SCRAP is fortunate to be led by a board of directors that is accomplished, engaged, and passionate about our mission. We continue to sharpen our operations strategically with guidance from two CPAs, an attorney, and a project manager. We elevate our educational programming with leadership from a seasoned educator, a teaching artist, and a foundation board chair. We amplify our national voice with a leading reuse expert and the founder of an upcycled goods online marketplace. SCRAP is proud to be guided and governed by this talented board.
The eco-effectiveness is what drew Melissa to SCRAP. The passion for reuse with a creative twist that nudges our community towards a behavioral transition to sustainable practices in their day to day. Melissa loves art and nature. She is a long-time volunteer for Portland Metro’s Parks and Green Space and former arts board member and uses what personal time is left to make art with her daughter. She finds it deeply enriching to be part of the larger creative community that has an eco-focus. As an IT Project Manager by day, she will use her strategic planning, project execution, and technology background to help SCRAP on its journey of growth and community engagement.
Sharon is a mixed media artist specializing in abstract collage and acrylic painting. Raised in New Jersey, she lived in Boston and Los Angeles prior to moving to Portland, Oregon where she lived for 22 years. Sharon now resides in Washington, DC. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in urban planning from Tufts University, and MIT, she worked in the urban transit and planning field for over 25 years, and engaged in a parallel pursuit of art. She has been a full-time artist since 1999, teaching and showing her own work in galleries and exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, DC. Sharon has also been a mural artist, an arts program manager, art events coordinator and gallery manager.
After retiring from her career in Corporate Finance, Karen finally has enough time to devote to her crafting. Her primary hobby is collecting craft supplies (thanks to SCRAP!), which she uses to make cards, packaging, favors, and party decorations. Karen was raised in Anchorage, Alaska but has loved living in Oregon since 1981. When not crafting, Karen enjoys reading, organizing, wine tasting, and traveling with her husband.
Suzanne connected with SCRAP while searching for a fiscally solvent model of creative reuse for Ann Arbor’s Scrap Box. As an art teacher in Ann Arbor, MI she relies on the industrial castoffs The Scrap Box (now part of the SCRAP USA network as SCRAP Box) has provided for 35 years. Suzanne cherishes opportunities to educate others about the joy and benefits of creating while being mindful of where art materials are procured. When she isn’t busy guiding young children with their creative process, she can be found enjoying the beauty of Michigan’s lakes and the woods that surround them.
Ken Edwards is the Board Chair of the Starseed Foundation. Ken and his lovely wife, Annie, are long-time community supporters. The Starseed Foundation is a private charitable foundation dedicated to supporting and fostering art opportunities for children, as well as supporting art, dance, music and environmental education in Portland and nationally. Ken brings board and community engagement experience to SCRAP. Ken and Annie enjoy traveling the world and coming home to the tall trees and the vibrant art culture of the Pacific Northwest.
Nate Funk is a business attorney at Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP. He moved to Portland (via Eugene) from Wisconsin over 10 years ago, and immediately fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. He was raised on a dairy farm in Southwest Wisconsin, where he gained an appreciation for the concepts of sustainability and reuse, which were often employed out of necessity. Now, as a father and homeowner, he loves to find creative ways to reuse and repurpose old materials in a variety of artistic and functional ways. Nate also enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring the city of Portland and the Oregon wilderness with his wife and young daughter. He is excited to combine his personal and professional interests as a member of the SCRAP USA board.
Ian is the Founder of Kuttlefish.com, an online community and marketplace featuring upcycled, recycled, and reclaimed products and ideas. He is also the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor for Save the Children-US, a non-profit organization focusing on improving the lives of children worldwide. Ian brings to SCRAP both a passion for changing the throw away economy and 20 years of international expertise.
Haley is a marketer by day and a crafter by night. After discovering SCRAP Denton, she quickly fell in love with creative reuse and began to volunteer for the organization. She is passionate about helping small nonprofits market themselves confidently and effectively through her blog, Nonprofit Greenhouse. In her free time, Haley enjoys searching for snakes in the Texas wilderness. She is excited to use her expertise in digital marketing to reach new audiences with SCRAP USA’s mission.
Interested in being a part of the National Board? If you have board governance experience and professional skills to add to our exceptional national board, please fill out an application. You may reside anywhere in the contiguous United States. Applicants of color urged to apply.
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