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Our Team

Free To Be Kids is based in Seattle and currently staffed 100% by awesome women who are passionate about battling gender cliches and spreading positive messages one fashion statement at a time. Here's our team, presented in the order that they came on board.

Courtney Hartman - CEO

Courtney Hartman - CEO at Free To Be KidsCourtney founded Free To Be Kids in July 2015, a year after launching her first line, Jessy & Jack. She is our designer, marketing manager, and jack of all business-y trades. She has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and most recently spent seven years in various roles at Amazon before taking a leap of faith in September 2016 to dedicate herself full time Free To Be Kids. Her sweet and stylish five-year-old boy and fearless, exuberant three-year-old girl provide endless inspiration for her designs, and she can't believe how lucky she is to run a business she truly loves.

Kate Criss - Social Media

Kate Criss - Social Media at Free To Be Kids Kate is mom to two sweet boys and was a librarian, pre-kids. She had many diverse and fascinating interests before having children but cannot, at present, remember what they were. She does love to read, eat, and go to the beach. If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram and get a smile out of our uplifting posts once or twice each day (we're talking super cute kids and very sweet thoughts), you've got Kate to thank. She's our chief heartwarming officer, bringing good vibes and inspiration to your feed daily! 

Megan Bent - Screen Printer

Megan Bent - Screen Printer at Free To Be KidsMegan Bent is a Seattle based artist, screen printer, teaching artist, and activist. She received her MFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012. She has been a professional screen printer since 2012, and loves the process of creating wearable art with positive messages. Her artwork has been exhibited widely across the United States in exhibitions at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO, The Arts at Marks Garage in Honolulu, HI, The Mighty Tieton Warehouse in Tieton, WA, and the Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville, VA. Megan has been an artist in residence at the Honolulu Museum of Art and McGuffey Art Center in Virginia, she has been a featured community exhibitor in the Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA and an exhibiting artist at Critical Junctures: The Work of Art at Emory University. To see more of her artwork visit:



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