Speakers

Here's the stellar line-up of speakers at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza. Keep checking back for more exciting reveals and announcements.

Char Johnson

Char JohnsonChar and her husband Rick own Happy Tails Alpacas in China Grove, North Carolina. She began her alpaca adventure in 2008 while living in Ohio and moved their farm to North Carolina in 2012. As she has a heart for teaching, she became a 4-H leader in Ohio and invested hours in teaching students proper alpaca husbandry and agility training. Char has always been an active worker in the alpaca community by serving on affiliate education committees, writing humorous articles for publication, volunteering at numerous shows and at JTC full emersion training clinics. She recently obtained a USDA exhibition license to begin her newest adventure, AlpacaGrams.

She has served on the board of the Carolina Alpaca Breeders and Owners as secretary and then president. Being a crafter since childhood, she has taken her alpaca fiber from pasture to product through dying, spinning and weaving and then selling the products in her farm store called CJ’s Barntique.

She purchased Fleeces-To-Go in 2017 to provide skirting services as a way to encourage breeders to participate in fleece shows. Her small farm of 22 alpacas has won over 30 championships including AOA National Fleece Championships and awards for best prepared fleece.

On the Web

Happy Tails Alpacas


Dave Grembi and Jeanne Krause

Dave GrembiDave Grembi

Dave worked in the Health Care field for over 30 years as an administrator for a Heart & Vascular Center in a rapidly growing community hospital environment. Now retired from healthcare, Dave and his wife Teri have dedicated their time to their 25 acre farm in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. They started an alpaca business in 2014, and a wholesale lavender business in 2015. At the same time they began utilizing Young Living Essential Oils for themselves as well as their alpacas. Seeing positive results they developed a collaborative relationship with a local university to conduct research on the efficacy of essential oils in controlling parasites in alpacas. In addition they have implemented parasite protocols with a collaborating farm and have observed significant positive outcomes. They have seen amazing results with Essential Oils and alpacas, and have a desire to share both the health related and business opportunity messages with other alpaca owners.

Jeanne KrauseJeanne Krause

Jeanne is a health care speaker, and for over five years she has been sharing her journey of restoration to many who have experienced health challenges but wish a new and vibrant life. Jeanne has given out to others the hope that many can have a vibrant lifestyle while also being successful in the Essential Oil business. As a Wellness Coach, Jeanne has inspired many to equip themselves on rebuilding specific body systems that may have been weakened by toxic exposure, poor diet and lack of good, holistic health practices. Her desire to share her journey of success has brought her a refined look at what can be done to improve the stressful lifestyles of today’s modern world through the use of toxic free essential oils.

Saturday • July 20 • Seminar

Essential Oils and Alpacas

Chattanooga/Memphis Room
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On the Web

Point of View Alpacas


Jay Reeder

Jay ReederJay and Melissa Reeder own Apple Mountain Alpacas near Clarkesville, Georgia, and are parents of three active boys. Jay has founded half a dozen internet based technology companies over the last couple decades and owes their success to digital marketing. He currently directs several of those companies (in addition to his work on the farm) remotely while trying to be enjoy this great alpaca lifestyle we’re all blessed to live. Melissa is privileged to work full time on the farm, devoting herself (along with the kids) to the raising of these amazing alpacas.

Digital Marketing

Friday • July 19 • Seminar

Chattanooga Room
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

TBA

Sunday • July 21 • Seminar

Chattanooga Room
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

On the Web

Apple Mountain Alpacas


Jeff Williamson

Jeff and his wife Lorrie started Liberty Alpacas in 2007. Jeff is currently serving as the Vice President of Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA) and was previously Secretary during his first year on the board. He became involved with their local affiliate, Alpaca Association of Western Washington early on serving as President for several years, and as the Event Chair for Alpacapalooza for the past six years.

Jeff is also a partner in his company sky-line, which provides construction specific software for companies to run their business.

Liberty Alpacas is located in scenic Battle Ground, Washington, which is just outside Vancouver, Washington.

Small Farm Success…What Can it Look Like

Saturday • July 20 • Seminar

Chattanooga/Memphis Room
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

On the Web

Liberty Alpacas


Wini Labrecque

Wini LabrecqueWini Labrecque has been involved in the fiber industry since the late 1980s. With a focus on natural fibers, she has developed an extensive background in utilization and promotion of all types of fibers for practical and commercial use. Wini is a weaver, hand spinner, felter, knitter, crocheter, and dyer.

She is an AOA Certified Alpaca Fleece judge, Certified Camelid Fiber Grader/Sorter/Classer through Olds College in Canada, Trained Grader/Sorter of cashmere. Wini is currently involved in the SUNY/Cobleskill Certificate Training Program in Sorting, Grading and Classing of Fiber as administrator and trainer. In addition, she has been working with June Cashmere to help develop better cashmere production, collection and marketing with nomad people of Kyrgyzstan. Working IYAK (Int’l Yak Association) she has been instrumental in developing criteria and judging protocol for yak fiber into woven fabric for home décor use.

A retired Veterinary Assistant, Wini and her husband John have raised alpacas, cashmere producing goats, angora goats, sheep, and angora rabbits over the years. Wini’s background gives her the unique opportunity to share her knowledge with others to help enhance their own livestock programs.

From Angroa to Yak and Fibers In Between

Friday • July 19 • Seminar

Memphis Room
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

On the Web