|Melissa Mangan, Owner
Melissa has a bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics Education, a Masters degree in Computer Science Education which led Melissa to teach Mathematics and Computer Science for 15 years in Oregon at many levels. Melissa is married to a wonderful man, Pat and has two children, Katrina and Nicholas. Melissa's husband transferred with Hewlett Packard to Colorado and after a 2 year "retirement" to settle the family in Colorado, Melissa looked around for something to do. Linda Lilly hired Melissa to demonstrate and sell sewing machines for Viking. About one year later, Melissa and Linda switched roles and Melissa became the manager of Viking Gallery.
Approximately one year later, Melissa was hired to work for the corporate office of SVP (formerly VSM) as a Business and Sales trainer for Viking, Pfaff and Singer dealers across the nation. Melissa's specialty was creating a fun and active store, with special skills in Software, Embroidery and Sergers. Melissa helped the company in a number of projects including Web trainings for dealers internationally in 4D, 5D, 6D and Premier software and no more traveling....just have fun, play with friends... and SEW!
Melissa recovered from a near-death experience in 2016 and has since vowed to sew more, play more and enjoy the store and all of you MORE!
|Pat Mangan, Store Owner
Pat has most of his adult life worked in the computer and manufacturing industry. He has a Bachelors degree in Commercial Industrial Fitness. His passion is to make Melissa happy, hence the store. Pat will be the tall, quiet guy you might see in the office, balancing books, working on the webpage, keeping the electronics and network at the store functioning perfectly.
|Candy Brachle, staff
Candy Brachle began her sewing experiences as a teenager, learning first from her mother. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Home Economics, Consumer Science. She and her husband owned a Custom Window Covering Business for 30 years on the Western Slope, primarily working in Aspen and Vail. In Albuquerque, Candy managed the window covering department in a large retail store. She comes to us with extensive experience in home furnishing sewing, hand embroidery and quilting. One of her objectives is to introduce the satisfaction and joy of sewing to those who are just getting started.
|Jan Weber, Staff
Jan has been living in the Fort Collins area since 1998. She moved here with her husband of 53 years. She was an International Trainer with Raychem Corp. and then a Project Manager at IBM before her retirement. They have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.
Jan started sewing at a very young age. She lost her mother at age 10, and found it necessary to make her own clothes from that time on. Sewing for her daughters as they grew up was a must as well. She started quilting about 15 years ago and has taken many classes to aid in the discovery and techniques for better quilts.
Quilting definitely gets in the blood. Making something beautiful but simple and easy is a must when you have a busy schedule. Thus the concepts of triangle squares.
|Melody Busch, Staff/product management
Melody is a Colorado native, born and raised in and near Fort Collins. She went to elementary and high school in Loveland Colorado and attended Colorado State University. She graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics Education and then taught Home EC for 6 years, owned her own fabric shop for 4 years, and then was a Moda sales rep. for the last 32 years. Melody has been sewing for 50+ years. She has been married to Jim for 45 years.
Melody "retired" last November and has been at the Sewing Circle since December 2018 working even harder! She is a wealth of knowledge about sewing and products. Do not hesitate to stop in and ask her questions!
|April Liverie, Staff/Social Media
April and her husband, Travis, love to play with ferrets. You may sometimes see signs that "Simon," their special needs ferret, is playing in the shipping department! April loves to sew for animals and has a thriving side-business making beds for them!
|Nataliia Smirnova, Staff
Nataliia is a recent immigrant from the Ukraine with a 18-year-old daughter in high school. She enjoys sewing, gardening and traveling. She has a nursing degree, industrial sewing degree and a masters degree in Ecology. Nataliia grew up in the Ukraine and is very happy here in Fort Collins. She met her husband while he was living / working in the Ukraine and they both moved back to the USA. She is a beekeepers wife! Don't be afraid to ask her about bees!
|Johnna Foster, Staff
After her successful 25+ year hospitality career ended due to COVID-19, Johnna found herself in a perfect position to pursue other passions. When she walked in the door at The Sewing Circle, everything around her lit up and she heard the angels singing something operatic! Melissa couldn’t get her to stay away, finally gave up, and agreed to put her on staff! In her down time, Johnna enjoys being with her very handsome (and extremely patient) and supportive hubby, Jeff (you may find them at the neighborhood craft brewery); laughing with any of their 4 kiddos; mountain time; creating; snuggin’ with her fur babes; giving April a hard time, and shopping . . . at The Sewing Circle. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be of service to our wonderful customers (their stories are precious!), work with fun-loving people, and learn so much!
|Ariele Coster, Staff
Ariel began her sewing journey when she was 6 years old with her Oma's (Grandmother's) guidance. She has been sewing all different kinds of projects and loving the process of learning every day! She was lucky enough to live in Brazil for a year. While she was there she learned Portuguese and loved learning the culture. When she came home she finished both an associates of Arts degree & a cosmetology degree. She can't wait to learn and help customers with any new projects!
|Annika Waisanen, Staff
Annika is a third year at Colorado State University studying Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Business Administration. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and hopes to join the club soccer team after the pandemic. In her free time she enjoys hiking, painting, scuba diving, and surfing! Annika is very excited to be working at The Sewing Circle with the incredible staff, and the opportunities to learn new hobbies while getting to know the Fort Collins community.
Rachel Shirlaw, Staff