Three New Team Members? Again? Yup! Come Meet Them

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Here at Modern Soapmaking, we recently doubled our team - again! We put out the call for a new Success Coordinator, and our applicants were so amazing that not only did we hire a Success Coordinator, but we also found our new Director of Operations and Marketing Assistant. It's been a dream come true for our team, and we know that y'all have been feeling the love. 

So give it up for our three new team members Cherise Green (Success Coordinator), Kathrine Dykes (Director of Operations), and Katelynn Durbin (Marketing Assistant)! Read on and learn all about the three new people supporting you on your soapy road to success.

Cherise Green, Success Coordinator

Greetings Modern Soapmaking badass rockstars! My name is Cherise, and I am thrilled to be your new Success Coordinator!  

When shit hit the fan in early 2020, I decided to roll with the punches and do something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the time to - start my own business!

As part of that chapter, I stumbled into the vast expanse of Modern Soapmaking, when I was researching some sciency-soapmaking stuff. I started soaking up the information and fell in love with just how easy it was to digest. When the opportunity to join the team presented itself, I jumped at the chance to learn from, and grow alongside, the amazing team and the members of this community. 

Currently, my husband and I reside in an up-and-coming town in Tennessee, along with my younger sister and her adorable, self-proclaimed ruler of the free world - orange tabby; Simba. When we’re not working (or I’m not making soap), we enjoy grilling out/cooking, lakeside fishing, video games, whiskey/moonshine tours, and traveling. 

I am Caribbean-American and was raised on four different Caribbean islands; a far cry from my cold and wintery Michigan birthplace! I come from a rich blend of Jamaican and Aruban blood, and have the feisty tongue to show for it. I am also a HUGE nerd, so don’t be alarmed by Star Wars references or Dr. Who quotes or memes. (I don’t think I realized how major my nerd-osity was until I pulled a Gandalf move on the cat as he was trying to sneak into my bathroom.) 

I look forward to getting to know each of you better and to serving your Modern Soapmaking needs!

Kathrine Dykes, Director of Operations

Hey, rockstars! I'm Kathrine, the new Director of Operations at Modern Soapmaking. Before joining the Modern Soapmaking team, you might have seen me hanging out in the community as a Next Level member or tackling a homework assignment right alongside you in Soapmaker to Moneymaker. But if not, it's so nice to meet you! My job is to keep everything running smooth, on time, and in an organized*ish fashion while the arsonists in the room burn shit down (y'all know who you are). 

I love this community, and I'm so excited to help you build the biz of your dreams, one that works for you and fits your lifestyle, not the other way around. I want to see you in the driver's seat, taking control of your future, kicking ass, and making bank. And I want to help you avoid the same mistakes I made in my own soap business. 

When I'm not behind the scenes organizing and neatly stacking the logs for the fire, I'm usually hanging out with and homeschooling my three young kiddos, reading, or binge-watching something random on Hulu (because the struggle trying to get the 9-month-old to sleep at night is real). I have a background in 3D computer graphics and animation (video game environment art was kinda my jam). And I'm a pretty serious nerd. I may have even played a Sith apprentice in a Star Wars fan film once. Spoiler alert: my character didn’t make the sequel.

Katelynn Durbin, Marketing Assistant

Hey, y’all! My name is Katelynn Durbin, and I’m the new Marketing Assistant at Modern Soapmaking. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic team. You may have seen me pop in during co-working sessions, and I’ve spoken with a few of you during workshops. I’m so excited to get more involved in the community and support you in chasing your dreams. 

Fun fact: I’m currently the only person on the Modern Soapmaking team who isn’t a soapmaker! I stumbled upon Kenna and Modern Soapmaking while helping my sister-in-law with her soap biz.

For years I’d been longing to leave the accounting world and pursue a more creative career.  I fell in love with writing and photography in college but hadn’t found the right opportunity to make the leap until now! I get giddy about content creation, branding, and graphics, but the fact that I get to wake up every day and support Modern Soapmaking’s growth is the greatest reward. This job brings me so much joy because even though I’m working behind the scenes, I get to have a small part in helping you reach your highest potential.

When I’m not working, I enjoy writing, wine, wandering around in nature, and spending time with my wonderfully wild son. I’m an INFJ, Enneagram 4w5, and a Questioner with a rebellious streak.

But that’s enough about me - I can’t wait to get to know you all better, and I’m super excited to be part of your success story!

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