Leadership Team

 

Eileen Mockus| President + CEO

Growing up in a household where her mother and five sisters all sewed, Eileen Mockus has been passionate about textiles as long as she can remember. Eileen pursued a bachelor of science in textile and clothing from the University of California, Davis, and a master of science in business administration, with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship, from San Francisco State University. Eileen learned about entrepreneurship first-hand while developing new products for the North Face, and honed her business development and branding skills at Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen. At these and other iconic brands, such as Patagonia, she made use of her deep knowledge of the technical side of the textile business, working in fabric development, materials testing, product development and sourcing. She first became interested in organic cotton and improved processing for textiles while visiting manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia. The challenge of making high-quality products in a way that is respectful to the people who make them, as well as to the earth, drew her to Coyuchi and helps guide her vision for the company as we grow. Contact Eileen at emockus@coyuchi.com.

 

Mark A. Werling | VP of Finance + CFO

Mark A. Werling grew up in the North County of San Diego, where he developed a deep love of nature, particularly the ocean, with its ability to calm, challenge and inspire at any given moment. As a consultant for a large, regional accounting firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, he served as interim CFO/controller for organizations in various stages of hyper-growth and turnaround. Mark's past experience includes industry expertise with Johnson & Johnson and six years in public accounting auditing both public and private companies. Mark is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and a Certified Valuation Analysis (CVA). He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BSC from Santa Clara University. He joined Coyuchi in early 2013 as the CFO & VP of Finance. He still heads to the beach to relax and recharge.

 

Melissa Godes | Director, Ecommerce + Marketing

When Melissa Godes goes for a hike, she finds treasure on the trail. Beautiful rocks, shells, fossils and even moss find their way home in her pockets. It's fitting, then, that she's responsible for helping Coyuchi to bring the best of nature into customer's homes every day. Responsible for the digital representation of the Coyuchi brand, Melissa oversees marketing, merchandising and production. She began her career in marketing at eBay, tailoring customers’ online shopping experiences to their interests. Next, she joined Gap Inc.’s Piperlime, then a new brand offering online shoppers a small, curated-boutique experience. There, she was instrumental in driving brand awareness and improving marketing effectiveness. Melissa later launched Gap’s first European website, an endeavor that called for a unique strategy: reframing the brand for the European market while staying true to its American heritage. Melissa is passionate about her role at Coyuchi: helping make a small, singular brand accessible to everyone. 

 

Kim Tercero | Director of Operations

A Bay Area native and proud daughter of Central American immigrants, Kim Tercero has a passion for supporting community causes. As a student at University of California at Davis and University of California at Los Angeles, her scholarship work was grounded in creating healthy, sustainable and thriving communities. Her post-collegiate career found her making meaningful contributions at both non-profits like the Central American Resource Center, and for-profit ventures including World of Good. Kim currently oversees all Information Technology/Systems, Distribution, and Customer Service operations at Coyuchi.  She understands by way of practical experience how the success of mission-driven companies can uplift the communities in which they serve. As a manager, she seeks to challenge her team to be inspired by, and to cultivate, Coyuchi’s values of sustainability and quality. 

 

Andrea Azar | VP, Merchandising + Product

Andrea Azar has been passionate about retail since college, when she landed her first job in the industry. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Ohio State, she became Inventory Planner for the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue and later pursued her passion for merchandising as part of their NY-based buying and production teams. She moved to San Francisco a decade later to work first in Brand Management for Levi Strauss and then as Director of Marketing for a software company focused on linking retail buyers with their suppliers around the globe. After two years working with a start-up, she returned to  her merchandising roots at Pottery Barn, later becoming Director of Merchandising there. Andrea put her extensive experience to work as a consultant after the birth of her first son, advising retailers on product development, brand building and growing new categories of business. While consulting for Coyuchi, she realized the opportunity for organic textiles and sustainable home furnishings in the current market, and feeling an immediate connection to the company and its mission, she joined our team.

 

 

Board of Directors

 

Kevin R. Brine | Chairman of the Board

Kevin R Brine, a father, writer and independent scholar, discovered his passion for the organic farming movement in the early 1970s when he ran a bio-dynamic farm in upstate New York. Trained in soil science at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Agriculture, he worked as a soil analyst at the UW Soil and Plant Analysis Lab before joining Wall Street in the late 1970s where he served on the Board of Sanford C Bernstein & Co, Inc. from 1985 to 2000.  Mr. Brine has served as trustee of New York University, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Spence School and The World Monument Fund; in addition, Mr. Brine co-founded the Children’s Pediatric AIDS Foundation at New York Hospital and served as a Public Overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College. Mr. Brine holds a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA in English and American Literature from New York University and a MBA from the Stern School of Business, NYU. With his wife, Jessica E Smith, Mr. Brine co-founded Artemis IV, LLC, The Fund for Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E Smith and Kevin R Brine Charitable Fund.  His most recent book, Models of Finance, co-authored with Mary Poovey, is scheduled to be published in 2016 by University of Chicago Press.

 

Jessica Smith | Board Member

Jessica Smith is a mother, artist, and philanthropist.   Like many mothers, her commitment to organic cotton and sustainable agriculture began with the birth of her first child. A supporter of healthy-living choices, Ms. Smith advocates organic and sustainably -grown home products for their value, beauty, and responsibility to the environment and the artisans who created them. Ms. Smith, a graduate of Swarthmore College, studied painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Chautauqua Institution, The Art Students League and The   New York Studio School, where, she later served as Program Director.  With her husband Kevin R Brine, Ms. Smith co-founded Artemis IV, LLC, The Fund For Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E Smith and Kevin R Brine Charitable Fund.  Ms. Smith lives with her husband, Kevin R Brine, and her three boys in Santa Barbara, California and New York City, where she serves on the board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

 

Ranjeet Bhatia  |  Board Member 

Ranjeet Bhatia is co-founder and managing director at Saffron Hill Ventures. Prior to Saffron Hill Ventures, Ranjeet worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. While at Loot he worked closely with business partners and financiers to structure Loot's strategic and financial requirements in preparation for sale. Ranjeet has had a long term interest in environmental technology and policy, and worked in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian, and as an intern in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy.

Ranjeet earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, an MA. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA. in Environmental Science from Occidental College. 

 

Steven Alan  |  Board Member 

Fashion pioneer Steve Alan knows the power of good design and the limitless potential of textiles. He opened his first retail store in 1994 in New York, stocking the shelves and racks with pieces from an eclectic group of emerging designers, and quickly became known for his keen eye and his subversive take on classics. In 1999, he launched the Steven Alan Collection, his own line of casual wardrobe essentials, winning legions of loyal followers for his modern twists on quintessentially American style. Since then, he has assembled a mini fashion empire, with eponymous stores across the US, a showroom that represents 20 apparel and accessories designers and his collection sold in more than 300 stores worldwide. As a board member since 2013, Steven brings his love of textiles and his formidable retail expertise to bear for Coyuchi.