Board of Directors

Board Members

Carole LeClair,  President

Carole LeClair

Carole LeClair She/Her/Hers

Carole grew up in Houston, but moved to Austin as soon as she could, attending the University of Texas at Austin to study Electrical Engineering.  A life long, serial volunteer with organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, Girl Scouts, St David’s Episcopal Church Children’s Ministry, and numerous environmental organizations, Carole found her passion at Austin Creative Reuse.  Starting in 2012, her first role with ACR was organizing monthly Craft Nights, which eventually lead to joining the Board in 2013.  Carole organized ACR’s first major fundraiser, Raise the Roof in November 2014 which lead directly to our opening the first brick and mortar location in September of 2015.  Elected Board President in January of 2017, she’s enjoyed watching the enthusiastic response to Austin’s first Creative Reuse Center and looking forward to continued growth.    Always on the lookout for new board and committee members as well as those just a crazy about Creative Reuse, you can contact her by email.   carole@austincreativereuse.org.

Sarah Humphries, Treasurer

Sarah Humphries

Sarah grew up in “The Hit Recording Capital of the World,” Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where at an early age her grandmother began teaching her to sew on a singer treadle machine. She has continued to develop her love for sewing constantly trying new patterns and ideas (though now usually on more modern machines). Her passion for sewing is what originally brought her into ACR, where she soon began volunteering.

Sarah moved to Austin over 15 years ago. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at MedToMarket and has a degree in Education from the University of North Alabama and an MBA from Texas A&M-Commerce. This combination has given her a passion for using her educational, operations, and financial knowledge to help nonprofits accomplish their mission effectively and efficiently. For the past 20 years, Sarah has been actively involved in the life and operation of nonprofits both as a volunteer and employee including CSHI, Micah 6 Food Pantry, Together4Children, and of course ACR.

Sarah is excited to serve as treasurer for ACR. You can reach her at sarah.humphries@austincreativereuse.org

Karen Miller, Vice President

Karen Miller

Karen Miller She/Her/Hers

Inspired by Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children, Karen began diverting interesting and useful items from the landfill, thrifting, gardening, and refashioning at an early age. She has translated that interest into a career as a professional engineer with a focus on waste management, spill prevention, risk assessment, and reduction of stormwater pollutant discharges from industrial facilities.

Karen began creative pursuits through scrapbooking her two children’s exploits, and she learned different techniques related to color theory, photography, and layout. Since then, she has truly enjoyed creatively repurposing items into art pieces, yard art, and a funky henhouse. She continues repurposing by developing creative Girl Scout projects for her troops and SWAPs kits for other troop leaders. Karen views her regular stints sorting materials in the Center’s by-the-bucket section as her weekly The Artist’s Way artist’s date field trip. She is heading up a new Safety Committee with focus on increasing safety in the new space that we will be opening in summer 2018 and is looking for help with the committee. You can reach her at karen@austincreativereuse.org.

Nancy Lyon, Business Donations

Nancy Lyon She/Her/Hers

Nancy spent the first part of her life in the DC area, but had finally had enough of the politics, cold, and traffic, so she moved to Austin. For most of the 20 years or so that she has lived here, she has been doing molecular biology research at UT Austin. She recently started working at Austin Community College’s new campus in the old abandoned Highland Mall (her office is in the old shoe dept of JC Penney’s) and is helping to build Austin’s first leaseable wet lab space.

Nancy comes from a family of creatives. All professional scientists, but with hobbies such as cooking, glass fusing and lampwork, costume design, and jewelry making. As an underpaid scientist, she took naturally to finding ways of keeping busy and to making things, without spending money. Once you have that mindset and that skill set, it’s hard to do things any other way. The fact that re-using materials is also good practice for the planet makes her heart kind of soar. On any given day, you could find her amongst the makings of puppets, jewelry, a metalsmithing project or even a delicious dinner. In addition to spending her days buying $50K laboratory instruments to outfit the space, she scours freecycle and craigslist for valuable opportunistic treasures for the lab. Maybe, someday, there will be a bio-hacker space carved out at Highland. Nancy’s email is nancy@austincreativereuse.org.

Sharon Yarbrough, Fundraising

Sharon Yarbrough

Growing up in Springfield, IL (on the same street as Abraham Lincoln), Sharon’s family understood the inherent value of things. Her greatest personal influence was her Aunt Mary Fran Lavin. Ms. Lavin was a teacher for 40 years and was naturally frugal, saving things to use in her classroom or reuse in her home. Sharon says her family was not wasteful and they were brought up to repair things and share with our neighbors when you could. These are the values she wants to instill in her daughter and our next generations.

Sharon is a proud AmeriCorps alumnus and actively volunteers in the Austin community beyond ACR with groups including: the Austin Parks Foundation, Generation Serve, Meals on Wheels and East Austin College Prep. Sharon loves to knit but her favorite activity is traveling with her husband and daughter.

