Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The Women in Textile Services (WITS) Committee encourages women to join our industry, share innovative ideas through networking, mentor the young men and women who are the next generation of emerging leaders and serve as a resource for education on industry issues.

Current Projects | Committee Members | TRSA Staff Liaison

Current Projects
Since Inception
  • Produced webinars
  • Featured female industry leaders in Textile Service magazine
  • Hosted “Ice Breaker Cocktails” at many TRSA events, which fosters opportunities for women in the industry to come together in a casual setting.
  • Sent personal outreach to all PMI and EMI attendees, encouraging them to reach out to committee members, to join our LinkedIn Group, and to stay in the business!

Committee Members

Chair: Angela Howard – Spindle, Woodridge, IL
Vice Chair: Russell Holt – Superior Linen Service, Springdale, AK
Johanna Ames – Ames Linen Service, Cortland, NY
Candice Ariola – Thermopatch Corp., Syracuse, NY
Randi-Blumenthal-Joseph – Penn Emblem Co., Philadelphia, PA
Annette Casemero – AmeriPride, Vernon, CA
Phoebe Ellis – Lace House Linens, Petaluma, CA
Valene Gibboney – Alsco Inc., Rogue River, OR
Barbara Herman – SanMar Corporation, Issaquah, WA
Peg Knudson – AmeriPride, Fargo, ND
Samantha Lesniak – Roscoe Company, Chicago, IL
Kaitlin B. O’Hara – Falvey Linen Supply, Providence, RI
Kate Ostlund – Edina Laundry Co., Edina, MN
Nicole Palmer – Prudential Overall Supply, Fresno, CA
Emily Paurus –  Edina Laundry Co., Edina, MN
Camille S. Peters – Mobile Computing Corp. Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Kelly Starman – Regent Apparel, San Francisco, CA

TRSA Staff Liaison

Salita Jones
703.519.0029, ext. 108