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 directors so they can invest their talents in their local communities. 

SCRAP’s site 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

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Elizabeth Start

Executive Director

Hometown: Chicago, IL 
Current Residence: Milwaukie, OR 
Been at SCRAP since: 2012 
SCRAP expertise: Improvisation (the crafty kind, not so much the comedic), dumpster diving, upcycled fashions 
Favorite store item: Doll parts and vintage (aka creepy) baby dolls 
Favorite creative reuse project: Anything I can make with old bicycle inner tubes 
What they’re up to off the clock: Family time, sewing, crafting, reading, learning guitar, camping

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Lisa Ledoux

Director of Education 

Hometown: Portland, OR
Current Residence: Portland, OR
Been at SCRAP since: 2010 as a volunteer, 2011 as an employee
SCRAP expertise: Creative reuse education
Favorite store items: Vintage containers and interior design samples
Favorite creative reuse project: Costumes!
What they’re up to off the clock: Crafting, hiking, admiring mushrooms, playing cards with her grandma

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Kari Meyercord-Westerman

Operations Manager

Hometown: Sacramento, CA   
Current Residence: Denton, TX   
Been at SCRAP since: 2015   
SCRAP expertise: Marketing and communciations, events, retail  
Favorite store item: Vinatge photos/postcards and fabric
Favorite creative reuse project: zero-waste home projects that reduce use of single-use plastics   
What they’re up to off the clock: Family time, cooking, gardening, exploring

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Mallory Forza

Finance Coordinator

Mallory Forza took a winding road to SCRAP; in 2014 she received her BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice, which she used to launch herself into a career as a Domestic Violence Housing Specialist at the YWCA. In 2016 she went back to school for Accounting and did some work as a bookkeeper for small businesses around the Portland metro area. However, she missed working for a Nonprofit with a mission she connected with. In 2018 she saw a posting for the Finance Coordinator position at SCRAP and leapt upon it. In her downtime, Mallory draws, paints, and writes. She also likes to foist homemade presents on her family in friends to encourage reuse. Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Kelley Carmichael Casey

Director Emeritus

Hometown: Portland, OR 
Current Residence: Boulder, CO 
Been at SCRAP since: 2006 
SCRAP Expertise: Taking care of business and exploring new creative reuse frontiers 
Favorite creative reuse project: Tending to my gorgeous yarn stash kept in the guest bathtub (as well as baskets and shelves and closets and drawers and under the bed) 
What they’re up to off the clock: Cocktail hour

Pronouns: she, her, hers

 

Director Team

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Nancy Hotchkiss

Director, SCRAP B-More

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

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Malia Matsumoto

Director, SCRAP Humboldt

Hometown: Born Honolulu, HI, raised Ocean Beach, CA 
Current Residence: Blue Lake, CA 
Been at SCRAP since: 2017 
SCRAP expertise: As an Extreme Ultimate Supreme Craft Master I am excellent at creative problem solving and imaginative ways to use materials. 
Favorite store item: I love the weird random items that spark a new project idea that I would have never dreamed of before. 
Favorite creative reuse project: I knit a three foot wide banner that spanned the Arcata foot bridge over Highway 101, that said, “Create Today.”   
What they’re up to off the clock: Fun! Working in my art studio, playing with my dog at the river, Kinetic Sculpture racing, gardening, cooking crazy fun food, sewing my own clothes and anything else I can dream up!

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Pete Glover

Director, SCRAP PDX

For Pete Glover, what started as a part-time job at a reuse store during art school in the 1990s evolved into a career in the creative reuse industry that has lasted nearly two decades. He was Managing Director of the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland, California, for 12 years before moving to Portland in 2015. After a time managing the Humane Society for Southwest Washington's thrift store program, Pete joined the SCRAP family in May of 2016 with an eye on store operations and staff engagement. Despite having a degree in filmmaking, Pete's own fine art practice has inevitably evolved to incorporate reuse box making and assemblage. In his free time he makes skateboard obstacles and music on broken instruments.

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Amy Turner

Director, SCRAP RVA

Amy has been lucky to work in the arts field in Richmond ever since graduating from VCU with her BFA in Crafts - specializing in Jewelry Design. Starting as an apprentice at Kerwath Jewelers, then moving to a Manager position at Cocoanut Jewelry, to honing stained glass experience at JoMoCo, to working and traveling with Panache Gems and Beads, she has loved every crafty minute. She has always created her jewelry and art using elements not quite as intended, and has enjoyed teaching and sharing her skills around Richmond, at AC Moore, Fandangle Beads and at Panache. It was a perfect fit to join with SCRAP RVA in 2018 as Director after working at these small local businesses. At SCRAP she can continue to explore all facets of the arts and crafts world, sharing her creative reuse happy place with others.

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Claire Tyra

Director, SCRAP BOX

Position: Director 
Hometown: 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

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Rachel Weaver

Director, SCRAP DENTON

Rachel Weaver seeks to foster opportunities for growth through environmental education and creative learning. During their undergraduate and graduate studies in social sciences and environmental philosophy, they worked with indigenous communities, local sustainable farms, and nonprofits. Sustainability has been a persistent focus in their work as an educator, conservationist, and farmers market manager before joining SCRAP Creative Reuse in June 2019. SCRAP beautifully brings together their passions for creativity, sustainability, and community. In addition to their role as Director of SCRAP Denton, Rachel manages a sustainable garden at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, is a Board Member and Station Volunteer for KUZU Community Radio, manages local art and music events, volunteers in their community, and creates music, zines, essays, and mix-media performance art in order to spark our environmental imaginations.

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

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