Our Volunteer Educators
Tamara Albrecht – Director of Volunteer Experience – Raleigh
Though born in Iowa, Tamara calls herself a Raleigh native. (She got here as soon as she could!) She began babywearing when her nephew was born in 2011. Though at first skeptical of the practice (What’s babywearing? Why would anyone need more than one carrier?!) she figured out quickly how wonderful it was to “wear” a baby! When her daughter arrived in 2013 she started attending Triangle Babywearers events (then known as BWI of the Triangle) regularly and soon decided to volunteer. As an educator, Tamara loves teaching about her favorite carriers, ring slings. When not chasing her daughter or working on a project for Triangle Babywearers she geeks out over fantasy genre novels, Doctor Who, and knitting and crocheting. She’s also a self declared hot tea snob.
Andrea Farris – Cary
Andrea is originally from North Carolina and currently lives with her family in Mebane. Her days are spent homeschooling her 3 children, running a local homeschooling group, and helping occasionally at Grow, the family boutique. She loves to crochet, sew, and do anything creative; and sells some of her pieces at her Etsy shop Austere Twist. Andrea has worn all of her children but wore her youngest from birth. She discovered her passion for babywearing after the birth of her third child and loves teaching new moms how to make life with a new baby easier through wearing. Her favorite carriers are wraps and SSC’s.
Sarah Gonzales- Raleigh
Summer Lane- Raleigh
Chamberlyn Kitchens Marks- Raleigh
Chamberlyn lives in Wake Forest with her husband, three sons (8, 5, & 1), eight chickens, two goats, and two cats. She started babywearing using a Moby wrap when her eldest son was born, and she discovered Triangle Babywearers in early 2011 when he was 6 months old and she wanted to try a woven wrap. Eight years, two more kids, and countless carriers later, she finally was able to become a volunteer to help support other caregivers and sing the praises of babywearing. She is currently finishing up her second Master’s degree and spends her free time reading, hiking, doing yoga, leading a Free Forest School, and crocheting for her Etsy shop, CKMcreative.
Elizabeth (Ely) Neely – Vice President – Raleigh
Stephanie Raeman- Cary
Stephanie is an out-and-about Mom of two vivacious boys. She started babywearing her first when he was a newborn, and drawn to the beauty and versatility off woven wraps, joined Triangle Babywearers to try everything. After her second child was born, she returned as a volunteer to help other caregivers learn to love babywearing, too!
Jeanne Serrette – President of the Board – Cary
Jeanne lives in Southern Wake County, technically Fuquay-Varina but just barely, with her husband Dave and their six children – three dogs, two cats, and one tiny human named Mattie, Mathilde if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. She started babywearing her niece and became an educator before she had a baby of her own to wear. In April of 2015, she unintentionally became a self-fashioned “expert” on preemie babywearing when her tiny human made a hasty entrance into the world six weeks ahead of schedule. When not proselytizing the benefits of wearing all the babies, she works as a Boutique Goddess at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center. She originally hails from South Louisiana, and pronouncing her name correctly on first attempt without assistance will earn you one Trader Joe’s one pound chocolate bar.
Sarah Siegel – Chapel Hill
Sarah lives in Carrboro with her husband, 2 kids and 1 cats. She started babywearing soon after her son was born in 2011, quickly fell in love with it, and started volunteering with Triangle Babywearers (then known as BWI-Triangle) soon after. Like many babywearers she started wearing with buckle carriers. She then discovered ring slings and by the time her son was a preschooler she mostly wore him when hiking, on her back in a meh dai. When her daughter was born she found the love for woven wraps. Trying all the carriers and wraps soon became a favorite hobby. In 2017 she became a professional babywearing educator by starting her business, Bluebird Babywearing! She loves helping people learn about babywearing whether as a volunteer or professionally.
Alex Sparrow – Raleigh
Alex lives in Raleigh, NC with her 4 yr old son and 18 month old daughter. Her family can be found enjoying their love for outdoor things like camping and hiking. As an educator, she loves learning about and teaching tandem carries. The woven wrap is her go to carrier, especially brands like Vatanai and Kokadi for their long tapered tails, and Shiny Star Designs for its local origins.
Katherine Troutman- Chapel Hill
Erin Crook – Director of Community Engagement – Durham
Erin lives in Durham with her husband, 3yo son, four dogs, and a cat! She’s still relatively new to the area, but loves everything the Triangle has to offer! She can often be found hiking with her son, dogs, and various friends. Erin works part time as a dog trainer, runs the Durham branch of Hike It Baby, and volunteers with two dog breed specific rescue groups in addition to her work with Triangle Babywearers as a volunteer educator in training and the Director of Community Engagement.
Jess lives in Cary with her husband Alex, daughters Charlotte and Maisie. She became interested in babywearing when she was pregnant with Charlotte and decided to start with a buckle carrier and a moby wrap, which were a big help in the first few weeks when Charlotte wanted to be held what seemed like 24/7! She quickly fell in love with wearing and discovered the fun/challenge of woven wraps. Outside of babywearing she works full time at IQVIA as a pharmacovigilance specialist and enjoys running, hiking with her family, and a good book or podcast.
Kathryn Mercer – Director of Financial Management – Chapel Hill
Kathryn is a stay at home mom that lives in Durham with her husband Jeremy, daughter Kennedy and son Jackson. She started babywearing when Kennedy was first born with a buckle carrier but became more interested when she was pregnant with her son and had a 1 year old that still wanted to be held. Buckle carriers are still her favorite, but she’s also fallen in love with the versatility of meh dais and ring slings since becoming a volunteer. Outside of babywearing she enjoys cooking, basketball (soooooo much basketball), true crime podcasts and child-free leisurely walks through Target.
Katie Johnson Parker- Raleigh
Pitchayapa (Farrah) Shapiro- Durham
Farrah is a transplant from Thailand. She started wearing her son the first month in a SSC but as soon as the NC summer hit, she discovered ring slings through Triangle Babywearers. She then became fascinated by all the different types of carriers and ways to wear babies and toddlers! In addition to her love of babywearing, Farrah works full-time for a Contract Research Organization (Clinical Research), enjoys cooking & craft beer (at the same time!), and volunteers as a Food truck rodeo Coordinator for her Northgate Park Neighborhood.
Erica Young – Director of Libraries (Lead Librarian) – Chapel Hill