With over 20 years of experience of working in Austin education and conservation nonprofits, Sharon’s area of expertise is Fundraising.  Using her degree in Technical Writing from Illinois State University, Sharon writes grants and creates fundraising campaigns professionally and for ACR. She chairs the ACR Fundraising Committee and welcomes anyone who would like to join!  You can reach Sharon at sharon@austincreativereuse.org.

Liza Wilson, Educators

Liza Wilson

Liza grew up in Arkansas in the same town as her parents and grandparents. She was surrounded by “makers.” She learned to cross-stitch and needlepoint by age 7 from her mom, aunt, and both grandmothers. Her mom taught her to use a sewing machine and was a terrific re-user herself. If Liza saw something she liked, her mom would always say, “Oh, we can make that!” Later on, she became a knitting addict. One of her favorite things is to re-do boring stuff and make it fancy.

Liza has taught preschoolers – high schoolers and was a teacher supervisor and school director too. She was the first director of Austin’s French School and speaks fluent French. She has experience as a Montessori guide, taught in both public and private schools, and worked as a consultant for Head Start. She is currently the owner/operator of Toybrary Austin, a toy lending library for babies to 5 year olds. She loves international travel (especially to France) and has attended international toy library conferences in Amsterdam, Bogota, and Johannesburg. She graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis and has a Master’s in School Administration.

Liza believes that everyone should be sharing both ideas and things! She can be reached at liza@austincreativereuse.org.

Sondra Primeaux, Content Creator

Sondra Primeaux She/Her/Hers

Sondra was born behind the piney veil in a small town outside of Houston. She grew up altering her Barbie Doll clothes and once she learned to operate a sewing machine, moved on to her thrift store wardrobe. In 2003, she launched a line of tops made from vintage scarves, had showroom representation at the Dallas Apparel Market and sold to clothing stores across the South. She scaled back a few years later and has since sold on Etsy and on her own website, and has included dresses (even wedding dresses), pants, kimonos and meditation pillows to her inventory, always made from 100% recycled fabrics, trims and notions. To supplement her labor of love, she obtained a BA in Sociology from Texas State, and works as a photographer, writer and podcaster.

When a friend asked her to consider a board position at Austin Creative Reuse, she jumped at the chance, as she’d already been donating and shopping for years. Her favorite is obviously the textile section, but she also has a hard time passing up any obscure piece to add to her collection of oddities. She looks forward to bringing you lots of great ACR crafty content. She can be reached at sondra.primeaux@austincreativereuse.org.

Calder Kamin, Partnerships and Special Projects

Calder Kamin She/Her/Hers

Artist, educator and advocate, Calder Kamin transforms trash into beautifully crafted creatures and opportunities to reeducate our cultural perceptions of waste. She’s engaged hundreds of museum visitors through her public workshops and art projects including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The American Museum of Natural History. The i.d.e.a Museum, Utah MOCA, The Contemporary Austin, Women & Their Work and The DoSeum. Kamin starred in an episode of the PBS series Arts In Context and two Disney Channel commercials sharing inspirational messages about creative reuse. She has a background in art administration, higher education and city government providing professional development for artists. A native of Austin, Kamin is the Career Services Manager and Lecturer at the University of Texas, College of Fine Arts. She holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She can be reached at calder@austincreativereuse.org.


Past Board Members

  • Jennifer Evans
  • Jessica Martinez
  • Lindsay Cruthers
  • April Kling Meyer
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Amelia Despre
  • Angela Silverthorne
  • Cory Skuldt
  • Kaci Hampton
  • Kami Wilt
  • Katy Avenson
  • Harley Gambill
  • Leslie Hall
  • Michele Dames
  • Rebecca Stuch

 Founders

  • Rebecca Stuch (Board President 2009 – 2017)
  • Harley Gambill
  • Kami Wilt
  • Isadora McKeon
  • Lisa Stevens
  • Ellen Scatton
  • Molly Whitten

Interns

  • Pooja Panda (Fall 2016)
  • Toni Red:  As a self proclaimed environmental activist, Toni loves to encourage others think green. She gets to do just that as an intern for Austin Creative Reuse. Since 2013, Toni has been spreading the word about ACR and reuse by writing blog posts about reducing waste and reuse projects. She is currently in her final year at UT and will graduate with a degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Biology. She wants to continue working for the environment by protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat.  (Spring 2014- Spring 2016)
  • Kaci Lambeth (Spring 2016)
  • Scott McCarty (Fall 2015)
  • Alice Armstrong (Fall 2013)
  • Rachel Miller (Fall 2013)
  • Jonathan Davis (Fall 2013)

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