The team behind Jimani Collections helps our initiatives to develop, grow, and expand throughout the world. Meet the team below:

Jennifer Bentley

JENNIFER BENTLEY

Founder

Currently living in Kenya, Jennifer is the hands and feet of Jimani Collections. Jennifer has spent over thirteen years living in Nairobi and other parts of East Africa. She has the knowledge of African culture and the heart to serve beside the women daily.

Before founding Jimani Collections, Jennifer graduated from Harding University with a Fine Arts degree. Taking her eye for design to a new level, Jennifer traveled multiple times to Haiti for the non-profit, Beatitudes, to teach women how to make product designs with local materials. Jennifer has also worked at Ten Thousand Villages, selling and marketing fair trade products. After being back in the States, Jennifer wanted to maker her move back to Africa to work intentionally with the women.

Along with founding Jimani Collections, Jennifer is the Chairman of the Board at the J127 Foundation, helping to raise money to support clothing and jewelry training in Kenya.

Find out more: jennifer@jimanicollections.com

“Stephanie

STEPHANIE STANTON

Co-Founder, Director of Marketing and Business Development

Stephanie helped establish Jimani Collections to bring together her passions for design, innovation, marketing, and global outreach. She leads the social media, graphic design, and business development of the brand and works to bring the message behind Jimani Collections to the forefront of the ethical fashion industry.

Before joining Jimani Collections, Stephanie attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a dual degree in Marketing and Finance. She is currently pursuing an Integrated Marketing Certificate at the University of Chicago and she works in the marketing and financial consulting industry in Chicago.

In her free time, Stephanie loves travel, art, movies, and reading up on the latest innovations in science and technology.

Say hello: stephanie@jimanicollections.com

Nikki Hyodo

NIKKI HYODO

Kenya Operations Manager

Nikki Hyodo lives in Africa and is our Kenya Operations Manager. In 2006, Nikki and her family moved to Kenya and began to fall in love with African culture and lifestyle. Since then, she has pursued her dream of helping Kenyan people with Jimani Collections as her family continues to be a part of the community in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nikki's passion for service to the poor and needy has only grown with time. It is the Jimani Collections women and Kenyan people at large that inspire her to work with Jimani Collections. She specifically oversees the production of jewelry, supervises employees, works as an on-site photographer, and manages sales at Kenyan stores.

Reach out: nikki@jimanicollections.com

Sharon Rutherford

SHARON RUTHERFORD

Director of Online Products

Sharon handles the shipping and online product inventory for Jimani Collections. She joined the organization because she is passionate about bringing hope to those in need. She hopes Jimani Collections' message inspires people to purchase pieces, not only for their unique beauty, but also with the intention of making a difference in a woman's life.

Before joining Jimani Collections, Sharon completed a degree in history at Harding University followed by a degree in dental hygiene from the University of Arkansas. Having traveled to 18 different countries, she has enjoyed glimpses into other cultures and appreciates the beauty to be found in each of them. She is currently mom to a beautiful baby boy and enjoys playing music and cooking in her spare time.

Get in touch: sharon@jimanicollections.com

Kayla Natoli

KAYLA NATOLI

Art Director

Kayla contributes to Jimani Collections as the lead graphic designer. Her desire in joining the organization in 2015 was to be a part of something much bigger than herself. Believing that every woman deserves a chance, she is energized by the possibilities she sees in the women the organization empowers.

Before being appointed the title of Art Director, Kayla was a graphic design intern for Jimani Collections while completing a degree in design at University of Illinois at Chicago. The world presents itself with its beauty; embracing that beauty creates opportunity for the women of Jimani Collections.

Send a message: kayla@jimanicollections.com