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MEET RALLY BEADS CO-FOUNDERS

Rally Beads Bracelets, created by Lisa Blaber with her good friend and business partner Helene Delaney, tell an important story that is metaphorically and stylishly full circle.  With a degree in marketing, a life-long love for and interest in design and a conviction that each of us can make a difference in the world, Lisa sees Rally Beads as the perfect expression of what she loves to do,  and how she loves to do it—which is to say, all in.  She learned everything she could about the beads and their mystical meanings; polished up her design skills, mastered the nuances of creating a brand identity and got stringing.  The bracelets that emerged were more than just beautiful but a real way to support and celebrate what is important, and to give back to organizations and causes that are especially meaningful and that she has long supported. The name itself speaks to Lisa’s outlook on life.  With almost twenty years of cheering on her daughters—and her family, friends and neighbors, and community—at horse shows, regattas, soccer games and track meets, and through every kind of challenge in all sorts of arenas—Lisa gave Rally Beads a name, a purpose and a passion.                                                                                                                                                      

 On any given day, co-founder Helene Delaney can be found doing a little bit of everything at Rally Beads: design, sales and customer service and her favorite part— creating unique and beautiful bracelets one bead at a time. Each bracelet truly is a labor of love and Helene likes nothing more than creating a a one-of-a-kind piece for someone to give or to keep for herself.  While jewelry design is a professional leap from where she started—a degree in economics and a job with a big insurance company—making beautiful bracelets has become a passion and a natural progression for someone who has always been committed to making a positive difference. She and Lisa have always been kindred spirits, having met—and becoming fast friends--when they had daughters in kindergarten.  Soon they began collaborating on everything from neighborhood parties for dozens of friends to galas for hundreds of people to raise money and awareness for cancer, for children and families in Camden and for their community.  For Helene, a mother of three, community service is all in a day’s work, having always been willing to roll up her sleeves and getting the job done. Rally Beads extends her reach—beautiful beads paired with inspirational words and symbols designated for local charities; bracelets that offer words of encouragement or congratulations; each one tells a story,  embodies positive energy that you can wear on your wrist.


 

MEET THE RALLY TEAM

Meet Maureen Dodson, our newest team member—she brings a fresh approach to getting out the word on Rally Beads and cultivating our presence on line and in boutiques.  She has lots of enthusiasm for our designs and often sports a wristful of  Amazonite, which, she  swears, keeps her calm and centered even in traffic.  Maureen has a background as a journalist and public affairs professional and like Helene and Lisa, has donated a lot of time and creative energy to the causes she holds dear.

 Five things Maureen would rally for:

  • Dinner out anywhere with my husband and three children –hard to get them in the same state let alone the same table  
  • A passport stamp   
  • Beach time  
  • Live music in a small venue   
  • A 3rd set tie breaker-go Cats!


Meet Liliana Brenner, Rally Bead’s web designer and developer, is both engineer and artist, and both skill sets have been put to use in bringing the Rally Beads website to life.  Born in Mexico, Liliana studied engineering in the United States and soon found herself living in Germany and finishing her education in England.  Her engineering background got put to good use in the burgeoning web development industry and she began to develop websites, while raising her three children.  She resides in Johns Creek, Georgia now.  Although she has traveled all over the world, she had never seen Dalmatian gemstones before, and they are now her favorite Rally Beads—she can tell you how much she loves them in three languages!

Five things Liliana would rally for:

  • A chance to see the sky in Alaska! It is on my bucket list
  • Being in the great outdoors especially with friends - I keep an inflatable kayak in my car and use it any chance I get
  • Getting back on the mat, I am a 3rd degree blackbelt in Tae Kwan Do
  • A blank canvas; I started painting again and it feels nice to let my imagination fly
  • A home cooked meal - I love to cook a big pot of soup for my whole family
North Fulton Web Solutions  liliana@northfultonwebsolutions.com

    Melanie PackMeet Melanie Pack our photographer whose unique perspective, attention to detail and commitment to helping small businesses is evident in the beautiful photos she has taken of Rally Beads bracelets. With a degree in graphic design and in art education, and more than 13 years in the non–profit world as a creative director, Melanie launched a small photography studio in 2012, wanting to work with small businesses and non profits so her photographs could make a big impact.  A self described farm girl from West Virginia, Melanie now resides near Lancaster PA, with her husband and two small children.  Photography is a way for her to do something she loves every day, to use her training as an artist and express herself through her camera’s lens. Her favorite bracelet is blush quartz with a charm that says “Cherish”; the calm colors of the stones and its simple message appeal to her artistic eye.

    Five things Melanie will Rally for: 

    • Autumn activities! Fall is my favorite season
    • A long weekend— with some time to myself, even better
    • Horseback riding—exploring the world is better on four legs than on two
    • Frozen cookie dough
    • A farm! I grew up on a cattle farm in West Virginia

    i{mpack}t studio  melanie@impacktstudio.com


    Meet Susan Haitsch.  Her elegant style can be found all over the Rally Beads website and online presence.  But you have to look closely to find her.  As brand ambassador, Susan is our hand model, adding a bit of off-the cuff style to our bracelet images.  Susan is more than a pretty wrist, however.  The self-proclaimed accessory addict bringing a background in fashion and design to Rally Beads.   She started her career in New York, where she worked in menswear design before working in maternity fashion and finally as a bridal designer in Philadelphia.  Married with two children, Susan moved from fashion to interior design where her experience with textiles came in handy.   She recently launched her own interior design business, aptly called “Nest,” and loves to help people create homey and happy spaces.  She can be seen sporting a red-carpet ready combination of Rally Bead bracelets; silver Druzy beads partnered with faceted Hematite compliment her effortlessly chic look.

    Five things Susan will Rally for:

    • Travel! Shaking off the dust and seeing new places. Our family loves to go far and wide and be inspired. Recently, the Haitsch’s have ventured to the German Alps
    • My garden….I love having a beautiful outside space, and love being able to fill my home with cut flowers!  
    • A night when everyone is home for dinner.  My children are in high school so time together is special
    • Feathering a nest…I love helping make a space beautiful and helping people love their homes
    • A ticket to the Met Ball….what could be better? I love the fashion, the jewelry and appreciate the attention to detail to create something beautiful
    Susan Haitsch   nesthaddonfield@comcast.net