Our Team

Executive Director – Interim

“I bring 15+ years of experience in nonprofit, social enterprise, and business management to the role, with connections to environmental conservation, community education, and the arts.   I’ve been supporting nonprofits and purpose-driven businesses in consulting and Interim ED roles for the past 3 years. I specialize in circular economy strategies, and I have worked with clothing brands, textile recyclers, manufacturers, and nonprofit organizations of all kinds. My educational background  includes an MBA in Sustainability, a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership in Management, and BFA in studio art and event production. I’ve lived in Austin for 13 years and on the weekends you’ll often find me working on my fixer-upper house, creating and cooking with friends, or enjoying outdoor adventures with my 9yo and 16yo kiddos.    

Center Manager

Jen Mack

“I’m a mother, a gardener and a Texas transplant originally from the northeast.  I love helping my kids learn about the environment and spending time outside. I am an amateur crafter and enjoy knitting, repurposing, cooking and sewing.” Jen works with the Shift Leads to oversee center operations, as well as managing volunteer and events coordination. 

Shift Leads

Carolyn Green

” Carolyn Green is an Austin-native and grew up in an art-filled family. Having studied anthropology in college, she’s most interested in what people do and how they do it. Being surrounded by creative people always brings out more creativity so in her free time, Carolyn dabbles in jewelry-making, knitting projects and watercolor painting. When not creating art, she lives for the outdoors, especially playing her huge dog and gardening.”

Barb Paris

” Hi ! I am a mother a teacher and an artist. I taught art k-12 in public schools for 10 years and currently have my own after school program in Round Rock. I am the co-founder of Marmalade skies , an art studio in Austin TX, and helped to start the children’s museums in New Braunfels and San Antonio. I was born in NYC raised in NEW Jersey and moved to Austin  20 years ago. My artwork is eclectic and is mostly large scale multi media; paintings. Many of my large paintings are done on old used doors.”

Christy Salazar

I’ve lived in Austin since I was 2 yrs old. Art, creativity, and a love for nature have always been a part of my life. In my second grade journal, I wrote that I want to be an artist or a designer when I grow up. A degree in Fine Arts and many, many creative projects later, my love for art and design is still there. When creating art, I love to experiment just to see what unexpected things can happen. The “what if…” question pops up quite often during my creative process. In a general sense, creativity and imagination open up possibilities to any situation even in reguards to issues we face as a society today. Eventually I hope to have children who will also desire to make this a better place for future generations in a fun and creative way!



Holli Hartman

Hi there, I’m Holli. I’m a artist and maker. I create paintings of Barton Springs Pool and Hands. I love connecting with people through creativity and I have a deep appreciation for nature. I grew up going to thrift shops and garage sales with my mom and aunt collecting art supplies, curiosities and tools to create whatever my imagination could cook up. Additionally, I have a very large and very cute puppy named Hazel!

Emily Gilardi

Emily is a local costume designer and personal stylist. You can see her work locally at ZACH Theatre and with Present Company. When she is not focusing on making other people look fabulous you can find her thrift store shopping,listening to records and traveling.  Emily is passionate about textiles and conservation and is so excited to join the team at ACR.

Kat Moulton






Kat’s love for art and conservation began at an early age when she spent summers crafting, exploring, and gardening at her grandma’s house – a log cabin in the woods! A former disaster relief professional, Kat left her career behind in order to have more time for creative endeavors. She enjoys experimenting with mediums she has never tried before, either on her own or by taking classes and workshops. Kat spends her free time dancing, caring for her many plants, snuggling with her two pups, and going on adventures with her partner of 6 years.

Blessing Taclobao






After moving to Austin from Brownsville, TX in 2012, Blessing found this city an ideal space to grow their creative skills and meet fantastic people along the way. Outside of ACR, they can be found making jewelry, modifying clothes, thrifting, hunting for fossils, and standing RIGHT BEHIND YOU.

Social Media

Valerie Ruiz

Hi! I’ve been a photographer and artist since high school. It’s great to see how much photography has developed over the years. I’m pretty sure a day doesn’t go by that I don’t photograph something. I enjoy sharing my passion on social media @varucreative (insta). Some of my other passions are marketing, anything plant related, and fostering communities. I also appreciate the beauty in everyday life – cooking, walking, conversing and paying attention to the world around you. I grew up Harlingen TX, and have been living in Austin for 7 years with my husband and our dog Connie.  

Educator Outreach

Bernadette Noll

Bernadette Noll is a writer, speaker, maker, mom of four, and avid fan of reuse. She is the author of 3 books: Make Stuff Together, Slow Family Living and Look At Us Now. Bernadette‘s goal is to offer people a new lens on making and the materials available. She loves creating projects that get people to sit, ponder, make and commune. Born and raised in New Jersey, Bernadette has called Austin home for nearly 28 years. Look for her in a thrift store near you.

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