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

Kari Meyercord-Westerman started at SCRAP Creative Reuse as Director of the Denton site in 2015 and now acts as the National Operations Manager. 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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Calaix Alexander

Calaix Alexander

Finance Coordinator

Hometown:Phoenix, AZ
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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Kelley Carmichael Casey

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

 envelope.png kelley.c@scrapcreativereuse.org

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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