An experienced technical individual who has navigated the field of technical textiles for over 30 years for both commercial and military applications. Mrs. Clarke has worked in many aspects of the supply chain including: the laboratory, the manufacturing floor to develop operational parameters for specific application targets, as well as working with the user side as a technical marketing liaison to bring new textile technology to market.
Mrs. Clarke has vast experience helping to identify a solution to a need for both military and commercial applications using technical textiles and managing the development process from the infancy stages through full commercialized adoption. She has worked directly with the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy on many projects that led to full adoption of new fabrics utilizing new technologies in the corresponding end items. On the commercial side she has worked with end users such as Patagonia, Arc’teryx, VF Image Wear, Fechheimer and Alsco with also working with highly technical suppliers such as Schoeller Technologies.
Mrs. Clarke graduated from South Eastern Massachusetts University (SMU) in 1988 with a BS in Textile Chemistry and attended numerous graduate level courses at University of RI for Environmental Chemistry. After graduation from SMU, she worked at various textile companies across the North East steadily rising through the ranks of a predominantly male dominated industry. Her tenacious and uncompromised work ethics gained her the respect few women have accomplished in this industry. Her philosophy in the work environment is, ‘It doesn’t matter if you feel like you are chewing on dynamite, don’t let the task at hand blow you up.’
Mrs. Clarke has worked for different size companies, including most recently a start-up medical textile company where she is the co-inventor of a patent pending technology. She has historically served in many positions in the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).
Mr. and Mrs. Clarke relocated to South Carolina from Rhode Island approximately 4 years ago upon Mr. Clarke’s retirement. They have raised 3 children, all happily married and flourishing. Over the years they have hosted many international children to help learn English and be exposed to the American culture. The bonds formed may not be genetic but they are just as strong. The Clarkes are now the American parents to many children and grandchildren across the globe.