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


Kari Meyercord-Westerman

Chief Operating Officer

Kari Meyercord-Westerman started at SCRAP Creative Reuse as Director of the Denton site in 2015 and now acts as the Chief Operating Officer. 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


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

Virtual Education Coordinator

Hometown: Spring, TX Current Residence: Denton, TX  Been at SCRAP since: June 2019 as SCRAP Denton Director, and October 2020 as Virtual Education Coordinator SCRAP expertise: Creative reuse education, site management, community outreach.   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



Elizabeth Start


Elizabeth Start started at SCRAP in 2012 and then raised through the ranks to become SCRAP's Executive Director for two years. 


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


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

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



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


Mike Morris

Creative reuse Center Manager - Portland

Dave Lowe brings years of experience in non-profit leadership in reuse education and program development. Over the last decade, Dave has had the great pleasure of working with some of the region's most notable reuse organizations and education institutions to further community awareness and resource availability. Having first fallen in love with creative reuse after a visit to SCRAP in 2012, he's excited to help lead the organization to it's next several levels of success and to see out a broader vision of waste reduction, community engagement and sustainability education.

Pronouns: he, him, his


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