Karen Gerber

Executive Director


“I support SPINDLE because we are making positive contributions to women, to help them learn new skills, build self-confidence and become self-sufficient..”


As the director of Spindle Scarves, Karen is dedicated to designing a company that spreads beauty and strength while empowering disadvantaged Indian women. Passion drives this project for her as she is no stranger to many of the obstacles that women face and wishes to make a positive impact.


Karen grew up in the farmlands of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently makes Tampa, Florida her home.. While she keeps herself active in her church, the community and with work, she is never too busy for family and enjoys spending time with her son and daughter. Karen looks forward to this new chapter of her life where she can weave together her love of business and helping others with every scarf she sells. 


Look for Karen at local Tampa markets and art fairs!

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Maya Bingaman

Communications & Marketing Coordinator


“As a woman of color, it is especially inherent for me to support other marginalized women, and with SPINDLE I have the opportunity to make that difference.”


She believes women should view themselves as sisters to one another and that having such unification builds fortitude. She is eager to see how Spindle uplifts other Asian women in the upcoming years and looks forward to relaying that information to all of you.

Maya calls Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home but has recently moved to Syracuse, New York, to pursue her master’s degree. Previously, Maya has traveled to Ghana and Peru and hopes to travel more once she completes her education. She believes that other women should have access to education in order to holistically improve a community.  


Sanjay Puranik



SPINDLE enables me to combine my love for fabrics and design with a desire to help women and children who need a bit of help to get them to a state where they can be self-sufficient and productive citizens.”


An environmental engineer by training, Sanjay's passion includes photography and design. He was closely involved in selection of fabrics and designs, and the quality of the original Spindle scarves. Sanjay passed the company on to Karen in 2020.

Sanjay is a native of Mumbai, India and currently works and resides in Tampa, Florida. Growing up in Mumbai, Sanjay saw his mother overcome many obstacles to raise his brother and himself. He attributes his success in life to his mother and he hoped to honor her by empowering marginalized women in India by collaborating with our social partners.