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 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 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!
Hayley Woods - Fulfillment and Print Shop Manager
Hayley Woods is a young mom who's as sick of forced gender norms as you are. She spends most of her time chasing a speedy toddler and wishing Seattle's weather was more conducive to non-frizzy hair. A feminist, an activist, an aspiring lawyer, a student, and so much more, Hayley also operates as the Free To Be Kids Fulfillment and Print Shop Manager.
Megan Bent - Screen Printer
Megan 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: www.meganbent.com