The SCRAP Creative Reuse team makes up the administrative services hub. From this central place, leadership and support are provided to the creative reuse center network. Policies, best practices, accounting, marketing and communications, educational programming, grants administration, legal services, human resources, compliance, systems, and other services support the site executive directors so they can invest their talents in their local communities. 

SCRAP’s site executive directors are reuse activists and community leaders. They are engaged in the local arts, environment and education efforts in large metros and in small rural communities. These directors demonstrate that SCRAP is a valuable and sustainable resource in big, small, North, South, East, West and Midwest locations. They lead the way in advocating for creative expression with reclaimed materials. And, these talented leaders spearhead Trashion Fashion and Rebel Craft Rumble events and add their voices to other environmental, arts, crafts and education advocates in their communities.

National Team

Calaix Alexander

Calaix Alexander

Finance Director

  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ 
  • Current Residence: Portland, OR 
  • Been at SCRAP since: January 2020 
  • SCRAP Expertise: Juggling finances with grace and style 
  • Favorite store items: Thread, Fabrics, Vintage Cookbooks and Magazines 
  • Favorite creative reuse project: Hand-embroidered meats, animals, and weird foods of yore 
  • What they are up to off the clock: Lovin' on her dog, Embroidery, Collages, Cooking, and Stand-up Comedy. You may have seen her on the local shows around town. If you did, maybe let her know where she was last night!

Pronouns: she, her, hers



Rachel Weaver

Education Director

  • Hometown: Spring, TX 
  • Current Residence: Denton, TX  
  • Been at SCRAP since: June 2019 as SCRAP Denton Director, and joined the Admin team in October 2020.
  • SCRAP expertise: sharing inspiration for sustainability & creative reuse   
  • Favorite store items: National Geographics and magazines, vintage photos, weird and creepy finds. 
  • Favorite creative reuse project: Zines, fiber weaving, and costumes! 
  • What they’re up to off the clock: Hiking, gardening, reading, writing, community radio, art, music, and hanging with my pup.

Pronouns: she, her, hers/ they, them, theirs



Kimberly Maruska

Operations Director

  • Hometown: Shoreview, MN 
  • Current Residence: Portland, OR  
  • Been at SCRAP since: February 2021
  • SCRAP expertise: Organization, Creativity, Thinking outside the box.   
  • Favorite store items: Fabric, Embroidery Floss, Unusual Trinkets and thingamabobs. 
  • Favorite creative reuse project: Any project I am currently working on. 
  • What they’re up to off the clock: Hiking, taking photos, printing, collaging, creating art, cross stitch, cooking...

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Director Team


Nancy Hotchkiss

Executive Director - Baltimore

  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD 
  • Current Residence: Baltimore, MD 
  • Been at SCRAP: June 2015 
  • Favorite creative reuse project: Fabric, umbrella and skate wheel trim = jellyfish! 
  • What they’re up to off the clock: Fostering big dogs with the help of my own Kima, the wonder dog, travelling to any place near water, keeping up with my siblings around the country and exploring my own city

Pronouns: she, her, hers



Claire Tyra

Executive Director - Ann Arbor  

  • Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI  
  • Current Residence: Ypsilanti, MI
  • Been at SCRAP since: Jan 2018  
  • SCRAP expertise: Organization, Events, Marketing, Operations   
  • Favorite store item: Textiles, Yarn, Embroidery Floss  
  • Favorite creative reuse project: Knitting & Cross stitch  
  • What they’re up to off the clock: When I am not at SCRAP, I continue my nonprofit work with the Historic Ypsilanti Freighthouse. If you find me off the clock, I am spending as much time with family and friends as possible.

Pronouns: she, her, hers



Amy Turner

Executive Director - Richmond

  • Hometown: Bridgewater, Va  
  • Current Residence: Glen Allen, Va
  • Been at SCRAP since: April 2018  
  • SCRAP expertise: Out of the Box creating and organizing
  • Favorite store item: Oilcloth, Beads and anything vintage!
  • Favorite creative reuse project: Found item mosaics and working in resin
  • What they’re up to off the clock: Exploring the world and learning as many crafts as I can!

Pronouns: she, her, hers




PDX Site Director

  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Current Residence: Portland, OR
  • Been at SCRAP since: July 2021  
  • SCRAP expertise: Bringing together new and borrowed ideas to help the arts community thrive.   
  • Favorite store item: fabric, mixed paints, vials and test tubes, oddities, and peculiarities.
  • Favorite Creative Reuse Project: painted and built critters, visibly mended saves on broken things. 
  • What they’re up to off the clock: Painting, drawing, reading, walking, cooking, learning about fungi and flotsam, emphatic plant-dadding, exploring, and running around in too many directions at once.

Pronouns: he, him, his




Kari Meyercord-Westerman

Chief Of Operations Emeritus

Kari Meyercord-Westerman started at SCRAP Creative Reuse as Director of the Denton site in 2015, then became National Operations Manager in 2019, and was the Chief Operating Officer in 2020. She was drawn to SCRAP's mission of environmental sustainability and accessible creativity, but it all started because of the troves of vintage photos. Kari believes that advocating for and practicing reuse is a conscientious duty. She'll happily tell anyone who listens how reuse will save the planet. She lives in Denton, TX with her husband, young daughter, and two cats. 

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Elizabeth Start


Elizabeth Start fell in love with SCRAP Creative Reuse when she first visited and knew she had found her people. In 2012, Elizabeth began working at SCRAP PDX as a donations specialist for about a year. She returned to work in her background of recycling and solid waste, but continued as a SCRAP volunteer. In 2015, Elizabeth was asked to return to SCRAP PDX as Site Director. She assembled an amazing group of staff and volunteers who elevated the work of creative reuse. In 2018, Elizabeth was name Executive Director for the National SCRAP Creative Reuse organization and continued until 2020. Elizabeth continues to be passionate about reuse, racial equity, social justice, and sustainability.

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Kelley Carmichael Casey

Executive Director Emeritus

Kelley Carmichael Casey began her love affair with SCRAP in 2005 when she first discovered the tiny reuse resource on Mississippi Avenue in Portland. In 2007, she joined Americorps as Volunteer Coordinator at SCRAP, was hired as the Director of Administration and Community Engagement and six months later, Executive Director. After ten years at the helm, Kelley has transitioned to her current role as Director Emeritus offering support, wisdom, and loads of love to the SCRAP team. Kelley is now the full-time Executive Director of Grassroots Funding, a nonprofit promoting sustainable practices and fundraising support for small nonprofits and start-ups. 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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