Board of Directors

Board Members

Carole LeClair,  President

Carole LeClair

Carole LeClair

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.

Lindsay Cruthers, Board Treasurer

Lindsay was born in Flint, Michigan and migrated south to Austin, Texas nearly a decade ago.  Attracted to the booming economy and sunshine, she put her Bachelor of Lindsay CruthersScience degree in Molecular Biology to use in Texas.

After a few years she determined that she was better suited to work as an accounting professional.  Lindsay is employed at Atchley & Associates, LLP in the tax department on the accounting services team.  Her focus includes helping business owners with their accounting processes and business practices.

Lindsay earned Master of Science in Accounting degree (Texas A&M at Commerce) and is a member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Lindsay is thrilled to get the opportunity to be a part of Austin Creative Reuse (ACR) and contribute to conservation and reuse in the community. Although not creative herself, she very much enjoys seeing what others are able to do with their ACR finds. You can reach her at Lindsay@austincreativereuse.org.

Karen Miller, Vice President

Kare Miller

Karen Miller

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 Board Member

Nancy Lyon

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 Board Member

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.

Jennifer Evans, Sustainability Board Member

Jennifer Evans

Jennifer spent much of her childhood traveling up and down the east coast from Canada to Florida in the back of her parents’ baby blue 1970s Econoline camper van.  While it might have been frowned upon by today’s standards (there were no seats in the back of that van, let alone seat belts!), her fond memories of days on the beach, hikes in the woods and nights spent around the campfire started her down a path toward environmental stewardship that she now hopes to instill in her own children and share with her community.

A graduate of Duke University’s Environmental Science & Policy Program and the University of Chicago Law School, Jennifer is currently the Program Director of Austin non-profit Families in Nature.  She organizes Nature Playdate, a nature group for Austin families with small children, and is active in several other local environmental and community groups. 

Jennifer leads ACR’s Sustainability Initiatives, which focus on furthering ACR’s conservation mission by implementing our Sustainability Policy, limiting landfill waste, encouraging resource conservation, maintaining our status as an Austin Green Business Leader, connecting with local and national reuse and sustainability organizations and continually finding new ways to support reuse in our community.  You can reach Jennifer at Jenn.Evans@austincreativereuse.org.

 

Jessica Martinez, Educator Board Member

Jessica Martinez

A true Austinite! Jessica was born and raised here and never left. She loves everything Austin has to offer like its diversity, the arts, and the eco-friendly culture.  She studied child development at UT and marched in the Longhorn Band for 4 years.

Jessica has worked in early childhood for 25 years and is currently the director of The Goddard School, an accredited preschool in south Austin. She is a member of NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and has presented at local and national conferences.

She is the co-author of Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers, a resource book for preschool teachers. The book focuses on reusing and repurposing items to create inexpensive materials for the classroom. Think outside the cardboard box!

On a typical day you can find Jessica with a glue gun in hand. She enjoys drawing, arts and crafts, making costumes, and creating ALL things out of cardboard boxes. She frequents ACR and especially loves the bucket section! She is excited to be a part of ACR and looks forward to leading the Education Committee.  You can reach her at jessica@austincreativereuse.org


Past Board Members

  • April KlingMeyer
  • 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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