Board of Directors
Krysti Wright, Executive Director
Krysti Wright was raised in Paradise, California. She learned to sew from her mother, and gained a love for quilting by watching her grandmother as a very young girl. Krysti's father encouraged her to begin her love of service when he told her of a family who lost their home in a fire. She felt very sad for this family and wanted to share her treasured half dollar with them. Her dad encouraged her to give knowing it would not necessarily help the family but would start a seed of love for service to take hold of her heart for years to come.
She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where she met and married Victor Wright. They raised eight children and have 7 grandchildren, with two on the way. As a young mother, Krysti babysat children, sewed quilt tops for a local quilting shop, and started hand quilting for customers to help with their growing family.
Krysti has been a local scout leader, a girls camp director and held leadership rolls in her local church. She loves learning in creative ways and encouraged her children to seek for themselves what their passion in life is. At one point her family combined with other neighborhood homeschool families where she taught the Jr. High group drama, costumes, cooking, and hands-on science classes. Krysti has also sewn and designed costumes for her son's ballroom dance team. Her Mahogany chapter of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers asked her to be their secretary where she served for six years. Lastly, she ran a quilting business for over 25 years which brought her a lot of joy.
In 2016 Krysti and her husband founded Stitching Hearts Worldwide, allowing her to use many of her talents to serve others. It is all the wonderful people she serves with and meets along this Stitching Hearts journey that bring great joy to her life!
Mark Einerson, Board Member
Mark lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah where he graduated from High School
back in 1966. He attended Brigham Young University and Utah Technical
College and graduated with an Associate's degree in Business and Marketing
Management. He served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western State Mission (Colorado and New
Mark served 6 years as supply quartermaster in an artillery unit in the Army
National Guard from 1972-1978. Mark has had many types of jobs from mowing lawns, farm duties, and picking fruit to work in construction. After
marrying Shauna Adamson in 1972 he began working in banking where he
remained until 2008 when he retired after 35 years. During that period he held
numerous positions and job titles from teller to eventually Executive Vice
Mark enjoys walking, hiking, dancing, all the arts and music of all kinds. He
really enjoys road trips, back road sightseeing, hunting, fishing, and camping..
He's retired but works without pay part-time in his son's cabinet business and
volunteers in church and other civic organizations when opportunities present
Barbara Kodra, Board Member
Barbara Ann (Fish) Kodra was born on Long Island, New York where she was
raised until her early youth. Her father’s career required the family to move
several times and she ultimately graduated from high school from the
International School of Bangkok. She completed an Associate’s Degree from
Brigham Young University and then served a full-time mission for the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Florida, Tallahassee Mission. After
returning from her mission, Barbara married Anton Kodra III and they are the
parents of 5 sons, grandparents to 12 (and counting) grandchildren.
Barbara has always felt service to others is important. When she was
diagnosed with cancer in 2005, the service she and her family received made
a deep impression on her. Service became the main focus in her life. After
moving to Utah in 2007 she became acquainted with the LDS Humanitarian
Center, where she was able to use their resources to sew a variety of items.
She became a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and served a Church Service
Mission in Utah, Provo Mission. She had the opportunity to serve with
BYU Women’s Conference for a number of years as a team member, project
leader, Sub Committee Member of the Committee over Service and ultimately
served on the BYU Women’s Conference Committee and Chaired the Sub
Committee over Service which provides an opportunity for the thousands of
women attending the conference to participate in service projects.
Joe Miller, Board Member
Joe Miller is a technical support engineer for Altair Engineering Inc. Before accepting a full-time position in technical support, he has worked in a myriad of positions, including American Sign Language interpreter, web/application developer, recruiting administrator, technical analyst, and technical consultant to many SMBs. Though recently joining Altair, Joe has published technical papers, is a trainer of longer-term employees, and is involved in multiple projects to improve overall support of the team.
Originally from Yelm, WA, Joe took advantage of Washington’s Running Start program and entered into full-time college at 16 with a focus in psychology, computers, and business. He then served a 2-year full-time mission for the LDS church in Baltimore, Maryland, serving in leadership positions or special assignments early on until the end of term. Maryland proved the gestation of many principles and paths of life. He met his future wife and found enjoyment in the service of others, particularly those with special needs.
Joe obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with concentrations in project management and enterprise applications from Brigham Young University - Idaho all while working as a web developer and data analyst/consultant for the same school. Now living back in Washington State with his wife and four children, he is an avid supporter of healthy living through physical and mental activities. He loves helping homeschool his children and watching them obtain those “Eureka” moments in life.
Amber Irwin, Board Member
Amber Irwin is an accomplished Creative Director with over a decade of experience in content marketing and brand development. Her talents include graphic design, photography, film editing, copywriting, and operational management to name a few.
Born and raised in the heart of California, she spent most of her childhood fascinated with comic books, playing video games with her brothers, and making silly short films with her friends. She graduated high school with honors and a full scholarship to the SAE Institute, which specializes in training for audio engineering, 3D animation, and film.
Graduating from SAE Institute with a Bachelor's in Digital Visual Media, she spent her early career as a Texture & UX designer for several video game studios in the Bay Area. After many years, she and her husband made the move to Utah where she got her start as a Creative Director and company consultant. She now has since retired from the corporate sector to become a licensed foster parent alongside her husband and enjoy the company of her young sons at home. Amber now spends her days extending her talents to non-profit organizations, as well as working on personal passion projects that promote spiritual development and women's empowerment.
Alicia Preece, Executive Secretary
Alicia fell in love with Stitching Hearts Worldwide in 2018 with their youth
summer events. That first event was enough to encourage Alicia to get
involved by designing and managing the Stitching Hearts website, Facebook,
and other administrative projects.
Alicia was born and raised in the Provo/Orem area and graduated from UVU
with a BS in Information Systems and Administrative Management. She has
worked for the Mountainland Technical College for over 15 years teaching
Business Technology courses on campus and on-site with private companies
around Utah and Salt Lake Valley through the MTECH's Customized Training
Alicia married Daniel Preece in 1999 and after 11 years in Orem they moved
their family to Pleasant Grove where they have resided the last 8 years. She
has 4 boys and 1 girl, ages high school to preschool who keep her jumping.
Alicia loves to exercise and spend her time outdoors, camping, hiking, and
more recently snowshoeing. She has trained and competed in running, biking,
and triathlon races around northern Utah. In what spare time she has, Alicia is
an avid reader and manages the local elementary school’s Take Home