Founder & Lead Educator

About Me: 

I learned to crochet at the age of 5, and I haven't put my hook down since! I live in Oregon with my husband, son, 2 cats and 1 dog.  

  • 2009-present: Salena Baca Crochet
  • 2012-2016: Design Wars, Founder
  • 2014-2017: Happily Hooked Magazine, Content Coordinator, Director of Relations
  • 2014-2016: The Pattern Pack, Founder & Editor
  • 2015-present: American Crochet Association, Founder & Lead Eductor
  • 2018-present: Yarnpreneur Academy, CEO / Lead Yarn Lover

3 Facts About Me:

  1. I've lived in Japan and England.
  2. Food is very important to me (I love to eat).
  3. I always try to make people laugh.

Skill Set: 

  • Exceptional Crochet Instructor.
  • Accomplished Author.
  • Aspiring Comedian & Karaoke Singer.


Membership Maven

About Me: 

I've been supporting online businesses since 2007. I've been crocheting like a fiend since 2017. In 2018 I had the awesome opportunity to combine my two skills by joining the ACA team!


3 Facts About Me:

  1. I love the color PURPLE!
  2. Purple is my favorite color.
  3. When I crochet, I use a purple Furls crochet hook.

Skill Set:

  • Online business management extraordinaire.
  • Systems, procedures, and implementation diva.
  • Amateur steamed blue crab picker.


Video Production

About me: 

I'm a crochet obsessed author, blogger, yarn hoarder, and beach bum from southern California. I'm newly fascinated with dyeing yarn, and I have been spending a lot of time working on new crochet patterns that I share on my blog: Gleeful Things. When I'm not playing with yarn, I can usually be found outdoors hiking, biking or relaxing on the beach.


3 Facts About Me:

  1. Sewing was my original craft of choice, before I learned to crochet.
  2. Cheese is my favorite food.
  3. I secretly want to be a farmer because I love caring for plants and animals.

Skill Set:

  • Colorful crochet designer.
  • Compelling crochet video creator.
  • Better than average hula hooper.