Meet Our Happy Family


This is the dedicated team responsible for making Happily Hooked Magazine and Pattern Pack Pro such amazing “for makers, by makers” publications.

Courtney

Courtney

Operations Manager & Creative Editor

Courtney is a curly-haired sometimes-at-home Mom to three feral kiddos (ages 16, 14, and 12) and wife of one super-nerd. She learned to crochet in the summer of 2006, and her house slowly started filling with yarn (mainly worsted weight - because worsted weight is the best). She is super addicted to Ravelry and has a mildly unhealthy obsession with fun crochet hooks. Her favorite things to make are granny squares, hats, and amigurumi in super bright colors. Crochet keeps her sane, and she loves sharing her love of the art with everyone she meets. When she’s not crocheting, Courtney enjoys antiquing, reading, cross-stitching, playing games with her children (as long as it’s not Monopoly), Harry Potter, naming inanimate objects, and drinking the occasional glass of scotch with her hubby.

Cara

Cara

Customer Fulfillment Manager

Hi Everybody! I’m Cara Louise, and I’ve been working here at Happily Hooked almost since it began in 2014, missing just the first few months. My passion is for making sure that my subscribers receive all the digital and physical products they should. It’s a tough job sometimes, because technology can be both wonderful and frustrating at the same time, and it can take ninja skills to get it all sorted out!

My “official” job title here is Customer Support Manager (only because the boss-man tells me that “full -time multitasking ninja” is not an actual job title); I am also the Subscription Database Manager and the Product Fulfillment Manager. My husband is my physical product fulfillment assistant- he is an excellent label-put-on-er and package-carry-up-and-down-3-flights-of-steps-ifier!

I’ve been crocheting since about 1974 when my Mother taught me. A year or two later, I found a bag that had been HER mother’s, which contained some gorgeous doilies her mother had made, along with some skinny crochet thread and some impossibly small steel crochet hooks. I fell in love at that first sight, and created my very first doily (and pattern!) that day by copying one of my grandmother’s.

2 birds, and a grown son and daughter-in-law call me mom... and now somebody calls me Nonna too!! I love all shades of pink and have fun dyeing my naturally silver locks magenta or fuchsia whenever the mood strikes me!

Milagros De la Riega

Milagros De la Riega

Marketing Assistant

Heyoo! I’m Mili, Happily Hooked’s Marketing Assistant. I consider myself a very creative person. I enjoy being able to do all kinds of stuff. Being able to solve puzzles or problems gives me so much joy! And luckily, that’s what I do here. I help our team build the offers that you love and envision new products. Everyday I fall more and more in love with HH. I’m constantly learning new things and having fun. Can’t get enough of our amazing team either! Behind the computer, I’m also a med student. That is my true passion. But HH showed me a new way to make people’s day better and help them in other ways. So here I am, balancing two sides of my same passion.

Christine Botehlo

Christine Botehlo

Tech Editor And Educator

Hi! I'm Christine, a tech editor and educator here at Happily Hooked. I am a wife to a funny electrician and mom to an intelligent and tall 13 yr old son. I am a plant lover; my plant collection rivals my yarn collection. I learned to crochet at nine but didn't pick it back up again until about 20 years ago. I crochet every day, and if I'm not crocheting, I'm talking about it. I love to teach people new things, to challenge themselves, and to break the rules. When I'm not crocheting, I enjoy playing Pokemon Go with my son and his friends!

Menna Ahmed

Menna Ahmed

Admin Assistant

Hey! I am Menna and I am the newest Happily Hooked team member. I love helping our team out, so you may find me in the backseat of Cara Louise and Tracee’s Customer Support car, or looking over Mili’s shoulder in Marketing! It’s a fun ride and every day working here is a blessing. I have never crocheted before joining Happily Hooked. Granted, I always wanted to learn, but my passion for reading ate up all my free time. Thanks to my job, I have now explored a new passion! Besides reading and learning how to crochet, I write poetry on Instagram. I enjoy an iced coffee in all seasons, and I cannot say no to a cinnamon bun.

