National Team

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. 

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

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 sewing/mending! 
  • 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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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

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SITE Director Team

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. 

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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

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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

envelope.png claire.t@scrapcreativereuse.org

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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

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ADRIAN BROWN

PDX Site Director

  • Hometown: Portland, Oregon (by way of Bossier City, Louisiana) 
  • Current Residence: Portland, OR  
  • Been at SCRAP since: October 2020
  • SCRAP expertise: Metals (jewelry making, sculpture), fibers (knitting/crocheting, felting, sewing, etc.), woodworking, decorating, general craftiness. I’m a Jane of many trades!   
  • Favorite store items: Whatever’s in my hand at the moment; I love it all so much! 
  • Favorite creative reuse project: Knitting needle windchimes, cork board jewelry storage/display
  • What they’re up to off the clock: Hiking, disc golfing, reading, writing, working late into the night in my metalsmithing studio, walking in the rain, always trying to learn something new.

Pronouns: she, her, Ms.

adrian.b@scrapcreativereuse.org 

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