modern day slavery. That ignited a desire for her to take action, so with her BA in Fashion Management, and a love of all things thrift, she found the retail side of Worthwhile Wear. Lauren enjoys the staff and volunteers she works with along with creating relationships with customers at the store.
Lauren holds a masters degree from Trinity Bible College & Theological Seminary, but feels that much of her character has been shaped by becoming a foster parent. Through that role she’s learned that oftentimes the most difficult things in life are the most worthwhile. When Lauren’s not beautifying the store (or beautifying her own home) you might find her squeezing in a few laps around the local ice rink before work.
LOGISTICS & FACILITIES MANAGER, WORTHWHILE THRIFT
Jason oversees the success and growth of Worthwhile Thrift donations, and he helps to maintain the overall facilities and equipment at our Collegeville thrift store.
Jason first heard about Worthwhile Wear when he volunteered at the Collegeville store for a work night. After learning more about the mission and interacting with the staff and volunteers, he knew it would be a great opportunity to have a career with meaningful impact.
After graduating from Millersville University with a BS Degree in Finance, he was an analyst for many years while also managing an operational team in the financial service industry. His previous experience has taught him the importance of time management and client service, and recently changing career paths has been very enjoyable for him. When Jason is not working at the Collegeville thrift store, you might find him gardening or trying a new build project.
STORE MANAGER, WORTHWHILE THRIFT
Nancy leads the store team at our Plumsteadville Worthwhile Thrift in helping customers have a great experience finding thrifted treasures and learn about how their purchases support trafficking survivors.
She was first introduced to Worthwhile Wear when Dan came to speak at her church. Once she learned more about the mission, she knew that she wanted to work with an organization that helps those in need, but especially for an issue that exists in her own backyard.
Her tenured thrift career has provided her with the essential skills needed to manage one of our thrift stores. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge and training in thrift retail and the research of high end and antique donation items to her Plumsteadville staff and volunteers. When Nancy is not at the thrift store, you might find her planning her next overseas adventure, road tripping to Disney World, or journaling with her collection of fountain pens - that is her absolute favorite!
ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER, WORTHWHILE THRIFT
Olivia works alongside the team members and helps with the daily operations of our Worthwhile Thrift in Plumsteadville.
Olivia’s favorite part of her role at Worthwhile Wear is working with so many great people who are passionate about ending human trafficking. Olivia has a desire to help others, and she is excited to further the mission of Worthwhile Wear alongside like-minded individuals.
Beginning at a young age, Olivia has always loved shopping for pre-loved items, and she enjoys seeing all of the unique pieces that the community donates to the thrift store. When Olivia is not at the thrift store you might find her studying for an upcoming college exam, designing florals, enjoying the outdoors or caring for animals, especially chickens which are her favorite!
PROGRAM ASSISTANT, THE WELL
Krista provides case management for all the participants at The Well and helps them connect with appropriate resources, taking into consideration what each woman’s specific needs are.
Krista discovered a passion for survivors after an eye-opening trip to Bolivia where she volunteered at a trauma center for survivors of sexual assualt. After learning more about trauma in college she found her way to the Worthwhile Wear team as an intern during her final year at Eastern University. Upon graduating with her degree in social work, she came on in her current role and now she gets to build on the personal relationships she created with the women when she started as an intern.
Krista enjoys having a front row seat to watch each participant grow and flourish into the person they were made to be. When Krista’s not coordinating the busy schedules of the participants, she’s probably searching for an undiscovered restaurant with some new foods she can sample.
COORDINATOR, WORTH IT
Erika coordinates, schedules and maintains relationships with local resources for our Worth It program.
For a long time, Erika has been attracted to positions that offered her the opportunity to train and help others. She knew early on that one day she would work in a role that would restore women. When a friend of Erika’s introduced her to Worthwhile Wear, she knew the coordinator role would fulfill her desire to serve survivors of human trafficking.
What Erika enjoys the most about working at Worthwhile Wear is the opportunity to get to know and spend time with the women who are a part of the Worth It program. When Erika is not checking in with Worth It participants, you will probably find her enjoying the outdoors and observing the intricacies of nature.
COORDINATOR, WORTH IT
Stephanie coordinates, schedules and maintains relationships with local resources for our Worth It program.
Prior to joining the Worthwhile Wear team, Stephanie was a volunteer and she always felt energized by being a part of the Worthwhile Wear mission to help each woman to realize their true worth and to experience freedom. Stephanie previously spent over a decade in a classroom setting, walking alongside her students and their families. She is passionate about helping others in their journey and she enjoys creating meaningful connections.
Her favorite part about working at Worthwhile Wear is two-fold: 1) the opportunity to work alongside dedicated staff and volunteers who share the same passion for reaching and serving women of human trafficking and 2) getting to know our program participants and supporting them in achieving their goals. When Stephanie is not working on the finer details of the Worth It program, you can likely find her spending her free time thrifting for treasures, being creative with her next DIY project and spending time with family.
Overcoming the issue of human trafficking is only accomplished as a team and we are grateful for the additional team members and volunteers that help us work toward that mission. Want to join our team? Check out current openings here.
Meet the minds that help lead and guide all the big decisions of Worthwhile Wear. We are very grateful for all the time and resources that our Board of Directors selflessly donate to make Worthwhile Wear succeed.
Our core values shape our goals, the culture of our organization, and is reflected in our programs and care for survivors of human trafficking.
This shapes our view that all people deserve dignity and respect.
We treat others as equals, plain and simple.
We’re always looking for ways to grow.
There’s much to be learned from each other.
We’re not here to “fix” anyone.
We do as we say.
It’s free to give, so we give generously.
We’re a small, but scrappy team.
Clear communication is our backbone.
We understand that our choices can affect the entire team.
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