Alexander Mills

Alexander Mills

Junior Growth Coordinator

Hey, Alex here. I love marketing and helping companies grow one well-written honest ad at a time. Our community only gets better the more members that join. Having fun, learning, and being happy are my main priorities. Since I’ve joined Happily Hooked’s advertising team, I’ve fallen more & more in love with crocheting each day as I learn all the benefits and beautiful projects you can create. My first official project is coming soon once I join one of our community CALs :)

Jessica Frischolz

Jessica Frischolz

Copywriter

Hey, I’m Jess! I’m one of those people that always needs to be busy doing something so creative outlets are my jam. Drawing, writing, painting, cross-stitch, macrame, and you guessed it, crochet. I’m a self-taught crocheter and I love that with this craft, there’s always something new to learn. Plus, who doesn’t love picking up a beautiful new skein of yarn? My cat likes it too, heh. When I’m not inside letting my creative juices flow, it means I’m outside in nature. I love the feeling of walking through the towering trees in a forest or passing by all the beautiful prairie wildflowers. And I love that nature fills me with inspiration to continue creating!

Tracee Fromm

Tracee Fromm

Customer Accounts and Member Experience Manager

Hi! I’m Tracee, I have worked here at Happily Hooked off and on since 2016, but joined full time in 2020. I work hard to keep everyone’s account in order, help answer questions by email and phone and also reach out to members by phone to make sure they are making the most of all their membership benefits and help resolve any problems they may have with their account. I assist with a few other behind the scenes tasks wherever I can as well and while “Queen of Putzy Crap” isn’t an official job title, I wear that crown proudly as I get to help keep things running smoothly by pitching in wherever help is needed. I have had a passion for all kinds of arts and crafts since I was a little girl. Crochet caught my attention when I was pregnant with my first child and wanted a pretty crochet baby blanket. No one I knew could crochet so I taught myself and it was love at first hook! That was more than 35 years ago. I started dabbling in design and a blog a few years back called Knot 2 Sassy. But working for Happily Hooked Magazine is my dream job! My husband and I farm in southern Minnesota. We raised 3 children and now have 9 grandchildren to add to the beautiful chaos of farm life. When I’m not playing with the grands, I enjoy mysteries and sci-fi books or movies, getting together with friends for coffee and a variety of other crafts including a little knitting now and then.

Marija

Marija

Art Director

Hi! I'm Marija, a multi-disciplinary creative from Serbia. Ever since I know myself, design plays a big role in my life. I'm based in Belgrade where I run a small design studio. I enjoy a good cup of coffee, watching movies and traveling.

Debbie

Debbie

Finance Director

Debbie is a wife and mother of three adult children. She learned to crochet in an after school program. At the time, she took it very seriously, designing many outfits and blankets for her dolls. With children to raise, she put those hooks down and didn’t pick them up again until her youngest son brought home many bags of remnant yarn. She pulled out the hooks, learned to read patterns, and started a group called Redeemed Remnants. Over the last few years, her group has donated items to children all over the world. Her journey has come full circle, and she has begun designing again. Her life dream was to grow up and become Nancy Drew, and in so many ways she has.

Margaret

Margaret

Brandwriter

I’m Margaret. I love to crochet, to write, and to be happy, so writing for Happily Hooked is pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted in a job! When I’m not doing this, I’m hanging out with my weird and hilarious husband and our weirder cats in New York. I love getting together with our friends to take in some rockabilly or surf music or even go on a tiki-inspired vacation. If that’s not on the social calendar, maybe some cryptozoological research is — who knows what the weekend will bring? One thing for sure, since my mom taught me to crochet as a little girl, it’s been my constant companion and has seen me through thick and thin. Now I get to write about it and share it with other people — I couldn’t be happier!