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

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Rachel Weaver

Director of Operations & Education

  • Hometown: Spring, TX 
  • Current Residence: Denton, TX  
  • Been at SCRAP since: June 2019 as SCRAP Denton Director, October 2020 as Virtual Education Coordinator, and January 2021 as Director of Operations & Education 
  • SCRAP expertise: a lil bit of everything   
  • Favorite store items: National Geographics and magazines, vintage photos, weird and creepy finds. 
  • Favorite creative reuse project: Zines, 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

envelope.png rachel.w@scrapcreativereuse.org 

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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

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Elizabeth Start

Executive DIRECTOR EMERITUS

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

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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. Kelley is a doctor of clinical psychology (PsyD), certified fundraising professional (CFRE), nonprofit technical professional (NTEN), and certified nonprofit professional (UT-Austin). She is passionate about providing access to professional and sustainable support for small nonprofit organizations. She lives in Colorado with her husband, pets, and closets full of craft supplies collected from SCRAP locations around the country.

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Director Team

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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

envelope.png nancy.h@scrapcreativereuse.org

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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

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Amy Turner

Executive Director - Richmond

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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Mike Morris

PDX Creative Reuse Center Manager

Hometown: Born in Philadelphia, Portland is home 
Been at SCRAP since: Started April 2020 
SCRAP expertise: Using in house resources to make SCRAP more user friendly for guests and employees  
Favorite store items:  The diversity of items in the store allow for a range of creative problem solving. My interests are dynamic.  
What I'm up to off the clock: Anything outdoors; kayaking, hiking, biking, camping. I also very much enjoy exploring the world through travel. 

Pronouns: he, him, his

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