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Our Team

Kula means community and making this small (but important) piece of gear is a true team effort. We strive to keep our supply chain completely transparent - even our fabric and labels are manufactured in the United States! Each Kula is lovingly handmade by skilled operators (that's right, there is no Kula robot or Kula machine!). 

 

 

Founder and Chief Adventure Officer - Anastasia Allison
Anastasia and her husband Aaron live in the Seattle area, where she spends most of her time inventing new ways to 'work' in the backcountry. Anastasia is the violinist for The Musical Mountaineers and when she isn't eating/sleeping/breathing Kula, she runs a private coaching practice for aspiring adventurepreners.  

 

You get to eat one food for the rest of your life, what is it? Pizza. How is this even a legitimate question? 
Guilty pleasure: Britney Spears music
Hidden talent: I can ride the unicycle and I own a 5ft tall giraffe unicycle.

 

 

Chief Gratitude Guru - Mare Ruland


Mare resides in rural North Carolina with her family and resident enlightened master Luna aka their dog.  When she is not answering pee cloth emergency emails or finding funny memes to send to founder Anastasia, she can be found raising her children or frolicking around the peace of the earth she calls home. Mare is passionate about our connectedness to  nature and raising children in a space that honors this. She is drawn to philanthropic endeavors and has a strong drive to support grassroots organizations, particularly those that are helping to diversify outdoor spaces. Mare hopes to eventually take over the Kula empire so her sister can live on an island off grid. Then, subsequently take over the world. She also likes to take naps so that may take a few years.

 

You get to eat one food for the rest of your life, what is it? Gluten free Fried Chicken

Guilty pleasure: copious amounts of fancy fizzy water

Hidden talent: super manifestation powers 

 

Creative Director - Amanda McIntyre

 

Amanda Nicole McIntyre is a Denville, NJ artist. Painting since childhood, she always loved to capture the beauty of nature. She is inspired by the foxes and bears that pass through her backyard and the rolling hills, wildflowers and mountains of New England. Amanda is also a seasoned graphic designer, specializing in branding with backgrounds in both print and web design. You can find more of Amanda's art on her website.  

 

When Amanda isn’t painting you can find her walking in the woods and playing at the park with her husband Kevin and toddler son Ash. She is currently teaching her son the abstract art of finger painting.

 

You get to eat one food for the rest of your life, what is it? Dumplings

Guilty pleasure: Watching the Office or New Girl with a glass of white wine

Hidden talent: Tossing a flag around, I was in the color guard in high school

 



Chief Adventure Catalyst (Kulapalooza Events) - Allison Tapert

Allison Tapert is a writer, graphic designer and event planner that began exploring swamps, creeks and other muddy places when she was just four years old.  At the age of 50, she decided to obsessively encourage others to find their joy through outdoor adventures.  She embarked on a career as an adventure catalyst, a term she coined for herself after goading her friends into outdoor activities.   She’s an avid hiker, backpacker and swimmer with a love for rivers, lakes and waterfalls.  When she’s not staring at a computer screen, or planning the next great adventure, you can find her hiking to alpine lakes and jumping in for no good reason. 

One food for the rest of my life: Spanish Paella cause it’s got a little bit of everything

Guilty Pleasure: Anything fun (cause I’m Catholic).  

Hidden Talent: I can make my pupils dilate and shake back and forth  

 

Pawsative Production Specialist - Cinder

Cinder is a Siberian Forest Cat who is responsible for proofing our completely custom, one-of-a-kind fabric. Every single fabric proof is inspected by paw to make sure that it meets our high standards.  

You get to eat one food for the rest of your life, what is it? Freeze dried chicken bits

Guilty pleasure: Meowing ad nauseum for attention 

Hidden talent: Can sit comfortably with limbs in awkwardly arranged postures.