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About Us

UP Cycle Design creates handcrafted upcycled products made in the USA.


We have three areas of impact:

1. Sustainability (divert waste materials from landfills and our environment)

2. Philanthropy (donate to nonprofits with each product sold)

3. Mentoring (develop our team personally and professionally)

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Sierra RyanWallick Headshot August 2020.


Founder & CEO

Sierra RyanWallick is a serial social entrepreneur. With her nonprofit AutumnLeaf Fundraisers, she has raised over $100,000 for other nonprofits since she began at age 10.  She is passionate about Stoicism, Minimalism, and is in nature as much as possible!

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Kevin Wallick

Embroiderer, Prototyper, Technician 

Kevin Wallick is a Senior Global R&D Scientist with FMC.  He's passionate about environmental issues, hiking, and minimalism.  


Sanjana Medisetty

Marketing Co-Captain

Sanjana Medisetty is a senior at Newark Charter School and the Co-Founder of the non-profit Girls Unite for Defense. She is passionate about art, dance, and social entrepreneurship! 


Clara Cvik


Clara Cvik is a junior at the University of Delaware. She is an Environmental Studies and International Business double major with a minor in Sustainable Infrastructure, Eco-Entrepreneurship Certificate, and a concentration in Environmental Planning and Design. In her free time, she loves to sew, listen to music, spend time outside, and hang out with friends and family!


Hayley Penn

Marketing Co-Captain

Hayley Penn is a senior at the University of Delaware studying Health Behavior Science with a minor in psychology.  She is interested in learning more about how to make small changes towards a more sustainable lifestyle! Hayley enjoys spending time with her friends and family, listening to music, and traveling!


Olivia Awalt


Olivia Awalt is a junior at the University of Delaware. She majors in Fashion Merchandising and Management and minors in Sustainable Apparel and Textile Innovation and Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing guitar. 

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Iveena Mukherjee

Internal Impact Coordinator 

Iveena Mukherjee is a junior at the Charter School of Wilmington. She loves to explore new places, and enjoys spending time in nature with her friends and family! 


Claire Su

Design Intern

Claire Su is a high school junior from Springfield, Illinois. She is a member of her high school’s Key Club and Band. In her free time, Claire enjoys working on her sewing business Gifted Seams and playing the flute.


Siddhi Dinavahi

General Intern

Siddhi Dinavahi is a sophomore in high school. She is a leader of her schools biomedical club and is apart of the Envirothon team. In her free time, she enjoys planning youth environmental events and teaching Bharathnatyam. She is interested in environmentalism and public policy.


Isheta Kulshreshtha

External Impact Coordinator

Isheta Kulshreshtha is a junior at the Charter School of Wilmington. Isheta is passionate about social entrepreneurship and business. In her free time, she enjoys dance, traveling, and spending time with friends & family.


UP Cycle Design was started in fall 2019 by a college student (Sierra RyanWallick) as a project focused on upcycling plastic bags that were already in circulation into new products as a project in the Clinton Global Initiative University program.  In spring 2020, we pivoted to focus on textile waste and grew into a sustainable fashion brand that summer when our team participated in a pre-accelerator at UD called Summer Founders.  The following February in 2021, our team launched our first product of sewn upcycled cloth stickers that were cause-themed and supported community nonprofits.  In January 2022, we relaunched our products using an embroidered technique called appliqué 100% made with thread from upcycled plastic bottles.  



Shravan Subramaniam

Data Captain

Shravan Subramaniam is a senior at Appoquinimink High School currently in the Engineering Pathway and helps lead Charity Events in Middletown every weekend as his passion. His hobbies include snowboarding, volunteering, watching sports, reading books, spending time with friends and family, and environmental issues.


Riciah Hardy-Holmes

Design Captain

Riciah Hardy-Holmes is a senior at Freire Charter School, leading as Secretary in her school’s National Honor Society. She is currently working for Code Differently, training in Front-End Development. Her hobbies consist of listening to music, taking walks, and spending quality time with family.


April Singleton

Internal Impact Coordinator

April Singleton is an entrepreneurial freelancer for virtual programming and community building. She is passionate about social impact, mindfulness, and positive identity development that helps people become the change agents they want to see in the world. She welcomes deep conversation at any part of the day, but is the most happy talking over some bubble tea.


Öykü Girmen

Design & Outreach Captain

Öykü Girmen is a senior at UD, majoring in Human Relations Administration and double minoring in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Community Leadership. She is passionate about sustainability and mental health advocacy. Öykü enjoys quality time with her family and friends.

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Lauren Parrow

Seamstress & Designer

Lauren Parrow is a professional sewist and designer who does both freelance and theatre- based work. She has been stitching for a decade, and graduated from Niagara University with a BFA double major in Theatre and English. She loves finding sustainable ways to create fashion, and started Ash & Rise Atelier, where she does commissions and upcycling work. 


Max Sewell 

Newsletter Captain & Blog Intern

Max Sewell is a junior at UD, majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies.  He is a Rehoboth Beach Lifeguard and was a part of the winning team in entrepreneurial marketing for Greenbox.


Todd Petrella 

Blog Captain

Todd Petrella is a UD graduate with a degree in Entrepreneurship and writing.  His passions include telling stories, creating a sustainable environment, and hanging out with his dogs.


Jonna Anello

Digital Marketing Captain 

Jonna Anello is a senior at UD, majoring in Public Relations Communications and double minoring in Advertising and Fashion Management.  Her passions include skiing, doing makeup, and loves spending time with her pets.

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Hunter Wills

Growth & Strategy 

Hunter Wills is a freshman at UD, majoring in Entrepreneurship. His passions include skimboarding, reading, running, and being with friends and family. 

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Michelle Yatvitskiy 

Co-Founder & Head Designer

Michelle Yatvitskiy is a designer with a focus on zero waste clothing and accessories studying Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Sustainability. She has worked with AndAgain a sustainable luxury company and is an Ambassador for the National Retail Federation Foundation.

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